If you are ordering art from me, I feel it's very important for you to know you are getting top quality, practiced techniques, and incredible accuracy, all created with world-class materials. It's a privilege to be able to show you in depth what I use for your custom art.
I own the largest set available in this brand of the Faber-Castells. With the constant adding to my collection I currently have over 200 colors. Making this set perfect for the large-scale, vibrant pieces I often do. They contain the highest quality pigments for unsurpassed lightfastness, which is rated on each pencil. They have a buttery smooth color laydown and can be easily blended for layered effects, highlights and transitions. The thick leads are break and water-resistant, smudge-proof and provide permanent, rich color. Provides sharp fine lines and excellent point retention. These are a very hard, durable pencil, easy to sharpen without crumbling, and they stay sharp longer than others, which is ideal for precision and detail.
I've used Faber-Castells on every colored drawing I've done, and Prismacolor Premier pencils for the skin tones of colored portraits. They can build many layers and blend together so smoothly to form entirely new colors. They are much softer than the Faber-Castells. In my opinion, these two are the perfect sets to use together on any colored pencil art piece.
Faber-Castell 9000 top-quality pencil set with degrees ranging from 5H-5B. These pencils have superior leads made of finely ground graphite and clay. The break-resistant leads are smooth, never scratchy, and the pencils are guaranteed to sharpen easily.
Faber-Castell Auarelle pencils are completely water-soluble. Graphite releases with water for a perfect wash effect. The leads are heavier and darker than the normal set of graphites, making them easier to blend and spread across & into the paper for the desired realism effect. Degrees ranging from HB-8B for deep contrast and shadow effects.
Prismalcolor Premier Ebony pencils are perfect for sketching, portrait work, and illustrations. They feature jet black graphite leads that blend easily and produce thick, dark lines and deliver rich, smooth laydown.
Prismacolor Premier Scholar pencils have a wider gradation scale with a more fraglie approach. They can create dark shadows from the buildup of many layers, working down the scale form 2H-5B, delicate highlights, and sultry mid-tones. Their lead variation is ideal for shading and blending.
After the intense focus and detail of working in colored pencil, the freedom and expression that the soft pastels offer is refreshing. I found that I needed a break from the precision of portraits to just throw color on canvas and work with my hands. My inspiration began with the pastel & watercolor clouds of surrealism artist Zazac Namoo. I then learned that Faber-Castell offers a Pitt Pastel collection- a soft pastel pencil, ideal for blending and fine detail at the same time. Everything you need to make a perfect portrait.
Once I realized I had a passion for both the detail of colored pencil and the abstract look of soft pastels, also feeling like I needed a unique signature to my custom pieces, I decided to bring these 2 mediums together. In my opinion, once an artist has mastered photorealism and they're able to make a drawing look identical to a photo, there's nothing left to learn or grow from. I intentionally pull out every highlight and saturated color I can. For example, the rose started out white, and ended up having more yellow, pink, purple, and even blue than I was able to see in the reference photo with the naked eye. To me, that is art! Photorealism in a way people wouldn't have seen it from the photo. To take it a step further, I added the soft pastel as either a cloud-like or watercolor effect.
The Dancer Series was my first in the oil pastel medium. The blending was flawless and I was left with a textured, abstract look. These pieces came out absolutely glowing and life-like. I later added the dust throw of soft pastel to create the illusion of Synesthesia Worship- a combination of art and dancing.