3rd February 2018
… what you don’t know about the technique of colored pencils… is that it is perhaps the slowest technique.
Making a drawing with colored pencils takes much longer than any other drawing or painting technique…. each color, each shade is reproduced not mixing colors… but by overlapping layers of colors…. in an image we can see a certain kind of red…. and you will never find in your box of pencils (as many as you have) that exact kind of red….. after several attempts you will find that to create that red you had to use layers of clear red , brown , dark red, grey , mix it with the blender, another bit of red, orange and then another touch of another kind of red….. but, when you study a color… you don’t only have to recognize the colors that you need (and for each there are many variants)…. you must also look for the order in which you have to use them and what pressure you have to use for each color…. some colors should be used with an average pressure… others with a very light pressure…. imagine this process for each inch of an image and you will understand why, if you only work in the evening, to make an excellent drawing of colored pencils it sometimes takes months.
Advantages? It’s a technique that requires little space, you don’t have to wash brushes….. you can work on it a little each day…. it’s cheaper (compared to other techniques)…. you can get amazing effects if you discover the potential and … becomes like a drug…!
2nd February 2018
I want to share with you this paragraph written by the artist Lisa Congdon….not only because it’s something VERY true…but also because it happens to me ALL the times! 🙂
“My painting teacher used to talk about the “painting curve”, a line that looks like the letter U. He said that when you begin a painting (or other form of art), you are at the top of the U. Things look clean and wonderful in the beginning. But as you develop a piece of work, it often gets messier; that is the bottom of the painting curve -the point at which we think our work looks horrible or awkward- is critical to making good work. Working through the complexities of a piece to the point where it looks and feels wonderful again- rising back up to the top of the U- helps develop your technique as well as your unique voice.”
1st February 2018
OMG!! It makes me cry to see young Charley (15 years old) so truly happy of the Supershoes I’ve painted for him!!! Good luck Charley, I’m so happy you love your Supershoes so much!! A hug
It’s amazing what Supershoes does …it gives so much joy to these young warriors….
1st September 2017
I am very happy to share, with you all, my latest work about the Carnival of Venice …!
I realized my first drawing concerning this type of subject in the year 2010 …. This is my seventh drawing with this theme and what makes me very happy is to be improved in the realization and in the technique. In this drawing I managed to reach a much higher level of realism. A very accurate study of colors and nuances, and many hours of work, have led me to this result I am very pleased with.
The reference picture was taken at the Carnival of Venice by my friend Paolo Bison, photographer with whom I had a wonderful collaboration in making this work.
For this drawing of 26,5 x 42 cm I used only colored pencils of three different brands (Prismacolor Premier, Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran d’Ache Prismalo) on a rough Fabriano F4 paper.
The theme of Venice Carnival is a theme that I am very fond of … making a drawing with this type of subject requires a lot of hours of exhausting work due to the infinite amount of details and shades … but the satisfaction that you reache with the result obtained … is unmatched! It is for this reason that I will surely realize other works in the future with this theme.
Here I show you the comparision of my drawing with the photo reference…
13th August 2017
When I was a child I had a big dream … and it was that I could be able to draw very well everything I wanted … Last night I finished the eyes on a portrait of a venetian mask I’m working on …. The eyes don’t they came just fine, but they seem ALIVE ….!
I don’t like to brag … but this time, I don’t know what to say …. I’m so happy that, the last night, I didn’t sleep! And watching them this morning… I cried … Because I said to myself: “I did it …. I really improved …. and without any school … only with the hard work and only with my own strength …”
And unfortunately I can not publish the photo of the drawing yet, because it will be part of the article “step by step” for the american magazine and you’ll have to wait to see the finished drawing. 🙂
1st January 2017
13th December 2016
My latest pair of Supershoes!!
I’ve painted this pair for Toby, 11 years old.
He loves the movie “Back to the future” and the “DeLorean” car! I hope he will love his new Supershoes so much!
12th December 2016
Ready and framed…!!!
Here is my first pet portrait “Siberian Husky” framed and ready to be an amazing gift!! 🙂 I admit that I was worried about pet portraits in general…I thought that animal’s fur was extremely difficult to render…. Well, it’s not the easiest thing in this world…but if you have enough patience…you can do that!
I’m proud of the result and I will certainly draw other pet portraits!
21st November 2016
Congratulations to Charlie!!!
Charlie is the owner of the stunning Corvette C1 I had the pleasure of portraying in my drawing “Black Cherry Vette” and with his beautiful and classy Vette he is winning many awards in various car shows in Texas!!
14th November 2016
I’m happy to show you the finished picture of the “Black Cherry Vette” drawing!
