The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - November 2019

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - November 2019

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!

Beach Huts, Saunton Sands by Nicky Chadwick
4x3 inches, Polychromos, Derwent Lightfast and Caran D'ache Pablos on Grafix drafting film

We had spent a fabulous family day on Saunton Sands in Devon and, after having fun surfing the waves, building sandcastles and playing beach games, we were packing up to leave. I noticed that everyone had left their beach huts for the day, and a perfect photo presented itself. I loved the colors on each hut so much I was itching to draw them. I don't normally draw on such a small scale, and really loved challenging myself. The Grafix drafting film is also relatively new to me, having only done a handful of drawings on this medium before.

About Nicky:

Nicky Chadwick is a colored pencil artist based in Yorkshire, UK. She specializes in pet and horse portraits but when not carrying out commissions she loves to stretch her skills and work on personal projects. Nicky loves the beach and is currently enjoying working on beach related drawings.

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Untitled by Betty Ford
11x14 inches, Prismacolor and gold leaf on black pastelmat

I love to draw the women wearing The Day of The Dead makeup. I think they're beautiful and the celebration itself is also interesting. The Day of The Dead is usually celebrated October 31 to November 2. Families in Mexico use these days to remember their loved ones who have passed away. A lot of people just know the makeup as being sugar skull makeup and I'm hoping that through my art, I can educate about the celebration. I was drawn to this photo in particular because of the lovely designs on her head cover and the contrast of her makeup to her clothing. 

About Betty:

Betty Ford is a self-taught artist living in southern West Virginia. She is a wife and mother to 6 children. She loves to draw portraits with a dramatic flare and adds her own special artistic touches. She was recently part of The Best of West Virginia exhibit.

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Bob's Chevy by Susan Grimm
12" x 12"  Prismacolors and Polychromos on Grafix Dura-Lar matte film.

This classic old car is owned by a 93 year old,  named Bob, who enters it each year in the local downtown car show. I love the chrome and the radiant red colors when the sun hits it. In fact, the chrome bumper has three reflections: the car owner, the artist and the artist's husband, which were incorporated into the drawing. I noticed this car many times over the years around town and at other shows. I continued to always photograph it, and I finally decided to draw it this summer. Bob is quite the character as he is retired, well loved and a devoted classic car enthusiast who restores many beautiful cars to their original condition.

About Susan:

The artist began drawing at age 10 after her mother signed her up for Saturday morning art classes that she rode her bike to. She continued to draw until college and then took a hiatus to pursue her career and raise a family. Her pencil drawing resumed 10 years ago.

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Ta Tanka Wakan by Denise Milledge
20x24 inches, colored pencil on Strathmore 400 drawing paper

I created this colored pencil piece for a number of reasons. Firstly, to honor the Native American peoples who taught that buffalo medicine is about abundance, gratefulness for that abundance, and freedom. Secondly, I lost my ex-husband this past March to a stage 4 glioblastoma brain tumor. Buffalo was his favorite animal. He was a strong supporter of my artistic goals and achievements and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself. This past July, I realized a dream and opened my own art studio and gallery. This piece was created to hang in that space to honor his memory and bring in the energy of abundance, gratefulness and freedom.

About Denise:

Denise is a self-taught artist who has primarily been drawing horses since she could hold a pencil. She first began working in colored pencil in 1992. Recently she opened her own studio and gallery where she endeavors to share her passion for the colored pencil medium with others.

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These artworks are published in the NOVEMBER 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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