You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby | Colored Pencil Art Today

What comes to mind when you think of colored pencil art? The first word that I used to associate with it is simply “drawing,” because it requires some of the same techniques as graphite/lead. What I didn’t know for a long time was that colored pencil inhabits an entire world that some consider painting, and we should all consider fine art. Take a peek at Gary Greene’s work below, for just a couple of examples.

Colored Pencil techniques, flowers by Gary Greene

Petals (colored pencil, 32×40) by Gary Greene, www.ggart.biz

“Colored pencil art has come a long way in the 25 years I’ve been working with it,” says Gary. “In my early years with the medium, many people thought it was for kids scribbling in coloring books. Today, many talented colored pencil artists have enlightened skeptics, and colored pencil has taken its rightful place as a serious art medium.” (from The Artist’s Magazine, November 2008)

Colored pencil techniques, Gary Greene

Water/Color (colored pencil, 26×38) by Gary Greene

Gary has contributed many lessons to The Artist’s Magazine over the years, and so it’s with great pleasure that we bring to you Colored Pencil Essentials, a collection of articles that offer tips, rules, and materials–the information you need to learn how to take colored pencil art to a new level. This is one of my favorite mediums to use, personally, because it’s easy to grab-and-go. And as Gary says, “the possibilities are endless.”

Happy creating,
Cherie

Cherie Haas, online editor**Click here for a free download of Colored Pencil Art 101, and to subscribe to the Artists Network newsletter for inspiration, instruction, and more!

 

 

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