March 2019 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

Posted on February 28, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

The three artists featured in the March 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. In their posts below, each artist shares their inspiration for their beautiful art.


The Heart of Passion 
by James Thomas
11.25 X 14.275 inches
Prismacolor on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. (Artist’s own photo.)

Passiflora Incarnata is commonly known as the Passion Flower or Maypop. I found a vine growing on our property, at the edge of the woods, about seven years ago. After collecting a few seed pods, I planted several around my front yard. I think they are one of the most beautiful native flowers that I have ever seen. They grow wild in the Southeastern U.S. They are a very hardy plant and can be invasive. After seeing the flower for several years I just had to attempt to get it on paper. I took a photo and it inspired the colored pencil piece that you now see. The title was given by a botanist monk who first recorded them and loosely translates as "the Passion of Christ incarnated into a flower." So in a way this could be considered a religious painting done with pencils.

About James Thomas:

James Thomas started doing artwork on his mother's living room floor. At the age of five he was drawing Flipper from the TV program. He later fell in love wth oil painting while in the 7th grade and after high school he did auto paint and body repair until he hurt his knees in 1991. He went to college and received his master's degree in 3D Studio.

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Wildcat Pride 
by Dina Kowal
11 x 14 inches
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Caran D'Ache Pablos, and Holbein colored pencils on Crescent Standard 4-ply matboard (Creative Commons photo.)

I spend quite a bit of my creative time working on commissioned pet portraits. During a break between orders, I wanted to apply my acquired skills to a drawing of a wild animal and see where that took me. Our small town mascot is the Wildcat, so I chose to work on a "big cat." I am hoping the finished artwork can be used on prints, cards, or other merchandise to help support our local schools in some way. This piece was an enjoyable challenge, with all its variations in texture and patterns in the fur. I used a weaving needle to etch the whiskers and details in the fur, and lifted out larger highlights in the fur with a detail eraser. For the more fluffy shoulder fur, I used a battery eraser to lift out highlights and add texture. I applied multiple layers of short fur strokes to build up dimension and depth over the entire piece, building from light to dark. I post photos of my progress online, and I love it when people say they feel like they could sink their hands into the fur!

About Dina Kowal:

A self-taught artist, Dina has worked for over a decade as a brand ambassador, licensed illustrator. and educator in the paper arts industry. She has recently expanded her work to include commissioned portraits as well as original colored pencil and mixed media art. She lives with her husband and four children in rural Missouri.

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by Greg Smith
10 x 11 inches
Prismacolor pencil on Crescent off-white matboard. (Photo used with permission of client.)

Liese was a commissioned portrait. The only reference the client could manage for me was a 1.5x1.5 inch black & white photo from a high school year book. Apart from being told the subject's eye color, I was left to my own devices to determine skin tone, and color of flowers and clothes. Up to that time this was my hardest challenge and I regard it as one of my favorite pieces. It was also one of my first uses of Prismacolor pencils after decades of working only with Derwent color pencils. I was pleasantly surprised at the "buttery" texture of the Prismacolor and how it helped in creating a relatively smooth skin for the subject. I am completely self-taught, having never attended art classes or workshops, or learning the use of solvents or blending agents.

About Greg Smith:

Greg is from Sydney, Australia and is retired from a 30-plus year career as a graphic designer in the publishing and printing industries. He was encouraged from a very early age to develop his artistic gift, eventually settling on color pencil as his preferred medium. He is regarded as an accomplished portrait artist of virtually any subject.

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These artworks were published in the March 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.

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You Just Never Know

Posted on February 25, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 2 Comments

by Sherry Goeben

You never ever know where life will lead you! One of the most devastating events in my life became a pathway back into the art world and to discover the most rewarding artistic medium I’ve ever known – colored pencils. It was an “ashes to beauty” type of journey for me.

If the darkness hadn’t come into my life I don’t know if I would have come back to art or not.

“Seal Bicolor Ragdoll Cutie” This is 9x12 and was done on Strathmore Bristol Vellum with Luminance, Polychromos, Derwent Lightfast colored pencils, and Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils (background). Reference Photo is my own.

