colored pencils

study for the conversation, gallery juana
study for "The Conversation", 8 x 10

Good communication is as stimulating as black coffee and just as hard to sleep after.
― Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift from the Sea

Earlier in the week I rode my bicycle out to the local art store. They didn't have what I originally went there for, but in looking around I found a huge display of prismacolor colored pencils.

I didn't really need colored pencils as I have some derwent watercolor pencils, but the huge selection of colors were so enticing that I planted myself in front of the display. I bought three colors in the prismacolor premier line: french grey 30%, cool grey 50%, and powder blue. I already had a prismacolor colorless blender at home, so I was good to go.

Below you can see the succession of the above piece from pencil line drawing to the build up of color.

figure line drawing, gallery juana
line drawing for "the conversation" study

wip gallery Juana
 conte crayon and charcoal with colored pencil wip

wip gallery Juana
colored pencil wip

I want to add a second figure and will work on the second figure this week. Then I'll need to figure out how to fit them both on an 8 x 10 support. I already mail-ordered the supports so that size is pretty much settled.

What is your favorite colored pencil brand?
For a quick demo see the virtual instructor's video on this line of colored pencils.

joining sunday sketches


  1. This is so interesting, I've been staring and staring, really love it!

  2. I love your quote from Anne Morrow Lindbergh. It's so true! I often had such kind of communication when I was younger but now I'm always so tired in the evening after work and it would be such a gift to talk to somebody as it is described in the quote. Your artwork looks great!

  3. Fascinating and beautiful in a very surreal way... Hard to resist new art supplies...

  4. lovely expressive sketching ~ reminds me somewhat of a yoga pose ~ Happy SS

    artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

  5. That's a fascinating posture you have your figure in. Happy Sunday Sketches and Blessings!

  6. I really love your ability to capture so much emotion and feeling within everything you sketch or paint. It's truly a gift! xx


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