SOAR Workshops - 2 Fun-Filled Days and a Lifetime of Memories

Posted on December 21, 2018 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

All smiles on the final day of Rhonda Dicksion's SOAR Colored Pencil Workshop in November - Blooming Roses on Drafting Film.

“Very good, and fun. Would recommend. Like that I got individual help when needed, my questions answered. She even would demo the answer to show.”
- Attendee from Rhonda Dicksion's SOAR Workshop


Over a year ago, Ann Kullberg had a mission: find a way to bring more colored pencil classes to more cities across the country than ever before. Ann has been teaching portrait workshops for over 20 years, and in all that time one thing is clear: you wanted more! More cities, more variety of subjects, and more unique techniques to learn.

It has been a huge undertaking - but SOAR is finally soaring! Ann Kullberg spent months planning and training a group of SOAR Certified Instructors to bring you quality CP workshops that offer everything you've come to expect from the Ann Kullberg team, and so much more.

Gemma Gylling's November 2018 SOAR Workshop
“Very organized - great instructional material - beautiful in fact! Helpful instructor. I learned some new, useful techniques that I will definitely use!”
- Attendee from Gemma Gylling's Majestic Cat SOAR Workshop

There are so many elements of fun built into SOAR Workshops.
Not only do you get to spend 2 full days with an award-winning instructor who is certified to teach by Ann Kullberg herself - but you'll walk away with all sorts of goodies! These include a custom SOAR sash, a collectible pin for every workshop you attend, and even a SOAR Passport to earn stamps for rewards.


Don't take have to take our word for it, though!
Here's some of the recent feedback from workshop attendees:

“Outstanding talent - complete engagement of instructor with class. Keep this up - excellent class!”

“The instructor was a joy to learn from and the quality of instruction was excellent. The instructor was wonderful - knowledgeable & positive. I liked the materials and subject matter. I enjoyed the positive approach of the instructor and the way she created a community out of the class.”

A student's progress at Amy Lindenberger's Winsome Portrait SOAR Workshop.


“Excellent way to learn techniques from top instructors.”

“Good for all levels and past experience with colored pencil.”


We now offer 13 different classes in locations across the country. There even might be one near you in 2019!




The Watch Journey

Posted on December 15, 2018 by Ann Kullberg | 1 Comment

by Bonnita Moaby

Bremont Supersonic

I have had such a journey in my recent art career. I haven’t been doing it that long in respect to some other amazing artists out there. I love to draw just about anything; if it challenges me then I will give it a go. I love to work with all mediums but there is something so satisfying about using colored pencils that is so rewarding. You are sat there with a blank canvas and over many hours you stand back and there is a whole drawing there! It's a Zen for me, my peaceful place, I am incredibly lucky to do what I enjoy as my career.

After doing many portraits of animals and people I felt the need to challenge myself, I wanted to push my skills and see just how “real” I could draw. At first I started drawing larger pieces—the biggest being my Spirit Warrior horse which is 60"x55”, but I still wasn’t getting the feeling of being challenge that I wanted. I was looking for something more intricate, detailed and totally different to what's out there at the moment. I wanted something that would push my abilities and my art out from the noise and more into the front to be seen, something I could sit for hours on end and draw and each part would be different from the last.

Bremont 1918

My inspiration came from my husband who loves watches; the trouble was most fronts of the watches didn’t inspire me so I went on the prowl to find one to draw. I came across this amazing company whose watches hold a lot of history and contain parts of the airplane the watch is built after. I found the Bremont DH-88 and INSTANTLY fell in love with the back design. You can see all the details and it fully met my needs to draw detail. Nervously, I asked permission to draw one of their watches (if you don’t ask you don’t get right?) and after many emails I got the go ahead. I was and am very lucky as the Co-Founders loved my work and still follow my Instagram journey. They loved the watch and even shared it on their account.

A few months later out of the blue I got an email from Bremont who wanted to commission me to do draw their watch for their new limited edition release that was announced in October this year. Of course I jumped at the chance as I know from their watches just how beautiful and detailed they are, I thrive on drawing detail so these projects are just perfect for me.

Bremont DH-88 the watch that started it all

I was very nervous about making sure it was perfect for them, not only for my pride but I wanted to ensure they got the best out of me and my ability. Once I got the photo they wanted me to draw, I managed to get it drawn out in around 17 hours. I had to record and take photos of my progress for them to share on their social media and it gained a lot o attention. I was lucky enough to get some commission from Bremont owners and enthusiasts.

