Corresponding with the art gallery that is featured each month in Ann Kullberg's COLOR Magazine, The 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!
Sweet Little Boy by Yasmin Melean
9x12 inches, Prismacolor on Strathmore Bristol Vellum paper
I love the sweet and calm expression of this young child. When I saw the reference, I knew I had to paint it. I have a predilection for portraits and at the time I was looking for a reference with strong and vibrant color contrast which I found in the unusual pinks/oranges of the skin. From the beginning of the painting up till the end I was totally engaged with the process, looking forward to seeing the end result while fully enjoying the journey. As time pass by, this portrait becomes even more special in my heart as the subject and finish of the work invite me to relax. I am very happy and pleased with the final result, it has become a point of inspiration to continue working hard.
Yasmin Melean is a self-employed artist located in Canberra, Australia. Her curious nature and love for art and science led her to earn a Ph.D. in Physics and be self-taught in art. She strives on continuous learning and dreams to combine her knowledge from different areas in one place.
Doorway To the Nile by Heidi Seal
6.5"x10", Polychromos and Derwent Lightfast on White Pastelmat
Traveling gives me the motivation I need to draw and back in 2010 I was lucky enough to spend a week sailing down the River Nile in Egypt and visiting all the historical sites. One of those sites was the Temple of Philae, saved from flooding in the 1960ies and now standing on Agilkia island. This drawing shows part of the Philae temple complex and it was a dream to work on as I could combine my love of Egyptology and drawing. Ancient Egyptian art always fills me with inspiration and I hope this piece will inspire someone to maybe read about ancient Egypt or even visit the temples.
Heidi is a self-taught artist from West Yorkshire, England, she loves to travel and create drawings inspired by her trips in Europe and Egypt.
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1956 Ford Fairlane by John Guiseppi
10"x17", Prismacolor on Strathmore 400 paper
I took this photo at a local Art and Classic Automobile Show in Bartow, Florida - Bloomin Arts Festival. This particular car attracted me because as a kid, we actually owned a 56 Ford Fairlane. A beautiful Pale Yellow over Cream two-toned classic. I loved riding in this car while growing up in Mid-West America, admiring the craftsmanship of the old dashboard with its dials, knobs and levers. I just had to photograph it and hopefully capture the details with colored pencil. This is one of a series of Classic American Iron - Automobiles and Motorcycles that I'm working on.
John is a self-taught colored pencil artist and photographer. John’s specialty is photographing wildlife, nature, architecture, and automotive subjects. He uses his photography as reference to create, produce and share an art piece allowing others a glimpse into that secret world of wildlife, nature and the world that he sees.
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Steam Traction Engine No 87964 by Marilyn Theisel
42x30.5 cm (16 1/2 x 12 inches), Prismacolor Pencils on Arches 300 gsm NOT cotton paper
This Steam Traction engine was built in 1937 by Marshalls, Sons & Co, England, for the Tasmanian Public Works Department to crush rocks. It was used till 1957 when steam engines were no longer used. My work is done from my own photograph when I saw this engine at an Open Garden Day, Hadspen, Tasmania. I was struck by its aged, worn colors of reds and blues now disappearing over the years. I wanted to portray how beautiful this engine once was and still is and to document in color a part of our industrial heritage here in my homeland.
Marilyn Theisel commenced art at the late age of 61 years and completed an Assoc. Degree in Visual Arts in 2017. A member of local Art Societies and textile groups, Marilyn Theisel uses layers in all her artworks. Colored pencil is a favorite medium due to this process.
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