Black-eyed Susan Colored Pencil Demo using Koh-I-Noor and Schpirerr Farben Pencils, Time Lapse


Hello, this is Helen Schaefer Bringing out the Artist in You. In today’s demonstration I’m drawing a black-eyed Susan. Before beginning the drawing process I decided to do my homework. So I went to the garden and I picked a black-eyed Susan from the rescue plant that I had planted earlier in the year, or I should say like around June. More about that later. I brought her in, looked at her, and then I decided to examine her eye with the magnifying glass. You’re probably wondering why. Why did I do this. Well, in my mind it had to be done in order to understand how she got her black eye. Examining Susan, you could see lots of colors. Oh, you could see purple and brown and red and ochre and blue and pink and marine, ma, not marine, maroon. You could see all kinds of different shades of brown. But anyway, mostly, it was ahh, kind of dark, dark brown and you know you wouldn’t think of purple as being in an eye, but it is there. A combination of the brown and the purple and everything looks kind of dark. So feeling satisfied, I picked up my pencils and then I started layering. Here I’m laying in many colors, building up Susan’s eyes Her eyes are very complex. I should say her eye is very complex. She is called the black-eyed Susan because of her gorgeous eye. As you can see, many layers are used in building up the roundness of her eye Shadows are drawn in, given the illusion of depth and roundness. The petals are arranged in a spiral to show her triumphant rescue from the compost pile. Have you drawn a spiral and found it to be addictive and you don’t want to stop? It goes around and around not seeming to end. This repetition is very soothing and relaxing. Try it sometime when you’re feeling stressed Dietrich put the photo of Susan, the rescue plant, into the iPad for me to use as a reference. That worked well because I could enlarge the eye while I was drawing. But, you know how it goes, after a while I lost the image. So instead of having it fixed, I had to rely on the only surviving flower that I had and draw from there. [He] Oh, I gotta move the camera. But is this the way you like it or do you want it further up so you can No [He] rest your arms? No. I don’t rest my arms. [He] Okay I’ve got to move the camera. I’m going to rest it on here. [He] Alright we need to move this way a little bit [He] Alright okay let me drop it down just a little bit. You’re working on which end right now, Honey? Right here. [He] I think we should do it
about like that way you think? Sure, looks great. Doesn’t have to be any any ahh bigger. That’s fine, because I do move this this around. [He] Okay, I think this will work pretty well. When you move it around just take a look and see here okay? Okay [He] but I think you’re fine right now. Hold it. Yeah you’re recording. Never mind. Go on. I don’t have lights on. [He] Oh, and I need to plug the ipad in.Unfortunately you can’t see it, but we could put that on See what? [He] Could, could put it on the iPad I mean iphone. Will you go. I’m fine! [He] You need to I’m fine! I’ll just make something up. My husband, Dietrich Schaefer, is the man behind the scenes. He loves sitting at his computer, thinking and planning of ways to improve the presentation of my videos. I do the art work and write the scripts and then he takes over with the technical stuff. Dietrich is a quiet guy who doesn’t want a lot of fanfare but, you know it’s time to recognize him. So, thank you dear. [He] (You’re welcome.) [ laugh ] Oh that was nice. Starting with this video Dietrich will be recognized for all of his brilliant work as a video top videographer I love the word videographer Watch for Dietrich’s photo. Earlier on in the summer when the planting season was coming to an end Garden Centers in Iowa were trying to sell the last of their stock knowing that hot weather would be setting in and plant sales would be down the tube. Do you like going to the garden centers? You probably are like me and cannot resist the temptation to just look. I talked it over with my husband and he finally agreed that we would go just to look and on the back of my mind I’m thinking maybe we can find some bargains. This is when we spotted the drooping black-eyed Susan plant sitting alone on a shelf. She was placed in the back part of the nursery probably ready to be put on the compost pile, I wouldn’t doubt it. A good way to get rid of her. Nobody’s gonna buy her. Looking at her sad black eyes gave me an idea. We could rescue her from her demise and then I quickly snatched her up before anyone else would get her. Bargain shoppers know exactly the feeling. Other people don’t. But you have to be a bargain shopper to know what that’s like. So I proudly marched to the front to make my purchase, my husband at my side. He just followed. When we’re up in the front I asked the lady if there was any hope for her. So the kind lady looked her over and said that we could take her home and I thought “oh boy”. Wow. But then I looked at my husband, and you know, he doesn’t say much, ah, he just comes along, and you know what I mean, and then he mumbled: [He] Let’s go. I’m not buying it. [He] Come on, it’s almost dead And then I barked: We’re taking it. Guess what, she didn’t charge anything for it, but I’m sure that she thought that she can have this dead plant, this lady can have this dead plant, if she wants it, that way I don’t have to get rid of it. So my husband took the plant, thanked the lady and followed me to the car. So Then we got home and I thought I better plant it immediately. I’m not going to wait because the poor thing is not doing to well. First of all the soil was very dry and the, hmm, it was drooping over, and it looked just awful. There were three actual plants in the one plant so I separated them. Alright, now that I have it planted it’sahh ahh kind of doing well in the garden, not really, but eahh it it’ll survive. It’s a perennial and hopefully it’ll come up next year. I’ve got a couple pictures here. I told my husband why don’t you take some pictures and then, so of course he did. What do you think of Susan, the rescue plant? Does she need some love and attention from you? Her life was tough living in crowded conditions. Now doesn’t she deserve special admiration, especially since she was so badly neglected, growing up in the nursery? So give her some love, by subscribing. Are you wondering about the colored pencils that I’m coloring with? I’m using two brands that remind me somewhat of Susan. These brands are seldom picked and purchased and, like Susan, are, ahh well, kind of on the back shelf hoping that someone chooses them. Since I’m an art supply junkie, I have lots of colored pencils to choose from. For instance, I could have used my beloved, well-known, well-loved, silky Prismacolors. or my ( ah can) rather new beautiful Polychromos and I did a video on the Polychromos somewhat, sometimes, and the Prismacolors or I also have a set of the wonderful Luminance but instead I chose two brands that are less popular. The Policolors by Koh-I-Noor and the Schpirerr Farben pencils. I will be releasing a video soon, describing the Schpirerr Farben and the Koh-I-Noor pencils. So watch for it. Susan is smiling at us with her black eye. So I hope that I’m Bringing out the Artist in You. Let’s thank Susan for being such a good sport. Bye

