ARTIST SHARPENS PENCIL SKILLS
THE pencil is mightier than the brush for artist Carmen Hui.
Hui is the founder of Drawn by Carmen and her artworks are mainly pencil drawings of animals and plants.
“I have always loved pencils . . . it was the only thing I ever asked for when I was a kid,” Hui says.
“I think pencils have a bad rep in terms of being an art medium. Maybe because it is so easily accessible, people don’t really give it as much credit.
“I love the idea that you can easily create soft, delicate drawings with the humble pencil,’’ she says.
“Nowadays, I’ve graduated from Crayola to artist-grade pencils. I use Faber Castell Polychromos (oil-based coloured pencils). Unlike the popular wax-based ones, it allows me to build layers without compromising quality.”
Hui sketched a calendar just for the #makeforgood collection on the online marketplace Etsy.com.
She has joined Etsy sellers who have created one-off pieces to sup- port the Because I Am A Girl campaign, which raises money to help girls in poverty and promotes children’s rights.
Hui says she relished the chance to showcase her “whimsical work” and get behind a worthy cause.
She says the calendar, like most of her work, has an “old world charm to it”.
“The animals that I draw all tend to have this old-soul intelligence to them, which I then combine with a quirky personality conveyed through different accessories,’’ she says.
“For the calendar for the #makeforgood collection, I combined pencil drawing, digital painting and hand applied gold foil.”
Hui says people are realising that art is not just for the wealthy.
“And with the growing popularity of decorating home with artwork, people are not as precious with art any more. They are more open to experimenting,” she says.
The #makeforgood collection is available at etsy.me/ makeforgood
Artist Carmen Hui with her pencil piece. Other products selling under the #makeforgood collection include cushions, artwork and toys.