Lesley Crawford UKCPS Silver
After being a watercolour and graphite pencil artist for many years, I discovered coloured pencils in 1997 and took to them immediately. At the time I was producing mainly natural history artwork. Although I still prefer the translucency of watercolour for flowers, I incorporate the pencils very much in the work, finding they work beautifully with the paint. I use them exclusively for animal work, and clients for my pet commissions are amazed at the detail that can be achieved in portraying their beloved animals.
I also began to use them for human portraiture, finding the slow build up and accuracy ideal for this subject. Using loose watercolour as a background and base, I enjoy producing fantasy portraits and paintings with the pencils.
I was delighted to meet up with other coloured pencils artists on the Web, and find that I was not alone. It was a great pleasure to be a Founder Member of the UKCPS, and watch the increase in numbers of people who also love this medium. For three years I was Editor of the quarterly journal "Talking Point". I have since become an Honarary Life Member.
I have been teaching Drawing and Painting in Adult Education for many years now, and coloured pencils have proved a popular medium for many of the students. Once a year I teach several workshops at Knuston Hall in Northamptonshire, and since moving to Scotland in November 2002, I am helping to make the coloured pencil popular there by giving lectures to art societies and holding workshops in various venues.