The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - December 2018

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - December 2018

Corresponding with the art gallery that is featured each month in Ann Kullberg's COLOR MagazineThe Pencil Box blog series will give artists a bit more space to share insight and inspiration about their colored pencil art. Make sure to check out FB group links at the bottom of this post. Call for entry is posted every month in participating Facebook groups - join in the fun and your artwork could be featured, too! 

Eyes of Blue by Peggy Osborne
11x14, on Robert Bateman Series, 110 lb. paper, using Prismacolor pencils and Brush and Pencils, titanium white and touch-up texture. 

I have drawn a lot of cats over the years and they are all special but the moment I saw the reference photo of this beauty, it touched me and I knew I had to draw it. I was pleased with how well it flowed but at the same time, I was sad to see it end, it was one of those that you want to work on every day. Looking into those enchanting eyes was soothing to my soul. I have had so many comments on my cat portraits and how well I capture the eyes. This one was not a disappointment. 

About Peggy:

Peggy Osborne is an accomplished self-taught artist specializing in creating beautiful realistic portraits of your pets in colored pencil. Capturing the soul of the animal, not just a portrait. Peggy loves sharing her work and bringing joy to others through her drawings.

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Beyond Words by Susan Wehrman
12"x16", Prismacolor Pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes

"Beyond Words" depicts the special bond shared between humans and their beloved canine companions who have etched special places in their hearts.  However diverse we may be, this bond with our animals is universal and transcends all languages and borders -- it is beyond words.  This emotions and nonverbal communication stirred by this scene simply took my breath away.  I specialize in pet portraits with a mission to portray the essence of my subjects -- beyond two dimensional photos -- to capture the life in their eyes and their gentle and loving spirit.  Consequently, my method of choice is colored pencil, a medium which affords me this level of precision in rendering fine details.  By the time a piece is completed, having sculpted every curve of their faces and every nuance of their expression, I have come to know them intimately; and I love them all.

About Susan:

Susan didn’t set out to become an artist, but had a passion early on; as tempera paints, paper and glue represented a vision to be fulfilled.  Other children longed for toys, but she longed for the hobby shop and paint-by-number kits.  Today, she specializes in pet and nature portraits.

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Debbie’s Baby Girl by Jennifer Rundberg
16 x 24 inches. Colored pencil and watercolor pencil on Crescent suede mat board. Commissioned portrait.

This portrait is special to me because of the client who commissioned the piece. She had been wanting to match an existing pastel portrait of her older daughter that was done many years ago. She was given my name by a mutual friend, and she brought the older portrait with her to show me. While I could not match the pastel style of the older artwork, I told her that I felt sure that I could give her a beautiful piece that would complement the older portrait.

When the piece was completed, and I handed her the artwork, Debbie’s eyes started watering up. She loved the portrait and it was very special to see her look over the picture of her young daughter’s likeness. She made my day by her warmth and extremely positive reaction to my work.

I think that is one of the best parts of painting/drawing children and pets. I try my best to capture their personality and warmth—especially in their eyes and mouth—and hope that I have done my best to show them in the very best possible manner I can.


Jennifer is an award winning artist working in design, illustration, and fine art. Her first love is drawing, working in pencil, oil, and digital illustration. She has her BFA in Advertising Design, and is completing her Masters in Art Therapy. She is a member of the CPSA, SCBWI, & AATA.

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Colourful by Silke Kirch
11 x 14 inches, Colored pencils, pan pastels and pastel pencils on Pastelmat

I have chosen this colorful photo because I wanted to try out my Derwent Lightfast pencils which just arrived. The plan was to finish the artwork exclusively with these particular pencils and because they are only available in a 36 pencil set I was looking for a subject where I could see the available colors of the pencils in the reference photo as well. But it wouldn't be me if I not ended up with a bunch of pencils and a huge mess on my desk. Can anybody relate? So I also used Polychromos, Luminance and Pablo pencils and a few pastel pencils as well. For the soft background I used pan pastels. I can honestly say that I love the new Lightfast range and I can't wait to get my hands on more of those pencils.

About Silke:

Silke is a self taught artist and enjoys drawing animals the most. She enjoys working with colored pencils very much but also loves to try as many other mediums as possible. So far she has worked with soft pastels, pastel pencils, watercolor, acrylic inks, alcohol inks and scratch board.

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These artworks are published in the December 2018 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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