The Co-Founders were over the moon with it and now the original drawing hangs in their London Mayfair boutique.

I hope that this encourages other artists to push their boundaries and try something new, it was a refreshing experience drawing something other than hair, skin and fur! Don’t get me wrong I adore drawing it all but a change is as a good as a rest.

I have since drawn the Bremont 1918 for a private commission and my next watch is the Bremont Wright Flyer which I will be starting shortly making a total of 4 so far!

About Bonnita:

In her time since starting up her art venture Bonnita has published 2 coloring books & licensed her work. She went on to win the #WOW award (Women on Wednesday) from Jacqueline Gold & the #queenof award for Pencils. 2018 saw her draw for one of the biggest watch companies in the world for the launch of their limited edition watch the Bremont Supersonic. Recognition from Tom Hardy for a portrait she did of his 3 dogs as his characters has ensure that this year will clearly be a memorable one.

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December 2018 Showcase - Colored Pencil Artwork

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

The three artists featured in the December 2018 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 Elizabeth Hatwell-Evans
17 x 12 inches
Caran d'Ache Luminance and Derwent Lightfast, on Canson pastel paper.
(Public domain photo.)

Henna tattoo on bare back of Indian bride. This drawing was inspired by the mystique of Indian brides. Often we see henna as a vital part of the wedding dress, but what lies underneath is for only her new husband to see. I was surprised to find that the beautiful henna art is painted all over the bride's body. It was particularly difficult to attain the correct tones of the skin and contrasting with the henna hues. I used the new Derwent Lightfast pencils; this was my first drawing using them. I found them to be smooth and velvety, but some were difficult to sharpen, so I had to go gentle in case of breakage. However, the new tones in black and whites were fabulous. To have such a choice in these tones is fabulous and I can't wait for the rest of the hues to be released. My ever-faithful Caran d'Ache Luminance blender pencil gave the blending I wanted to achieve in the skin tones.

About Elizabeth Hatwell-Evans:

Elizabeth is a colored pencil artist living in South Australia. She is inspired by women from around the world and various cultures, and loves to capture culture and beauty from around the world.

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by Shana Rowe Jackson
14 x 11 inches
Prismacolor, Polychromos, Luminance, and Derwent Drawing colored pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes (white, smooth side).
(Artist's own photo.)

I did this drawing of my husband from a photo that I took of him while we were visiting my dad one day. I loved the way his beard looked against the fall trees, and the way his sunglasses reflected everything around him. I had been wanting to draw a picture of him for a while because even though I had painted him in the past, it had been a long time, and I had not done a realistic drawing of him in colored pencil yet. As soon as I took the photo I knew that it would be the one! There are so many things about this that make it so uniquely Jason, like the hoodie. Also, the reference photo was taken in the yard where we met, which makes it all that more special. Something else that drew me to doing this drawing was the fact that he was outdoors with trees in the background. I love drawing landscapes, and trees are one of my favorites. All in all, this was a joy to create and I am very happy with how it came out. Jason is pleased as well.

About Shana Rowe Jackson:

Shana Rowe Jackson has had a lifelong interest in creating art and has painted for years, mostly in acrylic. She started her journey with colored pencils in May of 2014 and instantly fell in love with the medium and its ability to create realism with fine details.

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Valarie - a Gentle Girl 
by Kay Eakin
8 x 10 inches
Prismacolor Premium Colored Pencil on black mat board.
(Artist’s own photo.)

This beautiful Amish horse was pulling a carriage for an Amish woman who had just finished grocery shopping. Living so closely to Walnut Creek and Berlin, Ohio, my husband and I spend many days in this beautiful countryside. I have always been intrigued by the various uses of horses in the Amish community. So many provide transportation and wait patiently while their owners stop to shop. Valarie was waiting patiently for her owner and I noticed all her extra gear. She seemed so elegant that I couldn't resist taking her picture. Her owner returned and I spoke with her. She said, "Valarie is a friendly and gentle gal who loves people. She has served me for many faithful years. I don't know what I would do without her." I couldn't help transforming that photograph into a beautiful colored pencil drawing. Many more visits to this beautiful countryside will bring about more colored pencil drawings of these magnificent creatures put on this earth to serve the needs of their masters.

About Kay Eakin:

Retiring after 25 years directing music, Kay has found more time to pursue her love of colored pencil. She had taken classes casually over the past several years but now has the time to really work on new techniques and developing a better eye for honing her craft.


