• Creativity is a beautiful journey for your minds & soul

    I am an artist

    car enthusiast, lover of life & music, passionate about animals and art.

    welcome to my world of colored pencil


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  • About me, About this site.

    I am a colored pencil artist. I am creative, and my passion runs deep when it comes to my family, friends,and my hobbies. I want to share the joy I get from creating artwork in colored pencil, and this site is dedicated to the beginner colored pencil artist who desires to learn more about this wonderful medium.


    We all start somewhere, start here!


    Here you will find my own experiences, my gallery, and many useful links, and information. You will also find inspiration. Here, you will find information on instructors who are ready to help. You will find many tutorials available for the beginner and beyond. These tutorials are a wonderful way to learn technique, learn about different pencils, and different surfaces. You will grow with each tutorial.

    Visit my YouTube channel for my instructor series for reviews, and suggestions on books, classes, product reviews and more!


    Colored pencil is more than just pencils & paper. It's creative expression, it's meditation, relaxation, tranquility, escape, creation, and just plain fun! These are things that come to mind when I think about colored pencil. When you sit with pencils, and create, and feel the satisfaction of what you can accomplish, you will see what I mean. I hope by spending time on my website, I can inspire you to create everyday.


    I had a short lived relationship with oil painting, then I switched to watercolor. I loved trying to make watercolor, NOT look like watercolor! That wasn't hard enough, I kept at it for about 30 + years on, and off. Something was missing. I was never satisfied.


    Fast forward a few years, I decided to try colored pencils. I had the original "Adult" coloring books from many years ago. (still in pretty good shape!) Now, they are very popular! They seem to be everywhere! Grocery stores and the local pharmacy has some on the counter. What was once old, is new again! The coloring book craze really took off the last few years and due to it's popularity, colored pencil as a recognized art medium, has also grown.

    I was enjoying coloring in my old books, and I loved the mental break of the day, feeling like a little girl coloring in her room without a care in the world! That is exactly how I felt when I would sit down to color. When I decided to create something original, I took to the internet for more information on colored pencils. I was totally amazed! I could not believe my eyes! I found beautiful works of art in colored pencil. I found group's, and websites, and lots of information on professional colored pencil. (professional coloring?) Who knew?I found beautiful works of art, by professionals, who created drawings that look like paint. I wanted to do that! I no longer wanted to color in a book, I wanted to created my own artwork. After 30 years of not loving my watercolors, I fell in love with pencils. Luckily, I had a small set and set out to see what I could do with them.


    I looked for online classes for colored pencil, and to my surprise, there were several. I took a class and was hooked!

    Getting the rich painterly look, and deep, rich colors I love from the pencils, seemed easier than paint. I finally was able to produce a result I loved, and the best part, no clean up. Did I mention, they travel well? I have since learned professional pencils are VERY different than the ones you had as a kid, but that feeling you get when creating is EXACTLY the same. Even better!


    I totally loved my online class. Ever since, there was no turning back!

    I'm still learning about this wonderful, versatile, medium. Like everything else I do in life, I jumped in with both feet, full motivation and passion, now I can't get out! This is where I want to be. I still have my watercolor, and oils, acrylics., and pastels. I'm a bit of an art supply collector. Colored pencils have become my passion. My medium of choice. I am here to share what I know to help other colored pencils artists see what's possible with the wonderful medium.


    I currently write product reviews in Color Magazine. My artwork has been featured in Ann Kullbergs 17th and 18th annual member show, and multiple Pencil Box Showcases over the last several years. I run a large (active) colored pencil group on Facebook for tips and resources. You can also find my video tips on YouTube under JVArt Resources.





  • "COLOR" Magazine November 2016 edition is packed with tips, resources, beautiful drawings of talented artists! And, a pretty good review! Get your subscription today


  • *** Great gift ideas ***

    CRAFTSY classes For someone you know, or even for Yourself !

    Karen Hull tutorial

    Amazing colored pencil portrait class. Easy to follow. Available online now!

    Cynthia Knox tutorial

    Don't draw a flower without this class!


    Start here! This handbook tells you EVERYTHING you need to know to learn professional colored pencil. Pick up your handbook and then a Jumpstart project kit. Many to choose from!

    Order yours today or download now!


    This is a level 1 project. Beautiful fun and easy Western Bluebird project

    Order yours today or download now!


    This is a true beginner level 1 project. This takes you through all the steps to create this ripe tomato! Easy to follow step by step project

    Order yours today or download now!


    Level 2. Fun and easy Pansie project. Follow along with beautiful colors and easy instruction. Order here or download today!


