Have you ever seen a mural size painting done in colored pencil? No? There is a good reason for that.
Colored pencil art is composed of many, many small lines or tiny circles laid down onto paper. To achieve depth, many layers are added, again using the small lines or overlapping circles. This makes a colored pencil drawing very time consuming. Especially when the size of a pencil point is 0.2 mm when it's properly sharpened.
Imagine drawing all those lines on a large 24" x 36" sheet of paper! Of course a drawing of this size can be done, but the hours and hours of time it would take are most likely prohibitive. An 8" x 10 inch drawing is much more manageable. It's also true that the longer a drawing is being worked on, the greater chance something unfortunate will happen to it. Even a small tear or fold in the surface of the paper can ruin the drawing and the hours it took to create it.
I enjoy working in colored pencil, and I'm fond of using a sueded pastel paper for those drawings like the barn owl drawing above. the surface of the paper itself makes the background look very rich without having to use the pencils for the entire thing.
I have also done commissioned artwork using colored pencils. The detail I can get with this medium is wonderful for getting just the right likeness of treasured family pets.
I find using colored pencils to be very rewarding even with the time factor involved. There is something almost hypnotic about the scritch-scratching sound and feeling of a newly sharpened pencil against paper. As much as I love using pastels, I believe I'll keep my pencils around for a while longer.
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.