The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - May 2021

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - May 2021

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!

Wild Panda Munching on Bamboo by Sherry Goeben
9x12 inches, Grafix Dura-Lar .005 Matte Film with Fabriano Artistico HP 140 lb watercolor paper for background

This was the third piece for me to draw on the drafting film. It was a learning process with lots of bumps in the road. I learned how to use the Slice ceramic knife to create the fur details on the film. I was intrigued with layering on the back to increase the intensity of the whites and blacks. I also drew on the back side of the film the bamboo forest and leaves in order to have those elements recede into the background. I used an additional sheet of watercolor paper to draw in the sky and mountains in the distance which gave additional depth in the piece. I kept pushing myself by trying all the different techniques on this drawing. Drawing the panda definitely increased my confidence level with the drafting film. I can't wait to try all these newly acquired skills on the professional quality Grafix drafting film soon!

About Sherry Goeben:

Sherry Goeben lives in rural Central Pennsylvania. She is a self-taught artist that discovered colored pencils in 2013. She strives for realism in her work. She loves to draw animals and her work is best known for capturing the soul of her subjects. Sherry is well-known in the Facebook community.

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Reby and Her Drew by Julie Henderson
11.5 x 8.2 inches, Grafix dura-lar drafting film 0.005

My daughter always called my dad by his first name “Drew”. We never understood why, or how it started but it was cute and dad liked it so that was fine. I was very amused one day to discover that she actually thought "Drew" meant "grandfather" when she told me that her friend was at the park with his "Drew" and we were further amused the day that she understood herself and turned to dad saying "Drew, are you my grandfather?" By that time though (happily) it was too late to change the habit. Reby and her Drew had a very special relationship and I have wanted to recreate this unposed photograph for a long time but didn't feel capable of recreating that sense of complicity and sheer joy in each other's company. Unfortunately we lost Drew six years ago when he died unexpectedly of a stroke so memories of days like these have become very important to us.

About Julie Henderson:

Julie Henderson is a self-taught artist who came back to art in 2018 when she discovered coloured pencils after many years of doing little more than telephone doodling. She is from Scotland but has lived in Italy for over twenty years and takes inspiration from both countries.

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Lemons on Plastic by Anne Bour
16X12 inches, pastel mat paper

I really love to represent different textures such as metal, animal fur and recently plastic with compositions of fruits and everyday objects. With colored pencils, I can express everything I love. I can express what I like most in the art of drawing, between reality and emotions. Drawing let me express how I see the world. I don't like plastic bags, but I discover the beauty of transparency in plastic, instead of only representing the transparency of the glass in my compositions. Colored pencils have a lot of colors but is difficult to show the white range, like I used to do with soft pastel. Plastic is more fun!

About Anne Bour:

Anne is a french-Mexican artist who lives in France for several years now, where she improves in the art of drawing. Since 2018, Anne has been passionate about colored pencils. Anne shows her work in art exhibitions but especially in social networks, and in her YouTube channel.

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Little Jade by Tashia Peterman
7.5 x 9 inches

I have not done any colored pencil paintings for over 65 years. I have been working with pastels for the past 3 years so this was a little bit of a learning curve that I thoroughly enjoyed. I watched a lot of tutorials and read a lot of colored pencil books while working on this first project. Made a lot of purchases as well. Luckily, I have very supportive husband when it comes to my artwork.

About Tashia Peterman:

Tashia has always considered herself a creative person. She worked with colored pencil in high school and did not continue on with her artistic pursuits until she started working in photography in 1999. She added fine arts in 2020 and started working in colored pencil just this year.

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These artworks are published in the MAY 2021 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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