Tuesday, July 9, 2019

My Recent Artworks in Colored Pencils

Pictures below are some of my recent artworks created using only Colored Pencils.

1) This artwork below is for the Studio Challenge for the "COLOR" magazine

Title:  Hello Summer!
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos  Color Pencils, Prismacolor Colorless Blender Pencil and white gel pen for highlights only on Kohinoor Color Pencil Paper
Size: 9.5 by 7.5"
Mountain Bluebird is painted digitally using an iPad
I will soon post a separate post  on  my  review on the Kohinoor Color Pencil paper brand. So stay tuned for that.

2)This year I will be attending  the CPSA (Colored Pencil Society of America ) International convention held later this month. The CPSA convention will be held in Brea,CA this year from July 31- Aug 3,2019.

I am also a  member of CPSA San Jose local chapter.  Local member chapter artists are contributing artworks related to Monarch Butterfly to raise awareness about the slow decline of this amazing butterfly population at this convention.

Picture below is a scientific illustration of the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly. This illustration shows the various stages the Monarch butterfly goes through before it transforms itself into a beautiful butterfly.

Title: Metamorphosis
Size: 5 x 7"
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos Color Pencils on Canson's Cold press watercolor paper. Used only 10% Sakura micron pens
Photo Reference Credit: My own reference.
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3)I recently visited the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and created the following scientific illustrations from my visit.

Title: Rufous Hummingbird, Noctuid Moth on a Pink Heliconia Flower
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos Color Pencils on Canson's mixed media paper
Size: 9 x 12"
Reference Photo Credit: My own reference and the hummingbird drawn from subject 
 Hummingbirds generally like the nectar from Heliconia flowers. It is actually their favorite flower to drink nectar.




Title: The Green Birdwing Butterfly
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos Color Pencils on Canson's cold press watercolor paper
Size: 4 x 7"
Photo Reference Credit: Pixabay

4) I purchased a Tulip at a local farmers market. It was so beautiful that I decided to put my scientific illustration skills to test and created this artwork from life. The moths in the picture is also my own reference. I attended an event called "Moth Night" on National moth day last year. I added this moth to add visual interest to this composition. I made rough sketches of this moth in my sketchbook and used them as reference for my artwork.  The magnification of these moths have been reduced in scale.

Title: Tulip with Moths
Medium: Faber- Castell Polychromos Color Pencils on Canson's Mixed media paper
Size: 9 x 12"
Photo Reference--  Tulip Drawn from Subject and moths are from my sketches and photo reference 
5) On March 21, 2019 , I won  first place in the Gold section  at the monthly Sunnyvale Art Club meeting competition.

Note: This will be my last entry under Gold section and from now onwards I move to the Blue/Advanced section.


Title: Oh Deer!
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos Color Pencils, Micron pens on Canson's Cold press watercolor paper
Size: 11 by 14"

Club members  who win the monthly competition at the club get to display their painting at a local cafe located in downtown Sunnyvale,CA  for the whole month ( Mar 22- April 24, 2019) under the signage " Sunnyvale Art Club's Artist of the month" signage.

Here is my picture below the signage at the cafe.

Title: Oh Deer!
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos Color Pencils, Micron pens on Canson's Cold press watercolor paper
Size: 11 by 14"

6) This is my entry for the Colored Pencil Magazine' s Sep 2018 challenge.

Title: Dino Candy
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos Color pencils on Canson's Black paper
Size: 7 x 5"
Photo Reference Credit: Sally Robertson ( Copyright released)

More of my artworks will be posted soon. I will also post my review on the Kohinoor Colored Pencil paper soon.

Thank you for visiting my blog and I will see you soon.

"Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you're passionate about something, then you're more willing to take risks." -- Yo-Yo Ma

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

My artworks in Print in the recent months

Happy to inform you all that my artworks have been published in several magazines and periodicals  in the recent months.

1) Artwork published on Ann Kullberg's 20th Anniversary Member "COLOR" show periodical. I would like to thank Ann Kullberg who is a great Artist, Author and a Global Colored Pencil ambassador and her team of judges for providing me with this opportunity.

Here is a picture of the Front cover of the book:



Title: 20th Anniversary Member show book

Picture below is the spread with my artwork from the above book

Spread where my artwork is printed!
Title: The Beautiful Lily
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromes Color Pencils on cold press watercolor paper

If you would like to purchase this book, you can get your copy here https://annkullberg.com/collections/books-more/products/20-year-anniversary-celebration-member-show-book

2) For the month of June  2019 Colored Pencil Magazine, my artwork was published in this article " Giving away your art".

 Picture of Colored Pencil Magazine June 2019 issue


Colored Pencil Magazine June 2019 issue front cover

Picture below is the spread with my artwork from the above book


Spread where my artwork is printed!
Title: The Beautiful Lily
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromes Color Pencils on cold press watercolor paper

I no longer own the above artwork.  I turned it into a greeting card. It sold this year in the Spring boutique show.

