Thursday, September 1, 2016

All New Coloured Pencil Conversion and Comparison Charts ~ Extended Version

Many of you have contacted me asking for the original coloured pencil conversion charts to be expanded to include more brands of pencils. I am so happy to announce that I have finally been able to create the new extended version of these charts. Now with 55 pages, the new version includes conversions and colour swatch comparisons for the following brands:

* Prismacolor Premiers (including 18 new colours)
* Faber Castell Polychromos
* Caran D'ache Pablos
* Caran D'ache Luminance
* Derwent Artist
* Derwent Coloursoft
* Derwent Drawing
* Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor.

You can find the new charts on my website here

Australian Caran D'ache Ambassador

I am proud and honoured to share that I have been selected to be one of the Australian Ambassadors for Caran D'ache products. These products include the Luminance and Pablo pencils which are excellent quality pencils with very high lightfastness ratings and it is a pleasure to have the opportunity to endorse and support these wonderful products. Our main aim is to increase the availability and distribution of Caran D'ache products within Australia.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

How to Draw White Dogs

I have lost track over the years of how many times I have been asked to create a tutorial on drawing animals with white fur. This gorgeous little dog called Monty seemed like the perfect candidate. This comprehensive 28 page step by step tutorial is full of high resolution images and simple to follow instructions and explains which colours to use to achieve realistic portraits of animals with white fur and is available from my website here. Pencils used in this tutorial include Prismacolors, Polychromos, Lyra Rembrandts and Verithins.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Brand New Coloured Pencil Tutorials

Unsure about which coloured pencil brands to buy, or which surfaces will best suit your needs? Which ones erase the best, or work best with solvents? Looking to learn more about the different blending methods? This 52 page information kit Coloured Pencil Basics for Artists of All Levels will answer all those questions and many more. Inside the kit you will also find a special thank you discount code of 10% off your next purchase.

Struggling to get a rich and uniform black colour in your coloured pencil backgrounds? This 30 page information kit How to get Rich Black Backgrounds in Coloured Pencil road tests 14 different black pencils and shows you which coloured pencils will give you the darkest, most consistent black colour. We look at whether using a blender or solvent will make the blacks smoother or richer and also how the wax and oil based pencils perform when used over other mediums such as markers and watercolour pencils. Whether you are a purist and prefer working in 100% coloured pencil, or are happy to mix your coloured pencils with other mediums there is a solution in this kit for you.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Time for a Makeover!

I have been contacted several times by the host of my 9 year old website telling me that the software I used to create my site all those years ago will soon become obsolete and so after much procrastinating and resistance I have created a whole new website under the domain name and am so much happier with the new site and wonder why I didn't do this years ago!! My old site will still operate for the next month and will then cease to exist and the domain will redirect to my new site. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any issues with or feedback about the new site :)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Australia has its very own Coloured Pencil Society!!!!

I am extremely excited to announce that Australia proudly now has its own coloured pencil society. We invite everyone, artists and appreciators, local and international, to join the AUSCPA family and grow with us towards creating an internationally recognised pool of talent and inspiration, particularly for those who have never used coloured pencils before! Please visit our website and explore the possibilities! (I for one am extremely proud to be a part of this, and know what we have planned! It is truly a new era for coloured pencils in Australia! )

Monday, July 13, 2015

Layering Drafting film and resin for a 3D affect

The Curious Visitor
9x7 inches
Coloured pencil, pan pastels and a touch of ink on four sheets of
drafting film separated by thin layers of resin
 As some of you know, I have been experimenting lately with using resin in my artworks, although my previous attempts have used acrylic for subsequent layers. Whilst working on my last piece, I became a bit frustrated with the way the acrylic applied to the resin and so I decided to discard it for a while and experiment with multiple layers of drafting film that had coloured pencil applied to them and then the resin in between each layer. I had a bit of an idea as to how the finished piece might look, but also had to let go of the total control I usually like to have and allow the piece to develop in its own way. The following images show the three earlier layers and how this piece developed.

The first layer was drawn using pan pastels and the resin under this layer was tinted with avocado green resin colouring agent.

This second layer was drawn using coloured pencils and some pan pastels were also added to the back of the film to enhance the look of the disappearing horizon. As you can see, this scanned version of the second layer has a lot more detail than you can see in the final piece, but I really wasn't disappointed to lose that clarity - it added to the misty effect I was after.

This image shows the third layer after it has been added to the other two layers. This layer was drawn using only a black Polychromo pencil.