Always interested in how to advance the medium of colored pencils in this digital world of today. Here are some categories of where I think colored pencils still hold strong in regards to that specific subject matter and have a future in it.
Very strong, it is something people want and something people buy constantly. Have not seen many if any digital artist doing pet portraits. So the market is strong and some people are so talented at making pet portraits with colored pencils it is insane. So in the future pet portraits will always be one of, if not the strongest point in colored pencil art in terms of selling. I believe thisl because of the ability to draw fur so well with them.
Old School Comic or pinup art-
Very nice little niche, one can accomplish and older look and a more traditional look smooth digital art cannot usually. Not sure of the market but regardless, it is making something others cannot easily with other mediums which helps. Like the old style of drawing some have and it shows the pencil marks in the work. Comes off now a days as rustic and aged which is a plus.
Will never go away, people will always want a custom portrait of a loved one. And it brings something other mediums cannot, a single copy, made and given and there it is. I doubt many would want a digital portrait of themselves or their child but they do want one done the traditional way from time to time. And if you can draw you will be asked to do these, as awful as some of them might be. Usually a drawing costs less than an oil painting in terms of time and materials which is a plus as well.
Always going to be popular and people will always make them. Not sure how many actually sell well. They are great to personally have but doubt many actually buy them, still fun to make and practice that is for sure and with the endless supply of images they will never stop. Plus easy way to get views if the person is popular enough and it is well done enough. A digital portrait done well of a celebrity just does not bring the same things a traditional one does.
((((Where traditional colored pencil art will have a hard time playing catchup))))
Comics, cartoons and Illustrations-
Not sure one can achieve what others can digitally, they can change, improve, correct, distort and color better than any traditional medium I feel. Be in cartoons, anime, erotica, anything they have it digitally and it is hard to compete against it. Some of the artwork out there looks so realistic, it would be hard for anything to stack up against it. So in terms of this genre it is hard sledding I feel and will be dominated digitally throughout. How much faster it is and how much more creative one can be digitally, creating almost anything and being able to correct to the point of perfection and many have.
High Fashion art-
Will be very popular I feel and the traditional aspect to it helps. Sadly water color art and acrylic painting is kind of taken this over along with the dreaded water colored pencil or what I like to call paint. Making such beautiful work that is very hard to go up against that are so whimsical, technical yet loose and free flowing. Just seems to flow and that visual blending really makes it pleasing to look at when there are slight elements of portrait drawing included. Hard blend and smooth things with just colored pencils but at least the traditional painters got a nitch along with landscape in this.
Not saying any of this is be all and end all stuff, just my observations. Sure one can break into any of these subject categories and succeed. Just my two cents on what I have seen around the net regarding these things.
Kind of a small box that is being put on colored pencils, but there are limitations to the medium and it is hard to find new different ways to break out and make them more wanted, recognizable and free flowing. Here some of many really outstanding colored pencil works I have found that broke the mold and did something very hard to do and accomplished a much different look with them.
So what are you thoughts on this matter?