Photo of the Month #yycLCL March 2017 | Photo: Barb Sotiropoulos April 25, 2017 #yycLCL March 2017 Barb Sotiropoulos 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. Check out her website at barbsotiart.com, and follow her on Instagram and Facebook. Show us how you live a creative life by tagging your Instagram snapshots with #yycLCL, and we may feature your image next month.