The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - February 2020

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - February 2020

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!

Lord Bentley by Cheryl Wiltshire
8x10 inches Canson Mi-Teintes paper

I completed this drawing pack in 2018 and it was the first ever paid commission that I did, so I was keen to do a good job. I love his expression and really wanted to make sure I captured his personality as well as his sad eyes and goofy teeth! It really helped to have such a good reference photo and a really photogenic subject. His 'Mum' says she really loves it and it still makes her smile every time she looks at it, I'm not sure what Bentley thinks, but he did share it on his very own Instagram page!

About Cheryl:

Cheryl is a self-taught hobby artist.  She started drawing in graphite in 2015 and in 2016 discovered colored pencils and it has been her favorite medium ever since. Most of her work is inspired by nature — birds, animals and flowers, but she also loves doing pet portraits.

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Reflecting on the Past by Lorri Dixon
14x17 inches Bristol Vellum

This is based on a photo I took about 10 years ago of a 1949 Desoto which had been parked on my grandparents' farm. As I worked on the piece, I was also reflecting on the past—thinking about the lives my parents and grandparents had on the farm, and with that car, imagining many stories surrounding it. I was originally going to name the piece “Shattered” because I've been missing my dad and grandma so much since their passing, but my daughter convinced me that title was too dark. As I mused on the past, along with working on the reflections on the old car and in the window pane, I decided “Reflecting on the Past” worked just fine as the title!

About Lorri:

Lorri has been learning to create art using colored pencils over past couple years. So far, she's gone through approximately a dozen tutorials and workshops. She's also completed 10 of her own art pieces, with this one being her 10th!

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Playtime by Robin Rudolph
9x12 inches Clairfontaine Pastelmat

This piece was drawn for a Facebook group Photos for Artists Challenge and I also received a commendation for this drawing. I chose this photo by Ernie Griffith as it was certainly an extremely challenging pose and then there was all that grass!! I had to work from several angles to make sure of creating all the details and shadows accurately. It was wonderful to draw a horse that was having a fabulous time playing in a field without a care in the world. The piece took 10 days to create. I am so thrilled that this work is being included in Ann Kullberg's Color Magazine—thank you so very much..

About Robin:

I have drawn all my life and studied fine art in college. In Sep 2017 I discovered colored pencil. At present, I create realistic work and enjoy drawing a variety of subjects–portraits, flowers, animals, birds and landscapes. My work hangs in the USA, France and England. Commissions are welcome.

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The Youngest of All! by Laleh Kamalian
Clairfontaine white Pastelmat

This drawing features three hands from three generations: my grandmother, my auntie, and her daughter. I did this drawing in the memory of my grandmother who sadly left us last year at the age of 87. Apart from the last couple of years when she was very ill, she was always up for anything, always ready for fun especially when it came to her grandchildren. I wanted to cherish her happy memories and to celebrate her high spirit. The tattoo on her hand is also something iconic in our family and very much remembered. It had a funny story behind it, that she always told us story, and made us laugh. She got it from a traveler when she was very young and newly wed, while she felt really naughty doing it, but she wanted it and had it done anyway! My daughter now carries the same tattoo on her hand. I found this drawing quite challenging because of all the wrinkles on my granny's hand, but it was something powered by love and affection. It took me about 25 hours to do.

About Laleh:

Laleh found art quite accidentally at the age of 48. Starting as an interesting new hobby, after a couple of years it became such an important part of her life she is now gradually retiring from her university research post to become a full time artist next from next year.  

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These artworks are published in the FEBRUARY 2020 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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Keith Kreider - Jan 06, 2020

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