I have eight bird feeders around my house! I know it’s a bit much, but “birding” is a love that was passed down to me from my mom and my grandmother who were obsessed with feeding their birds and frustrating their squirrels. Anyway, I woke up one morning last December and was drinking a cup of coffee at sunrise in my greatroom looking out the window when the sun came up in the east and filtered a ray of yellow sunlight through the trees to hit squarely on this beautiful yellow Pine Warbler just outside one of my windows. I startled my wife Carol when I exclaimed “I have to go get my camera!” It was just as the sun was coming up and still quite dark. The muted browns from the trees and their dried leaves from the forest behind our house made quite a striking backdrop for the bright yellow feathers on the Pine Warbler’s breast. I have wanted to do a drawing of our little yellow friend ever since.
Youtube Tutorial Video:
I did the drawing using Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils, Prismacolor White, Titanium White powder from brushandpencil.com and of a couple of Cretacolor pencils on sanded paper – tinted sepia with a spray bottle of diluted acrylic paint. This drawing had three applications of Textured Fixative from brushandpencil.com to allow layering, corrections and a protective sealing of the surface. Only one is shown in the video. I thought the drawing was finished at one point and after applying the Texture Fixative and I removed the drawing from the drawing board. After looking at it and doing a bit of touch up, I realized that I could continue working to increase detail and brilliance of the colors and retaped it to keep working. You’ll see that at about the 2:30 point in the video.
The actual drawing took about 6 hours over several evenings. This video is compressed to about 3 minutes. Please leave me any questions or comments!
For more information on this wonderful bird, visit the Audubon site:
I recently saw a Facebook post by Debbie, a work associate, of her kitty “Pumpkin” and I asked if I could do a drawing of it. She gladly said “YES!” and I did a mixed media drawing that harkened back to a look reminiscent of a sketch from renaissance days. To create a surface to work on, I used alcohol ink stains by Tim Holtz (see video below) to create a rich antique leather-like surface and used Koh-I-Noor “Giochonda” Artists Pencils in charcoal, black, sepia, white and red chalk, powdered titanium white and Powder Blender (from brushandpencil.com). I also used a few traditional colored pencils from Caran d’Ache to add Ochre and Sepia colors. The video is self explanatory and lists materials used.
A Step-by-Step Tutorial:
Fixative used was Blair Marker Fixative (after treating paper with alcohol ink) and Krylon Matte Workable Fixative (two very light coats at the end – if you use too much fixative, you may need to brighten the whites a bit if the fixative dulls it).
Enjoy and please leave me any questions or comments!
I specifically used the workflow on pages 99-101 for creating a monochrome underpainting, using her Texture Spray Fixative to fix the underpainting layer and subsequent glazing layers, then using her Titanium White and Touchup Texture for details, Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils and Prismacolor Premier White for highlights. I used Powder Blender to create glazing layers to complete the portrait similarly to how I would paint an oil painting with an underpainting and painting medium to create glazes. Thanks Lloyd for letting me use this great photo of you to create this “painting!” I hope you enjoy it!
At our recent beach vacation, our family met in Destin for our annual beach retreat. What an awesome time when all 15 of us can get together…kids, grandkids, son-in-laws, and the entertainment – our family dog Minnie! While there, I took some wonderful photos of our family and grandkids including several of the girls and ladies getting their hair braided by Abigail (13), one of our granddaughters.
This is Eliza’s portrait from from the photos from that day. (less the green wall and ceramic fish hung all over it!) I did it on Uart 800 Sanded Paper with Colored Pencils using the Powder Blender system developed by Alyona Nickelsen at brushandpencil.com. I read her book “Colored Pencil – Painting Portraits” cover to cover and used her step by step recommendations on pages 100 and 101 to create this portrait. Here is a time-lapse recording of the process edited to show the key steps, materials and techniques for other colored pencil artists to follow. I hope you enjoy the video and portrait. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel and give me a like if you like it!
When I saw the Father’s day Facebook post done by my friend Chris Curth commemorating his dad who would have been 100 years old in 2017, I knew I had to do his portrait! The photo was so striking and conveyed such character I wanted to know more about him. I asked Chris if I could have permission to do a pencil drawing of his dad for my second assignment in a drawing class I was taking online. He gladly agreed and I created this graphite painting/drawing using Caran d’Ache Grafwood pencils, General’s Powdered Graphite, paint brushes, several different erasers and blending tools on Strathmore 400 Bristol Vellum paper. Here is a 2 minute YouTube speed video of the drawing:
If you would like to know more about Hank Curth, here is a short bio on his work. Thanks Chris for letting me do this for you and your family! I am planning to make several limited edition prints for family members.
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:
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!