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Website Re-build

Hi Everyone,
As you may have noticed from my homepage I am currently working on rebuilding my website to make it easier to navigate.
My goals are to get more content out at a faster pace.

I’ll be updating my contact form, commission info, and my galleries first and continue building from there.
Hope to see you all back here soon!
in the meantime, check out some of my Latest Artwork
Samantha Lim

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Introduction to colour theory

Are you ready to elevate your art and design skills to the next level? Look no further than color theory! This essential tool helps you create stunning and cohesive color combinations that will make your work stand out. At the center of color theory is the color wheel, a visual guide to the relationships between colors. Mix and match primary, secondary, and tertiary hues to discover an endless array of possibilities.

Whether you’re a seasoned artist or designer, or simply looking to add some color theory knowledge to your creative toolkit, this post is for you. We’ll go over the basics of color theory and give you practical tips on how to apply it in your projects. Get ready to dive into the world of color like never before!

Colour Theory Basics

Color theory helps artists and designers choose visually appealing colors to use together. The color wheel shows the relationships between colors. It includes primary (red, yellow, blue), secondary (orange, green, purple), and tertiary (mix of primary and secondary) colors.

Use the color wheel to find complementary colors (opposite on the wheel) for strong contrast and analogous colors (next to each other) for harmony. Color theory also considers value (lightness or darkness) and saturation (intensity or dullness). Master the basics of color theory to effectively choose and use colors in your art and design projects

Colour Wheel

The color wheel shows the relationships between primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, as well as complementary and analogous colors. Additionally, color theory considers value (lightness or darkness) and saturation (intensity or dullness). Master the use of shades, tones, and gradients to add depth and contrast to your projects. Explore the power of color to enhance your artwork or designs.

Primary Colours

Primary colors are the foundation of all other colors and cannot be created by mixing other colors. In the RYB model, they are red, yellow, and blue. In the RGB model, they are red, green, and blue. Mix primary colors to create secondary colors (orange, green, purple) and tertiary colors (intermediate hues). Use primary colors as the building blocks for creating a wide range of colors in your art and design projects.

Secondary Colours

Mix two primary colors to create secondary colors. In the RYB model, secondary colors are orange, green, and purple. In the RGB model, secondary colors are also orange, green, and purple, but created by mixing different primary color combinations. Understand how secondary colors are created to effectively use and mix them in your art and design projects.

Tertiary Colors

Tertiary colors are intermediate hues created by mixing a primary color and a secondary color. In the RYB model, tertiary colors are red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-purple, and red-purple. For example, create a red-orange tertiary color by mixing red (a primary color) and orange (a secondary color). In the RGB model, tertiary colors are created by mixing different primary and secondary color combinations. Use tertiary colors effectively in your artwork or designs by understanding how they are created.

Understanding Hue

Hue refers to the purest form of a color and is represented on the color wheel. Hues have names like red, yellow, and blue and can be either warm (red, orange, yellow) or cool (blue, green, purple). Primary colors (red, yellow, blue) cannot be mixed and are the foundation of all other colors. Secondary colors (orange, green, purple) are created by mixing two primary colors. Tertiary colors are made by mixing a primary and a secondary color. Understanding hue and the color wheel helps you effectively use and mix colors in your art and design projects.

What is Saturation?

Enhance your artwork or designs by using saturation to create depth and contrast. Fully saturated colors will tend to stand out and attract attention, while less saturated colors will recede into the background. You can control the saturation of a color by adjusting the amount of pigment or chroma it contains. When a color is fully saturated, it has the maximum amount of pigment. As the saturation decreases, the color becomes more muted and greyed out. By understanding how saturation relates to the color wheel, you can effectively use it in your art and design projects.

Values

On the color wheel, lighter values are “tints” and darker values are “shades.” Mix a color with white to create a lighter tint or with black to create a darker shade.

Use value in your art to create depth. Lighter values appear closer while darker values recede into the background. Master the use of value and how it relates to the color wheel to effectively mix colors in your artwork or designs.

Understanding Shades and Tones

To create shades, mix a color with black to make it darker in value. To create tones, mix a color with grey to make it less saturated. Use shades to create depth and contrast in your art, and tones to create a more muted or subtle look. By understanding how to use shades and tones and how they relate to the color wheel, you can effectively mix and use these variations of color in your artwork or designs.