    Order your booklet or download today! This is a little more advanced than level 1 or 2 but still just perfect for the beginner colored pencil artist. Very easy instructions in this FUN ladybug project.


    This is a level 2 project. This takes you through all the steps to create this beautiful landscape and mountain goats. Easy to follow instruction.

    Order yours today or download now!


    This is a level 1 project. Beautiful butterfly fun and easy project.

    Order yours today or download now!

    Learn to draw wildlife!

    Another easy to follow step by step! These IN-DEPTH TUTORIALS are like going to a complete art class. Follow at your own pace.


    Colored pencil of a Husky.

    32 full color steps to create this portrait!

    Order yours today or download now!


    2 PROJECTS!! Dahlia & Poppy. Get digital download or print with paper!



    Fun projects!

    Easy to follow instruction. Digital or hard copy


    Fun easy step by step projects. Order now!


    Get inspired with this jam packed book of tips from 55 different artists.


    Want a little more of a challenge? Try this silver pitcher

    Rottweiler Colored Pencil Project Kit

    Want a little more of a challenge? Try this cute pup

    In-Depth Tutorial

    Strawberries one step at a time!


    Beautiful colorful Lorikeel with colored pencil and Markers!


    Interesting still life on drafting film! Try it! Drafting film is fun and erasable!

    Flower and Glass

    Includes Stonehenge paper with kit

    Jumpstart Zebra

    Step by step level 2 kit

    River stones on drafting film

    You will love this popular kit! Comes with the film!

    Flowers in Colored Pencil

    Another wonderful book by Cynthia Knox.

    Colored Pencil Portriats

    A wonderful step by step for someone learning CP portriats.

    CP Cats

    This is an AWESOME book on colored pencil cats. Gemma Geylling is a great colored pencil artist teaching on suede mat board for a realistic texture! A little more advances but if you follow directions you can do it!

    Cats & Dogs

    80,yes I said 80 colored pencil artists give tips and instruction to show you haw they created these beautiful masterpieces!

    Collie on film.

    Dtafting film is so much fun! Give it a try!

    In-Depth Tutorial

    Try your hand at something a bit more challenging!


    Drafting film kitty!


    CP MUMS!


  • Inspiration

    Creativity is a beautiful journey for your mind and soul. JVH


    I am an ARTIST

    driven by passion

    seized by obsession

    delighted by creation

    enthralled with expression

    entranced by vision

    diverted by daydreams

    filled with emotion

    fueled by compulsion

    consumed with beauty

    and blinded by inspiration


    (unknown author)


    Inspiration is everywhere!


    Once you look at things differently, you will see what I mean. There are the obvious things, like sunsets, and scenery, mountains, and nature that are always inspirational. Then, there are things you would never think of. There is a famous quote:

    "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change"

    by the late, great Dr. Wayne Dyer

    I use this quote in many areas of life, and it holds true in my art world.

    I can look at a house with burgundy shutters and blue siding, and think how beautiful those colors go together. That is all it takes for me to want to run to my studio and find a picture of a beautiful burgundy flower, and see how I can incorporate it with blue sky, or another blue flower, or bird. Seeing those two colors can inspired me. I recently picked up a year old calendar from the store for .25 cents, and found 12 large pages of beautiful photographs that inspired me! Of course, there for inspiration only! Copyright laws are something that must always take precedence!

    Look in a garden. Look on google for copyright free pages and you can literally be sitting at your computer for hours looking through beautiful photos.

    As I sit here writing this, there is a note pad on my desk with pretty colorful fish and I am already thinking how I would love to create a drawing of fish or a sea life drawing. So, look at things differently. Look and find the beauty and color everywhere you can!

    inspiration really is, everywhere!

  • Before and AFTER cp study

    ,With a Craftsy class or a tutorial, you can drastically improve your CP drawings, and create beautiful artwork you can be proud of. See before & after samples. The first one looking like a pencil drawing, the second one looking painterly).




    A small colored pencil bird before learning CP techniques




    A small colored pencil bird after learning some CP techniques.


  • Colored pencil tips & supplies for beginners

    Where do you begin?

    Read this first!


    Ok, so you decided to do this. Good for you! The word "supplies" would imply items to purchase but the #1 item on that list should be "Time" (now you see where I'm going with this!)


    With everyone so busy, finding time for ourselves, is very difficult. If you do not make the time, no other supplies will ever be needed! Now you need to make that happen. Let me tell you what I do and perhaps you will get some ideas.


