Monday, January 11, 2010

New coloured pencil practice kit!

Apple Kit image, 5" x 7", coloured pencil on Stonehenge
copyright Teresa Mallen

Last week was my first week back at work in my studio following the holidays and it was great to be there. I had a productive time too which is always good. I created a new cp practice kit! This has been on my to do list for 'someday' for a very long time. Heck, you can see from the photo below that my reference photo was taken back when I used a film camera! Okay, I was one of the last folks on earth to go digital (I was waiting for a digital camera that would accept the macro lenses that I used on my 35mm SLR camera) but still...

Now I work directly from a digital image that I view from my lap top (which I perch on my slanted drafting table - fortunately the weight of the computer keeps it from shifting). I like how my computer image is large (compared to a 4 x 6 inch photo) and I can also click back and forth to other pictures and zoom in as required.

You can also see in the photo below my sheets of notes. Creating a piece for a kit requires me to stop and write down what I am doing and why and also to note the colours used. This definitely disrupts my flow!

If you don't know what I am taking about when I mention practice kits do visit the practice kit page of my website (to get there click here). I have shown the contents of the Moth Kit below. Included in each kit is a reference photo, a detailed line drawing, a sheet of Stonehenge paper to work on, you get detailed step by step instructions, pictures of the piece as a work in progress as well as a final image. All you need are pencils! All of the kits are created using the 48 pencil set of Prismacolor pencils (Premier line not the Lightfast line). If you use a different brand of pencil, I can email you a swatch list of colours so you can match the Prismacolor colours to the ones you have.

If you are interested in purchasing kits and you are not sure what the Canadian prices would convert to in your country's currency, just do a google search on 'currency converter' and you will find a site that will do the conversion from Canadian funds for you. Please note that when you use the on line shopping buttons provided on my website, your currency will be automatically converted by PayPal. If you are interested in the Apple Kit, please be patient - I still have to type up the instructions and I also have to add the info to my website. I shall let you know when it is ready to be purchased.

I also worked on the letter D last week. As you can see, I used a very sophisticated graphics software program...ha ha, I confess I am rather a Luddite :-) and the D is a close cousin of the Motivation Monday M.

So what is the D for? Well, I am starting a new series that will involve audience participation so I do hope you will help the series along by leaving comments. That's all I shall say for now and with that teaser out there, I shall head back to the studio. I am working on creating a new still life set up for my next piece. I am venturing forth into new territory on this one so I hope the photo shoot goes well. Stay tuned and oh, the D series will appear in a couple of days...


13 comments:

Vicki Greene said...

Teresa, I didn't know that you did colored pencil kits (duh). The apple is wonderful and I will be patient - after all I think that colored pencil teaches you to be patient.

Pencil Sanity said...

This is a wonderful kit your putting together and I would think that many would love to work on this.
Can't wait to find out more about your D series. What a tease. LOL

Paula Pertile said...

Love the apple!
"D" is for - demo? dive in? detail? dither?
The suspense is killing me ...

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Vicki. I know, it is hard to read everything in the margins isn't it? I have just inserted the moth kit pic to go with the kit text that I have in the sidebar. Seeing as we are visual people, being artists and all, maybe that will help!

Ah Maria and Paula, the mystery of the D...please do participate when all is revealed! :-)

CountryDreaming said...

Question on your colored pencil kits: What are the recommended age ranges? I have a niece and a nephew both of whom I gave colored pencils about a year ago (just picked out some brand at the local craft store to get them started) ... That said, am not sure when to consider them ready to get into drawing in as much detail as the kit indicates.

Jeanette said...

The new kit looks great Teresa. I'm sure it will be popular. Apples are always such a good project.

I'm in the throes of tutorials too this year and have a few in the works, not quite ready for human consumption yet. :)

D...develop? determined? destroy??

Lynda Schumacher said...

I had no idea you do cp kits, Teresa; these are very cool. I so admire your ambition.

Jan said...

Great job on the apple, Teresa! I didn't realize you did kits either. I'm sure the apple kit will be very popular.

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Ms. CD, age and motivation are factors. Older kids 'get it' and they are beyond just wanting to 'colour'. Younger children that are into art can do projects like this. I shall email you...

Jeanette, I am sure any tutorials you create will be wonderful! Best of luck with this!!!

Oh dear...Lynda and Jan it looks like all of the work I put into the sidebar and in my 'about me' blurb was for naught! Maybe I should use more flashy 'marketing' colours? LOL

Leslie Hawes said...

Your practice kits are a brilliant idea.
The Swiss chard mosaic is divine!

Christine said...

Looking forward to this apple kit. I want one. Can't wait to hear what the "D" is all about. :o)

April Jarocka said...

The colours are so vibrant. Really superb...makes me want to eat an apple...thanks for dropping by my blogs..appreciated.

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Leslie, welcome to my blog. Thank you for becoming a follower and thanks for taking the time to comment! I am rather fond of the Swiss Chard myself. :-)

Hi Christine, I guess I had better get typing up the text!!

Hi April, thanks for stopping by. I was keen to eat an apple myself when I worked on it. :-)