The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - May 2017

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - May 2017

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 links at the bottom of this post for our Facebook group partners - join in the fun and your artwork could be featured, too!

Honi Soit by Lis Zadravec
17.5" x 13"
Prismacolors on Canford Imperial Card

My daughter and favorite muse, wearing her make-up to look as if she had been crying. It's all in the drama, Honi soit qui mal y pense. Shame on him who thinks evil of it. Shame on him! I loved that for how dark everything is, I found so many colors. The green-greys in the background, the blues and purples in her headpiece. Some pieces are just as much a challenge as a pleasure to draw.

About Lis

Portraits in colored pencil have always been my passion. But most of the work you will see of mine is from the last 3 years as other colored pencil artists online have given me courage to pursue my personal goal of making my work equal in quality to oil paintings.

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Barbara's Bouquet by Toni Hertzler
11" x 14"
Strathmore 500 series Bristol plate.

This is a tribute piece that I did for my mother who passed from cancer at the early age of 46. Mom always supported my work but never got to see how far I would progress. She loved flowers, so when I saw this photo on Unsplash it spoke to me of her and I knew I had to try to draw it.

About Toni

I stopped all artwork to raise my family and only got back to it about 7 years ago. Since then I have worked in oils, graphite and now colored pencils. My experience with colored pencils was very limited before completing this piece but I know I will be doing more.

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Preening by Jodi Harsch
11" x 17"
on Bristol cover paper with Prismacolor pencils

Along with drawing every chance I get, I teach senior citizens how to draw. One student in particular is in her 80s and is an awesome photographer. She drives her car to local ponds and lakes, takes her walker out of the car and sits and waits for hours on end for the perfect shot. She showed me this picture one day, and when I asked her if I could draw it she was so excited that someone thought it was worthy she cried! Most of my art is of nature. I loved this heron from the beginning, the way the plumage is still wet and drapes across his back, the elegant way his neck curves is beautiful. The huge smile on the face of one of my senior citizens has made this particular drawing one of my absolute favorites!

About Jodi

Originally from Colorado, life-long artist Jodi Harsch has taught drawing to people all ages for over thirty years. She has exhibited her art in Kansas City and surrounding areas in art competitions and gallery shows. Jodi is a member of the Sedalia Visual Arts Assoc. and Mid-Missouri Artists.

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Silas by Vicki Swords
16" x 20"
Polychromos on Fabriano hot press 140lb.

This is a drawing I my grandson Silas as he was going through a door in Santa Fe, NM. I have done another drawing of his older brother, Henry, at a different door so I guess doors have a sense of wonder for me.

About Vicki

Smith County artist working personally and professionally in various mediums, including acrylic and oil paints, water color, pencil, charcoal, and graphite.

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These artworks were published in the May 2017 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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