Saturday, August 6, 2011

Colored Pencil: Review, Prismacolor Softcore Colored Pencils

Prismacolor Softcore Colored Pencils:

Tin Box Set of 132

Prismacolor Colored Pencil Sets

Prismacolor Colored Pencils
are touted as being one of the best pencils on the market. Many artist proclaim that they will not use anything else. Our team of reviewers have taken on the task of testing these highly touted colored pencils.

What We Found

Through our review/testing process we found that these are a very good product, whether you are a beginner or an experienced pro. These colored pencils are extremely versatile. They produce a deep intense color when used as a single stroke. They can immediately transform into a soft smooth color in the next stroke.
Prismacolor Colored Pencils
make an excellent choice whether you are taking on a big or a small project. We also found that there is a wide variety of colors to choose from so as to make it easy for you to find that perfect match.

         Product Specs
  • Light resistant pigments
  • Blend easily
  • Durable
  • Resist breaking
  • Waterproof
  • Available in different size kits or individuals

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Portrait Art Series: Drawing with Crayons

Portrait: Crayon Kalon

        When choosing the perfect medium for each of my portraits I like to go out on a limb sometimes and try something that I have never used before. In this particular case I chose to go with the handy old box of Crayola Crayons.
      When I first decided that I would use the crayons I was not sure of what it would look like when it was finished. So, I grabbed my box of Crayolas and set forth on my new adventure.
      One thing that I realised was that the crayons have a similar look and texture as color pencils. Nevertheless, I have thoroughly enjoyed working with this new media. The crayon can be a very diverse and useful part of any artist's arsenal of mediums.

      The are many things that you can do to instill a love of art into our children. The following is a list of  activities that you can share with your children courtesy of Crayola.

Try these out and we hope you and your children enjoy yourselves.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Portrait Art Series: Drawing with Colored Pencils

Portrait: Brayton in Colored Pencil
        Colored pencils! Yeah, they are like first cousins with the famous crayon. Now I am sure that each one of us at sometime has created our own piece of  refrigerator art. These colorful masterpieces mark the beginning of the making of a future Picasso. 

         The idea of using colored pencils to produce a high quality piece of art might seem unusual, but if done properly it will produce a photo esque creation. There are a few general concepts, tips, and techniques that one needs to learn in order to draw with colored pencils. Below is a summarized list of these concepts.

  • Layering and crosshatching used for blending.
  • Building up color gradually with soft pencil strokes.
  • Keeping a very sharp colored pencil tip.
  • Keeping your pencil strokes neat and clean, not sloppy and messy.
  • Remember colored pencil can only be erased to an extent.
  • Keep the paper surface clean of any colored pencil crumbs. 
              The process can be a bit tedious but it is will worth the time invested. To learn more about these techniques check out this Colored Pencil Tutorial.
              Now, I am not saying that by following this tutorial you will become the next Claude Monet, but you will have fun and you might learn a thing or two. The cool thing about colored pencils is that if used correctly they can produce very vibrant and colorful pictures.
    Check out the artwork page.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Portrait Art Series: Poking Around

                                                 Portrait: Gone Flying   by: Greg Smith, Jan. 2010

We are excited to introduce the first of an ongoing series on portrait art.
This is one of my favorite pieces. The process I used in this piece is called pointillism. It is comprised of nothing but tiny little dots. The media of choice on this one is a black sharpie.

Pointillism, also called divisionism invented by  Georges Seurat , is a technique of painting elaborated from impressionism, in which dots of unmixed color are placed side by side on a white background so that from a distance they fuse in the viewer's eye into appropriate intermediate tones.

The main difference here is that I chose to go with a black sharpie instead.
If you would like to try tour hand at the art of pointillism follow the link

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us. Also, if you would like a portrait of your own, for yourself or as a gift for someone else contact us as well.

Colored Sticks

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Baby Blogger

Hi, and thank you for visiting our blog. Judging by the post title it can be deduced that we are new to the whole blogging scene. We are very excited about being apart of the blogging world and are looking forward to producing a meaningful and hopefully helpful blog. Our intentions for starting this blog is to spread and share our passion for portrait art. There will be regular postings of our artwork as well as a variety of postings dealing with the art world focusing on portrait art. Please feel free to contact us with questions and any comment or suggestion is always welcome!

Colored sticks