Saturday, January 29, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS

So - the cover for this book needed to be fun.
Of course the palette is colorful.
I choose this surreal pencil still life, 
almost realistic, but then - not.

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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS

The illustrated children's picture book.
There are many illustrations required for a picture book.
To insure consistency throughout the book, I can't work on just one illustration at a time. I usually work on all of them simultaneously. If I am working on the sky, I paint the sky on all the pages at one sitting to make sure the colors I use are the same on every page.
I have learned that the eye of a child reader is very
 discerning and will find even the smallest boo-boo!


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Sunday, January 23, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS

Every year I create my own Christmas card.
The illustration with the swan decoy was used by the 
Baltimore Sun Newspaper in 1990. With my love of primary colors - 
Xmas cards are my favorite!

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Thursday, January 20, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS

Abstract colored pencil art.
This is an example of how diverse colored pencils are. You are not just committed to realistic still liges or portraits of youe neighbor's pet cat. You can do anything, even abstract.
I created texture in this painting by making impressions in the paper.

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Monday, January 17, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS



As you might have noticed, I favor 
anthropomorphic animals. In this painting, 
I have turned the tables and given 
my lady rabbit features, all with just colored pencils.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS

The Frog Prince and Princess
Pure colored pencil and pure fun!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS

This colored pencil illustration is for the cover of 
Barbara Gorski's chapter book,
The Solisbell Adventure.
Children's literature lends itself to my whimsical style and 
palette of bright primary colors.

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Saturday, January 8, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS

I am very partial to whimsical colorful illustrations.
Here's an example below. I started with a pen and ink drawing, added watercolor washes and finished with colored pencils.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS

Collage and Colored Pencils
This collage was homage to my birthday sign, LEO.
I drew lion masks and lion fish and spelled out LEO with the scrabble tiles.
The benefit of using cut out colored pencil drawings is 
I can remove them if there are too many, or draw more if needed. 
So much easier than painting.

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Sunday, January 2, 2022

FUN WITH COLORED PENCILS

 

Colored Pencil collages.
Each Kewpie doll is cut out separately. As you can see on the right column ~ I moved the dolls around until I found the composition I liked the best.
The beach umbrellas were made from cocktail napkins.




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City Sunrise Colored Pencil

  Abstract Colored Pencil This painting is conceptual and was designed on the go as I drew it on the paper. My initial thought was the abstr...