April 15, 2009

Colored Pencils

I've gone on and on in the past about my love of Sharpie Markers. Now I am also running a parallel love with Prismacolor Premium Colored Pencils (accept no substitutes).

They are pricey...dozens of dollars for a nice tin of choices, but you can also buy them individually in some art/craft stores and online. Spend an extra $25 for an electric pencil sharpener from an office supply store, it will save you aggravation.

I've actually blended the two mediums. I get the basic colors, shapes, and values down with the Sharpie (or now Prismacolor, since I've supplemented my color selection with Prismacolors); then I fill in with Prismacolor colored pencils. I actually prefer them to the effects I got with markers because they produce a softer, richer look.

Smudgey sometimes, too, but depending on the end result wanted that may or may not be a problem and can be overcome with better care on the artist's part.

Prismacolor is running a competition. See here. Deadline is May 31, 2009.

I've got four colored pencil pieces in a show at the Worthington (OH) High Road Gallery. Here they are.

1 comment:

February Grace said...

My jaw is on the floor. Those are incredible and congratulations on the cover!!! May it be the first of MANY!

Just got my daughter some colored pencils to play around with and been aching to get back to trying to experiment with them myself and this is more than all the inspiration I need! These are so beautiful. The depth that you achieve in the images with the colors is amazing (and you know I see color without UV filtration so they're incredibly intense!)

Will definitely get some Prismacolor on my next trip to the craft store...and I have to go back and look up the Sharpie post. I'm quite in love with them myself but I could never, ever do with them what you do. You are such an amazing artist.

I don't know which gets happier looking at your work- my eyes, my brain or my heart :~)


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