PEN­CIL ARTISTRY

ARTIST SHARP­ENS PEN­CIL SKILLS

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

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.

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