    Set your morning clock for 1/2 hour earlier. I can hear the groaning....Now, stop that! Remember this is time you are making for YOU!!! NO, DO NOT hit snooze either. I knew you were going to do that :) Now, If you do this, you can find 3 or more hours every week. I personally find an hour every morning, and an hour or two in the evening but some people are not as lucky to find that time daily, so do it weekly! Twice a week and you have an hour for yourself.


    If you signed up for classes outside your home, you would make time to get there. Make this a must!. If you want it bad enough, you can find small blocks of time.

    The "Real" supply list....


    (see projects for beginners)



    The most important supply of all.

    Some brands are oil, and others wax. Some ink, some water soluble. And there are numerous brands. I myself have on my desk right now 8 different brands! I basically use Prismacolors premiere (wax) and Faber Castel Polychromos (oil)

    I do use my other brands as well and I love my luminance. They work well with other brands however, they are pricy but, these high quality pencils are lightfast as well which means your color will not fade or change over time. To build my set, every time I go to my favorite art supply store I purchase 1or 2 open stock so this way I and am slowly building up my set of Luminance. (I'm almost there. :)


    This may not be the ideal way for you because you are paying more per pencil but since they are expensive, this is my way of building my set in a way that I can afford. This may work for you as well. Or just using Prismacolors or polychromos only is totally fine. Many artists use only one or the other.

    Open stock is always a great way to try other brands without making the full investment.

    From my experience, Prismacolor Premier has the best bang for your buck in color, choice and accessibility. Most art stores have open stock options and they have a great price point.

    If you are lucky enough to purchase a large sets of luminance then by all means it's a wonderful set and they blend beautifully. ( they play well with others too! )


    If you know that this is something you want to get into and you are ready to start buying supplies, I would definitely get the largest set that you can afford because you will be going back adding more pencils to what you have. That's what I did and I really wish I had bought my original full set of prismas because that would've been cheaper than my original tin of 72 and then ordering 5 pencils here and there many times.


    Pencil blenders.


    Blending is a very important element of colored pencil. This is why professional colored pencils are not the same as your kids or grand kids colored pencils. The professional pencils blend beautifully with other pencils and other blenders. Some CP artists layer many layers of color before they blend. Most pencil brands carry a blender. Prismacolor makes a colorless blender. A fan favorite of mine is the luminance and it blends well with all pencils.




    Some artists blend with solvents. Their are many different solvents and other options to blend with but I will tell you that what ever tutorial you choose or what ever book you purchase will have there own reference on how to blend that specific project.. Until you gain knowledge of how to use the solvent properly and safely, I would follow along with the tutorial exactly and what the instructor recommends.

    If you a dabbling on your own, try a few different blender options but take note****

    Solvents can be flammable and toxic and caution must be taken so PLEASE READ ALL directions carefully.

    And, make sure you tape your paper down as it could wrinkle when wet but will flatten again once dried as long as it is taped in place.



    A white pencil is many times used to blend layers. This does a nice job however it can and in most cases will lighten your blending area. Sometimes that is warranted, other times not. I always practice on a separate scratch paper of similar project type and draw a 3'' or 4 " section with the colors you want to blend. Then try small sections with different blending options including the white pencil to see what look you will decide to use for your project. Better to find out you don't like the way something blends on your practice piece!




    **Check out my YouTube videos with real time layering on Pastelmat, Bristol Smooth, and Fabriano Artistico Hot press watercolor paper.

    This is the next most important item. There are even more choices of paper. It comes in sheets and in pads. It comes smooth and rough. This is something you will need to just experience as you go. Most people stay with what they learn on until they get brave enough to venture out and try something new. What ever class you decide to take or tutorial or book, you will be guided through the supply list for that particular project. I started with Strathmore Bristol smooth pad. I have tried many other types that I have learned to really love but my first is still my favorite.

    Try different kinds until you find what you like best with the pencils you like best.

    Other surfaces...


    There is drafting film, pastel mat, suede mat, Velour, wood and clay panels and the list goes on. What I do is try different kits that offer different techniques and surfaces and when I'm done with that project, I have learned something new and if I liked that project I then purchase the supplies used for that kit to have and start building my very own supply closet. Ok, cabinet!



    Other items needed to get started.

    The short list:


    Is exactly that. Pencils, paper, eraser, shaper & Done! Ok not really.

    Now, the items you will want and need to work on a project will vary from project to project. Get the short list items before you start. You will need at the very least those items.


    Other Items in your work space.


