Online Gallery: “The Colored Pencil Spectrum”

The winter 2015 issue of Drawing introduces us to the work of four colored pencil artists who use colored pencil to create tightly rendered drawings of very different varieties.

Cecile Baird–whose drawing of compact fluorescent light bulbs graces the issue’s cover–creates dramatically lit still lifes. Anna Hammer draws the figure–usually the same figure, her daughter. Erwin P. Lewandowski draws streams, pools, lakes, waterfalls and other scenery inspired by his native Michigan. Art Venti imagines hallucinatory, semi-abstract landscapes built from abstracted geographic forms.

In the article, all four artists discuss what attracts them to their subjects and explain their process for creating realistic drawings in colored pencil. They also offer advice on such topics as how to draw water and how to light your subject. Here, we offer a gallery of terrific images by these artists that didn’t make it into the pages of the magazine. To learn more, visit the artists’ websites, and get your copy of the winter issue of Drawing. Enjoy!

Cecile Baird (

Cecile Baird Tear Jerker 18x20_lo

Tear Jerker, by Cecile Baird, 2014, colored pencil, 18 x 20.

Cecile Baird Garlic in a New Light_lo

Garlic in a New Light, by Cecile Baird, 2011, colored pencil, 15 x 20.

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Dance of the Tupelo Leaves, by Cecile Baird, 2013, colored pencil, 11 x 18.

Anna Hammer (

Amused to No End, by Anna Hammer, 2014, colored pencil, 16 x 20.

Intermission, by Anna Hammer, 2014, colored pencil and gouache, 20 x 30.

Bittersweet Sixteen, by Anna Hammer, 2014, colored pencil, 14 x 20.

Erwin P. Lewandowski (

Cascading Water VIII, by Erwin P. Lewandowski, colored pencil, 20 x 16¼.

Falling Water VII, by Erwin P. Lewandowski, colored pencil, 20 x 16½.

Looking Inside a Chaco Ruin, by Erwin P. Lewandowski, colored pencil and graphite, 18 x 14.

Art Venti (

Thoughts Above the Trees, by Art Venti, 2013, colored pencil, 37 x 53.

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The New Requiem, by Art Venti, colored pencil, 40 x 56.

The Doing of the Undone, by Art Venti, 2014, colored pencil, 27 x 54.

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