These artworks were published in the December 2018 issue of COLOR Magazine.

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The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - December 2018

Posted on November 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! 

Eyes of Blue by Peggy Osborne
11x14, on Robert Bateman Series, 110 lb. paper, using Prismacolor pencils and Brush and Pencils, titanium white and touch-up texture. 

I have drawn a lot of cats over the years and they are all special but the moment I saw the reference photo of this beauty, it touched me and I knew I had to draw it. I was pleased with how well it flowed but at the same time, I was sad to see it end, it was one of those that you want to work on every day. Looking into those enchanting eyes was soothing to my soul. I have had so many comments on my cat portraits and how well I capture the eyes. This one was not a disappointment. 

About Peggy:

Peggy Osborne is an accomplished self-taught artist specializing in creating beautiful realistic portraits of your pets in colored pencil. Capturing the soul of the animal, not just a portrait. Peggy loves sharing her work and bringing joy to others through her drawings.

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Beyond Words by Susan Wehrman
12"x16", Prismacolor Pencils on Canson Mi-Teintes

"Beyond Words" depicts the special bond shared between humans and their beloved canine companions who have etched special places in their hearts.  However diverse we may be, this bond with our animals is universal and transcends all languages and borders -- it is beyond words.  This emotions and nonverbal communication stirred by this scene simply took my breath away.  I specialize in pet portraits with a mission to portray the essence of my subjects -- beyond two dimensional photos -- to capture the life in their eyes and their gentle and loving spirit.  Consequently, my method of choice is colored pencil, a medium which affords me this level of precision in rendering fine details.  By the time a piece is completed, having sculpted every curve of their faces and every nuance of their expression, I have come to know them intimately; and I love them all.

About Susan:

Susan didn’t set out to become an artist, but had a passion early on; as tempera paints, paper and glue represented a vision to be fulfilled.  Other children longed for toys, but she longed for the hobby shop and paint-by-number kits.  Today, she specializes in pet and nature portraits.

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Debbie’s Baby Girl by Jennifer Rundberg
16 x 24 inches. Colored pencil and watercolor pencil on Crescent suede mat board. Commissioned portrait.

This portrait is special to me because of the client who commissioned the piece. She had been wanting to match an existing pastel portrait of her older daughter that was done many years ago. She was given my name by a mutual friend, and she brought the older portrait with her to show me. While I could not match the pastel style of the older artwork, I told her that I felt sure that I could give her a beautiful piece that would complement the older portrait.

When the piece was completed, and I handed her the artwork, Debbie’s eyes started watering up. She loved the portrait and it was very special to see her look over the picture of her young daughter’s likeness. She made my day by her warmth and extremely positive reaction to my work.

I think that is one of the best parts of painting/drawing children and pets. I try my best to capture their personality and warmth—especially in their eyes and mouth—and hope that I have done my best to show them in the very best possible manner I can.


Jennifer is an award winning artist working in design, illustration, and fine art. Her first love is drawing, working in pencil, oil, and digital illustration. She has her BFA in Advertising Design, and is completing her Masters in Art Therapy. She is a member of the CPSA, SCBWI, & AATA.

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Colourful by Silke Kirch
11 x 14 inches, Colored pencils, pan pastels and pastel pencils on Pastelmat

I have chosen this colorful photo because I wanted to try out my Derwent Lightfast pencils which just arrived. The plan was to finish the artwork exclusively with these particular pencils and because they are only available in a 36 pencil set I was looking for a subject where I could see the available colors of the pencils in the reference photo as well. But it wouldn't be me if I not ended up with a bunch of pencils and a huge mess on my desk. Can anybody relate? So I also used Polychromos, Luminance and Pablo pencils and a few pastel pencils as well. For the soft background I used pan pastels. I can honestly say that I love the new Lightfast range and I can't wait to get my hands on more of those pencils.

About Silke:

Silke is a self taught artist and enjoys drawing animals the most. She enjoys working with colored pencils very much but also loves to try as many other mediums as possible. So far she has worked with soft pastels, pastel pencils, watercolor, acrylic inks, alcohol inks and scratch board.

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These artworks are published in the December 2018 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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My Love of Horses

Posted on November 21, 2018 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

by Ute Koskie

'Whoa', Prismacolor on Art Spectrum Colourfix smooth black, 40x60cm., own reference. This piece took 70 hours to complete and was the most difficult one to date.