Basics of complementary colours

To create a dynamic color scheme using complementary colors in your art and design projects, use one complementary color as the dominant hue and the other as an accent. This will create a visually striking and balanced look. To create a gradient effect, blend complementary colors together gradually using a gradient tool in digital art software or by blending the colors together with a brush in traditional mediums. Experiment with different combinations of complementary colors to find what works best for your project. By mastering the use of complementary colors, you can enhance your art and design projects and take them to the next level.

How to add interest and drama to your projects, use complementary colors:

  1. Create a dynamic color scheme by using one complementary color as the dominant hue and the other as an accent. This creates a visually striking and balanced look.
  2. Blend like a pro by creating a gradient effect by blending complementary colors together gradually. Use a gradient tool in digital art software or blend the colors together with a brush in traditional mediums.
  3. Experiment with different combinations of complementary colors to find what works for your project.

By mastering the use of complementary colors, you can enhance your art and design projects.

Colour Schemes

Color schemes are tools used in art and design to create a cohesive and visually appealing look. There are several types of color schemes, including complementary, analogous, and monochromatic.

Complementary color schemes use colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel. These color schemes create a strong visual contrast and add drama to a design.

Analogous color schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. These color schemes create a harmonious and cohesive look and can create a calming or peaceful atmosphere.

Monochromatic color schemes use a single color in various shades and tones. These color schemes create a cohesive and unified look and can create a sense of consistency or stability.

By understanding the different color schemes, you can effectively choose and use colors in your art and design projects.

In conclusion

In conclusion, color theory helps artists and designers choose visually appealing colors to use together. The color wheel shows the relationships between colors, including primary (red, yellow, blue), secondary (orange, green, purple), and tertiary (mix of primary and secondary) colors. To create a strong contrast, use complementary colors opposite each other on the color wheel. For harmony, use analogous colors next to each other on the color wheel. Color theory also considers value (lightness or darkness) and saturation (intensity or dullness). Master the basics of color theory to effectively choose and use colors in your art and design projects

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Colored Pencils, Not just for Children!

Colored pencils are my favorite medium for creating artwork. These pencils, which consist of a pigmented core encased in wood or plastic, offer an extensive range of hues and effects at an affordable price. Whether you are a seasoned artist or just starting out, colored pencils are a convenient and effective medium to add to your artistic arsenal. In fact, their versatility and accessibility make them a popular choice among artists of all levels.

To create a piece of artwork with colored pencils, you will need a set of pencils in a variety of colors, as well as a good quality paper that is smooth and suited for colored pencils. There are many types of colored pencils on the market, ranging from low-cost options to more expensive, professional-grade pencils. It is up to you to decide which type is right for your needs and budget. You may also want to invest in a pencil sharpener and eraser to keep your pencils in good condition and correct any mistakes.

Colored pencils create a wide range of artwork, from detailed, realistic drawings to random scribbles and expressive pieces. To create a specific effect, you can layer different colors on top of each other, blend colors together using a blending tool or your finger, or vary the pressure and angle of your strokes. With practice and experimentation, you will find that colored pencils are a versatile and enjoyable medium, which create a wide range of artwork. Let’s get to work!

The 3 types of pencils used for colouring

  • Wax-based colored pencils: These are the most common type of colored pencils. They contain a core of pigmented wax. Wax-based pencils, known for their creamy, smooth texture, make them easy to blend and layer. They are resistant to water, so they are for techniques like wet blending or creating a watercolor effect.
  • Oil-based colored pencils: These pencils have a core made of pigmented oil in a wooden or plastic casing. They have a harder, waxy texture than wax-based pencils, which makes them more difficult to blend but more resistant to fading over time. Oil-based pencils used for their vibrant, long lasting colors and detailed, precise work.
  • Water-soluble colored pencils: As the name suggests, these pencils can be dissolved with water, creating a watercolor effect. They have a core of pigmented binder. Water-soluble pencils are great for creating a loose, fluid look and are easy to blend. They are also easy to erase, making them a good choice for correcting mistakes or refining details.

Creating with coloured pencils

lets explore seven great colored pencil techniques that i use in many of my artworks. These techniques will help take colored pencil artwork to the next level. Let’s get started!

