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.