I had always loved to draw and paint but it had been many years since I had picked up a pencil or brush. I had painted with acrylics, oils, and watercolors but not since my mother’s death in the early 1990’s. I realized just how much her approval and pleasure had mattered to me for my art endeavors. The loss of her stifled any desire to create art for many years. After her death, my husband and I became very active at our church – he was an elder, I was on the ladies ministry board, and we both taught Sunday school in the children’s department. We also worked full time and still had one of our children living at home. Life had become complicated and super busy so art was pushed to the background. The desire was there but time was precious and couldn’t be spared for drawing or painting. I wanted to get back into doing art but the extra time needed just wasn’t there. In 2007 my husband and I moved from Maryland to central Pennsylvania in order to be closer to our eleven grandchildren. We built our dream home and had settled down to a nice but hectic life. My husband had built a gorgeous 13x24 studio over our garage which I loved.

Living happily ever after was not what happened next. In 2009 both of us lost our jobs within a month of each other. Due to the recession and living in a rural area, it took seven long months for either of us to find employment. Neither one of us could find salaries that were even close to our previous incomes. As a result we struggled financially for three long years before finally throwing in the towel and making the decision to downsize to a more affordable home.

In 2012 we put our home up for sale and that summer I started selling off all my art and craft supplies. I knew I was never going to oil paint again so my brushes and mediums were the first items to be listed on eBay. I was thrilled that they sold pretty quickly so I continued to rummage through drawers and bins to find other items to sell. Over the years I had accumulated quite a mass of crafting supplies so there were lots and lots of stuff to sell on eBay.

“Chestnut Racing in the Wind” It's 9x12 on Fabriano Artistico hp 140 lb watercolor paper with Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils, Derwent Inktense, Luminance, Polychromos, and Derwent Lightfast colored pencils. Ref photo - Karen Broemmelsick.

While going through some of the bins one day I stumbled upon watercolors that I hadn’t touched since 1995. Wondering if there was any online market for artwork on eBay, I did a search and low and behold I discovered ACEOs, which stands for, art cards editions and originals. They are tiny pieces of art that are the same size as baseball trading cards. The only rule for them was that the dimensions had to be 2.5” x 3.5”. I also discovered an entire community of artists and collectors for this size of art that existed on eBay and Facebook. So, I decided to try painting a couple, list on eBay, and see what would happen. And, to my delight, people started bidding on my ACEOs. A couple of months later I joined an eBay ACEO community group which shortly thereafter migrated to Facebook.

“Parental Control” This is 8x10 on Clairfontaine Pastelmat with Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils (underpainting), Luminance, Polychromos & Pablo colored pencils, and Pan Pastels (grass). The reference photo is from Paul Sherman.

Colored pencils are still my favorite medium and even after six years I’m still learning new techniques all the time!  

If it had not been for the recession I don’t know if I would have ever returned to the art world. It’s been a wonderful journey that started out on such a despairing note but ultimately led me to colored pencils and all the wonderful artists that I have the privilege to know! I have learned not to dread the future when things don’t look promising. You just never know!



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 where she loves to share her knowledge and techniques with fellow artists.

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February 2019 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

Posted on January 31, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

The three artists featured in the February 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase share the stories behind their artwork for our blog. Find out what inspired each of them to create their beautiful art.


Lilly Pilly by Robert Spedding
Lilly Pilly 
by Robert Spedding
14 x 10 inches
Prismacolor pencils on Arches Watercolor 300gsm smooth paper. (Artist’s own photo.)

Lilly Pilly is an artwork based on a tree in flower in my garden. The Lilly Pilly is a native Australian tree or shrub, with glossy leaves and a dense, bushy growth habit. It was a challenge to draw as I wanted to use the true color of the plant but played with dark and light to bring some leaves and fruit forward. I used the soft, fluffy yellow flowers to draw the viewer into and through the drawing.

