Thursday, 25 April 2013

Graham Brace - "The Artist" magazine

Graham Brace, one of the founder members of UKCPS,  is featured in the June edition  of  "The Artist" magazine.  In his article, Graham creates life-like close-up detailed compositions from scenes along the seashore, using Derwent Coloursoft pencils.

Wave-Washed Pebbles and a Mermaid's Purse,
coloured pencil, (40x40cm) by Graham Brace

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Liz Bennett - Rootstein Hopkins Drawing Competition

Congratulations to UKCPS member, Liz Bennett, who has sent in the following report:
I have relatively recently taken up cp, and my printmaking tutor saw some of them and suggested I submit them to the Rootstein Hopkins drawing competition. This is a competition/exhibition exclusively for drawings, made by people who are taking part time art courses in London.

I submitted one - a street scene in Porto - and it has been accepted, and selected to be in the brochure for the exhibition.
 I suspect this is because it is the only cp drawing they received; it is certainly the only one in the brochure. It may well be the first that has ever been submitted for this prize.

The exhibition runs in May and June and prizes will be awarded by Maggie Hambling, who is the chair of the judging panel. I doubt very much that I will win a prize as I have seen the quality of the competition! But I think it is good for cp that it will be there.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

NEWA Call for Entries

A number of our members regularly enter works in to the National Exhibition of Wildlife Art [NEWA] held annually aat the Gordale Garden Nursery, Chester High Road, Burton, Wirral, CH64 8TF.

This year's exhibition will be held from 19th July to 4th August 2013. 
 Entries close on Thursday 6th June 2013.

The Entry Form and Conditions of Entry are available via the following link:

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Victoria Parsons - BBC Wildlife finalist

Congratulations to UKCPS Member, Victoria Parsons, who has two CP works shortlisted for the BBC Wildlife Artist of the Year 2013 Competition.

Victoria has sent in this report:-

Two of my coloured pencil paintings were selected from over 1,400 International entries, which according to the BBC Wildlife Magazine, was a record number of entrants. There are 8 Categories in the Competition, and an overall winner.

The categories cover all wildlife in the UK and worldwide. The first image is in the World Mammal Category, and shows multiple images of my favourite animal, the Wolf. The images are worked on a black pastel paper with pure coloured pencils.

The second image is of an Indonesian Tiger, and is titled "Indonesian Prince". This coloured pencil painting is in the endangered species category.

The wolf image was constructed using drawings and colour notes that I had taken on site. I am a core member of The Anglian Wolf Society, where I work during the week to help other core members to look after the pack. At the moment, I am unable, due to competition rules, to send you the images. However, after the final judging which takes place in May, I will then be able to send them to you.

Just a quick note, On the 4th August, I am running a Workshop at The Anglian Wolf Centre in Bedfordshire. The day course is entitled "Art and Photography Day", and will be run by myself and a very talented Cambridge Photographer, Jim Gintner.

As well as tuition in all types of coloured pencil techniques and the techniques of Photography, the day will include a walk with one of the female wolves in the pack. This is a rare opportunity to get in close contact with these beautiful, graceful animals. There will be unlimited photo opportunities throughout the day. The cost of the day will be £50.00. All the proceeds from this workshop will go to wolf conservation.

For further details of the Workshop, I can be contacted by email,, or phone 01788 822938.

Derwent Academy website

This came to me from the Derwent website. 
The Derwent 'Academy' range of pencils are designed for students, and those beginning in the colour pencil medium -- but the new website at is a good resource. Check out the videos in the 'Hints and Tips' section, and also the video on how pencils are made in the 'Quality' section.
 Check it out!

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Workshops at the UKCPS Exhibition

In conjunction with their Open International Exhibition 2013 the UK Coloured Pencil

Society is supporting a series of workshops in coloured pencil techniques. These will be

held at Patchings Art Centre (address below).

The workshops cost £49.50 for the day and run from 10.30am to 4pm with an hour for

lunch. All materials are provided. There is a cafe on site or you can bring a packed lunch.

Tea and coffee provided during the morning and afternoon.

1 Sept. - Sue Vize - Botanical

21 Sept. - Karen Coulson - Fur and Feathers

22 Sept. - Jonathan Newey - Animal Portraiture

Details and Aplication Forms can also be found at
Please send your application form and remittance to Patchings Art Centre, Oxton Road,
Calverton, Nottinghamshire, NG14 6NU       Tel: 0115 965 3479

Or contact Patchings by phone to book your place.



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