108 Lightbulb Moments

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: June 12, 2017

 

Topic: Lightbulb Moments in Colored Pencil

 

Points of Interest:
John is joined in this episode by guest host Cecilia Kinzie, founder of the popular Facebook group Colored Pencils 4 Beginners and Beyond. They discuss a broad range of “lightbulb moments” in their artistic careers: tools, techniques, and tips that were total game-changers. Do YOU have a lightbulb moment? Share it in the comments!

 

Links Referenced:

Colored Pencil for Beginners and Beyond (Facebook Group and website)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/coloredpencils4b/

http://coloredpencils4b.com/

 

Sharpened Artist Academy—Beginner’s Colored Pencil Course

 

Ester Roi’s Interview on The Colored Pencil Podcast

 

Tracy Frein Fine Art

https://tracyfrein.faso.com/

 

 

Products Mentioned:

Stonehenge Paper pads and individual sheets

Gamsol Solvent

Scrubber Brushes (Cecilia loves size 2)

Icarus Drawing Board

Sanded Paper

Drafting Film

Pastel Grounds

Pan Pastels

Tombow MONO Sand Eraser

 

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John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

Stay sharp!

072 Using Colored Pencil on Black Paper

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: October 3, 2016

 

Topic: Using Colored Pencil on Black Paper

 

Points of Interest:

If you’ve ever been interested in using black paper for your colored pencil work, be sure to tune into this episode where John and Lisa describe their own experiences. You’ll pick up tips on specific recommended papers, why you should pay closer attention to the pencils you’re using, and how to approach the project from a different perspective than you may be used to.

 

Links Referenced:

Canson Art Boards

http://www.dickblick.com/products/canson-art-boards/

 

Titanium White Powder

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Titanium_White.html

 

Colored Pencil Touch-Up Texture

https://www.brushandpencil.com/Products-Colored_Pencil_Titanium_White.html

 

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

As always, thanks for listening! Tune in next week for more from John and Lisa. In the meantime, be sure to visit www.sharpenedartist.com for additional updates and information. You can also join our Facebook group, Colored Pencil Podcast, or contact us by email at podcast@sharpenedartist.com .

 

Stay sharp!

 

014 Portraits That AREN'T Creepy

Topic:  How to render portraits in colored pencil

Intro:  Lisa and John discuss colored pencil portraits AND the new Colored Pencil Paper by Strathmore

Every single part of drawing a portrait is laying the foundation for the final product.  

Before beginning, it is good to know what I want the outcome to look like.

So for me, there are 4 areas that I am most concerned with:

  1. The layout - Am I going to trace an outline of the face or am I going to freehand?  Where is the subject going to be placed on the paper or canvas?  

  2. The focus in the face - If the focus is not going to be the eyes then that particular feature needs to be something that I think about and make sure that I keep that the focus.  As I’m progressing through my rendering of the portrait I am still thinking about that focus area.  In other words, just because I may be working on a cheek, I don’t want to become unbalanced in that.  In my effort to render a cheek I still want the eyes to draw the viewer in.

  3. Values and three-dimensional rendering in the face - For example, if I am drawing a nose.  Then I want to keep in my mind that at least I know in my mind that this is a nose and it has an apex at the very tip of the nose.  The tip of the nose will probably be lighter than any other part of the face because the 3D rules dictate that I do that.

  4. Building my values slowly - I do not want to speed things up and start quickly laying down pigment with pencils, just because I know there’s a large area that needs this one color.  I want to take my time and very slowly build up the values so that everything is in balance.  At any time I could stop drawing and call the piece a complete rendering- IF, I’ve kept the right balance.

For me, the face or subject matter is something that should have continuity.  It is sort of like water flowing down a river in one direction or a musical piece.  There is a balance with music.  We don’t all of a sudden in the middle of a piece, typically, change all the instruments and change the time signature.   But rather, there is some confluence in the piece.  There is some flowing from one musical portion to the next.  Drawing is no different.  There must always be a balance.  

Links:

Lisa's Youtube Review