April 2014 Pencil Tips – Complementary Colors (again)

Glanco Art Studio

News and tips from Diana Glanco

New Series of Classes to begin May 7th & 8th


  • Wednesdays 10 – Noon
  • Wednesdays 2 – 4
  • Thursdays 2 – 4
  • Thursdays 6 – 8

For more information about classes go to DianaGlanco.com

Light and Complimentary Colors


I’m sharing these photos to illustrate the dramatic differences that light can make in your artwork.

The photo on the left was taken in normal bright morning light. The photo on the right was taken on a morning when the sunrise was a vivid red/pink. They were taken about a week apart.

First, you can see that the light source is a major factor in your reference photo.

Second, you can see that overlaying hue of the light source, which in this case is red over green (the original color of the trees), can create a startlingly different color. When mixed together these hues (colors) create a neutral. In this case, reddish brown. The same principal applies to mixing your pencil colors (hues) to create  believable shadows and effects.

Okay, now we go back to the color wheel and see that red and green are complimentary colors and how the hues may be used to enhance one another.

During the coming session beginning May 7th and 8th, I will be giving lessons on color theory in all of the class times. These will be for those who wish to take advantage of the exercises. If you don’t want to participate, you are free to continue with your projects as usual.

(See previous newsletter about complimentary color.)

Prismacolor Pencil Color Wheel

Prismacolor® Color Wheel

This color wheel is made of hues of Prismacolor® pencils. I hope you find this useful when choosing colors and determining which pencils to use as complements.


 Student Testimonial

Being retired, I have somewhat of a bucket list that I am, one by one, attempting to try. Some I will cross off the list saying only that I have tried it. Others, I will continue with and wish I would have begun years ago. Drawing is one of those. Other than some childhood “art project” classes and an adult stint at oil painting, I had little experience in art.

When I was in my mid-sixties, my parents became ill and I refused to let them go to a nursing home. My world became all about caring for them. During the last six months of their lives, I found one outlet for me. Summit County Metroparks started a sketching class for seniors once a month and my sister and her husband would stay with my parents while I attended the class. I really enjoyed it and looked forward to every class.

After my parents died, I was at a loss and needed to fill my time. Then Metropark’s class became so popular that one had to make a reservation each month and that is when I stopped going. Yet, I wanted to continue drawing. I do not know why as I was not good at it! My squirrel might look like a squirrel, but just barely! I knew I needed individual attention, but assumed the only classes I might find in “drawing” would be in the Cleveland area. Much to my surprise when I “googled” drawing classes, I found one about twenty minutes from me. I was excited and signed up immediately!

I have been taking drawing classes from Diana Glanco-Nichols for a little over a year now and she is a patient and caring instructor. She wants you to succeed. I entered my first drawing at the Wayne County Fair and won third place. Going from a barely recognizable squirrel to third place was due to Diana’s instructions, not any talent on my part. Yes, some may have talent, some only the desire, but most importantly is learning how to draw and Diana is very good at the ”how”! She keeps the classes small in order to give individual attention to each student and works with you as you need it. During the very first class, you will be drawing, but I won’t tell you what or how! That is a surprise as it is unique!

If you have the desire to draw and meet others with the same goal, please register for her classes as Diana will help you with the rest! I promise, you won’t regret it. I know I haven’t.


Ann Myers



Glanco Art Studio April 2013 Newsletter – Perception and Interpretation

Glanco Art Studio

News and tips from Diana Glanco

April 2013 Newsletter – Perception and Interpretation


Featured Artist:
Dr. Susan Grimm
Wooster Ohio
Prismacolor pencil on Strathmore bristol

Perception and Interpretation

Most of us who prefer pencils as our choice of artistic expression tend to be a wee bit perfectionistic. (Did I say, a wee bit? Maybe It should be hyper-perfectionistic) Well anyway, I’ll go on. Since we are plagued by perfectionism, we tend to be very hard on ourselves when things don’t look just the way we want them to and this leads to over-erasing, working too fast, frustration and angst. Is it really worth losing an ear over?
I just have a few things that I would like you to think about when you are trying to perfectly reproduce a photo.
1)    For a perfect reproduction use a copier instead of wasting all of that time drawing. I hope you get the point. This is artwork not merely copying.
2)    Allow the media to exhibit it’s own characteristics. In colored pencil you may see grain in the paper, strokes, wax, fuzziness at edges and any number of various characteristics that make colored pencil unique.
3)    Only Jesus is perfect. Why do you think you should be too?
There are problems with working from photos but since our choice of media is particularly time intensive, photos seem to work best for us. So let’s look at some issues we face in interpretation:
1)    I see something I want to draw (let’s say my grandson). As I am seeing him in real life, he is three-dimensional. I can see his roundness, the complex highlights and shadows, the space between him and myself and all of the colors of his skin, hair and clothes.
2)    I take a picture of him and then study the picture in the camera. The camera has interpreted my grandson into an image. Yep, looks good, but now he is flat. I no longer see the space between us, or his roundness and the color is not the same as what I originally saw. The shadows and highlights have become flat places of light or darkness and the color is not as vibrant as real life. Still I like it, so I decide to print the photograph.
3)    To print the photograph, I have to upload the image to my computer which, in turn, interprets the color and value in it’s own way based on the program used.
4)    My computer sends the degraded image to my printer, which again, interprets the image in it’s own way based on quality, calibration and types of ink.
5)    What I end up with has already been interpreted, changed and degraded at least three times. This is not what I originally saw when I looked at my grandson.
6)    The photo I will be working from is not my grandson. It is a flawed representation of him.
Okay, to sum it up:

Don’t be so intent on making an exact copy. It is art and it is your art. You are free to interpret and flaunt your artistic license. So just do it!

