Colored Pencil Drawing Lessons

A collection of tutorials on colored pencils.
The rich pigments of colored pencils bring life to any drawing. Layer them to produce complex colors. Burnish and blend them to create colored pencil drawings that resemble paintings. Wax-based and oil-based pencils alike provide the artist with a palette of brilliant color wrapped within the control and precision of a pencil.

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The Colored Pencil Course

A complete course on colored pencils.

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COLORED PENCIL TECHNIQUES


PORTRAITS / FIGURE


How to mix dark skin tones with colored pencils
Learn how to mix dark skin tones using four colors in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 2 hour live demonstration.

LANDSCAPE


ANIMALS


Drawing Tiny of a Bee with Colored Pencils
Learn how creating a tiny drawing can have a huge impact on your drawing skill and mastery of the medium.

STILL LIFE


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A Bit on Colored Pencils

This medium is one of my favorites because of it's ability to create detailed drawings. Colored pencils are easy to use "on-site" and are clean enough to use anywhere. 

Colored pencils are a drawing medium that usually consists of waxy (or oil-based) shafts of pigment held together in a wooden shaft.  Colored pencils vary greatly in price and quality.  Softer varieties are generally more desirable for drawing and are usually more expensive as well. 

Colored pencils can be used on a variety of surfaces, but drawing papers are generally the choice of most artists.

Looking to pick up some colored pencils, but don't know which brand to buy?  Check out my comparison chart and see which brands I recommend here.