If you would like to get a copy of this magazine, you can purchase them here: https://coloredpencilmag.com/product/1906issue/

Picture below  is a close-up of the artwork:

Title: The Beautiful Lily!
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromes Color Pencils on cold press watercolor paper

Also created one more  painting with the same lily which was published in the 20th "Color" Member show Anniversary book this year. “The Beautiful Lily” is a part of a series which I started working on early this year. This series is called “ A Celebration of Beauty in Nature”. On one of my trips to a Botanical garden, I first saw this beautiful lily. I was attracted by its radiant yellow glistening under the glowing sun. It was like a love at first sight moment for me. Then and there I knew that this flower will be a part of this series of flower drawings. I took enough pictures from this trip for future reference. I worked layer upon layer mixing colors until I got the right values. I totally enjoyed doing this art piece  and had a blast as I laid  down each stroke of color to capture its beauty , drama, mood and texture.


 3) The competition was fierce with a record of 907 entries this year (2019).  

I am honored and happy  to inform you  all that   my  Colored Pencil artwork "The Scarlet Ibis" has been  selected for the Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Volume 5 Publication this year (2019). I would like to thank Ann Kullberg who is a great Artist, Author and a Global Colored Pencil ambassador and her team of judges for providing me with this opportunity.


Picture below is the front cover of the book:



CP Hidden Treasures Volume 5


Picture below is the inside spread where you can find my artwork 

Title: The Scarlet Ibis
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored pencils on Canson's Mixed media paper
Inside spread of my artwork


If you would like to purchase this periodical you can get it here: https://annkullberg.com/collections/books-more/products/cp-hidden-treasures-volume-v

Picture below is  the artwork of my Scarlet Ibis painting:

Title: The Scarlet Ibis
Medium: Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored pencils on Canson's Mixed media paper
Reference Photo Credit: Pixabay

Thank you for hopping by. Stay tuned for more creative posts soon.

“Creativity takes courage. ”-- Henri Matisse



Friday, February 1, 2019

The Scarlet Ibis --- My Colored pencil artwork

The competition was fierce with a record of 907 entries this year(2019).  

I am honored and happy  to inform you  all that   my  Colored Pencil artwork "The Scarlet Ibis" has been  selected for the Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Volume 5 Publication this year (2019). I would like to thank Ann Kullberg who is a great Artist, Author and a Global Colored Pencil ambassador and her team of judges for providing me with this opportunity.


This artwork is part of a series of birds that I am currently working on. I apologize for not being active on my blog this past year as I was busy with other projects. But the good news is starting next month, I will post more content, more of my art projects that I was working on this past year and art tutorials. So please stay tuned for more art inspiration. Thank you.




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Tuesday, March 27, 2018

My New Artworks Illustrating Nature

Here are some of my new artworks  illustrating nature.

Title: Two is Company !
Medium: Digital Painting painted using the iPad
Apps used: Procreate

Inspiration for this piece: I recently visited Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary at Pacific Grove, California. I got to learn so much about the migration phenomenon,habitat and life cycle of   these butterflies from a friendly docent . It was an eye opening experience for me as I got to learn so much about these butterflies.  With so much information and reading more online in their website for inspiration I decided to create yet another  digital painting with my favorite exotic tropical plant -- Bird of Paradise ! 

Title: Yellow Tang
Medium: Digital Painting using Photoshop
Inspiration for the above artwork: I was reading an article online  about what fishes work well for setting up an aquarium at home. I looked online for inspiration to get the general anatomy right and painted it digitally using Photoshop. After that just for fun I added more of the yellow tang fishes just in different colors to create harmony and contrast with respect to color.  


Title: Info-graphics on California Sea Lions
Medium: Adobe Illustrator 

I illustrated this Info-graphics about California Sea Lions as a part of a project using Illustrator. Book referenced for Sea lion Facts :  The National Audubon Society Guide to Marine Mammals of the World  by Randell R. Reeves, Brent S. Stewart, Phillip J. Clapham and James A. Powell.

" The Power of Imagination makes Us Infinite"-- John Muir


Friday, December 22, 2017

Year in Review- 2017

It is that time of the year to look back at the news and stories that shaped this year πŸ˜‚πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒ

1) The Sunnyvale Community Services Spring Boutique show happened this year on Saturday May 13,2017 at the Sunnyvale Community Services located at  725 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA.  Being a member of this Sunnyvale Community Services Auxiliary team  I got a chance to sell all of my craftsy creations via this show for a cause. This show was a huge success this year. All the team members thanked me for increasing the publicity for this show. It was a win-win situation for all of us.  Here is a picture of all my sold items:

Title: All of my craftsy creations sold for a good cause.

2) For May 2017, Flowers were the theme at Lisa's Lachri Fine Art Facebook group. Here is my entry for this group challenge. It was painted using the iPad.

Title: Spring Blossoms
Medium: iPad Art
 Update: I would like to thank Lisa of Lachri Fine art for featuring my artwork. You can check up this video here : Video Link

3) The Sunnyvale Art Club's Annual  juried art show took place on  June 17,2017 and June 18,2017 at the Sunnyvale Public Library,CA this year. It was a memorable event for me because  not only did I win  3rd place under mixed media category, I also got to sell my original artwork. 


