The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - May 2022

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - May 2022

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!

Eye Candy by Susan Grimm
14 x 18.5 inches, colored pencil on Duralar drafting film

I decided to draw this classic 1956 Chevy convertible after seeing it at a local car show in my town. I loved the lighting on this car as the sun was setting to the right side of the picture. The diagonal shadows and lines represented on the hood and the golden grill and the vertical lines in the headlights captivated me from the angle I was in on the ground taking this photo. The turqouise color also stole me heart. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

About Susan Grimm:

Sue Grimm is from Wooster, Ohio; a small college town south of Cleveland. She started drawing at a young age. Fast-forward 30 years as a young mother, Sue took up colored pencil art classes once again from a portrait artist. Sue honed her skills from many workshops across the country and now enjoys drawing pets, people portraits and antique cars.

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Brodie by Susan Murray
16x12 inches, colored pencil on Pastelmat paper

This drawing came about by pure chance, I was visiting friends on a beautiful late summer afternoon. Whilst we were sitting chatting in the garden, in wandered the most gorgeous Corgi puppy followed closely by the parents of my friends. Introductions were made and I fell in love with Brodie instantly. Brodie has the most wonderful smile, and makes you just want to smile right back! I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps on my phone. Brodie and family then left & I went back to chatting with my friends. The next day I had a look at the photos I’d taken and most of them were nice, but one just kept drawing my eye. This one phone snap was taken when everything just fell into place. The sun was shining, blossoms were on the shrub in the background and the star, Brodie, sitting still with that adorable smile and even better a quizzical head tilt! I sent the photo to my friends, and they posted it on Facebook. Another mutual friend saw the post and mentioned it would make a lovely portrait, low and behold not 10 minutes after she mentioned the portrait then my friends were asking me if I would do a portrait for their parents for Christmas. I was jumping for joy; I’d never drawn a Corgi before, and Brodie with his gorgeous smile... I think I said yes before they had finished the sentence!

About Susan Murray:

At 16 Susan went to Art College for 4 years. She then worked in an office for over 25 years. In 2017 an idea of an anniversary present of her friend’s dogs, quickly turned into a small commission-based business. Susan's artwork is portraits, pet portraits & wildlife. She takes inspiration from 'everywhere' and is striving to be the best she can.

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Sunset Splash by Toni Hertzler
21” x 34", colored pencil on Strathmore mixed media paper

I fell in love with the image because I love wildlife, but the image wasn’t quite right for the feeling that I wanted to present. I needed an image of a goose coming in on the water but the time of day was all-wrong. The setting was great but I wanted the drawing to show that time of evening when all the waterfowl are coming in for the evening just before sundown when everything is on fire. Finding the right image with the right setting is not always that easy. You have to take what you can and adapt it for your purposes. This was a joy to draw because I feel that I was able to create the look that I wanted. I hope you enjoy my drawing of that special moment when it’s time for bed, the geese are landing on the water and everything is on fire!

About Toni Hertzler:

Toni’s art career started at the Kachina School of Art in Phoenix Arizona. Her art has been featured in a calendar for Springfield Illinois’s Right to Life, the Glendale Arts Council Fine Arts Competitions, juried into the Mountain Oyster Show, and has appeared in Ann Kullberg’s “Color Magazine” as both a contributor and featured artist.

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The Sun Before the Storm by Tracey Elliott
12x9 inches, coloured pencil on Clairfontaine Pastelmat

This is symbolic of the fragility of friendship and how something that shines so bright can be so easily extinguished in a short space of time. We all make the mistake of thinking certain friendships will last a lifetime but, like the weather, we cannot predict with certainty what will happen next. The sun and storm in this picture are, for me anyway, truly symbolic of this. At this moment in time, they bask in the sun's warmth, happy and relaxed in each others company and are blissfully unaware of the dark storm looming behind them, one that would wash away the years of friendship and memories.

About Tracey Elliott:

Born in Salford, she studied A level art and printmaking at College then went on to study Graphic Design and Advertising at University. She has worked in Advertising ever since with no time to draw. 7 years ago she found the time and inspiration to start drawing and painting again as a hobby and has never looked back since.

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These artworks are published in the MAY 2022 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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