From an early age I recall of having a paint brush or pencil in hand and leaving my mark on anything I could find, and it did not stop there and, to date, it has still not stopped. I recall visiting a childhood friend, who was drawing a horse for a school project. I was in awe and decided there and then that I would draw horses, a great love of mine.

At the age of 9, I experienced the loss of 2 family members. I locked myself in my room, becoming a recluse for months. Eventually I began tracing things from books, then copying the colors used. I began drawing objects in my room creating still life drawings of my own. My mother noticed this and began purchasing art supplies in her bid to encourage me. At that time I didn't realize that art was to become the greatest therapy for me, it would benefit and ground me on numerous occasions throughout my life and continues to do so.

Eventually I ventured out and refound my love of horses. Riding at every opportunity and drawing them every chance I got. My early attempts were unimpressive, but as the years progressed, my interpretations and understanding of the horse became second nature.

Whilst working in inner Melbourne as a Graphic Designer and Electronic Publisher, I became seriously ill. It was at this stage in my life my husband decided that we are going to move to our farm. Having recovered from surgery, we then focused on the important things in life, happiness, less stress and my artistic future.

Up until 2001, I was self taught and felt I was blocked in moving forward. Then, as a mature aged student, spent the next 3 years studying all aspects of art; painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture. At the end of all the hard work and studying I gained my Diploma of Visual Arts, graduating with honors including 3 majors. This in turn gave me the confidence to enter various competitions and held 4 successful exhibitions (3 solo and 1 joint).

'Mr arising', Prismacolor on Art Spectrum Colourfix Smooth black, 19.5x28cm, own reference. This is from my Blue Moon Series, and only using a minimal number of colors.

It was in 2015 that I took up colored pencils seriously. I found them to be fascinating and challenging, and I do love a challenge. I began exploring different brands of pencils, different surfaces and methods of use and found that I truly enjoy working with them.

My preferred brand of colored pencils are Prismacolor. I simply love their range of colors and their blendability. I also have Faber-Castell Polychromos and a set of Caran d'Ache Luminance. Yes, I must admit that I was terrified of using the Luminance at first but have found them to be beautiful. All these colored pencils work very well together and on different types of surfaces.

In my experimental stages, to find how they work on various surfaces, I made color swatches of each color and pencil to see how they will benefit me, and have always find this an advantage. During this experiment I have found that Arches HP (smooth) 300gsm watercolor paper is brilliant in many ways. It can take layers, easy to blend on, easy to erase with minimal disturbances to the paper itself. I have also found that Zest-It or Odorless Turps work well in this paper. Yet the smoothness, depending on the subject, can be a little annoying as there is little or no tooth. I am yet to apply some 'Pastel Primer', to which you are also able to add acrylic for a tint, to the paper for some tooth to make working on this paper even more enjoyable.

I have also produced a few wonderful pieces on Art Spectrum Colourfix Smooth, which also comes in various colors. The surface does have a fine texture, which I find perfect for my equine art. I tend to work on this as I would with pastels and using the color of the paper in my favor. Whilst drawing on this surface I tend to start with light pressure and build up to hard pressure giving good totals. For any erasing I tend to use a kneadable eraser to lift color off instead of rubbing which may damage the surface.

Mi-Teintes Tex is another great surface to work on and has similarities to the Art Spectrum Colourfix, however, the texture is very toothy and tends to 'eat' my pencils.

'Arab', Prismacolor on Black Art Spectrum Colourfix Smooth, H20.5 x W28cm, own reference. This one is also from my Blue Moon Series, here you can see how I use the color of the paper to my favor.

I have found that with each new piece a new challenge presents itself which in turn gives a new determination to work through the challenge. I believe my work is growing and developing from strength to strength.

I have begun entering various challenges and competitions over the last 2 years and I am thrilled and humbled with the results, by winning numbers awards, honorable mentions and being invited to enter equine art competitions in Australia and internationally.

In the future I hope to develop a Step-by-Step tutorial on colored pencil horse portraits for those wishing to start, improve, develop and follow their dreams in the colored pencil art world. From there, the future, who knows but I do intend to continue to follow my dream of bringing my artwork to all.

My advice to anyone wanting to work in colored pencils, it takes time, patience and practice to get to a particular self imposed standard, so the main thing is to enjoy the process, have fun and remember, you will get there.