The deep red of the ripe fruit and new leaf growth provide contrast to the greens and yellows. To get the depth and effect I wanted, I started with the light colors and then added darker colors, blending layer after layer of color. Sometimes six or more layers of color were blended. I had a great time doing it and hope you enjoy it.

About Robert Spedding:

Robert Spedding
Rob began drawing in 2012, initially in black and white, then using Prismacolor pencils. Australian flora and fauna are key themes of his work, reflecting his keen interest in these subjects. He is particularly known for the attention to detail shown in his work.



Bejeweled by Barbara Dahlstedt
by Barbara Dahlstedt
30 x 24 inches
Prismacolor, Inktense, Neocolor II, Acrylic Paint, Ink, Birch Wood. (Artist’s own photo.)

Bejeweled was inspired by a young lady selling scarves at the Arizona Renaissance Festival last spring. Her two-toned red hair caught my eye and her costume was an intriguing challenge. I decided to draw it on wood so that I could display it framed, but without glass. I used two cans of Kamar Varnish before I got the consistent shine I was looking for. Another advantage in drawing on wood is that I was able to create the illusion of a wooden mat with part of the drawing breaking the picture frame. The tassel from her costume barely extends into the faux mat area, giving it a three-dimensional effect. I was delighted by how the wood accepted colored pencil and the water-soluble wax pastels. I was able to adjust my colors and get fine detail. I will definitely be working on wood again!

About Barbara Dahlstedt:

Barbara Dahlstedt
Barbara Dahlstedt enjoys living in Arizona. She is a recently retired high school art teacher. Teaching art has been a wonderful and rewarding experience, but Barbara is now free to explore her future as a fine artist. Her next chapter includes teaching colored pencil workshops and discovering her artistic potential.

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Mevagissey Harbour by Alison Powell
Mevagissey Harbour 
by Alison Powell
9 x 11 inches
Faber Castell Polychromos on Fabriano Artistico paper. (Artist’s own photo.)

This was a commission for a lady to give to her sister. Her sister loves Cornwall and it was to be a surprise for her 60th birthday. As I'd lived in Cornwall for 9 years, I had lots of reference photos and my client chose this one. I'm used to drawing pets and people, so this was completely different subject matter and a real learning curve! It included lots of challenges such as using a new type of paper, and the first time using Zest It blender (for the sky), etc. The water was the most challenging part as I'd never done that before either. My favorite part to draw was the shops on the left — I love the fact that I know what's behind the doors and windows in real life!

About Alison Powell:

Alison Powell
Although an artist and art teacher in the past, Alison only really discovered colored pencils in January 2016! She instantly fell in love with this medium and now solely uses colored pencils for her commissions. Until recently, she focused on drawing people and animals, but is now looking forward to completing more landscapes in the future.

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COLOR Magazine February 2019
These artworks were published in the
 February 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.

Download the 40-page digital version of the magazine for just $3.89, or subscribe and save 15%. Each issue is packed with step-by-step projects, critiques, colored pencil tips, artist profiles and much more.

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The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - February 2019

Posted on January 30, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

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!

Pepsi by Susan Murray
8 x 11 inches, PanPastel underpainting, Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils on Clairefontaine Pastelmat paper. Photo reference with permission from owner.

Pepsi sadly passed over the rainbow bridge not long after I started this commission. So I obviously wanted to do the best I could for Pepsi's owners. In their words he was a grumpy cat, but so loved. Firstly I concentrated on his eyes to try and achieve that "I'm content, but come any nearer and things could become dangerous!" look. I think the eyes capture so much of the subject's character whether it be human or animal. I then turned to the short fur on his head and face. It is so important with short fur to get the direction right as that and shadow placement is what builds up the contours/features. The fur on his chest, again direction is important but trying to achieve the fluffiness was a bit of a struggle, but I kept going adding so many layers until I ended up with something I was happy with and looked fluffy.
I hoped I had done Pepsi justice, but the lovely letter Pepsi's owners wrote me brought a tear to my eye and put a smile on my face.

