Downloads & Media
If you're a fellow colored pencil artist looking for a downloadable, printable chart of all colors for a given brand of pencils, that you can print out and color yourself for a reference as you work, here you go! I couldn't find ones to suit me so I made them myself. I label my pencils in sequence, so the left number helps me find the correct one very quickly. The right number is the brand's color code. Enjoy.
Critique of "Tree of Kintsugi"
Michael W. Monroe, Director Emeritus of the Bellevue Art Museum in Bellevue, WA and a former curator at the Renwick Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, was the juror for the 2016 CPSA International Exhibition. He gave a talk/critique at the gallery and this is what he said about my "Tree of Kintsugi ", which he had awarded one of the two Awards for Outstanding Achievement. (Length 2:25)
Cricket Time Progression
This is a very short video I made of my progress on Cricket Time. It gives a little insight into how I typically work with colored pencils. (Length 01:00)
The King Family Progression
This is an even shorter video I made of my progress on The King Family. It gives a little insight into how I typically work with graphite pencils. (Length 00:40)
Talk Art episode
In March 2014 I was the guest artist for an episode of Talk Art, a 30-minute cable TV program that features San Francisco bay area artists and their work. The program is sponsored by Silicon Valley Open Studios. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to expose more people to colored pencil! (Length 28:18)
Global Tech Women Voices 2016 Conference panel session
In March 2016 Shubha Prithvi Raj, Namratha Prithviraj, Carrie Zeidman and I streamed a live panel discussion "Pixels, Paint, and Passion: Technology and the Creative Edge" to the global audience of the Global Tech Women Voices Conference. We shared our experiences as artists who also work in high-tech fields. (Length 52:40)
Author: Denise J. Howard
Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing
Release date: December 5, 2017
I was surprised when Walter Foster Publishing contacted me to inquire if I'd be interested in writing a reference book for creating convincing textures in colored pencil! I'm very excited about this project, which is the third in their series of "101 Textures" books. All my other prospective projects went on hold for the several months it took for me to produce all the drawings, notes, and text. I hope it turns out to be useful to artists of all experience levels for many years to come. Click on the image to order a copy on Amazon.
May 2016 Featured Artist, Ann Kullberg's COLOR magazine
I was so happy to be the featured artist for the May 2016 issue of Ann Kullberg's COLOR magazine! The eight-page article talks about my background, my aspirations, and some of the materials I use, and includes several images of my work, including the cover! Click on the image to order a copy from the publisher.
July 2014 Featured Artist, Colored Pencil Magazine
I was thrilled to be the featured artist for the July 2014 issue of Colored Pencil Magazine! The four-page article talks about my background and progression as an artist, inspirations and goals, includes several of my pieces, and just look at that cover! Click on the image to order a copy from the publisher.
Ann Kullberg Swallowtail Butterfly In-Depth Kit
Ann Kullberg is the author of several well-regarded books on colored pencil techniques, publisher, teacher and workshop presenter. I was delighted when she asked me to develop a new in-depth step-by-step kit for her series, based on one of my own butterfly photos. I made special emphasis on how to produce a soft, blurry background, since many colored pencil artists struggle with that. I hope everyone who purchases the kit from her website finds it helpful. The kit is 24 pages and includes 48 progress photos. Click on the image to order a copy.
This section is not about me. It's a collection of links to some product manufacturers and retailers that I've been happy with, listed in alphabetical order.
Caran d'Ache (Luminance, Pablo, Neocolor II, Museum Aquarelle, Grafwood)
Faber Castell (Polychromos)
Legion Paper (Stonehenge, Arches 88, Somerset Satin)
Prismacolor (Prismacolor Premier, Art Stix)
Red River Paper (Aurora Art Natural card stock)
UArt Paper (UArt 600)
Accent Arts (local to Palo Alto, CA)
Lenz Arts (local to Santa Cruz, CA)
Madison Art Shop
University Art (local to San Jose and Redwood City, CA)