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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Self portrait on: August 15, 2019 05:41:23 PM
Staying out of the comfort zone to learn new things. This was a strange perspective.
7" x 10" Prismacolor Premier colored pencils on multimedia paper
2  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Stones: a drawing on: August 13, 2019 08:28:36 AM
How long did this take to draw?
 I didn't time it. But each rock took about 30 minutes to an hour to complete.

How long have I been working with colored pencil?
I was introduced to the medium as a serious art tool in the early 90's. Then I had 5 babies, raised one of them to adulthood, and picked them up again and started learning how to manipulate the medium by using additional tools and methods. Picked them up seriously in April, of this year. Still learning.

Thank you for all of your kind words.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Stones: a drawing on: August 10, 2019 12:44:03 PM
I really should include the pencils in the pic, but I scanned this for my challenge entry and didn't feel like taking another pic. But, it is full. To see that they look so real that I'm fooling people.
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: DIY Crystal Clusters on: August 09, 2019 06:21:17 PM
Very well done. Tricked me too. They look so real!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Stones: a drawing on: August 09, 2019 06:19:45 PM
I've completed another challenge drawing for Colored Pencil Magazine. This was a lesson in patience and concentration. The smooth stones were relatively easy, but the stones with facets and striations were more difficult to pick out and keep track of.
Reference Photo is by Sally Robertson, copyright free
Drawing is Prismacolor Premier colored pencil with odorless mineral spirits and gel pen on mixed media paper
Finished piece is 5" x 9"


6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Challenge accepted on: August 08, 2019 11:04:01 AM
Yes. Apparantly they are so realistic that people think it's a baking post, instead of a drawing/art one. I guess I'll have to include pictures of the pencils when I post next time.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Picked up my pencils again on: August 08, 2019 11:02:23 AM
I have tried watercolor pencils, but not the Prismacolor brand. I prefer to work with the paint pans or the tubes.
One of the new techniques I have learned, is to use odorless mineral spirits to blend and move the pigment in the regular colored pencils. And some pencils have an oil, instead of a wax carrier. I'd like to try those, but they are really expensive. 
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: Challenge accepted on: August 05, 2019 12:35:09 PM
Thank you. I started using Prismacolor colored pencils in high school more than 20 years ago, and have played with them a little since then, but I am learning that this is a whole new world opening up to me in techniques I never knew existed. I'm hoping to get better and faster.

I don't bake nearly as well as I draw.
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Drawing Challenge accepted on: August 03, 2019 04:51:14 PM
Colored pencil magazine had a challenge once a month. This is their July challenge. I learned a lot drawing this picture.
10  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Picked up my pencils again on: July 05, 2019 11:47:02 AM
I've been going through a sort of renaissance lately, picking up old skills and learning more techniques. These are some of my latest sketchbook pages using Prismacolor colored pencils and learning about using techniques like burnishing, erasing, and using odorless mineral spirits. These are done using Prismacolor premier colored pencils on bristol paper.
I haven't bought any quality paper yet, and there are so many new things to try.
I've bought a couple of  books by Alonya Nickelson that I am learning from.



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