The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - September 2017

The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - September 2017

September 2017 Featured Artists. 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!

Monkeys by Kathleen Smith
16 x 20 in
Faber Castell Polychromos, Caran D'Ache Pablos and Prismacolor Premier and
Verithin colored pencils on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Own Reference.

On a trip to the Jacksonville Florida Zoo, I took pictures of these irresistible little Monkeys. I knew right away that I would have to draw them. I selected three different photos to use and designed a jungle gym of branches to place them in. This was a very fun piece to create and draw.

About Kathleen

Kathleen has been drawing and using colored pencils for two years. She is a member of the national CPSA and two district chapters in Florida. Within the two short years of using colored pencil, her pieces have been published in Hidden Treasures, Color Magazine and Strokes of Genius 9.



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Akha Old Lady by Aye Hleing
14 x 17 in
Colored Pencil on Strathmore Bristol 300 Series Vellum Paper. Reference Photo : Kind permission by Artist Hla Myint Swe.

The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe who live in small villages at higher elevations in the mountains of Myanmar. Akha wear a trapezoidal colt cap covered in silver studs with coins on the beaded side flaps and long chains of linked silver rings hanging down each side.Their headdress is what attracted me to do this portrait.

About Aye

Hleing Aye became interested in colored pencil in 2002 and learned techniques from various colored pencil art instruction books and YouTube. His professional career is an engineer but his dream is to become a colored pencil artist.


Zion by Cathrine Buch
42 x 59 cm
Faber Castell Polychromos, Caran d'ache Pablo Colored pencils and Panpastels on Sterling paper.

The dog of my portrait is Zion - an extraordinary Australien Shepherd. He is Danish Champion in both Obedience and Freestyle (Dogdancing). I had the pleasure of seeing him performing live with his handler Pernille Sørensen, and every time they left the audience completely stunned. So, when Pernille asked me to draw a commission of Zion I couldn’t say no! I especially loved drawing his intense and colorful eyes.

About Catherine

Cathrine Buch is a very creative spirit. She has been drawing and painting all her life. Meanwhile, she also loves playing music and has recently finished her master in Classical Guitar in both Denmark and Spain. Cathrine is self-taught in the arts of drawing and painting.
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Soulful by Dennise Wanless
28 x 38 cm
Colored pencils on Arches smooth watercolor paper.

Soulful was a labour of love. I wanted to capture the voicelessness and sorrow of this magnificent species while highlighting the battle they have just to survive. This drawing began as a side project but the further into I got, the harder it was to work on anything else. The fine hairs and wrinkles were challenging and I found that indenting the paper in some parts helped a lot. The addition of the blues and purples were a lot of fun and probably ended up slightly bolder than I had initially intended, but once I got going with that purple polychromos….I couldn't put it down!

About Dennise

Australian artist, Dennise Wanless has always loved working with colored pencil. Having recently picked up her pencils after a 20 year hiatus, she is enjoying them more than ever. Her art style leans towards photo realism with a sometimes quirky addition of color.

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


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