First time using colored pencils

September 30, 2016 at 8:44 am (Art, Colored Pencils, Sketches) (, , , , )


I found an old set of Prismacolor Scholars in my mother’s basement when I was cleaning out old highschool and college stuff, so I figured I’d try my hand at that. I found a YouTube video of an artist’s timelapse of finishing a picture and decided to try to do what he was doing. I have mixed feelings about it; I think I’ll need a few more tries before I like what I do.

The long version of the story here is that I also discovered that I bought my wife a set of Faber Castell colored pencils a while ago. I was a little excited to try them out because of what I’d heard about them (they’re oil-based vs wax-based). I started drawing the same picture as you see above (which was my first attempt at it) and I got part-way through before I realized my mistake. It turns out these were Faber Castell “Classic” colored pencils – meaning they’re not much different than typical Crayola ones. The big deal here is that they don’t blend at all; I had just assumed I was doing it wrong and trucked on. This is what that partial looked like:

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Niagara Falls Painting

September 27, 2016 at 1:27 pm (Art, painting) (, , , )


I recently finished an 8″x11″ piece of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. It’s done in acrylic paint on canvas. My first finished piece of this size and the first use of my new easel. I don’t think the colours really look great in this photo, but it was just taken quickly using my phone in non-ideal lighting.

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Found old artwork

September 22, 2016 at 1:20 pm (Art, Sketches) (, , , , )


While visiting home to go through all of my old boxes of junk from highschool and college, I found a lot of old artwork. I took pictures of most of the stuff I thought was decent or okay for its time. I thought I’d post a few of them here (I’ll post more eventually).

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