Author: LeAnne_Hess_Belmont, Contributing Editor
|Colored pencil is a relatively new medium on the fine art scene. Many artists have discovered the incredible range of possibilities and continue to push the boundaries of the medium. Colored pencil is no longer a medium that is relegated to quick color sketches or coloring school maps. Instead, it has become a fine art medium that is capable of producing intense color, startling realism, subtle texture, and a myriad of beautiful effects.
|Most colored pencil artists say that no other medium can surpass colored pencil in terms of an odor-free, clean medium that provides fine detail and rich color. Pigments are suspended in an oil, wax, or water soluble binder and applied with the pencil in multiple layers. Artists often use techniques such as grisaille, burnishing, and liquifying the binder with solvents. Some pieces can take hundreds of hours and contain over 20 layers of pigment. Although colored pencil can be a very time-intensive medium, some artists consider that part of its charm. The slow process can become meditative, and even those who don't like the time involved say that the results are worth it.
Reflection of the Lion
Colored pencil is also an inexpensive medium. All you need is a pencil sharpener, erasers, some good paper, and some artist quality pencils. If you shop for sales, you can find these supplies for under $50 U.S.
Coal Miner's Memorial
|WetCanvas! is home to several colored pencil enthusiasts and artists. Some of the best colored pencil art in the world can be found in the WetCanvas! colored pencil forum. To further the understanding and appreciation of this new medium, WetCanvas! is proud to present the first WetCanvas! Colored Pencil Artists (WCCPA) Exhibition, focusing on the artwork of eighteen artists who frequent the colored pencil forum.
|The works displayed in this exhibition are property of the respective artists and have been reproduced here with permission. All rights and ownership are reserved by the individual artist.|