 About Ute:

Ute Koskie lives in country Victoria, Australia, working in oils, acrylics and sculpture. It was from 2015 that Ute became serious in working with colored pencils as it lends itself very well to realism and fine details.Her inspirations come from her country surrounds, be it rocks, old rundown houses, animals and predominantly her beloved horses. Ute has won numerous awards within Australia and Internationally, and is a Signature Member of the Coloured Pencil Community of Australasia.

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My Love of Botanical Art and Colored Pencils

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Ann Kullberg | 0 Comments

by Melinda Edstein

'Monkey Cups'. To be included in the Hunt Institute's 16th International Exhibition.

I was fortunate to grow up on a large suburban block on the outskirts of Sydney, where my mother was a passionate and talented gardener. My sisters, neighbors and I played in our backyard – sucking sweet nectar from prawn plant flowers, making paper from papyrus, and mixing ‘cakes’ from cotoneaster berries (luckily we didn’t actually eat these poisonous morsels).

Our father was an expert fisherman, and most of our family day trips and holidays revolved around beaches and rivers or camping next to mountain streams.

I think we all grew up with an appreciation of plants, animals and nature.

I enjoyed art at school and took it as a subject until I was fifteen. I then swapped to economics. This was partly because I found the art history dates and names rather overwhelming, and partly because my father insisted I take a “real” subject.

Science was my favorite area of study, especially biology. I am grateful that we had a very good, very strict science teacher. She insisted that every beaker of liquid was drawn with the correct meniscus, every bunsen was drawn correctly, and every cell, plant, animal, or geological formation was depicted accurately. Upon reflection, I think much of my love of science was actually my love of drawing.

Detail of 'Kangaroo Paw'. Australian flowers can be extremely complex and difficult to draw.

At the University of Sydney I gained a Bachelor of Veterinary Science, Hons 1. My only dabble in art during that time was in histology classes, copying cell structures from electron micrographs. I did find that my drawings were quite popular with classmates who weren’t so inclined. I then worked as a small animal veterinarian for 16 years.

My husband, four children and I settled in a big old house, with a big old garden, in Strathfield, Sydney. During this time my only opportunities to draw were to create posters for fetes and to ‘help’ with school projects.

As our youngest children were finishing school and I was no longer working, I started looking for new challenges. I had never felt creatively free enough to try more abstract types of art, and I had no formal art training. Botanic art seemed to be the perfect choice. I could combine my interest in science and gardening with a renewed study of drawing.

In 2008 I enrolled in botanic art classes at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. These stunning gardens overlook the iconic waters of Sydney Harbour. Such an inspiring place to appreciate the beauty of plants.

Initially, I worked in watercolors, the traditional medium used in botanic art. I was happy with what I produced, but I did struggle a little with the free-flowing watercolors. My teacher suggested I try using colored pencils. I have never looked back.

In 2017 I completed the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) distance learning course from London, gaining a Diploma with Distinction. I have exhibited at Botanica, (Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney), since 2010, and also in Melbourne, Canberra, and in the Society of Botanical Artists exhibit in London. I was fortunate to have two of my pieces selected in the Australian section of this year’s Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition. One of my pieces, ‘Monkey Cups’, will be part of the 16th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration 2019. It is held every three years at the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in Pittsburgh, USA.

'Gourd'. Sometimes a simple vegetable can make an interesting subject.

Botanical art has quite strict guidelines. It should provide scientifically correct information about the plant, whist placing high importance on aesthetics.

Botanical art is traditionally done to scale, on a white background. Contemporary artists are challenging these practices, as well as experimenting with new ideas in composition.

Drawings are best done mainly from live specimens. This presents the challenge of capturing the image before the plant grows, wilts, blooms or fades. Dried specimens can be used as an aid if the plant is out of season. Photos can be used to help, but they can’t convey the detail of a live specimen.

I still have a lot to explore in both colored pencils and botanic art. I tend to stick with mainly Faber Castell Polychromos oil-based pencils, and my technique is largely self-taught. I’d like to experiment with using more of the softer, wax based pencils such as Prismacolor and Caran d’Ache, which give a smoother finish, but less detail. I have a small stockpile of Schoellershammer 4G paper, which is very smooth. It enables me to do fine line work, but still accepts quite a lot of color (I tend to be rather heavy handed).

I have a lovely little art room overlooking the magnolia, bauhinia, and jacaranda trees in our front yard. It’s a good place to become lost in the complex and challenging structure of Australian flowers, as well as exotics, fruit, and vegetables.

