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UK Coloured Pencil Society Open International Exhibition 2017

Posted by judith selcuk on June 2, 2017 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (5)

It was with great pride that I was selected to exhibit in this years Open International Exhibition with the UK Coloured Pencil Society at the Menier Gallery in London. I entered three piecesw this year was astounded when all three pieces were selected.

The first was Reynard, I had entered him the previous year but on that occassion he was not accepted. It goes to show how different judges have different tastes.

The second was 'Mum in a Million' which was drawn using Brush and Pencil blending powders and textured fixative on sanded paper. This beautiful rose was a present from my two littlest children on Mother's Day and has the most amazing scent.

My third piece was entitled  'Red Hot Chilli Peppers' created on drafting film using both sides. Drafting film is a plastic surface which is ideal for coloured pencil as it creates a luminous appearance and is great to add dimension and depth. whilst it does not take many layers the colours are purer and transluscent.

New blog with Jackson's Art Supplies

Posted by judith selcuk on October 16, 2016 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)


'New at Jackson’s, the ‘Brush and Pencil’ products for coloured pencil painting are an exciting addition to our range of materials. The powder blender is a unique product that is designed to work in a very specific application, as a lubricant underneath the drawing, so you will need to read about it before you start. If used according to the special method it will yield surprising results; it can make coloured pencil look as blended and saturated as an oil painting.'

'Artist Judith Selcuk tries out the ‘Brush and Pencil’ products and shows us how they work best'

Jumpstart tomato tutorial launched with Ann Kullberg

Posted by judith selcuk on October 16, 2016 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

New tomato kit launched in conjunction with Ann Kullberg USA as part of her new Jumpstart series for coloured pencil enthusiasts. This is available from her website

Jumpstart tutorials with Ann Kullberg launched

Posted by judith selcuk on October 15, 2016 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

New Colored Pencil Kit launched with Ann Kullberg

I am so proud to have launched a new tutorial/kit in collaboration with Ann Kullberg. Using Faber Castell Polychromos, learn how to create your very own Pansy picture. Featured on YouTube and with great reviews you will not be disappointed!

1st Place Jurors Choice in the Artist Papers Water Competition

Posted by judith selcuk on September 8, 2015 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (1)

Salty has won 1st place Jurors Choice in the Artists Papers recent 'water' competition!

This Sunday on Create and Craft TV @3pm!

Posted by judith selcuk on July 9, 2015 at 12:40 PM Comments comments (1)

My first show is this Sunday at 3pm on Create and Craft TV channel 674 on the Sky planner

Join me as I demonstrate a delightful garden Robin in watercolour pencils on the fantastic Strathmore Bristol paper. Every paper pack purchased gets a free CD with 3 of my tutorial on! I think you will agree that it's a fantastic gift, like having your very own art tutor in the room with you. Each disc includes a drawing lesson and two projects with all the instructions you will need and even printable outlines and reference photos!

Tune in this Sunday and enjoy the fun!

Published In Ann Kullberg's Color Pencil Magazine July

Posted by judith selcuk on July 9, 2015 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My picture and story have been published in this month's issue of Colored Pencil Magazine by Ann Kullberg! I sent her a funny story about one of my past commissions and a picture of one of my favourite commissions and she printed it!

New Tutorial available for coloured pencil enthusiasts

Posted by judith selcuk on April 28, 2015 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (2)

I can now release my new tutorial for coloured pencil enthusiasts!

This tutorial takes you through, step by step in drawing crocus flowers using Prismacolor pencils, although you can substitute these for a brand of your choice.

In easy to follow stages with full colour images.

CD or download comes with high resolution reference picture, line drawing and tutorial.

The print version will also come with Strathmore Vellum Bristol paper all nicely packaged in a quartz sleeve.


A great gift for any artist and all coloured pencil enthusiasts. I am happy to ship worldwide

Please email me at if you would like to order.

Sketching for success

Posted by judith selcuk on April 17, 2015 at 1:30 PM Comments comments (2)

I tell all my students the same thing.... Always sketch/draw for 5 minutes a day to improve your draughting skills. It was only a couple of years back that I heeded this advice myself. Even through art college I heard but did not listen to this mantra.

I decided to act on my own advice when I was struck down with Sepsis and I was bed ridden for rather too long for my liking. It becomes addictive! Rather like the new craze of adult colouring books and zentangle you start off and once you have got over the fear of the dreaded 'white space' it is the best recreational drug ever.

I have several sketchbooks from pocket sized to full on 'I mean business' size. It doesn't have to be a sketchbook. My children frequently take letters back to school with my doodlings on the back. I dread to think what the teachers talk about in the staff room. You can sketch on a receipt, scrap of paper in your pocket or bag or the back of a shopping list.

What sketching like this does it literally 'train' your brain and hand to work together. Synapses fire off in your brain as your hand co-ordinates with your eyes and once these connections are made it is a bit like a lego model. Each sketch is a brick in the giant model every kid dreams about and before you know it you have va whole 'Legoland' in your brain.

Seriously though, after a year of following my own advice I realised one day whilst drawing out a pet portrait that I didn't have to erase once, that my draughting skills had improved so much that my distances and proportions were all correct. I still have days were my sketches are laughable but these are fewer on the ground.

Put a pen or pencil in your pocket and try it for yourselves.


Leap of Faith for

Posted by judith selcuk on January 30, 2015 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Leap of Faith was a picture I had in my mind for a very long time. Strangely I have a genuine phobia of fish!

Coloured pencil on canvas with genuine gold and silver leafing. This painting measures 28" x 20"x 3/4" and will be for sale at my exhibition with in April 2015