    Lighting is key! If you can get natural lighting that is best. If you are lucky enough to have a desk near a window that's awesome. Otherwise you should have some good lighting. I have an old fashioned tree lamp with bulbs that I can turn on and off individually which is great but boy does that get a little warm under the collar!

    So there are many other lights on the market and one brand is Ott light. I have a medium size light that sits on my desk and I love mine. They come in floor lamp style and a small clip on. I would suggest reading reviews to see what price point and type of lighting would works for you.


    A drawing board is not a necessity for some people because some people like to draw on an easel. You can also draw on your desk or a clip board but a drawing board is good to have for taping your paper down. I actually found a large plastic cutting board that worked well for a time. After a while I realized I needed to lift my board for the proper angle. This will help with the view and how you see your subject. It made a big difference for me. You can use a towel roll or a 1/2 of paper towel propped under the drawing board and depending on where you put it you will have different heights.


    My final thoughts regarding coloring books


    Coloring books can provide a few things besides making you feel like a kid again.

    They can offer you inspiration, They can offer you a place to practice light blending techniques of pencils (keeping in mind this is not quality paper and will not take many layers) They can offer you a place to try other pencil brands and see how your colors will look.

    They are useful and fun to practice in while you are learning and taking your colored pencil art to the next level.



    ************************BEGINNERS PLEASE READ**********************************




    Copyright is a serious subject. Many people don't realize how serious. You can be sued if you copy someone's work. In my group, we always require reference information on ALL posting of artwork.


    Contrary to what you heard, and what you think you know on the subject, it is STILL copyright infringement even if you are not selling the work. It is a misconception that if you are not selling the work, or making money, it is OK. That could not be further from the truth. You MIST always have permission to use the photo or reference if it was not taken by you.

    Unless you purchased the rights to the photo.


    There is a mind boggling amount of information online. Not all is correct. Be sure you know where're your reference photo comes from. Take your own whenever possible. If you are part of my Facebook group, we have hundreds and hundreds of copyright free photos from members,

    including myself, who offer photos to use with only a mention of where they came from.


    There are also many great copyright free sites like Pixabay and Shutterstock that offer free photos. PLEASE, read all the information associated with the photo because some are not free. Some will require a small fee. NEVER assume Google, Pinterest or internet in general means you can use that photo. It is not worth the risk! Know where your reference comes from and make sure you have permission.

  • Photos & Videos

    Black pencil comparison




    WIP of "Me and my girl Robyn" in Colored Pencil




    Pan Pastel is a soft pastel in a handy tub that is easy to use and produces beautiful results. With the tools included in the sets used to apply the pastel makes using this medium as easy as panting! What I love most about Pan Pastel is the way they work with colored pencil. You can layer Pan Pastel on your paper and use colored pencil for detail work. You can even use their tools to create skinny lines and get into corners but in combination with colored pencil your creativity is endless!

    "CLICK" Pan Pastel video showing the medium on different surfaces.

    This is the 1st in a video series of Pan Pastel.

  • colored pencil resource links

    Here you can find tutorials, instructor links, inspiration links, face book groups and supply resources.


    Colored pencil tips and resources


    Come join the fun! We are a growing group of artists of all levels sharing what we know. Even beginners have tips and suggestions. Come share them here. Daily updates with new tips, resources, videos, articles, and inspiration.

    Post your work and ask for advice if your having an issue. Join and just look around if your the quiet type. :O)

    This is a friendly group of artists and instructors that are happy to share what they know! This is for Colored pencil and Colored pencil with graphite and finally colored pencil with pan pastel because they work so well together..


    Karen Hull Art

    Karen has wonderful tutorials and kits that are reasonable priced. Cute whimsical animals, dogs, cats, scratch art and other projects. Learn to use drafting film for another fun technique. Do not miss out on this website filled with all sorts of treasures.

    Cynthia Knox

    A talented artist specializing in beautiful painterly flowers, horse portraits and other still life. She has Craftsy classes as well as several wonderful easy to follow books with step by step instruction. You will be amazed at what you can create after her instruction. She has an easy going manner in which she teaches and interacts with you on the interactive Craftsy platform. Visit Cynthia on Craftsy today or order her latest beautiful book on florals and much more on Ann Kullbergs site.

    Click below


    Colored Pencil Basics for All Artist levels

    This kit is a has a conversion chart that shows different pencil brands over different supports. Inexpensive digital download!

    Find it under tutorials # 034 on Karen's site!

