Category Archives: Colored Pencil

Drawings done in colored pencil.

Book Illustrations for “Cory”

When I was sixteen years old, I first tried my hand at writing a novel.  In hindsight, I do see it riddled with mistakes.  Even so, it was how I came to love writing.  It’s set in the late 19th century, and is about a boy named Cory who faces numerous struggles and turmoil from his childhood up until he is in his mid-twenties.  I was so enjoying the writing process that I ended up drawing some illustrations to go with my story.  Since it is a fiction, I had no real faces or settings for reference material when creating the illustrations, so these are from imagination.

What’s happening in the images probably won’t make a lot of sense, but I’ve decided to post them anyway.  I will post them in order as they are in the book.  These drawings are somewhat close to me, as I poured my heart and soul into this story and the illustrations to go with it.  Now as I see them, I can see that the characters’ clothing is hardly accurate to the late 1800s, and the proportions are off in some of them.  Even so, at the time I drew these, this was the best I could do without reference material.

They are all done in graphite, with the exception of the first one in color.  I printed a copy of my graphite drawing of this scene and went over it with colored pencils.  The color image is what I used for my book cover.  They are all roughly 5×7 inches in size.  You may click these to enlarge them and see the detail better.

I hope you like them, even if they don’t make much sense without the book to go with them.  Thank you for looking.


The Phantom of the Opera

This is a drawing I worked on for the majority of a year.  Colored pencil is funny that way…you can take as long as you want, because the layers and layers of color really do pay off in the long run.

This drawing has special meaning to me, because I’d had a life-threatening experience with severe pancreatitis and gallstones.  Over the course of one winter (2009/2010), I had several surgeries and spent about 14 days in the hospital, some of that time in ICU.  To this day, I am very, very grateful to be alive.  Recovery time was slow and hard, and included a full liquid diet for a grand total of 8 weeks because I couldn’t manage to keep food down.  I did lose 20 pounds in that time, which was nice, but it was no fun not being able to eat food.

I had a hard time being creative at that time, as I was always very sleepy and was in a lot of pain.  I was tired of my sad little doodles, so I decided to challenge myself with something in color.  I’d had my eye on a certain image from “The Phantom of the Opera” and decided it was finally time to take it on.  So, sit back and relax to a bit of the Phantom’s music as you view the drawing and its progress images.  Enjoy!

“The Phantom and Christine”

10×10 inches

Graphite for the preliminary sketch, and Faber-Castell polychromos colored pencils.  I’d say which colors I used, but I used just about the whole box of 120 colors at some point or another for this drawing.

In most any given area, there are 15-30 layers of certain colors to get the colors you see in the completed drawing.

And now, I’ll post the images.  I hope you like it.  This one is rather special to me because it was my “healing drawing”.  It helped bring me back to my love for art.

I’ll also post this image…this one and the one above it are both of the finished drawing…but one is scanned, and the other is a photo.  The warmer colors (and shape…it is a square drawing) of the above image are the most accurate, but the details of the image below are also accurate.

I’ll also post an older colored pencil drawing I did of the Phantom.  This one is a 5×7 inch drawing.  Hope you like this one, too.

Thank you for looking!


Posted by on August 28, 2011 in All Artwork, Colored Pencil