Category Archives: Colored Pencils

An Abstract Colored Pencil Collage (9″x12″ on Uart 800 Sanded Paper)

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I did this drawing for the upcoming Abstract Art challenge by Vera Curnow, founder of the Colored Pencil Society of America. She challenged all members to do something abstract “Like telling a story without any nouns!” I like that! I have done a number of traditional collages using acrylic medium, found materials, paper scraps, paper clips and whatever Minnie and I find on our walks! (some of which are posted here:  http://www.georgehoffman.com/category/art/collage/)

But I haven’t translated those to colored pencil. So I took on the challenge and thoroughly enjoyed creating this 100% abstract “Faux Collage” with colored pencils. It allowed me to let loose with some creative techniques that I can actually use in my “normal” colored pencil drawings. Here is the final drawing which was done on Uart 800 Sanded Paper with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and Prismacolor Premier and Verithin pencils. I also used the Powder Blender system extensively  and expanded its use by treating it somewhat like an acrylic medium – splattering it, daubing up colors and creating textures.

Here is the time-lapse YouTube video of the process:

100% Colored Pencil Collage – 9″x12″ on Uart 800 Sanded Paper mounted on 1/2″ birch plywood with Grafix Dual Tack film. Polychromos and Prismacolor pencils.
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Lutheran West High School Marching Band – A colored pencil drawing with Powder Blender

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10.5″ x 16.25″ Colored Pencil drawing of the Lutheran West High School Marching Band performing at Disney World May, 2013. Faber-Castell Polychromos and Prismacolor colored pencils on Uart 800 sanded paper with Powder Blender.

A Five Minute YouTube Time-Lapse video of the Drawing:

I had much fun doing this drawing from a photograph I took of a marching band at Disney World in 2013. I always wanted to do a drawing of this. As I was working on it, I noticed the LW logo on the band jacket and a Longhorn logo on the sleeve. I asked Carol to Google “LW” and “Longhorn” and see what she could find. It turns out it is the Lutheran West High School Marching band who was invited in May, 2013 to march in the Magic Kingdom parade. I contacted the school and talked to and texted them and they confirmed this was their band! They were very excited to know I had some pictures and was doing this drawing. I entered it into the 2017 Colored Pencil Society of America 2017 International Show (cpsa.org) and will find out in May if it will be accepted.

Many thanks to Alyona Nickelesen at brushandpencil.com for her Powder Blender system and helping me understand how to use the system with colored pencils. She gave me a draft to review of her upcoming book on Colored Pencil Portraits (pre-order at https://www.amazon.com/Colored-Pencil-Painting-Portraits-Revolutionary/dp/0385346271/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8). I finished reading it about 1/4 of the way through this drawing and completely changed my approach to the faces. I highly recommend the book and will be submitting a review to Amazon. I did a full video (speed drawing) of the process of doing this drawing and posted it on my YouTube Channel. It is a 5 minute time-lapse video of the drawing – a drawing that took many hours to complete!

 

 

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Stone Mountain Banjo Man – Colored Pencil on Sanded Paper with Powder Blender (10 1/2″ x 13 1/2″)

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UPDATE: This drawing was juried into the 2017 Colored Pencil Society of America Explore This! 13 Online Exhibition. This was quite an honor as only 61 pieces were selected from submissions by the international community of colored pencil artists!  Visit the CPSA online gallery at: http://cpsa.org/explorethis-13exhibition

I did this colored pencil drawing of a banjo player in a bluegrass band that was playing at Stone Mountain when we took the family to visit the park a couple years ago. The siding was a bit boring on the porch where the band was playing so I found a photo I took last weekend on our trip to the north Georgia mountains of some really dilapidated siding. Unfortunately it was on a building I help design 40 years ago for a company I used to work for! Does that make me feel old or what!!!

I also did a YouTube tutorial of the layout of the Banjo Man and a second YouTube video of the process of doing the drawing.

A colored pencil drawing with Faber-Castell Colored Pencils and Copic Markers on Uart 800 Sanded Paper using the Powder Blender system by BrushandPencil.com.
A colored pencil drawing with Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Copic Markers on Uart 800 Sanded Paper using the Powder Blender system by BrushandPencil.com.
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A Speed Drawing of Abigail using Powder Blender and Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils

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I had a lot of fun collaborating with my granddaughter Abigail to do this portrait for her mom for her birthday. Abigail took a “selfie” and sent it to me. Done with Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils and finished with Powder Blender (the powder) using foam brushes and paper stumps for blending. Paper used was Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate Finish (8″x10″).

Caran d’Ache Grafwood Pencils on Strathmore 500 Bristol Plate paper.