I have realized this drawing with watercolor pencils Caran d’Ache Prismalo and coloured pencils Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromos on Canson Watercolor paper. Dimensions of the drawing: A3.
I’m always happy to create a drawing for someone whom lives in America but this time I felt really thrilled because of the amazing colour of this recently restore Corvette C1! This “Black Cherry Metallic” colour has been an interesting challenge!
The lucky owner of this stunning C1 is Charlie, he lives in Texas and the Corvette was his father’s car. Charlie completely restored it and, after a few weeks, while I was working on this drawing he told me that the car’s name is “Miss T.M.”… I asked why of this name and he explained me that it was like his father called Charlie’s mother. The sweet thing is that Charlie’s mom was Italian… So, I added the italian words “In memoria of Theresa Marie: Miss T.M.” to the drawing.
It’s wonderful to have the chance to draw for persons whom are so far away but the fact this drawing will be an important part of Charlie’s family and a precious memory, it’s priceless. This is the best side about creating art.
22nd October 2016
Great news! Harry is absolutely happy of his new Supershoes!! 🙂 Please, pray for him to win his battle against cancer…
Don’t give up, Harry! We all pray for you!!
02nd October 2016
On September I have painted and sent back my first pair of Supershoes…!
Here I post the photo, this pair was for a super kid called Harry, he loves Tigers and his nickname is “Tiger Harry”! He also likes the cartoons “Minions” and “Paw Patrol”, he is 4 years old.
How unfair that an only 4 years old kid has to fight against cancer… Please, pray for him to win his battle and have as soon as possible the normal and happy life he deserves.
Meanwhile…I hope Harry loves his shoes and I hope I have been able to donate him a big smile.
09th September 2016
It’s time for some “Work in Progress” pictures!! 🙂
Here is the two drawing I am currently doing…. is a drawing about a Chevrolet Corvette C1 1960, I have done the sky with watercolor pencils Caran d’Ache Prismalo and Derwent Graphitint on Canson watercolor paper. I will go forward with this drawing with waxy colored pencils Prismacolor Premier and oil based pencils Faber-Castell Polychromos….I can’t wait to work on the car because it has a stunning “Black Cherry Metallic” color!
21st July 2016
One of the great things has happened so far, in this 2016, is that I’m having the chance to create drawings from the beautiful photos took by the amazing American photographer Dave Wendt (www.davewendt.com), Dave gave me kindly the permission to create drawings from his photos of the Chevrolet Corvettes! This is a true honor to me because I love Corvettes and Dave’s photos are stunning!
Here is the work in progress of the first drawing…. It’s a Corvette C2 1963 Lightweight Grand Sport Coupe, I’m realizing this drawing with colored pencils Prismacolor Premier and Faber-Castell Polychromos with also turpentine, on bamboo paper.
Dimensions: cm 30×40 cm.
3rd June 2016
I’m working on a McLaren P1 drawing… Here I post some pictures of the work in progress… 🙂 I’m doing this drawing with colored pencils “Faber-Castell Polychromos” and “Prismacolor Premier” on Fabriano F4 paper. The dimensions are 13×18 inches (33×48 cm).
Chevrolet Corvette C6, Red…
Another Chevy Corvette portrait..!
With this drawing I wanted to test the chalky colored pencils “Cretacolor Fine Art Pastels” on Hahnemuehle bamboo paper. The dimensions are 10,23 x 15,74 inches (26x40cm). Here I post also some work in progress of the drawing. 🙂
Tribute to Claude Monet x 3…
Three versions of the famous painting by Claude Monet.
Here I show you the test I did with these three versions of the Monet’s painting, the dimensions are 24×33 cm.
I realized the first version, on the top, with Oil Pastels “Staedtler Noris” on a Fabriano F4 paper.
The second version is made with Tempera Colors “Giotto” and the third version with Watercolor Pencils “Caran d’Ache Prismalo” and “Cretacolor Monolith”.
It’s time to work with You…
Yes, it is….! I’ve started this drawing about Venice Carnival almost two years ago…Then…other projects and personal problems kept me away from this drawing and another one about Venice. Now, it’s time to finish it…! I will keep you posted on the work in progress 🙂 I am using “Maimeri Venezia” watercolors on a paper made of bambù. 🙂
The “Dragster Challenge” drawing….
It has been a real “challenge” to me also…! Yesterday I’ve finished this drawing…it required lot of work but now I’m happy and I can say that it has been worth it… 🙂
This drawing has the dimensions of 20×27,55 inches (50×70 cm) and I realized it entirely with colored pencils. I used Prismacolor Premier colored pencils on a Fabriano F4 paper.
This drawing will fly soon to Louisiano, U.S.A.