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Blog Category: Icarus Boards

Upcoming Demonstration

Next Saturday, Feb 11, I will give an Icarus board demonstration during the San Diego CPSA District Chapter meeting. Everybody is welcome!

If you're not a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, this will be a great opportunity to meet a dedicated group of artists who share a passion for colored pencil. I hope to see you there!

Serra Mesa/Kearny Mesa Library, Community Room, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego

 

Arlene Steinberg’s Article

Arlene Steinberg wrote a magnificent article in the current issue of The Artist’s Magazine. “The Heat is On” illustrates how she uses the Icarus board with step-by-steps and detailed explanations.

To view Arlene's art please visit her website and her Facebook page.

For more information on The Artist's Magazine click on this link: http://www.artistsnetwork.com/the-artists-magazine

 

Upcoming Demonstration

Saturday, February 14, I will give a demonstration during the San Diego CPSA District Chapter meeting (10:00 am - 12pm) at the Serra Mesa- Kearny Mesa Library, 9005 Aero Drive, San Diego.

The title is: Forget all the rules you learned and be a colored pencil rebel!

I will introduce the latest addition to the Icarus board family, The Icarus Painting Board, and will highlight its innovative design and applications. Prepare to let go of preconceptions about colored pencil and learn that fear has no room in the life of a creative artist. 

Everybody is welcome! If you're not a member of the Colored Pencil Society, this will be a great opportunity to meet a dedicated group of artists who share a passion for colored pencil. I hope to see you there!

 

Icarus Drawing Board Workshop


Exciting news! A cruise to the Caribbean with Arlene Steinberg teaching how to work on the Icarus Drawing Board. Every student will have their own board to practice with. For more information please visit Ann Kullberg's Workshop Page.

In the last several years Arlene has created fantastic artworks using the Icarus board. To view her art please visit her website: www.arlenesteinberg.com.

 

“River Pebbles, No. 13”

Title: "River Pebbles, No. 13"
Size: 8" x 8"
Medium: Prismacolor colored pencils, Luminance colored pencils, Neocolors artist crayons
Tools: tortillions, paper stumps, and color shapers
Surface: Art Spectrum Colourfix Supertooth board
Icarus Technique

I created a graphite sketch from five different photo references I took during my trip to Montana. I always make sure to have many photos of the same subject, especially when dealing with moving water, so that I can combine the best parts into a drawing.

I then transferred the original sketch using Verithin colored pencils to avoid having to erase the graphite pencil.

After drawing the outline, I proceeded to map the main colors with Neocolor artist crayons on the warm zone of the Icarus board at low temperature. During this step it's not important to include all nuances and details as these can be developed later with colored pencils.

For more on color mapping with artist crayons you can view the following video: Mussel Shell - Blocking in Colors with Artist Crayons

With temperature set at maximum, I melted and blended the artist crayons with a clay shaper (also known as color shaper). 

For more on melting artist crayons you can view the following video: Mussel Shell - Melting Artist Crayons

With the Icarus board set at medium temperature I developed the colors, values and details by layering and blending colored pencils with a variety of tools (tortillions, paper stumps, Caran d'Ache blender). During this step I made quite a few changes from the original outline; I removed a bubble and several small pebbles, aiming to simplify an already complex drawing.

Here are close-ups of the main steps: outline, mapping, melting, and developing.

I hope you enjoyed this step-by-step.