|The Spirit Within|
Scott has been working in colored pencil for years, finding it to be his favorite medium, and building it up smoothly in layers to appear as oil paint, like the old Masters' work. He began his study in colored pencil by trying layers with a soft touch, working on paper, testing out several brands of pencil, and finally changing up his surface. He shares further, "I use Prismacolor pencils exclusively because of a wax binder they put into their pencils. I've tried the oil based pencils but they didn't seem to blend as well when using a heavy approach. With this in mind, I started applying the wax pigment with more force, completely covering my surface with color and not allowing the color of the support to show through. Back in those days, I was using paper, and I quickly realized that I was going to need a paper that had a lot of tooth so that I could apply heavy layer over heavy layer without destroying the paper. There are quite a few heavy papers on the market, and one of the best that fit my new technique nicely is sanded paper. I created a couple of works on this surface with good results but I was still not completely satisfied because now that the artwork was finished, it required some protection as the art was created on paper. I really didn't want to go through the expense of having to mat and frame my work behind glass, so I set out to find a surface that would compliment my technique as well as allow me to varnish and frame my artwork like an oil painting. This is when I discovered Ampersand."
Scott's work was recently featured in two colored pencil magazines last month, Colored Pencil Magazine and in Color Magazine. Scott posts his most recent work, exhibition information, and sales information through his regularly updated Facebook page: Artistic Visions of Scott Daryn Tillett.
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