Colored Pencil Art Demonstration
Most people today are familiar with colored pencils. We may have them in drawers of miscellaneous art supplies that are rarely used, or our children’s art supplies that are similarly one among many others. There are those artistically inclined who have attempted to use them yet been put off by what appears at first use to be a limited and frustrating medium.
Yet today a growing number of artists have taken this medium to a remarkable level of artistic expression.
My art is fine art realism; my chosen medium, for now well over 20 years, is colored pencils. Each work has the level and impact of a conventional painting. Colored pencils, though used by many artists in many different styles, is a medium where realism shines. When the average person sees my work, they invariable say, “That is colored pencils?” reflecting the general unfamiliarity of their serious use.
My demonstration will use a very practical drawing of the simple shapes of garden vegetables to show the main aspects of this use of colored pencils. By choosing a simple drawing subject, the focus will be on the application of the way colored pencils are used to achieve the art I create, rather than on the drawing itself. I will also have finished works with me to display the results that can be achieved.
The following expert is from a How To commentary on my colored pencil work:
“The process of creating my colored pencil work chiefly involves the burnishing process. This is the application of layering of color and shading, then burnishing with a white colored pencil. This technique is repeated continually throughout the creation of the work, it is not done as a single step. For my work, it is key. Though many layers of color are used, this application of the white colored pencil over them smoothes the colored pencil into the surface grain, as well as creating a luminous \\\\\\\"painterly\\\\\\\" effect. Though I do not seek to mimic a painting, the end effect is equal to one. It is an enjoyable aspect of colored pencils - that a work on paper with a humble pencil can be elevated to the impact of a painting”.