About Susan:

Susan rediscovered her love for art 2 years ago after a viewing of a colored pencil YouTube video. She did a couple of dog portraits for a friend's wedding anniversary, this progressed to an Animal Art by Law workshop which was the catalyst to setting up her own Facebook page.

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Hooch by Kat Busby
9" x 12", Faber-Castell and Caran d'Ache Luminance on Arches Aquarelle, hot pressed, 300gm-140lb. 

Hooch, a Shar Pei, was a special commission for me as it was my first memorial drawing. I was presented with several reference photos but this one  captured the essence of the dog especially his character and beauty. His bandana was an enhancing addition which I felt added to the uniqueness of the drawing. I was thrilled that my client appreciated the work and that it will serve as a reminder of a wonderful companion. My primary approach to a drawing is to fully capture the eyes, these are of utmost importance, the owner knows these eyes, they have to be perfect and when the owner looks at the art they should feel that they are, once again, looking into the eyes of a dear friend. From there on the drawing develops via many layers of color which create a rich depth. Concentrating on the highlights and the shadows is what brings the drawing to life.

About Kat:

Kat uses coloured pencils, mostly Faber-Castell and Caran d’Ache Luminance, to create stunningly realistic drawings from photographs. Kat draws for clients in the U.K but has been commissioned to create work for clients internationally. Her ultra realism creations are mostly commissions but she still enjoys creating art for pleasure.

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Gonna Catch You by Lorri Dixon
9 x12 inches, Prismacolor on Pastelmat.
Photo Reference:  David Ash

This is the second piece of artwork that I've created without following any kind of tutorial or guide.  My very first attempt, on my own, was a kingfisher done in the summer - after I'd gone through about six colored pencil tutorials from fabulous instructors.  

In November, I attended a SOAR workshop and learned to create a cat using Pastelmat, Gamsol, and a Slice ceramic knife - all of which I'd never tried before.  I then wondered if I could apply the same techniques and create a tiger that I'd seen posted by David Ash (one of the terrific photographers who freely share photos with artists).  The tiger is special to me because, as David noted when he provided it, "these are dark days for wildlife," in particular after China's decision to reverse their law making use of tiger parts.

By utilizing the same techniques as those I used in the workshop, I was delighted in being able to create a semblance of this tiger!  However, I didn't actually think my artwork was worthy enough for a Pencil Box submission because I'm so new to the art world.  But, because of the encouragement by fabulous artists in the colored pencil Facebook groups that I belong to, I decided to enter!  I'm delighted that I did! While it's mind-blowing to be showcased along with the actual stellar artists, I'm incredibly honored and grateful that my artwork was chosen to be featured in such an awesome magazine!  

About Lorri:

Lorri Dixon started her journey in colored pencils and all things art related quite recently. In fact, it was May of 2018 when she began diligently working through various tutorials and trying her hand at a few of her own pieces. Looking forward to where she goes with this!

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Fox Cub Adventure by Janine Wilkins
A3, Canson heavyweight paper

I follow a family of foxes that has a den at the bottom of my garden. The first time I saw their offspring this spring was a joy and I was able to photograph them exploring from afar. They were unaware of my presence which made it all the more special to see them innocently playing. I chose this cub to draw as the afternoon sun shone on its fur bringing out the oranges and yellow of its coat. The grass trodden down from where they lay sunbathing near the den entrance. A range of colored pencils and blending techniques enabled me to portray the warmth and texture of the fox cub’s features and fur coat.

About Janine:

Janine loves wildlife and is passionate about drawing animals in colored pencil. She continues to look for ways to improve on her techniques by challenging herself to draw more characteristic animal poses that tell a story or reflect an atmosphere of the habitat in which the animal lives.

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These artworks were published in the February 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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Finding a Part of Myself That I Didn't Realize Existed

Posted on January 21, 2019 by Ann Kullberg | 3 Comments

by Andrea Placer

Some artists say they’ve always wanted to draw or make art; that drawing and making art have always been a part of their lives. Those thoughts and feelings were not true in my case. Growing up, I never consciously thought that making art would ever be a significant part of my life.