Botanical art is a wonderful way to combine art, science, and nature. It can portray depth and detail not necessarily visible in photography. Each study conveys an intimate knowledge of the subject, encouraging people to appreciate the wonders of the simplest leaf to the most complex flower.

About Melinda:

Melinda lives in Sydney, Australia. She took up botanical art and colored pencils in 2008, and has since exhibited locally and internationally. Melinda holds a Diploma with Distinction from the Society of Botanical Artists, London, and is a signature member of the Coloured Pencil Community of Australasia.

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The Pencil Box - Featured Artists - November 2018

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

November 2018 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!

Caribbean Natural Beauty by Galal Ramadan
23 x 13inches
Prismacolor Premier and Verithin. Black and white Ploychormos. Stonehenge Paper
Photo credit: My composition and stock images

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” (Author unknown)

The Caribbean is a part of the planet is not easily seen by most of us to appreciate its beauty. As an artist nature has been an endless source of inspiration for me knowing for undoubtedly how art and nature can heal. A deep look into nature unlocks our imagination and ignites our creativity.
Through its repeated patterns, nature reminds us of the things that remains constant over time, while also teaching us to be optimistic. I appreciate colors and attention to the minutest details. I paint in photo-realistic style.

About Galal:

Galal Ramadan is a self-employed graphic artist and marketer. He was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. He emigrated to the USA in 1985 and now reside in Boca Raton, FL. He is self taught in fine art and found his own niche in the versatility of colored pencils.

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Mossy by Elinor Jolly
12x 10inches
Prismacolor pencils on suede matboard

This is a colour pencil portrait of a gorgeous Springer Spaniel called Mossy which I was asked to do as a commission to be gifted to Mossy's owner. I did the portrait in July and it is very special to me as it was my first commission of the year after a challenging few months of battling cancer since January. Throughout my treatment I was aiming to do the commissions that were on hold and felt a great sense of achievement after completing Mossy as it was a positive step for me in my recovery and has given me the confidence to go on to do the next commission and carry on with my colour pencil journey.

About Elinor:

Elinor has always loved art from a young age and after a long break she was gradually pushed back into art due a life changing medical condition. She discovered colour pencils just over a year ago and hopes to one day become a full time professional colour pencil artist.

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Mimi by Christine Dion
9 x 12 inches
Prismacolor and Luminance on Stonehenge that has been run through an Epson printer to create a grey background

My maternal grandmother, lovingly known as "Mimi" had a glowing smile and a fun sense of humor. When she was in hospice I would visit her as frequently as I could, bringing my young children with me. The photo for this portrait was taken 5 months before she passed away. It was one of my favorites, but it took 13 years for me to get around to creating a portrait of her. The time just never seemed right, until now.

I started out working on her portrait as an experiment using Prismacolor and Luminance pencils on Stonehenge paper. I ran the paper through my Epson printer to create a grey background. I worked only with very sharp pencils and the results were stunning. The grey helped to eliminate the stark white of the paper and created a medium tone which allowed me to utilize a wide range of values.

About Christine:

Christine has been creating art for publication and collecting for over 30 years. She has illustrated books for the children's educational market and her work has been featured in several professional art books. Christine also creates colored pencil memorial portraits for the NH Canine Trooper's Association.

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Magnificent by Neha Subramaniam
12 x 18 inches
Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140lb hot pressed watercolor paper
Photo courtesy Russ Bridges

Magnificent is special because I had started this drawing during the period in which i had to submit my best paintings to CPCAU for the Signature Status. I waited another 10 days to finish this & gave my 200 %. I believe this , along with my Majestic and In the Limelight has won me this Status. Also as the title suggests, I feel zebra is truly a magnificent animal. As soon as I saw this photograph by Russ Bridges, I was instantly drawn towards its beautiful form with interesting lights and shadows. Also I wanted to experiment on this painting by combining both of my favorite mediums-watercolors and colored pencils.So I have given a base of watercolors for this piece to speed up the process and did all the details with colored pencils.

About Neha:

Neha Subramaniam is a self-taught artist from Dubai (UAE) and holds a Signature Status at CPCAU. She was an art teacher for almost 12 years. She loves to do realistic paintings, gets inspired by nature and wants to exhibit her paintings in art galleries all over the world.

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These artworks were published in the November 2018 issue of COLOR Magazine.


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