021 From Painting to Colored Pencil

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Topic:  Transitioning From Painting to Colored Pencil

This week Lisa and I talked about the differences in Painting and colored pencil.  If you come from a background of painting and want to transition into colored pencil how do you start?

There is less clean up and mess and preparation when you use colored pencils as opposed to getting out the oil paints or acrylics and commit several hours of work.  In colored pencil you can draw for 10 or 15 minutes or 8 hours straight if you want, and the clean up is always going to be minimal.  

Lisa suggests starting with just three pencils and try and make the medium do what you want just until you get comfortable with blending and laying down pigment in this new way.

Colored pencil is much slower but it's also much more precise and you can get more details.   

In colored pencil your mixing is done right there on the paper through the layers that you put down.  


Lisa's art box review of Intense by Derwent

002 Defining CP and lightfastness


Lisa and John discuss what constitutes a colored pencil and the lightfastness of this medium.

How do you define what a colored pencil is?

The Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) has their own definition of what a colored pencil is and some items on their list have changed in recent years.

The hosts discuss differences in lightfast ratings and differences in the scales used to make the determination.

should an artist test for themselves?  Should an artist disclose the lightfastness of the piece they have for sale?

Links and websites mentioned in the podcast: - Lisa’s youtube video is toward the bottom of the page.

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