The path of my young life, growing up in the 50’s and 60’s was quite traditional: I finished college with a B.A in Biology, became a teacher (high school Science and Biology) married, started a family and then stopped teaching to care for our home and family full time. My interests and “strengths” were in academics, the sciences, and in language arts. When I later entered graduate school, it was to study Immunology.

"Autumn's Child" 12 x 9. One of my early drawings, of my granddaughter who is now 20.

Thinking back on those years, I did, however, spend time when possible going to adult-ed classes or dabbling at home in “‘hobby” activities that involved crafts, and drawing or painting. As the years passed, we lived in different areas and I always gravitated to an art-related class at a local school, Y, or art center. I tried pottery, acrylic, watercolor, oil painting, and enjoyed embroidery, crewel, knitting and sewing. I engaged all of these activities, but didn’t take them seriously. There was never a thought that what I did was worthy of anything more than my family’s appreciation.

That all changed when I viewed an exhibit of drawings, that turned out to be colored pencil, and was intrigued by them. I bought a book, a set of pencils and decided to try this “new” medium. I remember the feelings when I completed my first drawing; it was a combination of delight, pride and an intense desire to do more! I immodestly thought it was terrific. Drawing felt like a “perfect fit” to my personality, requiring patience and a willingness to work slowly and carefully. At that point I was still working full time as a Learning Disabilities Consultant in a local NJ school district. I had earned a Masters degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders in the late 70’s and worked on a Child Study Team (which I then headed) as an educational diagnostician (along with a School Social Worker and School Psychologist) to determine the eligibility of students for special education services. We also planned and monitored their programs.

"Petal Power" 11 x 14. The 1st of my drawings accepted into the CPSA International Exhibition.

My responsibilities didn’t leave much free time for art, but I would look forward to an hour or so (maybe) in the evening, working on a drawing in a large closet where I had set up a drawing surface. I was hooked! I continued to draw with colored pencils, took a class in graphite pencil drawing (which I still enjoy very much), and over the next couple of years, produced a group of drawings that pleased me. I decided to show them in a local outdoor arts and crafts show. Listening to people react very positively to them (when they didn’t know I was listening) was very encouraging, and when someone wanted to buy one (the 1st I had done that I loved) my confidence and motivation soared. Several years later I retired and was able (and very willing) to devote a lot more time to drawing. I took a chance and entered a non-members show at the Salmagundi Club in New York. I was thrilled to have it accepted and be part of such a prestigious show. As icing on the cake, it even received an award and I was invited to apply for membership.

Fast forward to the present. Drawing has provided me some wonderful experiences: meeting and getting to know other artists, membership in a gallery, participation in national and international juried shows with great artists, awards and recognition of my work, signature status in CPSA, membership in art organizations, and enjoyment of the work of other artists I’ve come to know. It has also given me the “gift” of having art be a significant part of my life and enriching my “later” years in ways I never imagined.

"Weathered Memories" 14 x 10 1/2. An example of my attraction to textured, weathered surfaces.

I’ve been very fortunate to have found this part of me that I really never knew or believed existed. It’s the part that derives tremendous pleasure from the drawing process; the part that communicates through a visual language; the part that allows me to express my enjoyment and wonder at the beauty of the world around me, and natural world in particular (maybe that’s the Biology major in me!), and share that with others through my drawings.


Andrea was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, but has lived in New Jersey for more than 40 years. She is essentially self-taught as a colored pencil artist, having begun to draw seriously in her late 50’s. Her work emphasizes textures, shapes, and patterns, a kind of, “real abstraction”. Andrea is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA,CPX), and is especially proud of having had her drawings published in several issues of CP Treasures, and several Richeson75 books.

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January 2019 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

Posted on December 31, 2018 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

The three artists featured in the January 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine Showcase submitted stories about their artwork for our blog. In their posts below, each artist shares their inspiration for their beautiful art.

by Kinsey Lane
18 x 24 inches
Derwent Lightfast, Derwent Coloursoft, and Prismacolor on Strathmore Bristol Board 400 series. (Artist’s own reference photo.)

