Tag Archives: colored pencil

Ghostly white horse

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Yelena Shabrova ~ Ghostly White ~ white Prismacolor colored pencil on canvas board, 5" x 7"

Ghostly White – white Prismacolor colored pencil on canvas board, 5″ x 7″

University Art carries something I never saw before: a canvas mounted on a cardboard. 5″ x 7″ pieces are sold unprotected, unlike canvases and real sturdy canvas boards. They come in white and black versions. Naturally, I had to buy both to see what can be done with them.

This white horse was done on a black one. Even though the canvas accepts many layers of color the result is not purely white (hence the “ghostly” reference). Alas, colored pencils are not completely opaque.

The original drawing found a new home at the Midsummer Art Festival 2014, but greeting cards, and prints are available in my online shop as a part of the “Colored Pencil” collection.

Artist trading card exchange at CAG

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

I planned to try something new with ATC for this exchange at CAG: galloping horse hooves, parts of horse faces, or something like that. Instead, I ended up with four whole horse heads.

Maybe the fact that Newborn is taking longer than anticipated to get finished has something to do with it, I don’t know.

Here are the heads:

Yelena Shabrova ~ Brown Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5" x 3.5"

Brown Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Chestnut Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5" x 3.5"

Chestnut Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Gray Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5" x 3.5"

Gray Horse Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5″ x 3.5″

Yelena Shabrova ~ Gray Pony Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5" x 3.5"

Gray Pony Head ~ artist trading card (ATC), colored pencil on illustration board, 2.5″ x 3.5″

And this is what I got from my wonderful fellow artists:

ATC from Dianne Daly ~ inks and pastel

ATC from Dianne Daly ~ inks and pastel

ATC from Sharon La Bouff ~ monoprint

ATC from Sharon La Bouff ~ monoprint

ATC from Donnalynn Chase ~ collage

ATC from Donnalynn Chase ~ collage

ATC from Marlene Bird ~ acrylic and collage

ATC from Marlene Bird ~ acrylic and collage

Overlooked Beauty

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Yelena-Shabrova ~ Overlooked-Beauty ~ colored pencil on wood panel, 4" x 4"

Overlooked-Beauty ~ colored pencil on wood panel, 4″ x 4″ ~ $45.00

Lady’s smock (cuckoo flowers) are tiny and very unassuming when we walk past them or over them. Their beautiful purple, lilac, and whitish colors is about all that can be easily appreciated when they form a patch. I love shooting and drawing little things like these and then look closely at the shapes, lines, and colors that make them up and draw it all bigger than in real life.

This was my first attempt to use colored pencils on wood and do a three-dimensional piece. While it was an interesting experience spreading a drawing over more than one plane I think I will stick to my usual two dimensions. But I do want to continue experimenting with drawing on wood. It adds a unique glow that shines through pencilwork and makes it look quite different. I like that.

As it turned out, I need to be careful placing strokes over wood; the same color will look differently as wooden textures change over the board, as strokes are laid along the fibers, across them, or at an angle. And forget about scanning the finished piece. A lot of fine color details get lost along with the wonderful glowing effect of the wood.

The original is available in my Colored Pencil online gallery for $45.00

A sketch a day: walk in the park

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

A sketch a day: a walk in the park - colored pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4" x 6"

A sketch a day: a walk in the park – colored pencil on Canson drawing paper, 4″ x 6″

Trying to exercise patient light strokes after dealing with canvas and rough watercolor paper. Somehow I got too heavy-handed for smooth drawing paper and with this little sketch had to stop and remind myself that the goal was to go with light strokes. As in, light on everything.

Artist trading card exchange at CAG

Posted by Yelena Shabrova

Yesterday at the meeting in the Campbell Artists’ Guild we had an artist trading card exchange. This is what I brought, they are my experiments with metal pens and markers combined with colored pencils:

artist trading card

artist trading card

artist trading card

And this is what I got in return:

Gudrun Baumeister - Sunset in the North Sea - watercolor 3.5" x 2.5"

Gudrun Baumeister – Sunset in the North Sea – watercolor 3.5″ x 2.5″

Barb Overholt - Golden Open acrylics, 3.5" x 2.5"

Barb Overholt – Golden Open acrylics, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Anne Olander - Zion National Park - acrylic, 3.5" x 2.5"

Anne Olander – Zion National Park – acrylic, 3.5″ x 2.5″

Pretty wonderful extra gifts for my Birthday! :)