The debate over whether colored pencil art should be called a drawing or painting has been going on since pencils were first used as a modern art medium. I believe the answer lies somewhere in the middle.
A drawing is defined as the use of line to depict an idea, plan, figure, etc. Some definitions include the limitation that a drawing is usually monochrome where color is unimportant. In this sense, colored pencil art may or may not be considered a drawing.
A painting is loosely defined as applying paint to a surface - either in a utilitarian or artistic manner. Other sources expand that definition to include applying pigment to a surface. In the first definition, colored pencil art is not painting, but in the second, colored pencil art is painting.
What I think...
In my mind what you call the art isn't as important as the way you feel when you look at it. No matter how the work is presented, if you, the viewer, don't feel something when you look at it, it won't matter whether it's considered a painting or a drawing.
In every piece of art I create, that feeling is what I'm aiming for. I use colored pencils as well as pastels in my work. Each medium has pros and cons. My goal is for you to relate to the drawing or painting in some way. My hope is that you will be compelled to look at the work a little closer to get a better view. When you want to reach out and touch one of my paintings, it makes all the time spent creating the work worthwhile.
As a wildlife and children’s portrait artist, Sandy Brooks uses pencils and pastels to capture through art her awe for the untouched and untainted in today’s pressurized world. Her works express the innocent emotions of animals and children who explore the world as one with unlimited possibilities, unaware of the barriers that hold us back from our own happiness. Whether her subjects are humorous or striking or dramatic, the end result is always intimate and inspiring.