37 comments

  • Dena Tollefson

    Fantastic video, Mama and Daddy! Dietrich, so neat to see Susan’s eye expanding out as Helen drew her from life out of your garden! Beautifully drawn and expertly colored!! I love hearing Daddy’s voice and that slice of life and shoutout to Dietrich. The two of you have been married over 55 years- you make a great team! I like when you involve us through the discussion of spirals and the garden center. Cute picture of Daddy! Excellent drawing, Helen!!!

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  • Siri's Studio

    You have a beautiful garden 😍❤
    And that black eyed Susan looks so pretty.. just like the one in your garden 😍

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  • chrissycanvasart

    Very pretty flowers 🌸 loved you rendition Helen🌸🏵️🌺

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  • Gracie Shack

    Hi Helen! Your amazing artist!

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  • Joni Young Art

    Stunning Helen!

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  • 1MightyR

    This is beautiful! I wish i could color like this! Fantastic work!$ both you guys are awesome!😁👍

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  • Siegfried Schlag

    Hi, supi & Daumen hoch, wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende. Liebe Grüße Siggi

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  • Tiffany Vaz Art

    Your garden is BEAUTIFUL!! Great video too!!

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  • Mona L creates

    Wonderful piece of art Helen! I really enjoyed my watching and listening. So relaxing! Your husband is doing a great job with the videos! Thanks for sharing! Am sure your Susan will come back next year! Have a lovely weekend!

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  • Luna Smith Art

    Beautiful piece. You are amazing!

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  • Nurse Nicky is Learning to Draw

    Beautiful drawing Ms. Helen. Susan is beautiful as well

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  • Artistica Min

    BEAUTIFUL WORK…..THIS LOOKS GORGEOUS👌👌👌

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  • Eve Harvey Art

    Hey there Helen! Love your videos 🙂 This looks amazing!! I love all the detail

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  • DAVY. J.Y. Art with a pen.

    What an amazing introduction to this video. Now this is a very detailed drawing of a Black Eyed Susan flower.
    Incidentally, my wife is called Susan 🙂 excellent work, big thumbs up from me Helen 🙂

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  • Pixel Art Color

    very beautiful~~~
    like14

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  • Manoj Bathula Art

    Awesome video.Beautiful susan drawing. Well done my friend. Very nice….16

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  • art dinh

    the garden and the flower are beautiful

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  • Jun style

    Nice painting! You can teach more people in the future.I saw it really well. Have a good time~

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  • KJames Peace

    It's my like number 18 here + my subscription! Best regards from Wiesbaden, Germany!

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  • Elvia Kiara

    WOW! I love how you make the colours all blend together so perfectly! You're a very talented artist!!

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  • Ella Pesonen Art

    Lovely story and painting. Great work, Helen! 😊

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  • Kitchen Corner13

    The picture is really very beautiful under your skillful hand 。Great job . Thanks for showing us .

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  • Doodles by Suparna

    I love your voice and how patiently you describe everything. You definitely bring out the artist in me. The black-eyed Susan looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing Helen 🙂

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  • Kerrie Woodhouse

    Oh Helen – this was so fun to watch! What a great way of presenting your drawing and your reference – you are so creative. I love the texture you get from your patient layers of pencil, and the movement in those petals. Just lovely. And you are such a cute team, of course.

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  • Artfully Yours with Diana

    Aaawww Helen…….just love your storytelling about the poor black eyed Susan❤️😍❤️ So glad you rescued her! I hope she flourishes! And such a beautiful drawing! ! I love the videography your husband is doing in your video! Really great! That’s a really sweet picture of him at the end! Have a blessed Creative week!

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  • Micki's Arts and Crafts

    Pardon me. I had to drool a bit at the view from your garden. Wish you were my neighbor so I can learn a bit about gardening while learning art too. TFS!

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  • Annalisa Ely

    I loved seeing the footage of your garden, it's lovely! I also liked seeing how you examined the eye to see what colors were really involved – something I noticed from cooking black rice and black sunflower seeds is that the seemingly black pigment is actually very concentrated purple, which was fascinating – I love learning more about color!

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  • Costel Andone

    Hi there! What a wonderful drawing flower! I really love it! It so beautiful! Congrats!

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  • Miguel Bevia

    Beautiful flower painting. Very Lovely colors. You have a new subscriber!

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  • Rachael Padilla

    Wonderful video! Thank you for sharing with us!

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  • Znematic Travel

    Awesome very creative thanks for sharing

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  • sunnieflowers

    Love flowers! I prefer to draw/ or more so just) draw fruits to paint, but I probably would try it out in the future!

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  • The Painting Stoof

    i love the editing you have in this video! great detail and vibrant colors 🙂

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  • Totally Insane Art

    Beautiful palette used for the Black-eyed Susan. Great combination of painting and video editing.

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  • MarenaART

    I love this drawing! Great work!

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  • Annie The Star

    Wow! Beautiful flower! Big like!

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  • Najat fine arts

    Beautiful garden & lovely Helen.

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