The color pencil is often ignored or disregarded as a true art form. These small pieces of wood and pigments have come a long way from the school geography pencils. True art pigments are held in a wax or oil base and many companies are addressing and fixing the light-fast problems of old.
Support is as important as the pencil. Acid free, archival papers, vellums, drafting films, pastel boards and even smooth woods are used by many cp artists. Under paintings of water colors, watercolor pencils or even acrylics have been used, but many artists use only the pencil itself to render wonderful works of art.
Many effects are possible with the pencil. Shiny metallics and distorted glass; velvety petals and rough bark; glowing candlelight and bright sunlight- endless possibilities with the pencil.
The reason I love to work with the pencil is several-fold: Being semi-disabled, I need the freedom to work from a table or easy-chair without the mess of liquids. But I also gain the freedom to render pieces outdoors, while traveling, in a book store/coffee shop or just sitting in my garden. Another reason for my passion are the details. I can get the smallest detail on a flower petal or a far away building. It is fun to layer colors, then blend them together to form new colors. Burnishing gives a 'painterly' look as colors seem to melt together, giving the piece a sense of depthness.
Whether called drawings or paintings, the color pencil is worthy to be considered part of the art world.
Drop by my page and check out my album as I continue to add pieces I have rendered.