Handmade Gifts of Art

It started as a simple colored pencil demo on how to make shiny, brightly colored items. Jelly beans seemed the perfect subject, so I started the drawing, just for fun, and just for a demo piece. I never expected it to amount to much, other than a good lesson on colored pencil. In my...

Suede board for drawings and paintings

Colored Pencil Bliss

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching a five-day seminar on “The Joys of Colored Pencil.” While that may have been the topic of the class, the true joy came to me through the wonderful group of people I had attending. It was an incredible experience.

Paint Flowers in Colored Pencil

How to Draw Flowers What is it about flowers that makes us want to draw and paint them over again? Well, there’s the color of course! Add in form and shape, and the fact that no two flowers are ever exactly alike, and you have an ideal subject for your paintings. And when combined with...

Colored Pencil Workshop with Gary Greene

As far as ease of use, portability and cleanup, it doesn’t get much easier than drawing and painting with colored pencils, but there are some tricks and tips to getting great results. Few artists are better at creating beautiful colored pencil art than Gary Greene. Here, he gives you some basic techniques to take...

5 Great Gifts for Flower-Lovers

These remarkable books and DVDs make great gifts for the floral artist in your life. Watercolor Quick & Easy with Joyce Faulknor (DVD) Follow along as Joyce demonstrates painting flowers in watercolor using unique approaches—mixing color directly on the surface to paint a magnolia, and glazing color to paint an iris—to create fabulous darks,...

Creating Textures in Colored Pencil

Gary Greene is a long-time favorite of North Light Book readers and colored pencil artists everywhere. Known for his super-realistic style, Gary uses colored pencils to paint just about every subject you can imagine–still life, portraits, flowers, land and seascapes…. North Light Books brings his indepth instruction to you now with the 15th Anniversary...

The Ultimate Guide to Colored Pencil

The Ultimate Guide to Colored Pencil
by Gary Greene
Known for his incredibly realistic paintings and his detailed step-by-step instruction, best-selling author Gary Greene has created this awesome reference for all things colored pencil—both on a basic and more advanced level--giving you quick access to his tips, tricks and techniques for creating exceptionally realistic...

Drawing With a Semi-Scratchboard Approach

In the July/August issue of The Artist’s Magazine, David N. Kitler shares an unusual drawing technique that combines a gessoed board, graphite, and scalpels and razor blades. The following is excerpted from his article “Scribbling, Scraping & Scratching.”