"Memory" is a story of a captive tiger laying restlessly as countless of zoo-goers press their faces to the glass to catch a glimpse of one of the zoo's largest cats. The tiger gets up slowly to turn his back to the glass and slumps his head on his arm as he lays down once more. I stand on a distant bridge facing him, slowly focusing in on his face with my telephoto lens. I know nothing of this tiger's backstory, but he stares off into the distance as if remembering a time he was once free in the wild.

I often take trips to the zoo to photograph animals as I did this tiger and I always wonder what the thoughts and emotions going through my subject's mind are. Are they content? Do they long for something more? "Memory" is a story created in my mind as I observed a tiger in my local zoo. I decided to create a close-up image of the tiger's face to place emphasis on the tiger's distant gaze and cause the viewer to think, "What is going on in this tiger's mind?" as I did. I chose a vibrant — almost dangerous — color palette to show the struggle of my subject's thoughts despite his seemingly content pose. The tiger's surroundings vanish as if the viewer is falling into the tiger's thought plane. I chose purple as the background color as an allusion to psychic energy and to create a complementary color contrast between the purple background and the glowing yellow tiger.

About Kinsey Lane:

Kinsey Lane is a long-time animal lover and wildlife artist. She began her artistic journey in sculpture. She was drawn to the colored pencil medium by her husband Jesse Lane, also a colored pencil artist. She is a sculpture and digital art teacher and lives in The Woodlands, Texas with her two whippets, two bearded dragons, and one husband.

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Flame Tree by Kevin Rogers
20 x 12 inches
Prismacolour and Polychromos pencils on Art Spectrum 210gsm Hot Press Stock. Blending was done by utilizing odorless solvent with fine brushes and Derwent Blending and Burnishing pencils. (Photo reference: Pixabay)

The artwork is an iconic panorama of a typical Australian rural landscape. Every corner I turned on my five laps of driving around country Australia I saw this type of scene. When I saw this photo I just had to do justice to the old dead tree in the paddock because even though it only serves to be a home for the odd Australian marsupial now, it had once provided lifesaving shade to livestock under the scorching Australian summer sun. This tree served Australia and the cattleman well for many decades, but now stands as a decaying remnant of a once proud servant.

Australia is the most arid of all continents and when drought strikes, it hits the man on the land very hard. Most of Australia’s center is treeless. I lived in a town of eight people in the centre of the Northern Territory for eight years. In summer the temperature hit over 50 degrees Celsius (122 F) in the shade, so trees, even though sparse, were lifesavers to the tens of thousands of cattle on the many million acre cattle stations throughout Australia.

It is because of the service of the humble tree I dedicate this artwork to its noble service, respect to the livestock it sheltered and by simply by playing its part in adding beauty to the landscape.

About Kevin Rogers:

Kevin was born in Brisbane but raised at the Gold Coast. He has been interested in art from the age of 13 and has never stopped painting and drawing throughout his life. He has won various art awards in differing media throughout Australia and overseas. At the tender age of 61 Kevin has now settled in a tiny town called Howard, in Queensland.

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Reflections A La Pears by Tammy Hoffert
9 x 12 inches
FC Polychromos, CDA Luminance, and Prismacolor Premiers on Black Strathmore Paper. (Artist’s own photo.)

I love setting up still lives and taking my own reference photos. I enjoy taking the photos from different angles and playing with light and shadow to create different moods, which was what I did for "Reflections A La Pears." I chose to use black paper because it produces such vibrant colors when you lay down the colored pencil layers, and highlights seem to sing!

I had a blast, as I put down each stroke of color to create mood, texture, and form. The most challenging part of this piece for me was the metal tray. I wanted to show the character of the tray with its beautiful engraving, while still showing the reflections of the pears, and shadows on the tray.

