Australian Coloured Pencils Network
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
You need to subscribe to see the article, if your new to coloured pencil art and your not a member even if you have been doing it for a long time, i definately reccommend you have a look at Ann's site and maybe even subscribe. Its so great to recieve something every month dedicate to CP art.
Richards work looks fantastic in the magazine its a great writeup. Congratulations again Richard well deserved.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
It's essentially the idea i originally had for the Australian Coloured Pencils Blog, was for us all to get together and be able to talk maybe even create events etc one day. Somewhere we can support each other get to know each other a bit more and a way to connect :)
I am already a member of another networking group on Ning and i found it quite good.
If your interested have a read of Katherines post, anyone interested ? Post me a comment let me know what do you think ? Anyone ready to go the next step ?
Edit: Alright i did it... i havent added any content as yet :) its setup basically for the moment: http://auscolouredpencils.ning.com/?xgi=23zpCzZ
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I always just get so inspired looking at other artists work, some truly outstanding pieces there.
Friday, September 26, 2008
I think you could this one has probably been my major works for this year as it's taken me sooo long to complete.
55cm X 41cm in coloured pencil is a big piece, most of which was completed standing up on an easel and i think has really changed the way i do CP pieces. If your interested take a look at my blog for a some detailed shots of the work.
On other CP news lots of things have been happening in the CP world. (Apologies again, i haven't been keeping up, major life change (at the ages of 32, which i find quite funny)along with moving house so my blogs have been slow trying to get sorted).
CPSA Blog - http://coloredpencilsociety.blogspot.com/ The Colored Pencil Society of America now has a blog ! They have lots of good information on what is happening on the Orphan Works Issue as well as call for entries on their Exlpore This competition. Entries are open from Sep16 thru to Nov 15 2008.
Speaking of the CPSA membership renewals are now up so if you are thinking of joining or renewing now is the time to get in there.
UKCPS - Also to highlight is, the UK Coloured Pencil Society has some management changes and their previous blogmaster Bob Ebdon has stepped down from his role and Katherine Tyrell from Making A Mark has taken over the running of the UKCPS blog.
I have known Bob from his involvement in the ScribbleTalk forum and i am a regular reader of Katherine's numerous writings so while Bob will be missed Katherine will do a great job.
UKCPS also have some great info on their blog atm about colour comparison charts well worth a read. http://ukcps.blogspot.com/
Local News: I was recently excited to find Coloursoft pencils in open stock at Hornsby Artshop on the north side of Sydney. I hadnt visited this shop before, while they didnt have a huge supply of pencils they did carry Prismacolour, Coloursoft and Polychromos pencils. They also had a good range of papers i previously havent been able to get a hold of so might be worth a note to checkout some different artshops in your local area you never know what you might find.
Friday, August 1, 2008
Here is a preview from the silent auction that is being held there. I am so envious of all that are attending i would love to go.
If any of you are a member of ScribbleTalk i would reccomend you go log in and checkout some of the photos posted there by the members in the cafe. The door prizes look amazing.
On a side note: Appologies for the lack of posts of late, i have been moving house and without internet access for sometime. Good news is i will soon be organised and back into the swing of things ASAP. Bear with me.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Just thought i would post my most recent CP completed piece in case you missed it over on my blog.
If you are a cp artist and want to be featured on the blog why not send me a message i would be happy to feature your work.
I also recently started a new cp piece it will be a big one and will take me some time but i am really looking forward to it. As its so big i am going to change my technique slightly and mainly work on it standing up on an easel as opposed to a desk. Already i can see that by standing i am looking at it from a distance much more i think it will really improve the way i work. Lets see shall we :) Stay tuned for more.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Last Saturday June 7, was World Drawing Day. Fortunately I was demonstrating my colour pencil technique at an Art exhibition at Scottsdale in North East Tasmania. It took me two days to complete the study of rocks from a location about 15 kilometres from my home.
Sunday, June 1, 2008
It has a little blurb about my squiddo lens (at the time of materials submission this blog wasn't setup) but its a great bit of exposure not only for myself but of Australian Coloured pencil artists as well.
If your near a newsagency check it out. Overseas visitors i have been told this magazine is sold overseas as well so over the next few months keep an eye out :)
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Anyway, just in reference to this i wanted to point out two blogs which talk about the exhibition this week one is the Making a Mark website and the UK Coloured Pencil Society. Go and checkout some of their links and the work of some of the entries.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Welcome Cameron Lewcock & Mago Lee new artists. The list of artists is growing and growing. Please if you have a website please remember to add our link to your site, the larger our site becomes the more people we will be able to get on board.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
We all draw in a particular way which is often referred to as our "style". It's great to occasionally break free and try something new. This can often change the way we see things.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Lately i have really been loving limited palette or monotone type pieces, its an area that i think i will be experimenting more with in the future. Here is a little sketch of a shell just thought i would leave it with you :)
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Buy the book here
As mentioned in one of my previous posts I recently received my copy of Masterful Color by Arlene Steinberg and so here is my quick review.
Let me start by saying Arlene has done a fabulous job on this book not just teaching about coloured pencil techniques but also about colour in general, composition, drawing from life, using photographs, underpainting and all types of topics that you need to learn in order to create good art not just in coloured pencils but in any medium.
