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Illustrative Experiments: Colored pencils

After experimenting with linoprinting in the previous Crafty Moods Project, I thought it would be nice to switch to a more familiar material this time: colored pencils! Well, not that familiar. I hadn’t used them in ages. But familiar enough to have a big box of old pencils in the closet, waiting to come out & play. And yes,it was fun!

The most challenging part this month was probably working with different colors. There were so many! I filled up complete papers with try-outs and doodles before starting a drawing, but eventually I got better at taking risks. I mostly drew single items and I really got into patterns. Because I also wanted to do a complete drawing, I ended up creating a final one for which I gave myself the rule to color it up from top to bottom.

Here’s what I drew:



Sketching some plants from my living room was a nice warm-up. except for the lemon tree, I only wish I had that.

Sandra Apperloo


Drawing clothes I wish I’d own was definitely fun.

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Because hugs are important. And because I wanted to practice my people-drawing skills.

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Drawing sweaters was a great way to experiment with different patterns.

Sandra Apperloo

A final full-color

For this one I challenged myself to color up the complete paper. A bit tricky, but a lot of fun!

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  • Reply Suzanne Blanck #blanckslate January 31, 2016 at 3:33 am

    I think you are great! Just found you on Instagram! Love all of the inspiration!!!! Being an illustrator/surface designer I feel like I found a gold mine! Thank you! Such a good idea to start a project that makes you use new techniques. I so should break out too:) Suzanne Blanck

    • Reply Sandra February 8, 2016 at 9:47 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! I’m very happy to hear this gives you inspiration! Working with different materials is challenging, but definitely a lot of fun. i just had a peek at your creations, what a wonderful mixture of colors and patterns! Beautiful!

  • Reply Carmen March 7, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I think you are amazing too! There doesn’t seem to be anything you can’t do! Have so enjoyed catching up with your crafty project and am looking forward to seeing what you do next.

    • Reply Sandra March 8, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks for your wonderful compliments Carmen! I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying it, so lovely to receive these kind of comments on my own things!

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