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Elington Simoes

I was born in 1963 in a small city in a rural area of southeast part of Brazil. Since I was a child I enjoyed drawing with colored pencils. During the school ages, at 15 years old, I moved to Rio de Janeiro with my family and I began effectively to produce drawings using various mediums, including china ink, watercolor, pastels, graphite, acrylics, colored pencil and even oil paintings. At that time, I was discovering myself as an artist, although I intended to study medicine. As a completely self-taught artist I started to study deeply perspective, light, texture, color, art history and the great masters. During the next years, my work was almost all in graphite and some experiences with colored pencil but I was not satisfied with the results with the latter. So I tried to explore all the possibilities of graphite and for a long time it was my favorite medium.

At 18 years old, in 1982, I started my studies of medicine and I continued to draw as a hobby and completed my training in neurosurgery in 1992. One day I was gifted with a Caran D’Ache set of 120 colored pencils and I gave myself a “second try” with this medium. Slowly, the versatility, beauty, and infinite possibilities of colored pencil had conquered me. It became a passion and now I am fascinated with this medium.

My interests are in landscapes, trees and urban scenes. I plan carefully each work and I mostly use my own photographs as references in my productions. Light, perspective, texture, color, composition, harmony are all studied for each drawing and sometimes I do some sketches. The way I work with colored pencils is by mixing both watercolor pencils with dry pencils and I love mixing brands too and feel the differences between them. Each brand has its own characteristic, texture, softness and palette, so I like to explore these differences. I like to make a background layer of watercolor colored pencil on hot press 300lb paper and soften with water, blending the colors and layers. Then, many layers are carefully and precisely applied with dry pencils building color and texture and with maximum attention to details.

Although I spent hours working full time as a neurosurgeon at Rio and have recently concluded a PhD degree in Morphological Sciences, I draw seriously. Art is an important part of my life. I have participated in art exhibits in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Few artists in my country work with colored pencil. I visited UKCPS website and I was delighted seeing so many inspiring paintings and masters that love this fascinating art.

All three works were made using my own photographs as references and the colored pencils used were: Caran D'Ache Supracollor II, Faber Castel Polychromos, Prismacolor and Albrecht Dürer, Derwent Coloursoft and Derwent Artists on Arches Watercolor Hot Press 300Lb grain satiné, 61 x 49cm




January 2013





Aline & Ramos

Ficus Tree

Sao Clemente Street

©Elington Simoes

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