2014 Lukas Winter Painting Contest Winners!

Congratulations to our big winners!

Announcing the winners of our 2014 LUKAS Winter Painting Contest. We had so many great submissions this year for our painting contest it was tough to choose a winner. With $2,250 in prize money for the winners, the stakes were high but our artists came through with amazing submissions of artistic expertise. To see our honorable mentions and more submissions, be sure to check out our 2014 LUKAS Winter Painting Contest Page. So without further ado, here are our First, Second and Third Place winners

First Place Winner

"Waiting on Sunset"
by Colin Mead of Wayland Michigan

"I first started using Lukas Water Mixable Oils when Jerry's Artarama sponsored a very nice sale on them. Being new to oil painting, I have not tried too many different manufacturers of oil paints. However, because of the great price, I purchased 22 tubes in various colors, using my usual dual primary system. I like the nice, buttery consistency and the ease of mixing the colors. I am very pleased with the colors that I purchased and will buy them again!"


Second Place Winner

"Ancestral Still Life"
by Jeriann Boniello of White Plains, NY

"As an oil painter, I was pleased to discover that Lukas Berlin Water Mixable Oil Paints offer an environmentally-friendly product. the paints have a rich, creamy quality that offer a wide variety of colors that are affordable. I love conforming and drying faster with Lukas Berlin Water Mixable Oils! My visions reach their maximum potential thanks to these great Lukas Oil Products."


Third Place Winner

"Independent Agent"
by Bruce Mitchell of Durham, NC

"I only use Lukas oil paints in my work. The Lukas 1862 oil line consistently gives me precise control over every aspect of its application, from underpainting through final glazing. I find these paints to be superior to others I have used. I love their buttery consistency and fast drying times."

 If you like these entries and want to see more like this from artists like you, check out our Contest Page for more entries and chances to join in our contests and win big prizes!


What's the Buzz- SoHo Colored Pencils

Want Unbeatable Color Pencils at an Unbeatable Value?


In this edition of Whats the Buzz, we're talking about SoHo Urban Artist Colored Pencils. These colored pencils have been extremely popular over the years and we've received a ton of great reviews and emails from our customers and fans about how much they like them. 

Each colored pencil contains vibrant color and a high lightfast rating. It has a smooth consistency that wont come off as waxy like some other colored pencils which means less smudging and easy layering. SoHo Colored Pencils were developed with Cretacolor of Austria, so you know you're getting superb quality for unprecedented value. But hey, if you dont believe me, listen to what our customers and real artists have to say about these great colored pencils, and see What the Buzz is all about:

"Colors are rich, bold and very durable; soft enough to blend beautifully, yet sturdy enough that they won't run quickly or break easily." -Kim Maselli, professional artist

Sunflower by Kim Maselli with SoHo Colored Pencils 

"Used in mixed media, and on their own. The leads are very creamy, and blend nicely. So far they sharpen without the lead falling out, which was a huge problem with the brand I've been using [before]. So far I have all pros about this product, and no cons. If you are considering purchasing these pencils, whether new to colored pencils or looking for a change...these are the way to go. The money was very well spent, and I see these pencils lasting a long time. I will be replacing each pencil (when worn) with the same pencil. Thank you SoHo!" -Anonymous

"These are the best colored pencils I have seen for the (sale price) money. I got enough for each of my students to have a set to start them out with quality pencils at an affordable price." -Anonymous

"I love these pencils! They have a hexagonal barrel, which is easier on my hands. The leads glide really smooth, and they blend well. I got the 24 count set and I feel like I've got every color of the rainbow. Another plus is that unlike some pencils, these do not smudge on a lefty's hand when working over already worked areas. The pencils are perfect, and the cost is very affordable. I'd definitely buy these again. If another person is skeptical on buying these, try a small will love them!" -Gess Lee

"I got a set of these because they were made in conjunction with Cretacolor;ie. same color range. I have a set of the Cretacolor AquaMonolith woodless watercolor pencils I've used for years. In some cases I use the regular colored pencils with them and the Prisma's didn't combine well(too waxy?). Now with the SoHo's I have a compatible set that works perfectly with the AquaMonoliths, no guesswork about color match, superb blendability, etc. They also blend well with the Prisma's, so I have more colors! Now all I need is for someone to make a pencil case big enough to hold them all!!!" -Anonymous

