Award winning artist, author, and signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, International Guild of Realism, Society of Animal Artists, and Women Painters of Washington. Her work has been featured in The Artist’s Magazine and American Artist, and her first book, Colored Pencil Made Easy (published by Walter Foster), was released in 2009. Eileen lives near the Hood Canal in Washington, USA.
Born in Seattle, Washington, Eileen Sorg still lives and works overlooking the bountiful Hood Canal.
As with most Northwesterners, Eileen has a keen interest and respect for the natural landscape and its wild inhabitants. With her degree in Wildlife Science from the University of Washington and subsequent time spent studying birds and mammals as a biologist for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, she has now returned to art with a bit of the scientist still in tow.
Eileen enjoys exploring her subjects and seeking out the minutest details to express in her work. Her drawings have been likened to "photographs" but she is quick to point out that her pieces are less about detail and more about the subject's essence and vitality.
"With my current work I am seeking to capture the playful, sometimes mischievous side of my subjects, catching them in the act of behaving unexpectedly."
Eileen's primary medium is currently colored pencil, with ink and watercolor underpaintings for added depth.
She has developed her own technique, modeled after her friend and mentor Sueellen Ross, which enables her to replicate the image she has in her head onto the paper.
The pencil is essential for breathing life into her subjects and creating softness.
"I have chosen realism as the manner in which to express my interpretations of the world around me.
Realism is not duplication; it is a process that involves intense study and understanding of a subject, a strong sense of value and color, and the mastery of a given medium.
Within this realism, I experiment with color by making choices that might not be expected for use in rendering certain subjects.
In this way I keep things fresh and interesting both for the viewer and myself."
To find out more about Eileen and her amazing art, visit her website at:
http://www.twodogstudio.com/ or read her full bio (PDF).
Drawing Made Easy: Colored Pencil
by Eileen Sorg
Discover your "inner artist" as you learn to draw a range of popular subjects in colored pencil
Anyone who has always wanted to draw in colored pencil but finds all those colors intimidating can breathe a sigh of relief after opening this book.
Drawing Made Easy: Colored Pencil shows readers how to draw almost anything in colored pencil with ease! After introducing readers to the tools and materials needed to get started, award-winning artist Eileen Sorg demonstrates how to draw flowers, still lifes, animals, and a variety of other objects by building up color and form in simple layers.
By the last page, readers will be able to draw a horse, a bowl of fruit, a tree frog, a puppy, and even a garden gnome with beautiful, vibrant color. The book also includes in-depth information on tracing and transferring images, so aspiring artists don’t even need to know how to draw to master the art of colored pencil!
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Walter Foster (July 1, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches