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.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Latest 3D artwork - Horsing Around

Horsing Around
4x6 inches
Coloured pencil on drafting film and 14 layers of acrylic and resin
This is my latest venture into the world of 3D resin art - I still have a long way to go in perfecting this technique, but am having fun along the way.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Watching the development of 3D resin art

The following images show you the 14 steps involved in creating this 3D resin artwork

I Know You're In There
5x7 inches
Coloured pencil on drafting film and acrylic and resin on wood

This is the first layer and was drawn using coloured pencils on drafting film.
All subsequent layers were painted using acrylics, with a thin layer of two part epoxy resin between each layer of pant to slowly build up depth and dimension.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Trying out some 3D art

Stunned by the Neons
5x7 inches
Coloured pencil, acrylic and resin on wood

Tempting Fate
4 inches across
Acrylic and resin in a small bowl
I have long been fascinated by the works of Riusuke Fukahori and Keng Lye and was inspired to give this intriguing technique a trial run. 'Tempting Fate' was my first attempt and I must admit this is a huge learning curve, trying to transition from thinking in 2D to 3D and also adjusting to how the resin accepts the acrylic paint. There are quite a few artists who have emulated the works of Riusuke Fukahori and Keng Lye and I wanted to come up with a style and theme that more closely resembled my own style of art. I have always loved drawing cats and was also curious as to how coloured pencil works would go when covered with resin. Regular papers aren't ideal because the resin would seep into the porous surface of the paper and alter it's structure but the drafting film is a 100% polyester and so I thought this might have a chance of holding up well to the application of resin. I applied fixative to the coloured pencil prior to adding the resin and thankfully there were no changes to the coloured pencil marks once the resin was applied. Subsequent layers of fish and plants were added using layers of acrylic paint and resin. You can watch a slide show of the build up of these 16 layers on YouTube

Monday, April 13, 2015

A New Series, New Support and New Medium

Monet's Makeover #1
12x16 inches
Coloured Pencil, Winsor and Newton Watercolour Markers and Micron
Micron pen on Xerox Polyester Paper
 After quite a few failed attempts with my previous series on Tash, I have gone back to what I know, which is drawing quirky and colourful animal drawings. This series features Monet the mouse who adds colour, mischief and fun to the world around him. I have used a new surface for this drawing - the Xerox Polyester paper which is very similar in feel and application to drafting film, only it is a solid white colour and is heavier in weight.

This first image shows how I used the Winsor and Newton Watercolour markers to underpaint the tortoise.

It can be hard to get deep darks on the polyester paper using coloured pencils alone, and so for the head and feet of the tortoise, I used the Staedtler Lumocolor Permanent pens to underpaint.

Monet mouse was drawn in using mostly only coloured pencils (Polychromos, Pablos, Verithins, Derwent Studio).

One of the great things about the Polyester paper is that you can use a blade, abrasive eraser or Fibreglass brush to scratch out highlights and textures as I have done in the shell of the tortoise.

Stay tuned and hopefully, there will be more to add to this series :)

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


12x16 inches
Coloured pencil on Canson mat board
The second in my series of creative faces, but even though this was fun and the colours are bright, I still am not happy with the level of creativity... so hard to shake off that need for realism and tap into that right side of the brain. Will keep persevering though, and I welcome thoughts and suggestions. :)