Getting a formal art education made a huge difference for me when it came to improving my skills. In my four years at ACAD I learned a tremendous amount, including the importance of creating colour charts. To some this is a tedious task, but to me it’s the first introduction I get to using a new medium or brand. In my preferred medium of coloured pencil there’s little room for error. Knowing exactly what a colour is going to look like before pencil hits paper is vital and the charts help to eliminate the guess work.
As a full-time graphic designer, the little free time I have is dedicated to my passion for art and illustration. Living a creative life for me is not only about being creative with my artwork but also finding creative solutions that help make my process and time more efficient.
Barb Sotiropoulos is a graphic designer as well as coloured pencil and mixed media artist. She is the monthly Q&A columnist for United States based and internationally published COLORED PENCIL Magazine, and a member of the Colored Pencil Society of America.
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