colored pencils

167 Commissions for the Holidays

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Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: September 10, 2018

 

Topic: Commissions for the Holidays

 

Points of Interest:

We may be months away from the holiday season at the time of this release, but now is the time to start preparing for and accepting commissions if you want to have them ready for the holiday season. John and Lisa discuss the necessary prep work you should be doing and offer sage advice for working through this busy period successfully.

 

 

 

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Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

 

 

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102 Marco Raffine Pencils

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: April 31, 2017

 

Topic: Marco Raffine Pencils & Finding Reliable Reviews

 

Points of Interest:
John and Lisa discuss the Marco Raffine pencils: their lightfastness, material make-up, sharpening, and how they perform in fine art and other projects.

These pencils have “deceptively high reviews” on sites like Amazon, so how can you determine what feedback is reliable? Your hosts continue the discussion by giving you some guidelines for finding great reviews on various platforms.

 

Links Referenced:

 MARCO RAFFINE PENCILS (amazon affiliate link)

Molotow Grafx Art Masking Liquid Pump Markers (amazon affiliate link)

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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 .

 

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084 Blogging for Artists

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: December 26, 2016

 

Topic: Blogging for Artists

 

Points of Interest:

This episode addresses an excellent question from a listener:

“Is it worth my time to start an art blog?”

John and Lisa answer with a hearty YES, and discuss the importance of identifying a target audience and specific post ideas that you are passionate about. Additional points include the need for consistency and the ways an art blog can solve problems for readers.

Links Referenced:

Lisa’s Twitter: @lachri

John’s Twitter: @sharpenedartist

 

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 .

 

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062 Q and A

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: July 25,2016

 Topic: Q and A

 Points of Interest:

 It’s another round of YOUR questions answered:

 -Why don’t you do more interview shows?

-Should Inktense pencils be used for archival work if they aren’t lightfast?

-Can pastels and colored pencils be layered?

-How did you decide on colors for each piece when you first started as a colored pencil artist?

-How do you choose which colors to blend?

 Links Referenced:

-We made a brief reference to books of a certain age as being acid-free and therefore appropriate for archival work. Here is an interesting article discussing how different types and ages of paper deteriorate:

https://www.loc.gov/preservation/care/deterioratebrochure.html

 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 .

 

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059 Social Media Etiquette

Show Notes

Sharpened Artist: Colored Pencil Podcast

Release Date: July 4, 2016 

Topic: Social Media Etiquette

Points of Interest:

One of the biggest ways for artists of any medium to grow their business, create community, and find clients is through social media. If you are looking to engage in any social media platform for your business, this week’s episode will help you navigate some of the unspoken etiquette to keep you professional. Topics include:

-Infusing personality into your posts

-Appropriate post length and frequency

-What content is considered “inappropriate”

-What to say when captioning photos of your work

-Etiquette specific to groups

-….and much more!

 Links Referenced:

-Facebook

www.facebook.com

 -Twitter

www.twitter.com

 -Google Plus

www.googleplus.com

 -Instagram

www.instagram.com

 -You Tube

www.youtube.com

 -Periscope

www.periscope.tv

 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 .

 

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042 Colored Pencil Question and Answer Show

Topic:  Question and Answer Show

 

 

This week John and Lisa answer some of the questions you submitted to us!  If you’d like to submit a question that may be potentially featured here on the show, just write to us at podcast@sharpenedartist.com  or complete the online form at http://sharpenedartist.com/qanda

 

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Some of the questions this week are:

 

  • What kinds of things do you see newer artists struggle with at the beginning?

  • How do I know when to Burnish?  It seems like I’m burnishing too early and when I’m done, I still see the paper showing through.

  • How much color theory do I need to understand to start in colored pencil?

 

Links mentioned in the show:

 

Lisa's longer Patreon videos

 

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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.

 

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038 Deep Dive Discussion Of Inktense

Topic:  Deep Dive Into Derwent’s Inktense Pencils

 

 

What are Inktense Pencils?

 

This week Lisa and I talk about Derwent’s Inktense pencils.  

They are not really watercolor, although the way you use them can be very similar.  You can also opt to use them dry and without any water at all.  They lay down very smoothly even without applying water.  

They are permanent when dry.   They can be painted on lots of different surfaces.

 

Blocks vs Pencils

 

  • blocks can be applied directly to the paper, but will have a grainy look. You can also use a paint brush and water to make your own ink mixture and apply the ink directly to the paper for a much smoother look.

  • The blocks are a bit more versatile because you can so easily make your ink mixtures with them. You can then apply that ink with a tiny brush for fine detail or a large brush for larger areas.

  • Pencils can sharpen to a fine point for detail, then add water if desired to blend out directly on the paper.

  • The blocks and the pencils work very well together.

 

Tips for working with Inktense:

 

  • When wet, the colors may be very different than when dry. Especially the white. When dry the white from the Inktense block is super opaque, but totally transparent wet.

  • My favorite paint brushes to use with these are taklon bristle filberts, liner brushes, rounds and flats.

  • Mix your ink mixture in a cheap acrylic painting palette

  • When your premixed areas on the palette dry up, you can reactivate them by adding water

  • Colors can be muted by adding their complimentary color. While they may seem too bright by themselves, they mix and layer very well for any color palette.

Cons:

They are not lightfast when wet (and there are some that aren’t when dry).

 

Available in sets of 6, 12, 24, 36, and 72

 

And available in open stock in fine art stores.

 

Prices:

 

Around $100 USD for the set of 72 pencils

And around $80 USD for the full set of blocks

A small set of 12 blocks will run around $6.28 and are great to get started with.


Links mentioned in the show:



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Videos mentioned in the show:




Lisa’s demonstration of the inktense pencils


https://youtu.be/mJY4uv6mmJ8

https://youtu.be/XP9DadEVHxc


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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.


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