    Ann Kullberg

    One of the BEST CP resources online! Here you will find many tutorials, books, videos by many artists. Including Ann's own portrait books, DVD's and portrait tools. This is a resource dream! You must check this out. Ann also has a monthly magazine in digital or hard copy

    JUMPSTART Jetpack handbook

    The first thing you need to start colored pencil. Pick up your hand book and jumpstart kit to get started. Everything you need to start CP is in these pages! A GREAT resource for the true beginner colored pencil artist.


    Amy Lindenberger

    Luminous Landscapes in Graphite & Colored Pencil

    Amy created a technique that will take your CP art to another level! Check out her Craftsy class today.

    Amy also has a great book on working on Black paper for a dramatic look on your pencil creations. Check out Ann Kullberg Below for her books and Craftsy link for her classes.


    Gemma Seufferlein Gylling.

    Gemma is a terrific artist specializing in animal art on suede mat board. Once you try a project on sued mat board you may never do another animal on regular paper! Her books and digital downloads have line drawing to help you get a food start. See her Craftsy class featuring a Colored Pencil Workshops. Specializing in animals on suede mat board.

    Get Gemmas Craftsy class for 50% off!

    Judith Selcuk

    Judith has several wonderful tutorial created especially for the beginner. They are perfect for someone just starting out! You can locate them on the attached website under"KITS" than "JUMPSTART" Look for the purple Pansies and the Tomato for Judith's expert instruction.

    Colored pencil info & comparison information

    A wonderful resource for comparison and information on all colored pencil, paper and more!

    Deb Stanley

    Deb has a variety of art work on her website that you will find inspiring and interesting. On her site you will find links to her page and Youtube channel where you will find some tutorials and instructions.



    An awesome colored pencil magazine available in hard copy or digital downLoad. Filled with how to' s and I answers to your CP questions. Subscribe today to get all the latest information.



    Sheena Pike

    Colored pencil artist Sheena Pike will inspire you to try new things. Her work is magicial, unique and captivating as she combines colored pencil and pan pastel to create the most imaginative art work. Check out her website for videos of her work.


    Alyona Nickelsen

    Alyona is a talented artist who had developed the "Colored pencil painting kit" which really can help you create beautiful effects. She also has great instructional videos on the website.

    You can also purchase a subscribe to get access to articles, projects and step by step videos. She is also the author of "Colored Pencil Painting Bible" for realistic affects.




    For colored pencil trays

    Robax engineering makes some very unique colored pencil holders. If you are a painter I don't think you will find a better pallet! The pencil trays are stackable! Check out my review on YouTube.


  • Commissioned work available


    Consultations can be done in person or via e-mail. Please make sure you have at least 2 to 3 clear, and legible digital photo references of your pet. Please keep in mind, If you do not have a good clear photo, it will affect the results. The more digital photo references you have, the better options I have to create a realistic drawing of your beloved pet.



    You can E-mail me regarding commissioned work.

    Once a size and details are discussed, a 40% non refundable deposit is required prior to starting work. I accept Paypal or checks. This is due to the labor intensive work that goes into creating your custom artwork.

    A contract will be written up with all size and price information. Here, you will sign that you have the rights to the photograph you will be using. All pricing details will be included..
    If the pet you want drawn is not your own, you must have permission to use the photo reference. You may not choose a picture from a magazine, Pinterest, Google Images, or the Internet. All photos must be your own free and clear, copyright free, or photos can be used from a copyright free site. You must provide all creative commons information from a photo chosen from a website. or you must have written permission to use the photo.
    The contract is for your protection as well as mine.


    Colored pencil art work is very labor intensive. Some drawings can take 20 hours up to 100 hours or more. For this reason, square inch pricing is the better option for client and artist.
    Pricing starts at $2.00 per sq. inch for a single subject.
    Pricing will be higher for additional subjects or backgrounds.

    An 8" x 10" drawing of a single pet would cost $160.00

    A 9x12 would cost $2.00 per sq inch for a single pet portrait. $216.00 Adding an additional subject or pet would be $3.00 per sq inch. So, a 9" x 12" with additional subjects or background would be discussed at consultation or signing of contract.


    Matting upgrades and size upgrades....

    Single mat to fit a standard frame $25.00

    Double mat cut to a standard frame will cost $40.00

    Size upgrades can be discussed at consultation.


    Other sizes are available

    Please e-mail me with any questions.


    I am a huge animal lover. Drawing pet portraits and wildlife brings me joy. I hope you love your portrait as much as I love creating it.

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    I will be happy to help you with any colored pencil questions you may have. You can also e-mail me here regarding commissioned work, or you can leave feedback here or just say hi :o)

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