  • Blending: Use a blending tool or your finger to smooth out the transitions between different colors, creating a more cohesive and realistic look. You can also invest in soulvents to create new and fun effects.
  • Burnishing: Use a lot of pressure to fill in an area with a solid layer of color.
  • Gradation: Create a smooth transition between two or more colors by gradually blending them together.
  • Hatching and cross-hatching: Use fine, closely spaced lines to create shading and texture.
  • Layering: Build up different layers of color to create more depth and dimension in your drawings.
  • Scumbling: Use a light touch to create a textured, hazy effect by lightly dragging the colored pencil over the paper.
  • Stippling: Create a dotted texture by repeatedly dabbing the pencil onto the paper.

Brands of pencils most used by artists

Highlighted are the pencils that I use most frequently, but I’m always up for trying out new ones when I spot them at my local store. Got any recommendations for me to check out? what are you favorties?

  1. Bruynzeel: This Dutch company offers colored pencils with high-quality pigments and a wide range of colors.
  2. Caran d’Ache: This Swiss Company offers colored pencils with high-quality pigments and a wide range of colors.
  3. Crayola:These well-known colored pencils are popular with students and artists alike for their vibrant colors and affordability.
  4. Derwent: This British company is known for its high-quality pigments and a wide range of colored pencils.
  5. Faber-Castell: These high-quality colored pencils are made with premium pigments and have a soft, creamy texture.
  6. Holbein: This Japanese company offers colored pencils with high-quality pigments and a wide range of colors.
  7. Pentalic: These colored pencils are known for their high-quality pigments and a wide range of colors.
  8. Polychromos: These professional colored pencils are known for their high-quality pigments and a wide range of colors.
  9. Prismacolor: These professional colored pencils are known for their wide range of colors and high-quality pigments.
  10. Staedtler: This German company offers colored pencils with high-quality pigments and a wide range of colors.

Let’s Create!

Roxanne Fox beautifully brought to life by the use of colored pencils

With a wide range of brands to choose from, each offering their own unique pigments and features, colored pencils offer endless possibilities for creativity and artistic expression. So go ahead and let your creativity shine!
Check out some of my coloured pencil artwork Here
Need to buy som epencils for yourself? Check out your local art store or browse online

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Welcome, 2023! + resolutions

Happy New Year!

As we say goodbye to the old year and welcome in the new, it’s a time for reflection and for looking forward. It’s time to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year and set new goals for the year ahead.

This past year had its challenges, (many) but it has also brought us new opportunities and moments of joy. Let’s take a moment to be grateful for all the good things in our lives and to appreciate the people who have supported us.

As we enter the new year, let’s make a resolution to be the best versions of ourselves. Let’s make a commitment to be kind and compassionate, to work hard, and to never give up on our dreams.

This year, one of my largest tasks is that I am working towards decluttering my things. It’s a way to start the year fresh and create a more organized and peaceful living environment.

Decluttering can seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually quite simple. Start by going through each room of your home and getting rid of anything that you no longer need or use. This can include clothes that no longer fit, old electronics, and clutter that has accumulated over the years.

Decluttering helps to create a more visually appealing and functional space, but it can also have a positive impact on your mental health. A cluttered space can be overwhelming while a decluttered space can promote a sense of calm and control.

If you’re looking for a resolution that will make a big impact on your life, consider decluttering a space. It may take some effort, but the end result will be worth it

If you have been following my artwork then you might know I am also focusing on more traditional pencil artwork.

There is a certain joy and satisfaction that comes with creating traditional pencil artwork. Whether you are an experienced artist or just starting out, the process of creating a piece of art with pencils can be a fulfilling and enjoyable experience.

One of the great things about pencil artwork is the versatility and range of styles that can be achieved. From detailed, realistic drawings to more loose and expressive pieces, pencils allow for a wide range of techniques and styles.

Another joy of creating traditional pencil artwork is the sense of accomplishment that comes with completing a piece. The process of taking a blank piece of paper and turning it into a finished work of art can be very rewarding, and seeing the finished product can be a source of pride and satisfaction.

Additionally, creating traditional pencil artwork can be a great way to relax and unwind. The act of drawing can help to clear the mind and provide a sense of calm.

