Colored pencil drawing of a girl with red hair in a landscape, by Els Vlieger.

Red-Haired Girl

Personal project, colored pencil on paper (Luminance, by Caran d’Ache). For the pattern on the girl’s cape I found some nice references in my World Textiles book. It’s a gem with lovely examples of folkore pattern. Inspiration for the landscape came from these sweet vintage postcards from Iceland. My grandfather brought them from his travels in the …

Color pencil drawing of a girl in a Scottish landscape, with Caran d'Ache Luminance color pencils, by Els Vlieger

New Color Pencils

  New, professional color pencils were on my wish list for some time. Over the years I collected some Derwent and Faber-Castell pencils in limited colors and used an old set of crappy Bruynzeel pencils, so I was very happy to receive this set of Caran d’Ache Luminance color pencils for my birthday recently. These sets are …

Sketch of Fender the Australian Shepherd, art by Els Vlieger

Sketches of my dog

Yesterday, I took photos of my dog as reference for a painting that I want to make. This is my dog, Fender. He’s an Australian Shepherd: He posed on the table to give me a slight frog’s perspective. Also to capture his more regal facial expression (I love that!). To be honest I love to draw …