Currently figuring out the plumage of my coyote.  colerase on transparent paper.  The drawing is ready to be transferred onto the canvas already in progress.  I'm feeling excited about him.  So little time.

The full drawing in process. wolffs carbon pencil on marker paper. I love energetic consistent mark making.  20 x 20 inches.  Unfortunately coffee was spilled on the paper.  I'm strongly considering transferring it to a nice rives rag paper and further rendering.  It might make a nice counterpart to the oil painting.  Drawing something over again while looking at my previous drawing, so that the resulting image truly belongs to me. 


Last stage of the drawing and it is ready to transfer.  I will place it on Arches 300 lb warm watercolor paper.  It's a bit difficult to photograph since the drawing is done with colerase on two transparent sheets.  The elements look a bit complicated, but it will clear up with addition of color, line variation, value and whatever signature stye I move toward.

I'm working on three layers.  Adding plant life to surround this coyote.  Using colerase pencil on Canson transparent paper.  Here is a progress shot.  More elements to be added. The clean drawing is  almost complete.  I plan to use watercolor & gouache, ...& perhaps some experimenting with color pencil/mix media.  

Another transparent paper placed over my initial rough drawing.  This is the clean up stage. Red colerase & black prismacolor pencil.  I am also mapping this guy out, as I plan to paint him in gouache.  This is a wip. More elements to be added!  I love canine.  I had the pleasure to study a couple semesters with Marshall Vandruff, an awesome animal drawing maestro. 


Colored pencil on grey strathmore paper.  A study for an oil painting.  This should make a nice compliment piece.  I enjoy when a "study" evolves into something that can hold it's own.  I've been reading Robert Henri for the first time; I'm working on enjoying the act of drawing, as well as taking pleasure in the visuals of what I am observing & creating.


I went to Blicks & picked up a few bottles of Daler Rowney Acryclic Artists ink.  Brush & inked these coyotes with plant life.  Very fun! on Strathmore grey paper. 


My second pass of the drawing on  a smooth canson tracing paper placed over my rough made with colerase pencil.  Soon I will began to do these on nice vellum paper so that my progress drawings can compliment the final piece. Smooth like butter!


My name is Crystal Nadine Huguez.  I am a Chicana Artist living in La Puente California.  I studied Fine Art at CSU Fullerton.  As an aspiring mountaineer I hiked for 7 days in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains in 2015, and I am planning for a month long hike there in 2017.  Inspired by the landscapes I experience, I paint from location, my personal photos, sketches, and memory.  My work has turned to the wildlife of the San Gabriel Mountains.  I wish to communicate that the city interconnects with the wilderness, that the people have a connection to nature and may be empowered by it. 

-last update 2015-


Plein air paintings. gouache. approx 5 x 3 1/2 inches. 2013. 
I paint these at my local Regional Park. I love it here because it is local, yet still has many sites that are wild.  I try to keep these at about 45 min. I am studying sun light and colors found in nature. 

Plein-air work. gouache on watercolor paper.
relatively small & quick.  These studies help me to make quick decisions, study natural color & light, to apply to my personal paintings, & to my background painting aspirations. 2012

Pastel thumbs.  each approx 1 3/4 x 1 1/2".   from photo & out doors. Studying natural light &  color while thinking about story.  Looking for those unnamed neutral earth tones, with slight variations in an area,  & a few accents of saturated color. 

copies of animation bg's.  cel vinyl paint. thumbs approx 1 3/4 x 1 1/2". 
I'm concerned with value, describing space, & composition. 

- last update 2015 -   


Self Portrait - Oil on Canvas. 18 x 24 in. 2010 - Sold

A small portrait in process. Sergio. 10 x 10 inches. Oil on Canvas.  2013

"Hilda's Gift". Oil on Canvas. 30 x 36 inches. 2009. - Owned.

Sold- "Allison". Oil on Canvas. 20 x 24. 2006.

"Pain on the Right ". Oil on Canvas. 16 x 20. 2007.- sold

Sold- "Tables Turn" or "Dennis" or "Hang the Dj". Oil on Canvas.
30 x 36 inches. 2006.

Sold- "Hilda with child". Oil on Canvas. 3 by 4 feet. 2005.

Sold- "Pleased to hear you're warm, I'm freezing", or "The Beathermit".
Oil on Canvas. 18 x 24. 2006.

Sold - "Two Friend's". Oil on Canvas. 2 x 4 feet. 2006.

SOLD - "Joy on the Left -Genuine Man". Oil on Canvas. 14 x 16 inches. 2006.

Sold - " Self Portrait". Oil on Canvas. 12 x 14 inches. 2007.

SOLD - "The Prize". Oil on Canvas. 12 x 14 inches. 2007.

"Aaron". Oil on Canvas. 2 x 4 feet. 2007. - Destroyed by Artist.

Sold - "Contrasting Couple" Oil on Canvas. 24 x 36. 2005.

- last update 2015 -


"Still life with Violin". Watercolor on paper. 18 x 27 inches. 2005. -sold

"It's your birthday" still life with cake. Oil on Birch wood pannel. 15 1/2 x 24 inches. -sold

"Still life with chair & globe" Oil on canvas. 10 x 14 inches.

Still life with birdhouse & skull. Oil on birch wood panel.
 15 3/4 x 12 1/4 inches.

"Still life with polar bear" Oil on canvas. 12 x 9 1/8 inches. -sold

"Still life with mouse" Oil on birch wood pannel. 13 3/4 x 12 3/8 inches.

"Still life with Bird". Oil on Wood. 12 x 15 inches. 2009. -Owned.

- last update 2015 -


"Chris and Deen". Gouach, Acrylic, Watercolor, Prismacolor on illustration board. 12 x 16 approx. 2008. -(sold)

 "Eat my Bones". Watercolor, Gouache, Acrylic, prismacolor on illustration board. 9 x 11 inches. 2008. -(owned)

- last update 2015 -


Above: Life drawings in wolfs carbon pencil - 2007    

       Costumed figure drawings. Wolfs Carbon on Newsprint. 2012    

Conte Crayon on Vellum.

Charcoal on tracing paper.

Fairly quick study in gouache.

below:  academic cast studies in pastel - 2005  

- last update 2015 -