I have to admit i am a little biased when it comes to Arlene's work i basically got my art education online off the back of many of Arlene's tutorials posted on places like WetCanvas and Scribbletalk. On these sites (many of the tutorials are still there) she would comment and try to teach myself and many others about cps, mixing complementary colours and generally guide people on various aspects of the artwork they were trying to achieve. In her book all of those bits of advice and her experience over the years have been compiled in an informative and practical way. I have to admit in my reading it actually jogged memory for a few things that i had forgotten over the years and I have taken note of a few things of that i must remember to try on my next cp piece. It also reminded me of areas where i have gone wrong in my early days of cp works and again i must remember not to fall into that trap again in future pieces; so from that perspective it is certainly not a book just for beginnings i believe all artists will definitely learn something from this book.
I thought it might be fun for you to see one of my earlier pieces that i worked on based on some of Arlene's tutorials. This one was done about 5 years ago and was designed to teach about using complementary colours where you had to choose 2 colours and white and create a piece with it. Notice the shadows on the cloth and the jug were created by mixing the green and the red together as they are complementary colours. This is very important lesson and i still think back to this piece often when i am creating a shadow on something red in not only cp pieces but painting pieces as well.
In the book you can see how Arlene starts off with a green tomato and ends up with a red one using a similar technique to the above (ofcourse much more refined).
If you are a beginner who would like to get into coloured pencil work i think you really must get this book, also for the experienced cp artist who would like to see how one of the top cp artists achieves this level of top notch work you will also gain alot from this book.
I am not sure whether this book is available yet in Australia, but you can buy the book directly from Arlene's website at the above link.
If you buy the book or familiar with Arlene's work let us know what you think ! :)
Monday, March 31, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Name: Richard Klekociuk
Born in Hobart, in 1950, I developed a passion for drawing from my father.
During my time as a teacher I managed to practice my art where and when possible. As well as a producer of art, I am currently the Curator of the Mezzanine Gallery at Country Club Tasmania and conduct occasional art workshops.
Besides many solo exhibitions, I was a member of the former, Tasmanian Abstract and Contemporary Artists’ group (vice-President) and I have recently re-joined the Launceston Art Society, and am a member of the Burnie Coastal Art Group.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Richard Klekociuk was kind enough to send me some images of his work so i will be doing an artist profile post on him in the next couple of days, stay tuned for that.
Today i was very excited to receive my copy of Arlene Steinberg's new book "Masterful Color".
I have known Arlene for a few years now via online forums etc, her work was one of the first ever coloured pencil pieces i have ever seen and inspired me to start working with cp, so i was so excited to receive her new book (i have been waiting on for a while). Arlene supplied me a couple of weeks ago with a breakdown of her book have a look at my blog post here if your interested.
It's not just your standard cp technique book, she taught me alot about complimentary colours and underpaintings in my pieces and she demonstrates this technique in her book. For the beginner she also has line drawings that you can trace or photocopy to get you started. I am yet to get stuck into it, but on first glance looks great. Not sure if it will come out in bookshops here but if it does definately work a flick through.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
I DO like to blend, I use brushes, makeup pads, cotton tips, solvents, my finger and sometimes the colourless blender. I recently have been using Neocolours II with a slightly damp brush underneath my pencil particularly for backgrounds. I generally like a really smooth feel with no bumps and ridges showing through i am trying desperately to kerb this obsession as its very time consuming but i generally "know" when an area is done. I generally always burnish most areas towards the end.
Here are some examples of Belinda's Work
This blog was started for a few reasons, the one main one being that I wanted to create a place where Australian Coloured Pencils (ACP) artists can meet up and get to know one another. There doesn't seem to be much local support for ACP artists and most of us don't know who the others are so with this blog wanted to try to change this a little :)
In recent times, people have contacted me asking whether there was any local societies available, the US and UK have their societies and the short answer is no there is nothing like that here that i can find. That doesn't mean there can't be one in the future but we need the members and participants to support it so i am also hoping that this blog would be a way of asessing what sort of interest there is. I think we are getting more and more CP artists in Aus so this blog would be a good place at least start to gather a list all of your websites and contact details with the view that if there is enough interest eventually we can build an online gallery / website and maybe even our own society later on down the track.
At the moment i have left this blog open to the public so that we can display our work and become a bit of a directory but if artists want more of a closed community we can turn the public function off and just have it a closed blog to members only if that issue arises.
I see this blog as a community project, i just don't want this blog just to be updated by myself, i would like others to help add to the site and keep the site fresh and new for the interest of all of us.
So here is how you could be involved:
- If you are an Australian cp artist send me your website or blog address and i will add you to the list (right) of ACP artists.
- If you have a show or some cp news you would like to share or just want to show a wip or new work, i would like to have multiple artist authors so you can either send me an email with the details you would like to add to this site or request to be an author to add to the site yourself, please only do this if you would like to be adding regularly.
- I thought we could also do a mini gallery / profile via a blog post for ACP artists, i will start and do one on myself, if you would like to have your own work displayed either by adding it yourself or sending me the details and i will ad it. Please include some photos of your artwork and a short bio on yourself and your website or email address whichever you prefer.
- If you post on your own blog on tips techniques etc make sure let me know and i will link to it.