Many artists, myself included, enjoy the challenge of trying new things. 2015 seems to be my year of that. I knew going into the year thanks to my brief jump into pen and ink that I wanted to stay with colored pencil art. What I didn't know, however, was whether or not I wanted to stick with the paper I had been using (Arches Hot Press Watercolor) or even the pencils (Prismacolor).
I decided to start with Art Spectrum Colourfix Paper. I had heard it reviewed before and actually had a nice stockpile of it from a few years ago, though I never tried it before this project. Colourfix is a basic watercolor paper with an acrylic primer (the bonus being that it's lightfast). Most importantly, the paper is durable, which is vital for me and my heavy hand. While browsing references for my previous piece, I found one that would translate wonderfully onto the Colourfix.
There is something about starting a new medium or experimenting with a new style that is exciting, exhilarating, but frightening all rolled into one. That was how I felt when I decided to take on the piece that I would eventually name, "Patience."
It began last year as an experimental piece inspired by pen and ink work that recently had come to my attention. I found the concept intriguing. It was a method that demanded patience along with intricate detail. One of my biggest challenges I face as an artist is stretching my attention span, and pointillism, I decided, would be the perfect medium for that. So I ordered up some Micron pens, found a reference, and set to work.
The original artwork for Western Artist Nichole Taylor. Located in Moab, Utah, Nichole strives to capture the fine details that abound in the western and ranching heritage.