About Tammy Hoffert:

Tammy Jo Hoffert is a self-taught colored pencil artist. She lives in Minot, ND with her husband Pete, and niece Tori, and of course their three kitties. Tammy has been doing colored pencil art professionally for three years, doing commissions and creating her own artwork. Her focus is on doing still lifes and florals, but also does portraits and wildlife.

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These artworks were published in the January 2019 issue of COLOR Magazine.

Download the 40-page digital version of the magazine for just $3.89, or subscribe and save 15%. Each issue is packed with step-by-step projects, critiques, colored pencil tips, artist profiles and much more.

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The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - January 2019

Posted on December 30, 2018 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

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!

Whisper by Annemarie Schütz
A3 (29,7x42cm), Polychromos on Hahnemühle Nostalgie.

Drawing white fur on white paper has always been the most difficult challenge to me because you have to use any color but white. I wanted to improve my skills and thought about which animal I could draw. A unicorn seemed to be the most suited to my aim. A unicorn is the embodiment of innocence, purity, mystery and wisdom. Drawing it on white paper seemed to be the perfect way to do it justice. I decided to use lots of soft colors like light blue, purple, pink, and yellow to reveal its beautiful nature - and I think it was the right decision.

About Annemarie:


Ami Schütz is 31 year old artist from Germany. She started drawing with colored pencils in March 2017 and immediately fell in love with them. Just two months later she began to take commissions. Lifelike pet portraits and wildlife art are her main subjects.

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In the Soccer Field by Angela Mende
9x12 inches, Faber-Castell Polychromos on Canson Mixed Media

I chased this bee all over the soccer field, in the park behind our house, before I finally got the shot which was used as a reference for this drawing.  I think it's wonderful how even in an urban environment we can always find incredible creatures, if we just take the time to look for them.  I love drawing insects, but as an added challenge for this piece, I decided to add a background, which I had never really done before.  It allowed me to experiment with new blending techniques, overall light balance and composition.  It was very time consuming, but very satisfying and definitely worth the end result.  

About Angela:

An architect by trade, Angela has always had a love for details and a desire to understand how things are built.  In much the same way, she enjoys learning about each creature she draws and seeks to share their beauty through her art.  

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Fits the Bill by Kathryn Hansen
18.25x7.5 inches, colored pencil on Stonehenge paper

By his name alone, the Brown Pelican sounds rather dull and mundane but after many encounters with them along the exquisite shores of Southern California I found that not to be true at all. The Brown Pelican is actually quite a splashy bird, which I truly enjoyed drawing. For me, it's been quite rare in drawing animals over the years to be able to incorporate a host of colors such as navy blue, moss greens, crimson and coral colors in one animal. Plus with his elongated neck and extensive bill I thought he made an extremely fun subject to draw.

About Kathryn:

Kathryn Hansen received her BFA degree from the University of Stevens Point, WI. She went on to study art at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and Associates of Art in CA. The foundation of her work is in capturing the essence and soul of the animals she draws.

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Sein Revier (His Hunting Ground) by Ronald Firla
20 x 38 cm., Faber-Castell Polychromos on Hahnemühle Nostalgie

On a hiking trip, I saw a sports fisher in the water of a creek. Memories and longing seized me! As children we always played outside in the meadow or in the forest, went fishing on the river. This smell of water and plants, light between trees, reflection in water - it was like times before! You must paint this! - I thought so. Weeks later, I grabbed pencil and paper. From a photo I took the fisherman, changed the landscape and made a sketch. Faber-Castell Polychromos are my favorite pencils, Hahnemühle Nostalgie the right paper. I did not want a colorful autumn color that would have made the picture too corny. At the top the leaves of the trees as framing, below the reflection in the water – that was my idea.
The texture that comes through the pencils is typical of my pictures - because they are pure (dry) CP works, without priming coat, without Markers, Watercolor or other media. 20...30 hours. Layer over layer! We say in Germany, "Langsam wächst die deutsche Eiche" (The German oak grows slowly) and that's what it is. It takes time and patience for a picture in colored pencil !

About Ronald:

Ronald is a self-taught pencil artist and lives with wife and kids nearby Dresden, Germany.

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


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