The Colored Pencil Spectrum of Fun

So, I started using colored pencils somewhat recently (like, 4 months ago, actually) and it seems both nostalgic and challenging. I always considered colored pencils pretty easy to use because I used them as a kid a lot and that went alright.

*Cut to flashbacks of all the terribly colored drawings I had as a kid in colored pencils that I have since burned*

But, I discovered something pretty fun, toned paper! It makes the colored pencils’ colors shine a bit more, plus gives me a bit more confidence to work on the stark white paper (sometimes…)

Mostly I’ve just been using Prismacolors that I received as a gift, but I also have been trying the Faber-Castell Polychromos recently (they’re expensive though!)

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Inktober 2017 update! 

Only 11 days in and I’m still keeping at it, at least. The ink work is not as detailed, but I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. I selected only a few of the drawings I’ve done so far. 

Also, I have an Instagram for inktober and random sketches over here: https://www.instagram.com/goldenspines/

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March sketches 1 

My titles will probably turn less and less interesting as time goes on. 

I’ve been just focusing on doodling out ideas that I could come back to later. Plus I’m trying to practice with markers because I’m still not good with them yet. 


In other news, it would be convenient to have your hair hold an umbrella on rainy days. 

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Green


I like drawing animals, but I’m not very good at it yet. Though I’m thinking if I just keep using colors I might eventually get something decent looking.

At least that strategy sometimes works with my 3 year old students.

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Hope you all have a wonderful day and spend it with someone you love. 

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Strange stuff

Making small, simple sketches each day is proving to be more doable overall with my current busyness level. I highly recommend it for a stress reliever. 


I’ll try to group them together for more interest generating purposes. 

I like doodling strange little things like this. A lot of that inspiration came from the particular illustrator I studied under in college. 

 Though I’m quite certain he would be disappointed at my lack of effort in my artistic career overall. But I am happy he gave me tons of great advice and the push to not give up drawing completely at least. 

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Watch your step

I say this to myself every year and there’s always some excuse. I need to update more. 

What I should be saying is “no more excuses” since my drawing skill is suffering because of my endless supply of excuses. 

Either way, even when I do update, it will be mostly sketches for now. 

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