334 episodes

The longest-running podcast on the medium of Colored Pencil. Bringing you Inspiration and innovation in the ever-changing world of colored pencil since 2015.
We discuss tips, techniques, shortcuts, and all the nitty-gritty of this medium that we love so much. We interview the very best artists working in colored pencil today.
Raw-cut, early-release, and ad-free video interview versions are available to Members Circle, part of the Monthly Sharpener community.

Sharpened Artist | Colored Pencil Podcast Sharpened Artist

    • Arts
    • 4.8 • 180 Ratings

The longest-running podcast on the medium of Colored Pencil. Bringing you Inspiration and innovation in the ever-changing world of colored pencil since 2015.
We discuss tips, techniques, shortcuts, and all the nitty-gritty of this medium that we love so much. We interview the very best artists working in colored pencil today.
Raw-cut, early-release, and ad-free video interview versions are available to Members Circle, part of the Monthly Sharpener community.

    Jesse Lane Interview - Where Are They Now Series

    Jesse Lane Interview - Where Are They Now Series

    We're back with a fresh new season and more inspiration, innovation, and everything you want to know about this medium that we love so much!
    For all the links, references, and resources head over to www.sharpenedartist.com/podcast
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    A Day In The Life - Part 2

    A Day In The Life - Part 2

    Welcome to season 4 of the longest-running podcast on colored pencil as a fine art medium!
    Get ready for more inspiration, innovation, and everything you want to know about this medium that we love so much!
    For all the links, references, and resources, head over to www.sharpenedartist.com/podcast
    Want to get the video podcast early? 
    For early release, rough-cut, and ad-free video versions of the show, join the Members Circle community inside Monthly Sharpener.

    • 55 min
    A Day In The Life

    A Day In The Life

    Welcome to season 4 of the longest-running podcast on colored pencil as a fine art medium!
    Get ready for more inspiration, innovation, and everything you want to know about this medium that we love so much!
    For all the links, references, and resources, head over to www.sharpenedartist.com/podcast
    Want to get the video podcast early? 
    For early release, rough-cut, and ad-free video versions of the show, join the Members Circle community inside Monthly Sharpener.
     

    • 50 min
    Interview with Angie Sotiropoulos

    Interview with Angie Sotiropoulos

    In this episode, we chat with Angie Sotiropoulos, the talented artist behind Dragonfly Book Press and sister to Barb Sotiropoulos. Angie dives into her creative journey and explains her passion for crafting sketchbooks and notebooks.
    You'll be intrigued to hear about the specific paper she selects for her books. It's a game-changer for colored pencil and watercolor artists, offering the perfect surface for their creations. 
    And here's a fun fact: she uses the very same paper that artists prefer and use for their larger, more serious pieces! 
    Angie's inspiration came from a desire to carry different types of paper without losing or damaging them. She particularly wanted to use her favorite 100% cotton watercolor paper in a more practical, bound format. This approach allowed her to organize her sketches in one place chronologically. 
    Her friends noticed and soon began requesting custom sketchbooks, giving Angie the perfect opportunity to hone her bookbinding skills.
    When the 2020 pandemic hit, Angie found herself with more time to go deeper into bookbinding. This period of exploration led to the birth of a new business idea. Choosing the dragonfly as her company emblem was symbolic of the adaptability, transformation, and change she was experiencing.
    Angie's work is more than just about creating physical objects; it's about encouraging a slower, more mindful approach to creativity. 
    Angie's website: https://www.dragonflybookpress.com/
    For all the links, references, and resources head over to www.sharpenedartist.com/podcast
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Shifting Your Perspective

    Shifting Your Perspective

    Welcome to season 4 of the longest-running podcast on colored pencil as a fine art medium!
     
    For all the links, references, and resources, head over to www.sharpenedartist.com/podcast
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    • 39 min
    Interview with Paco Martin

    Interview with Paco Martin

    In this episode, colored pencil artist and instructor Paco Martin shares how he came to colored pencils after first using graphite and pastels.
    Paco embarked on his artistic journey with self-taught techniques but soon realized the need for formal training. He initially explored oils and was also drawn to pastels. 
    However, he found his true artistic voice in colored pencil. It's a medium he feels allows him the greatest expression and realism.
    Paco's artistic style is meticulous, influenced by his strong background in Mathematics. He experiments with shapes, textures, volumes, and compositions, often incorporating geometric designs and the golden ratio into his work. 
    Over the years, Paco has built an international network of artist friends, learning from them while also contributing to the community. One of his major goals is to popularize colored pencil art in Spain, where he feels the medium hasn't received the recognition it deserves.
    Paco has earned significant awards and recognition from a variety of esteemed art associations. These include the Australian Society of Coloured Pencil Artists (AUSCPA), the Pencil Art Society, the Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA), the UK Colored Pencil Society (UKCPS), the Colored Pencil Artists and Lovers (CPCAU), and the International Guild of Realism (IGOR).  
    He continuously challenges himself to capture the nuanced beauty of everyday life, believing that he still has much to achieve as an artist.
    Paco Martin's website: https://www.pacomartin.art/
    For all the links, references, and resources head over to www.sharpenedartist.com/podcast
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
180 Ratings

180 Ratings

Zocane ,

Amazing!!

To think that I only learned about your podcast in 2024!!!!!!!! The things you talk about are exactly what I think about!!!!

Nessa_1975 ,

Five stars 🙌 Must listen for artists 👩‍🎨

I love love love this podcast. I just discovered it, and I’m binging the episodes!

I really enjoy listening to the interviews with cp artists. I find them to be very encouraging and inspirational. It gets me excited to think about my own possibilities as a cp artist.

I also enjoy the other podcasts where John and Barb give very practical advice on how to improve as an artist.

I highly recommend you listen 😎

Linda the Brewer ,

Art student

I enjoy these podcasts very much, and look forward to the new season. The information is always timely and very enjoyable to listen to. You and Barb make these podcasts very enjoyable.

Keep doing them.

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