Overall, the joy of creating traditional pencil artwork lies in the process of creation. You will get a sense of accomplishment and relaxation.
See my newest Artwork here

Here’s to a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year for all! Wishing you all the best in the year ahead. Good luck with your own resolutions!

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Hot Day on the Beach

Here is my first summer beach picture of 2022!

if you have followed me for a while then you must know that I love the beach

The sand

the water

The sun

the scenery

everything!

My favorite is swimming in the cool water/waves on a hot day and feeling the sand on the ocean floor. If I’m lucky, where I am at i’ll see some fish or crabs.

Summer days at the beach swimming in the cool ocean. and who doesn’t love an icy treat?
Every year I try to draw at least one beach pic, why? I really like the beach, I grew up swimming in the ocean and I love it. Swimming, in general, is great but I absolutely love beaches
hot sand, cool water, great smelling breeze, and the scenery!
Hopefully, I was able to portray my love for the beach with this one, a few waves in the background, some mountains, a bright sunny day, a rainbow 
Of course, the lovely Roxanne_Fox Roxanne_Fox is having some fun exploring the water
I also love this style of coloring, but I don’t do it as often as I would like, maybe that will change, do you like it?

Available as a YCH for limited summer slots!

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Happy Canada Day 2022

Happy Canada Day to all you Canadians out there.
It is time to celebrate everything that we have and love about being Canadian and/or living in Canada. While it is not perfect there are certainly lots of things we can be grateful for

this holiday I will be spending it with my family and maybe check out a few of the local markets!

Are you doing anything for Canada day?

Do you have a national holiday coming soon?

What are you planning to do?

Happy Canada Day from Roxanne Fox!
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Colour Burst Busts! Your Character Here – Order form below

The beautiful Roxanne fox bust portrait. Featuring a vibrantly coloured background to represent the fun and colours of summer!
 
I really enjoyed making this one after being away from art for such a long time. I really wanted to make a portrait that popped! I believe that I have accomplished this and I hope it gives off the fun and happy vibe I was hoping for. Beautiful for the summer or choose your pride colours!
 
 This portrait is available as a YCH with your choice of colours in the background. They can also be SFW or NSFW
 To claim a slot please fill out the form below, once I get your information I can give you a quote and confirm the price
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New focus

Hey everyone,

I just wanted to say that I am very excited to re-visit the world of art, my world. It has been a few years since I have been working on anything at all and that’s been rough. It’s 2022 and now that I am returning to my creative passion I am looking to focus on a few different things.

While I am always looking to improve my art skills and develop my own style I also want to look more at what my art is about and give it more meaning. For me, the artwork is about creating a connection between reality and imagination. Taking a thought and mixing it with reality to create and display the story of emotion. I want my artwork to feel like the soft drizzle of rain on your skin during a warm summer’s day. Calming, soothing, and pleasantly releasing the smell of the beautiful flowers nearby. Or to bring the feeling of the wind hitting your face the first time you get on a rollercoaster. The tossing and turning of motion mixed with fear, joy, and excitement.

I’d also love to focus more on creating more written content about my artwork. I’ve never been a fan of writing or telling people what I think they should feel from my pictures, but, I’ve noticed more and more people asking me why I drew something, or what I’m trying to convey with my artwork. Even though I draw mostly characters, they all have emotions and feeling to them. hopefully, I’ll be able to get this message across through the image and also give you an idea of how I wanted you to connect with it.

The last thing I want to focus more on is creating a background. A lot of the time I do commission work, which I love. Many times these artworks are without backgrounds (ie: just a character) but I am hoping to improve my skill in drawing more scenes and adding a bit more pop to images without backgrounds by adding in simple ones (like basic colours, sketches, or shading).

So these are 3 things I would currently like to focus on moving forward. Thank you for taking the time to read and hopefully you found some inspiration for yourself in my work.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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Pencil Sketch Sale

Hey everyone, if you have been waiting to get a deal on some traditional artwork then this is the sale for you!

Sketches start at $15USD with options to ship internationally.
$15 for 1 character
additional character(s) together up to 3 + $10/each
More than 4 characters together +$5/each
Shipping available! ranges from $3+ to USA and $6.50+ international
I will choose the pose but you can choose a theme, clothing, etc.

For details on my commissions and current waitlist please click here

To view, all specials click here

Some completed sketch commissions:

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