New Series of Classes Begins April 30th, May 1st and May 2nd

Tuesdays 10 – Noon

Wednesdays 2 – 4

Thursdays 2 – 4

Thursdays 6 – 8

For a full class calendar or for more class information visit my website. www.DianaGlanco.com

March 2013 Pencil Tips – Winners’ Edition

Glanco Art Studio

News and tips from Diana Glanco

Winners Edition

New Classes beginning March 5th, 6th and 7th. Visit my website for more information.


BEST OF SHOWWayne County Fair 2012by Jill Rohr

Wayne County Fair 2012
by Jill Rohr

All of the following winners are or have been my students. As you can imagine, I am very proud of all of them and if you didn’t make the list last year, keep at it so that we will see your name on next year’s list!

Click on student names to see more of their work.



Portrait or Figure – First, Jill Rohr, Navarre; Second, Patricia Anderson, Wooster;
Third, Donna J. Robertson, Rittman.
Animal or Bird – First, Jill Rohr, Navarre; Second, Judith Bridger, Wooster

Collective Sketches – First, Martha Bollinger, Wooster

Marine or Seascape – Second, Luke Saffles, Sterling

Still Life – First, Martha Bollinger, Wooster; Third, Judith Bridger, Wooster

Landscape/Street – First, Jill Rohr, Navarre; Third, Maxine Zivick, Rittman

Floral or Fruit – Second, Judith Bridger, Wooster

Animal or Bird – First, Patricia Anderson, Wooster; Second, Sheri Eichar, Wooster

Landscape – Second, Judith Bridger, Wooster

Still Life – First, Maxine Zivick, Rittman

Grades 9-12
Portrait or Figure – First, Zach Taylor, Shreve; Second, Stephanie Haught, Wooster; Second, Janae Schlabach, Shreve

Animal or Bird – First, Zach Taylor, Shreve; Second, Stephanie Haught, Wooster;


Holmes County Fair 2012
by Heidi Yoder



Portrait – First, Heidi Yoder, Millersburg

Scene – First, Heidi Yoder, Millersburg

WINESBURG ART SHOW – Second, Heidi Yoder



Animal – First, Tracey Kaser, Brewster

Portrait – Third, Becky Kaser, Brewster

November 2012 Pencil Tips – Holiday Schedule

Glanco Art Studio

News and tips from Diana Glanco

The Album
by Diana Glanco ©2012

New Series of Classes Begins November 13th, 14th and 15th.

Tuesdays 10 – Noon

Wednesdays 2 – 4

Thursdays 2 – 4

Thursdays 6 – 8

If you are interested in a Wednesday 10-noon class, contact me.

Holiday Schedule:

Tuesday and Wednesday students – 6 weeks, $87.000

Thursday students – 5 weeks, $72.50

For a full class calendar or for more class information visit my website. www.DianaGlanco.com

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.  1 Corinthians 10:31 (NKJV)

August 2012 Pencil Tips – Complementary Colors

Glanco Art Studio

News and tips from Diana Glanco

Portrait by Donna Nank

Portrait by Donna Nank – Lodi, OH
Graphite pencil on paper
First place winner at the 2012 Medina County Fair

New Series of Classes to begin August 28th, 29th and 30th.

There will be no Wednesday morning classes until further notice.

For the time being, the class schedule is as follows:

Tuesdays 10 – Noon

Wednesdays 2 – 4

Thursdays 2 – 4

Thursdays 6 -8

Topic of the Month – Complementary Colors

Complementary colors are located across from each other on the color wheel. For example, yellow and violet are complementary because when placed next to one another, yellow will never look more yellow than when it is next to violet and vice versa. A color will stand out or even look brighter when next to or surrounded by its complement. Keep this in mind to make your colors really pop.

When complements are mixed together they neutralize or dull each other. When layering your pencils to mix neutrals, you will create grays and shadows that are compatible with your color scheme.

Remember to stay within the same value range when mixing complements to create shadows.

Prismacolor Pencil Color Wheel

Prismacolor Color Wheel

This color wheel is made of hues of Prismacolor pencils. I hope you find this useful when choosing colors and determining which pencils to use as complements.

