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Colored-Pencil Illustrations

COLORED-PENCIL ILLUSTRATIONS by Kathrynne Yu
This is a collection of my favorite colored-pencil illustrations. I personally enjoy working with this medium the most as it gives me the opportunity to be more free-flowing with my process, and I always anticipate the outcome of how all the colors mesh together on the colored paper. 
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A QUICK CHAT. I have always been a fan of street photography as it is always interesting to see people in their most natural state captured through a lens. That said, this piece was inspired by an old photograph I came across online of an enthusiastic young girl on the telephone. The original photo was in B&W, so that added to the fun of re-imagining the vibrant colors on paper.
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DAY AT THE MARKET. This was inspired by another old B&W photograph I came across. I was drawn to the photo as I felt like the different elements and movements it held told an interesting narrative. 
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HOTPOT. This is my favorite illustration by far as it holds a sentimental value to me. The photo I used as a reference for this piece was a candid shot of my cousins and I bonding over hotpot during our vacation to Japan back in Christmas 2018. I chose to use red colored paper as my background as an homage to my Chinese culture, which deems red as a lucky color that must be worn during special and happy occasions. 
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BUSTLE. I find that we tend to overlook the beauty of the mundane, and I think that simply crossing the street of a busy road with your friends on a warm, sunny day is one of the most beautiful and profound things we can experience in life. 
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MOUNTAIN BREEZE. As I live in a city, I don't exactly have much opportunities to get in touch with nature, so I usually turn to express my love for it through my art. 
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CATCHING UP. This piece was inspired by a photo I came across online. I was drawn to it mainly because of how genuine the two friends captured in the photo seemed in their conversation.  
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DINNERTIME BLUES. I have always been amazed by teppanyaki bars and the fire shows the chefs put up every now and then.  
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BOYS NIGHT IN. This is a piece of fan art for my favorite musical group. 
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LUNCH BUDDIES. This piece was also inspired by a photograph I came across awhile back, and what really struck me about this photo was how harmonious the composition was despite it being a candid shot.
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RECREATION. The photo that inspired this piece was, to be completely frank, quite boring at first glance. However, I have always loved using seemingly mundane and dull photos as my reference photos as I see it as a challenge to turn something dull into something more eye-catching and worthwhile. 
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FOCUS. I really enjoyed creating this piece as I realized how all the little pieces came together to create this sort of balanced harmony that gives the illustration its charm. 
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LAZY AFTERNOON. I personally really loved the outcome of this as the pink colored-paper background pulls together this sort of in-a-trance and slowdown vibe that I was going for. 
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WINTER. This piece exhibits another approach that I use with my colored pencils- when I am not using colored paper as a background, I still like to make sure that a dominant color emerges, and that the accent colors compliment it well to tie the whole illustration together. 
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Colored-Pencil Illustrations
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Colored-Pencil Illustrations

This is a collection of my favorite colored-pencil illustrations. I personally enjoy working with this medium the most as it gives me the opportu Read More

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