Texas Society of Sculptors
The Texas Society of Sculptors (TSOS) is a sculptors' guild based in Austin, Texas, and was chartered in 1971 by the State of Texas as a non-profit organization. Objectives of the society include educating the public about sculpture and the many media of this art form, promoting the work of sculptors, and serving as a liaison between sculptors everywhere. Although Texas-based, membership is open to sculptors and sculpture lovers anywhere in the United States. A newsletter is published at least five times a year to inform members of sculptors' activities, sculpture events, and professional opportunities. TSOS sponsors at least one exhibit per year, alternating a juried show (with a theme and outside juror) with an all-membership show (in which the artist chooses the piece(s) displayed). In addition, TSOS hosts Sculptfest, an annual outdoor festival celebrating the wonders of sculpture.
I really like these pencils. I accidentally found a technique that really exemplified the "magic" in them. Rolling the pencil to preserve the point and
coloring in a circular motion really brings out the random beauty of the colors in coloring a small petaled flower like a zinnia. I have colored an entire picture with one pencil and gotten raves about it. The biggest drawback I am experiencing is the lack of tutorials to help people understand how to use them. I have seen critiques where the artist did not have a clue how to use them. I have also seen a Russian tutorial that shows a lot of blending techniques that really show some extraordinary effects. I am currently exploring their use for backgrounds. I like the pencils and find them a challenge to explore the "magic."