Gumball Challenge

“Gumballs”. Photo reference by Sally Robertson

If I wasn’t into pen and ink drawing, I would definitely be into colored pencil. Actually I have a box full of colored pencils just to play around with. There aren’t that many artists out there who do pointillism, far fewer who use color, so when I look for inspiration, I often turn to the work of colored pencil artists and one of my favorite sources is Colored Pencil Magazine, which I follow on Facebook. Frequently they have these challenges for fellow artists and recently they posted this “Gumball” challenge, which caught my attention. For those interested, the point is to create a drawing as realistically possible using colored pencils. Although I’m not a colored pencil artist, I felt inspired to take on the challenge for myself but instead of doing it in color, I’m going to do my drawing in black ink only. Technically that would make it a stippling but we won’t get all wrapped up in semantics. Anyhoo, I plan on working on this in between my colored artist card pieces. It’s a larger work, 8×10 to be exact, so it won’t be done anytime soon but it looks like it will be fun and challenging. 😊

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