Friday, August 7, 2009

Media Spotlight—Pen & Ink, Colored Pencil, and Pastel Artists 2009

George Asdel—Colored Pencil

George, working in his studio
George Asdel at a workshop
Dancing With Friends © George Asdel
Bear Art © George Asdel
Curious Fish © George Asdel
Dream and the Tiger © George Asdel

George advises utilizing the very best materials. Cheap or student grade materials can be very frustrating and give poor results. Start with small pieces, especially with pencils or pen and ink. Miniatures can give you confidence to try larger pieces.

George was influenced by Albrecht Durer, an amazing German painter, printmaker and draughtsman. Other influences were Rockwell Kent, who did the woodcuts for Paul Bunyan and many other old books,  and M. C. Escher's wild and crazy drawings. George had a studio/gallery in Brigus, Newfoundland, where Kent also had a studio during the 1920's.

Linda Bench—Colored Pencil

Canyon View © Linda Bench
Sunflowers © Linda Bench
California Poppies © Linda Bench

Linda Bench learned to appreciate art growing up. Her father supplied plenty of art materials and she was exposed to varied art forms as a child. Therefore it comes as no surprise, with this kind of influence, that Linda would become an artist.

Linda, a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona, earned her BS degree in Landscape Architecture Design.

Linda fell in love with, professional quality, soft, thick leaded, Prismacolor pencils. She appreciates quiet tranquil moments, whereby she can put the outside world on hold and focus completely on her art work. Linda begins her drawing with a light coat of pigment, then builds and blends 8 to 10 layers of color over her subject through completion. While working with pencils her hands gently warm the lead, making the color spread in thick, even coats.

Linda recommends, “For even, smooth color and better control of pigment, utilize Prismacolor Pencils in moderate temperatures. Anything over ninety degrees tends to allow the soft leads to melt.”