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Well, what can I say?!?!  I haven't been active on DA for about 9 months, stuck in an endless cycle of dodging the things that life throws at me.  I have a day job that pays the bills, like most artists, and changes in the job description required that I return to college.  Before anyone thinks, "Hey, that's great!  You can do it!", let me explain that the classes that I have to take are difficult, all science based with labs, and require a lot of my time.  My brain is not 25 any more, I don't read with comprehension as well as I did in 1987, I don't process information as quickly, I don't retain and regurgitate in the ways that I was capable and used to the first time it has not been a walk in the park at all.  It's been very stressful and takes up ALL of my time outside of work and sleep.  My art business is completely stalled and on hold until I get done, and it's sinking me into more school loan debt that I will never be able to completely pay off before my death benefit gets cashed in by my husband or children (whoever is here to process the claim).  *sigh*  So there has been nothing new to post creatively.

So what IS new?  Well, I was on an Ann Kullberg colored pencil cruise to Alaska with my husband.  Alaska should be on EVERYONE's bucket list!!  The pristine surroundings will take your breath away.  I got a lot of photos that might make fantastic art references some day.  I took colored pencil classes with Ann, of course, but also with Cynthia Knox and Linda Lucas Hardy.  My husband and I are taking another colored pencil workshop cruise next month to the Caribbean - Ann Kullberg again, but this time, additional classes will be taught by Deborah Friedman and Arlene Steinberg (who is teaching a class with the Icarus Board - can't wait for that one!!) 
Park Place Starbucks, Seattle, Washington by ginasdrawings  Me at the pier, Seattle, Washington by ginasdrawings  Me in Ketchikan, Alaska by ginasdrawings   Me at Mendenhall glacier, Juno, Alaska by ginasdrawings

I have two of my works featured in art books this month too!  First, "Mouse" is in a new book published by Ann Kullberg called "Colored Pencil Cats & Dogs".  For the publication, I was asked to speak on my method of producing highlights in black fur.  Also this month, my work, "On a Down Time Train" will appear in Strokes of Genius 7, published by North Light Books.
Mouse by ginasdrawingsOn a Down Time Train by ginasdrawings

Aaaaaaaaand.....I am a new grandma!  May I introduce sweet baby Chloe...

Chloe and GeeGee by ginasdrawings

I hope to get back to ART soon - I have had to turn away commissions because of lack of time due to school work.  Missing it...
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Gina Rugito-Anderson
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Indian Trail, NC (that's near Charlotte)
deviantWEAR sizing preference: Large
Print preference: 11 x 14 inch or bigger
Favorite genre of music: prog, classic rock, world music
Favorite bands: The Who, Genesis, My Morning Jacket, and way too many more...
Favorite photographer: Myself! LOL
Favorite style of art: Fantasy illustration and photo realistic drawings
Operating System: Windows 10
MP3 player of choice: iTouch
Shell of choice: What??
Wallpaper of choice: Something I created
Skin of choice: Clean and fresh smelling
Favorite cartoon character: Archer
Personal Quote: Hubbawaa??

I jumped the wall and finally decided to go pro. Sure, I still have a day job, but I am creating in my free time, entering exhibitions, winning competitions, and I have a fairly busy commission schedule, particularly around the holidays.

I'm self-taught, save for a couple of fantastic art teachers that I had in 7th and 10th grades. I have been attending colored pencil workshops and picking up tips from fantastic artists like Ann Kullberg and Cecile Baird.

I work predominately in colored pencil these days. It is my goal to move from strictly portraiture to scenic works and maybe fantasy themed pieces. I am particularly fond of cityscapes.

If you like my work here, please visit and "like" my facebook page:

And of course, you will find my official website at:


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pegasuswarrior Featured By Owner May 14, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy BirthdayHave your cake and eat it too 
nikita6669 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2016   Traditional Artist
wow, beautiful work, I really like it, :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
all the best for you..Heart 
Pevansy Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many thanks for adding me to your deviant watchlist :)

You have a lovely gallery with a nice variety of pieces.
keithmore2000 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav Gina,:) (Smile) Feel free to leave a comment. Your work is lovely.Nod 
Here's a link to my Facebook page. Feel free to like and share.…
BlueAngel271183 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the :+fav: on "Hungry like the wolf"! :eager: :iconcheerplz:
happytrenty Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you Hug 
thehorrorzine Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2014
Hi Gina. I cruised your gallery and am impressed. Very nice work, especially your "People Watching". My name is Jeani Rector, and I am the editor of The Horror Zine, an award-winning, established ezine. We are not just horror; we are surreal, mystery, sci-fi, suspense, and "Twilight Zone." Check us out for yourself at  I would like to display some of your work in an upcoming issue. You would get full credit with your photo and bio. If you are interested, please contact me at and I look forward to hearing from you.
Jeani Rector, Editor
The Horror Zine
Dirk-O-Sand Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
thank you for the fav
luceene-k Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014
thanks so much for the fav, you have a beautiful gallery! :D
Camparbio Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav! :)
outsidelogic Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful portrait work!  And thanks for the watch.
ginasdrawings Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :dance:
iraqson Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks alot for watching 
SoniaJosie Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the watch! :heart:
byMichaelX Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thank you so much fav! :) it's very appreciated.… ----------> like my page :heart: :heart: :heart:

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