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January 06, 2018 1 min read

UK coloured pencil society

Do you often feel that coloured pencil is the underdog of the art world, overshadowed by paints in various proportions? Well this exhibition leads the way!

The cover image Eve's Elixir by Peter Nelson was people's choice in 2017.  Both this and the below mandarins show a distinct contrast in surface detail, proof that coloured pencils can produce equally exquisite work. There are many benefits to this medium; you can use them whilst travelling which I have, and colours can be easily layered to create an array of effects. Most pencils can be blended or burnished with such tools available from Derwent. Watercolour pencils are blendable with water, as oil based such as Polychromos are blendable with solvents.  

Submissions are now open to all over the age of 18. Artwork must consist of 50% minimum dry coloured pencil (i.e. wood-cased, wax or oil-based coloured pencil, including watercolour pencil if used dry) Unfortunately pastel pencils are not permitted. The remaining 50% of the work can be in any other medium, including any water or solvent used.

Closing date for entries 11th February 2018. Fill in the entry form online here.

Selected work will be showcased in Stratford-upon-Avon at Stratford ArtsHouse in May.

Mandarins and Paper by Paco Martin


Faber-Castell Polychromos, Luminance and Pablos on Caballo paper 109, winner of R K Burt Award for Best Flora/ Fruit 2017.

The work must be original, all concept, design and execution by the artist, with no reproductions copied from photographs, be inspired and draw from life.  

Larissa Gill
Larissa Gill


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