Selfie with my artworks!




Title: Tribute to Cecil
Medium: Pen and Ink with Colored Pencils
Price: SOLD!

4) I am thankful for being appreciated  by all of my  art club friends  for volunteering to be the Secretary of Sunnyvale Art Club for 5 years in a row now.  I will continue  to serve as the Secretary for whole  of 2018 as well.

5) The theme for September  2017 challenge at the monthly Colored Pencil Magazine was " Blueberries". Photo reference credit-- Sally Robertson ( Copyright Released). Thank you for the reference picture.


Title: Berries
Medium: Colored pencils on Canson's Acid Free sketch paper



6) Some of my Digital artworks that I illustrated  in Sept 2017. Below is a postcard that I created for an Aquarium Project. 


Postcard art  created for an Aquarium show


I illustrated this Book  cover art   -- The Call of the Wild by Jack London


Book Cover Art : Call of the Wild

7) On Sept 12, 2017 I received this news that my artwork had been selected for the Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Volume 4 Publication this year (2017). The competition was fierce this year with a record of 837 entries.  I would like to thank Ann Kullberg who is a great Artist, Author and a Global Colored Pencil ambassador and her team of judges for featuring my artwork. Here is picture of my artwork.

Title: A Thing of Beauty!
Medium: Colored Pencils

Here is the picture of the Book where my artwork is published



And this the page where my artwork is published in the book:


Picture of the  page where my artwork has been published in this book.

If you would like to get a copy of this book, you can now get it here using this link: CP Hidden Treasurers Volume IV


8) On  Friday October 13,2017, Colored Pencil Magazine hosted Friday the 13th giveaways in their Facebook page. I have never participated in any sort of giveaways before. In-fact this  was my first giveaway ever. I won the Derwent Procolor 24 count Tin set. I was thrilled to receive this set. Here is a picture. I would like to thank Sally Robertson from Colored Pencil Magazine for hosting this giveaway. It was a fun event.

 

9) From Sep 20 to Oct 23,2017 my artworks were featured at Red Rock Coffee Shop located at Castro Street Mountain view, CA. Here is a picture of my paintings at the cafe.

My artworks at Red Rock Coffee Shop 


10) I was the featured artist from Oct 1 to Dec 1, 2017 at Pho Nam Restaurant located at 844 W El Camino Real, Sunnyvale,CA. My painting " Airavata-- The Elephant in Heaven" was on display.



Me with my artwork at Pho Nam Restaurant 
 11) The Sunnyvale Art Club's monthly club meeting took place on Thursday Nov 16, 2017. The theme for this  monthly art competition is "Abstracts". I am thrilled to  announce that my Colored Pencil artwork won 2nd place  in this competition.

Title: Ode to Picasso!
Medium: Faber Castell Polychromos on Stathamore Drawing paper
Size: 7.5"by 9.5"

12)  I am honored to inform you all that my artwork is  up at the Sunnyvale Mayor's office from  Dec 1, 2017 to Feb 1,2018. The Sunnyvale Mayor's office is located at 456 West Olive Avenue, Sunnyvale,CA.


Me with my  painting at the Sunnyvale Mayor's Office

13) I created this artwork for November 2017 monthly art challenge with the Color Pencil Magazine. Photo reference credit (Copyright Released) --  Sally Robertson. Thank you for the reference picture. I had super fun doing this challenge.

Title: Fall Leaves
Medium: FC Polychromos, Derwent Procolor Colored Pencils and Markers used only on the ladybugs on Strathamore Drawing Paper

14) I created these holiday tags at the Sunnyvale Library on December 11, 2017 at the Adults craft night hosted by the Sunnyvale library,CA

Holiday Gift Tags

This will be my last post for 2017. I wish you all a Happy Holiday season and a Colorful 2018.

"If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere."-- Vincent Van Gogh







Monday, November 27, 2017

I am Published!

I am over the moon and super excited to share that my artwork "A Thing of Beauty!" has been published in " CP Hidden Treasures - Volume IV" US Magazine style Publication. The competition was fierce with a record of 837 entries this year. 

Here is the Youtube link: https://youtu.be/34g5RZWOo3M


You can now get this book here: https://annkullberg.com/produ…/cp-hidden-treasures-volume-iv

Title: A Thing of Beauty!
Medium: Colored Pencils

" A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever"-- John Keats

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

My Colored Pencil artwork has been selected for Publication-- Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Publication released by Ann Kullberg

The competition was fierce with a record of 837 entries this year.  

I am honored and happy  to inform you  all that   my  Colored Pencil artwork has been  selected for the Colored Pencil Hidden Treasures Volume 4 Publication this year (2017). I would like to thank Ann Kullberg who is a great Artist, Author and a Global Colored Pencil ambassador and her team of judges for featuring my artwork. 


Thank you!!  πŸ˜☺πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜Š