"This product was just what I thought I would get when I purchased it. Produces a nice finish and easy to use. Would definitely recommend it. Thanks JerrysArtarama!"- JMess

If you need any more reason to try these colored pencils, Jerry's is offering a special exclusive deal:

Have you tried SoHo Urban Artist Colored Pencils? If you have, then don't hesitate and let us know what you think of them (or with any product of ours that you've tried)! We love your feedback and you may just see your own review here on our next edition of What's the Buzz!


Practice with Gesture Motion Drawings

This Handy Exercise will Teach you how to Capture Motion and Perspective

Just as an athlete must warm up before a sporting event, art journaling is the artist's warm up. A great way to stretch out your perspective and focus is through the art of "Gesture Drawing."


A Gesture Drawing is typically defined as a quick study that captures movement or action. Gesture drawings are typically used as a warm up for many drawing classes. Some teachers will have their students draw a model in pose in a quick time frame from thirty seconds to up to two minutes. Just like stretching, this helps the artist loosen up both physically and mentally when practicing, allowing for less stiff drawing later on. Subjects for gesture drawing typically involve models, performers, athletes and animals. 

This sort of practice and repetition of drawing a figure very quickly can also help artist's understand human proportions better when taking on larger art projects. Many artists will start with gesture drawings before tackling a portrait or self portrait to quickly train their minds to capture the subject's movements, actions and directions, which are often overlooked in longer sessions. It can also give an artist a chance to draw or sketch more difficult and strenuous poses or actions that can't be held for a long period of time like a live figure drawing. Some artists who just seek to capture a specific moment or movement can definitely consider their gesture drawing as an end product and learn something for future drawings.

Gesture Drawings 

Time must be emphasized when gesture drawing. An appropriate amount of time must be given per difficulty of the subject. If too much detail is drawn in, the exercise goes from a quick study to rendering your drawing. The key is to let the mind get the basics down. When the time is short, each line becomes more economical and and the rapidness of the sketch forces the artist to concentrate on the essence of the pose rather than other common factors such as the lighting of the subject or background. 

As an art journaling exercise, any artist will likely see a greater realism and change in perspective of their drawings. The artist who practices this gains an intuitiveness of the figure that will not only improve the skill and execution of future drawings and sketches, but also save time in which those sketches are executed. These are the benefits of gesture drawing while journaling.

Just as an athlete needs the proper tools to train, using the right tools when art journaling or sketching on the go is vital to the artist's performance. A durable sketchbook like the Reflexions Field Sketch Book can provide the perfect backing and support for a quick and comfortable drawing experience. Or, if utility is more important, the Artist Survival Book makes for a versatile journal. It has three different types of pages, lined, gridded and plain paper and even a pen loop attached for easy handling.

As time is of the essence, not only is the right sketchbook, but also, the right drawing tool is essential. With a Jerry's Jumbo Jet black Pencil, any artist can achieve dark, thick and defined lines for the perfect gesture drawing. If accuracy is more important, the Isomars Technoart Technical Drawing Pens can achieve perfect line structure to make sure that drawing is perfect in the short amount of time available.

With the right sketchbook and drawing tool, an artist can practice this anywhere there are people or subjects in motion. A trip to the park on a lunch-break, or quick shopping excursion to the mall can give an artist any excuse to practice. As each drawing should only take up to two minutes at the most, it barely occupies any time and can still give an artist valuable experience. The exercise is also more tricky than it looks. As artists, our eyes often direct us to the details, while gesture drawing forces us to see the forms and movement behind each detail and recognize those things very quickly. 

To learn more about art journaling and how it can benefit you as an artist, check out our article Art Journaling Can Improve Your Creativity and to see more on motion capturing art and gestures, see our recent artist spotlight profile on Justyn Farano of in Justyn Farano of Sports Art Illustrated in Jerry's Artist Spotlight.

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