Colored Pencils




Colored pencils are relatively inexpensive, and the palette is extensive. The color is pure, clean and bright. The medium is permanent, and colored pencil drawings do not require elaborate care or storage. Along with hard and soft colored pencils, watercolor pencils and oil-based colored pencils offer more options for beginning artists.
Enjoy these colored pencil techniques & tips, perfect for beginners or artists new to colored pencil drawing and painting. Learn how to draw with colored pencils and start working with colored pencils.

But how to choose the best color pencil art set? You’ll find a wide range of pencils, professional drawing pencil sets, as well as watercolor pencils on the market. You might only have heard of Crayola colored pencil set, but there’s much more on the market. You’ll find everything from affordable colored pencils to high-quality colored pencils for artists such as Caran d’Ache and Faber Castell. If you don’t know what to choose, start with the wax colored pencils and go from there. During the process you will discover what is in alignment with your personality and what is not.If your budget doesn’t allow large quantities of the most expensive brand, start out with a small box, or may be even purchase pencils separately and build your assortment as you go.

Thus is the same for sharpeners. Keeping your colored pencils sharpened is extremely important. Sharp lead points penetrate color into the tooth of the paper much more easily than a dull point. A dull lead point won’t be able to deliver color effectively into the tooth’s pockets. Naturally, you may apply more pressure once you see that the pigment isn’t depositing onto the paper. However, this can result in the excessive color on the paper sooner than intended and will be difficult to control the desired color when layering. Higher-quality sharpeners tend to have sharper blades that will minimize the breakage of the tips.

Colored pencils can be much more difficult to erase than graphite artwork but it is still possible. Instead of erasing, you’ll have to use the method of blotting and lifting color off of the paper to eliminate mistakes. The heavier the layer, the more difficult it will be to lift the color of the paper. This is why you should begin by lightly applying color until you become more experienced with this art medium. Make a plan before you start drawing. Lightly draw your object with the help of the view finder and lightly draw in the shadow parts. If you need to learn to draw from the start I recommend you take my level one learn to draw course first before starting with colored pencils. This avoids frustration and disillusion. Remember everybody can learn to draw, but you need some training wheels first.

Any good drawing paper is acceptable for colored pencil, but a fine-toothed, firm, durable paper or illustration board is best for extensive layering and burnishing. Not all papers can stand up to the pressure of the pencil, especially if you are layering multiple colors, burnishing and blending. Paper with a rough surface can produce interesting textures, but rough surfaces aren’t conducive to the application of even deposits of color. Experiment with different papers until you find the ones best for your work. Here are some good surfaces to begin with:

  • Hot-pressed watercolor paper, which has a smooth surface, is suitable to work on because it will take many layers of color and give good results when the deposit of colored pencil is blended.
  • Bristol board is a good, lightweight board with two types of surfaces: plate, which is very smooth and is excellent for layering and blending; and vellum, which has a more textured surface and is less amenable to blending and burnishing.
  • Charcoal paper, which comes in a variety of colors with smooth and textured sides, is suitable for various techniques.

Weekly zoomsessions on Wednesday 3 pm discussing drawings in colored pencil with watercolor accents starting April 25 through June 2, 2021.

Class 1, red find a red vegetable and a striped cloth

Red is the color of extremes. Make a still-life with a fruit or vegetable. See the difference in color. Tomatoes, melon, pomegranate, apple, hot pepper and bell pepper.

Class 2, Purple, find a purple vegetable.

Purple is associated the sacred. Because the purple color is created by combining a strong warm with a strong cool color, the color retains both warm and cool properties. Think of Chinese eggplant, beets, red cabbage and radicchio.

Class 3 Yellow, the color of happiness.

Yellow is the color of happiness and optimism. Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. Think of bananas, spaghetti squash, lemon, corn, pineapple, starfruit for your still-life. If you want you can use carrots as a vegetable replacing yellow.

Class 4, green, is the calming color

Green is a cool color that symbolizes nature and the natural world. Perhaps because of its strong associations with nature, green is often thought to represent tranquility, good luck and health. Think of Green Cabbage, Corn in the leaves, green Pepper, limes, broccoli, avocado, green beans, artichoke, asparagus, leeks, celery, spinach and lettuce.

Class 5, Blue is the color of the endless sky.

Blue represents patience and understanding, which is why we feel so comfortable around it. Blue is not meant to be an eye catcher but rather is a strong force in allowing other colors to shine. I don’t know of any vegetables that are blue, so let’s forget about blue as a subject color.

Class 6, black and white

Colors are wavelengths reflected by objects to the human eye. White is pure light and black is the absence of light. The colored pencil white does not have enough strength to make highlights. It will blend in with other colors but it only makes the color softer. Leave the highlights white and use the paper for all that is white in your composition. This is the reason that you have to have a plan before you get started.


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