For more information about classes go to DianaGanco.com

July 2012 Pencil Tips – Composition

Horse Hug by Sheri Eichar
Prismacolor on Strathmore Bristol

Featured Artist:

 Sheri Eichar

 Wooster, Ohio










Topic of the month: Composition

The Rule of Thirds

Since we often are tempted to place the subject of our work right smack dab in the middle of the paper, I want to introduce the “Rule of Thirds”, AKA “The Golden Rule” of aesthetics.


The “Rule of Thirds” is a guideline to help you with composition.

In your mind, divide your paper in sections of nine equal parts focusing on the areas where the lines intersect. These points will be the best spots to place the most important element of your artwork whether your piece is horizontal or vertical. To achieve balance in your work, you may wish to place an object of less importance at the opposite intersection of lines.

You have followed the Rule of Thirds if you avoid placing the subject in the center square.



Since there are no hard and fast rules in art, don’t be intimidated by the Rule of Thirds. If you want to center the subject, remember that it is your artwork and you can do it your way.

FYI: One to three is a good proportion of vinegar to oil also.  🙂

Wayne County Fair

The Wayne County Fair is coming soon and I encourage all of you to enter at least one piece of your artwork.

Entries close on August 18th, so you still have time. Your artwork does not have to be delivered until September 5th or 6th.

If you need an entry form or want more information be sure to contact me.

Medina County Fair deadline is already past so I hope all of you who wanted to enter have done so.


The last classes of this session will be August 28th, 29th and 30th.

For more Info:


June 2012 Pencil Tips

Donna by Rene Myers





—-Donna Wilcox

—-1952 – 2012

New Class Sessions Start June 26th, 27th & 28 .

Tuesday Morning Quiet Class. Minimum conversation and gentle music for those who need a quiet place to create. Please let me know if you class.

New Class Sessions Start July 10th, 11th & 12th.

No Classes the week of Independence Day. I hope you enjoy our nation’s birthday.

Tuesday Morning Quiet Class. Minimum conversation and gentle music for those who need a quiet place to create. Please let me know if you are interested in joining this class.

Please visit my website for more information about classes, colored pencils and drawing. DianaGlanco.com

May 2012 Pencil Tips – Shadows

May 2012 Newsletter

Alex Alex

Graphite on paper

by Featured artist:

Marsha Watson

Barberton, Ohio

New Class Sessions Start May 2nd  & 3rd.

I am also considering a class for Tuesday mornings form 10 til 12.

This will be called a Quiet Class. Minimum conversation and gentle music for those who need a quiet place to create. Please let me know if you are interested in joining this class.

Topic of the Month:

Cast Shadows and Form Shadows

You must create believable shadows to add life and volume to your drawing. By volume, I mean that quality that makes your work appear to be 3 dimensional. When you create a line drawing everything on the paper is flat. By adding shading in the right values and places your drawing begins to look like it has substance and weight.

The two types of shadows that create volume in your artwork are form shadows and cast shadows. This is true whether it be black and white or color.

Form Shadows – A form shadow is present on the side of any object that is facing away from the main light source. Form shadows generally have soft edges and often may have ambient light from a secondary light source. Think of this on the side of a nose. It is the soft shadow that reveals the shape of the nose.

Cast shadows fall upon another surface and are caused by an object that blocks the light. Cast shadows are usually darker and have sharper edges than form shadows. Cast shadows will often become lighter and have softer edges as they move away from the object that is blocking the light source. Again, think of the nose. The cast shadow will be on the side of the nose that has the least light.
I did the original painting below in Prismacolor® pencils then removed the color so that you could study the shadows in gray-scale. I hope this helps you differentiate the qualities in form shadows and cast shadows.

All of your artwork is a study of values. The lights and the darks. Carefully evaluate your reference photo to understand the main source of light and the deepest shadows. As you begin to master shadows and light,  your work will take on a 3-dimensional quality and you will become more and more pleased with the results.

Please visit my website for more information about classes, colored pencils and drawing. DianaGlanco.com

April 2012 Pencil Tips – Color Basics

Ronald Reagan

Graphite on paper

by Featured artist:

Heidi Yoder

Millersburg, Ohio

It’s time to sign up for classes again! May/June classes begin May 2nd and 3rd. Let me know if you want me to save you a spot.


Topic of the month:

Color Basics

Hue, value and saturation are the three components of color.


Hue is what gives each color its name. Hue exists for each of us in our eye, our brain and in our memory and is, therefore, different for everyone.

The terms hue and color are often used interchangeably but hue is only one element of color.


Value is the term used to describe a color’s lightness or darkness.  High value means light and low value means dark. It is the only component of color that can be used without hue as a neutral.


Saturation describes the brightness or dullness of a color. Chroma, intensity and brilliance are other terms that are used to describe saturation. Pure, unmixed colors are usually at their greatest brilliance.

Color Temperature

Colors appear to have temperature because of our association of hues to hot and cold object like fire and ice.

The colors near red appear to be warm while those colors close to blue give the appearance of cool.

Some reds may be cooler than other reds while some blues may be warmer than other blues depending on what other colors are near them.