It was a pleasure creating this artwork and never more so in knowing it was a gift of remembrance.
These artworks are created using lightfast premium coloured pencils with bespoke craft embellishments in a 3D memory frame. Leads and collars can also be incorporated. Frames measure 32cm x 32cm and frames are available in grey, white and black.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this artwork from start to finish and it is one of my favourite pieces – mind you I say that about all my artwork!
Well finally I actually managed to complete an entire artwork in coloured pencil feeling totally confident on the journey. I can’t tell you how much practice this has taken and time of course.
There was actually a point when I thought I was going to throw in the towel and not make it as a coloured pencil artist. That said when I was at the lowest point thinking – I really can’t master this technique – I decided to take a break and following this I practiced some more, and some more, and some more.
Well finally, its true, after much patience and practice and dedication, I really learnt the value of persistence as I’m now at a level where yes I can do this. I cant say that I’m where I want to be right now, however I have seen the light at the end of tunnel.
I wonder what it is that makes artists so self critical?
The answer is a positive one – being self critical actually leads you to the road of improvement! I do have to chastise myself sometimes for being overly critical of myself and actually give myself a bit of a pat on the back! Mind you self praise has never been one of my strengths.
And for those of you who want the technical details, well here we go;
Process & Materials Used:
Arches hot press water colour paper
Creatix Acrylic Airbrush Paint with Sparmax Airbrush
Caran D’ache Luminance & Faber Castell coloured pencils with final highlights in Derwent Chinese White
Brush & Pencil touch up texture (this stuff is seriously amazing for adding bold white highlights – if you haven’t tried it – it is well worth it)
Windsor & Newton masking fluid
Pan Pastels (these also albeit very expensive are worth the investment as in my opinion it enables you to lay in the background so much quicker – which if you have ever used coloured pencils – you will totally appreciate how long this process normally takes).
Well just below I have added one of my acrylic painting in the same series just to show how coloured pencils can be just as lovely as an acrylic painting. Well thank you for taking the time to read this and see you on the next blog 🙂
I was actually brave enough to draw out the subject (Tardis) then cover with masking fluid then spray the whole of the paper with creatix airbrushed layer. This formed the basis of the background for the coloured pencils and pan pastel to sit on layer by layer.
I wasn’t sure if the masking fluid was going to work but hey presto – woo hoo yes it did. I did ensure all of the products I used were acid free and lightfast.
Setting up a space for your art is really important. It can be as big or small as your space allows but most importantly, it must be an area that you enjoy being in and has that creative and relaxed vibe.
Over time you can start small and grow your art collection. I found a lot of my supplies on eBay where you can grab loads of art bargains. Most of my art collection has been through thrifty bidding and bargains. Ebay allowed me to get some really reasonable priced art supplies. I was then able to try so many different mediums and experiment more. Art supplies can be pricy and this is a great way to expand your art arsenal for less.
I always hang my artwork on my walls in my little studio and it’s good to look back and review them. You start to notice a progression in your art. It’ll also give you more confidence when like me people come in and compliment your artwork.
Having the courage to share your art and get peoples opinions can be really scary at first, however if you have a little courage to share your art, it really gives you a confidence boast when you get a compliment. This in turn inspires you to continue on your artistic journey. take a look at the two artworks below – the swan was completed last year and the little bird was one of my first drawing around three years ago.
Don’t stop at painting pictures if you really can’t think what to paint get upcyling – this little gem was off to the tip until I rescued him and upcycled it. It really was a great art project that cost me next to nothing. I turned this dull tired grey unit into a beautiful piece of furniture to compliment my art studio- I got a bit of a buzz as well from saving something else ending up in the landfill.
Well that’s all for this blog – thank you for reading and happy “arting” and most of all enjoy your artistic journey. I would love to hear from all of you with your artistic journeys and latest projects.