Yes. Coloured pencil can have the same longevity as oils or acrylics. Like anything it depends on the quality of the materials used and proper care of the finished artwork. I use only the highest quality pencils and papers. The pencils I use all meet lightfast standards and the papers are of archival quality. Hanging a finished work out of direct sunlight and using uv protective glass will maintain the beauty of any artwork for longer.
What pencils do you use?
l use Faber Castell Polychromos and Caran D’ache Luminance and Pablo’s and Holbeins.
What paper do you use?
I nearly always use Stonehenge paper.
What sharpener do you use?
l use a Carl Angel 5 sharpener and when my pencil gets too short for that l use an Alvin Brass Bullet (for more details on these see my tips pages).
Will you paint my pet?
Yes. I would love to paint your pet. But l want to say something here, l can paint at the most, if l work flat out every day 25-30 pieces a year. I work on each piece for a minimum of fifty hours and often up to eighty or more. To do my best work, l have to love the photo. I can't draw what l cannot see. If the reference photo is poor l cannot do my best work. I want to look at your photo and love your pet as much as you do. I want to see into your pets soul. I want to see the freckle in his left eye, the one black whisker, the nick in his ear, so your photo needs to be very high resolution, not less than 3mb. All facial features need to be clear and not go out of focus when you expand the screen. There should be no harsh shadows and no areas that are bleached out by bright sunlight. If at all possible get an interesting angle. I am happy to work with you to get a great photo so that we can produce a stunning piece of art.
Will you paint my pet for free?
No. It will take me a minimum of fifty hours and probably nearer eighty. I love what I do, but this is my job.
How much do you charge?
The smallest size that I work is around 8x10" up to around 15x12". I charge between $300-$500, depending on size and background complexity.