 

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Use your iPhone to create a great photo of your art…

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How many times have you wanted to capture that piece of art you created but it’s under glass and the reflections make it impossible?Or you want to catalog a bunch of images in your scrapbooks or art journals? Or perhaps you have some older drawings and paintings that you can’t seem to get cropped properly. Watch my tutorial on how to use your cellphone and Photoshop to capture, color correct and reframe your images so they are suitable for submission to shows, posting on your website or Facebook pages or send to clients for approval. Here’s a YouTube video I created with tips on how to showcase your work in all these situations.

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A Portrait of Jonny – Colored Pencil with Powder Blender – 8″x10″

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Jonny Colored Pencil
8″x10″ Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Uart 800 Sanded Paper. I did this drawing of Jonny with Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils and used the Powder Blender system to create an “oil painting” effect on the portrait. For more information on the Powder Blender system, visit brushandpencil.com

 

For a tutorial on this drawing, please visit my YouTube Channel and watch a “speed drawing” of the creation of this portrait! Please leave me some feedback and share your thoughts on my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/hoffmancreativemedia.

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“See Rock City!” Colored Pencil on Ampersand Smooth Surface Art Board – 6 1/2″ x 10″

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I did this fun image for the November Colored Pencil Magazine contest. I decided to plop the little blue house they provided as a target image down in North Georgia where you see “See Rock City” painted on hundreds of barns, stores and billboards. (check out and visit the amazing Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee! (http://www.seerockcity.com/). Yes it’s not as precise as I usually do but I decided to go “Grandma Moses” on this one and let a bit of the primative George out for a few days…I’ll go back in my more  traditional work after this departure!!!

“See Rock City” 

Colored Pencil – Polychromos and Prismacolor using Powder Blender system by Brushandpencil.com for layering.

A 6 1/2" x 10" Colored Pencil painting on Ampersand Smooth Surface Art Board
A 6 1/2″ x 10″ Colored Pencil painting on Ampersand Smooth Surface Art Board

 

Other source images I took and used: 

A barn at the end of Jones Bridge Road at Hwy 141 in Cumming, Georgia
A barn at the end of Jones Bridge Road at Hwy 141 in Cumming, Georgia

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Here is the original image provided by Colored Pencil Magazine:

Original Little Blue House file
Original Little Blue House file
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Coffee Cup and Seashell – Black and White Colored Pencils on Toned paper

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Black and White Charcoal from sketchbook with toned paper.
Black, Sepia  and White Colored Pencils –  from one of my sketchbooks with toned paper.
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“Almost Ancestors” Montage in Charcoal

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In 1973 I purchased a book called “Almost Ancestors” with amazing photos of Native Americans that lived in California in the mid 1800’s to the early 1900’s. I did a number of charcoal and pencil drawings of them and was so touched by their faces and what stories they represented. As one Amazon reviewer I read put it “What a sobering realization that in these images lie remnants of the lives of 50 California Native American nations with independent languages and cultures that no longer exist. Like old treasured books–lost in the shuffle of years–these faces mutely bring to light one of humankind’s darkest hours.”

I did this 15″x30″ charcoal drawing in 1975 and recently found and scanned a 35mm slide I had taken of it. I’d forgotten about drawing it and wonder who has it now!

If you’re interested, here is a link to “Almost Ancestors” in Amazon books – it is only available used. https://www.amazon.com/Almost-Ancestors-Californians-Theodora-Kroeber/dp/B000NOLOZI

A charcoal montage of images from the book "Almost Ancestors" of native Americans living as early as 1850.
A charcoal montage of images from the book “Almost Ancestors” of native Americans living as early as 1850.
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Nicholas – Son of the Artist by Rubens (Charcoal copy by George Hoffman in 1975)

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Niclaus - Son of the Artist by Peter Paul Rubens -Copied by George Hoffman in 1975 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Nicholas – Son of the Artist by Peter Paul Rubens -Copied by George Hoffman in 1975 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

I can’t believe it was 41 years ago but in 1975 I went to Cleveland, Ohio for a training class for Automatic Sprinkler to learn how to design fire protection systems. While I was there, I visited the Cleveland Museum of Art and took my drawing tablet and an art box with pencils, charcoal, etc. I was able to sit down in front of Ruben’s portrait of his son and fell in love with his work. I checked and it must have been a visiting exhibit because it isn’t in Cleveland now.

Here is his original drawing. In this work, he used only four colors – black, white, red and brown Conte Crayons on toned paper.

This drawing by Rubens is a good example of his use of ony four colors of conte crayons and charcoal - White, Black, Red and Brown.
This drawing by Rubens is a good example of his use of only four colors – conte crayons and charcoal – white, black, red and brown – on toned paper.
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