What are colored pencils? Colored pencils consist of a wooden shaft that is filled with colored pigment. This pigment is held together by a waxy binder, that when spread over a surface transfers color. (For Colored Pencil Tips scroll down)
Colored Pencil Demo #1 "Apple"-Part 1
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There are several ways colored pencils can be used correctly. I most commonly see students use them incorrectly. When used correctly, colored pencils can give the effect of a fully colored painting. (.) The following guide will help you use colored pencils in a way that is most successful.
TIP #1-" Color Heavy"- or at least build up your color gradually so that the colors are intense and complex. Don't rely on the value of your paper to make your tints and shades.
TIP #2- "Layer Your Colors"- Build up many layers of your colors. Do not rely on just one application of color to bring you success. Building up and layering your colors will make your colors more complex and realistic.
TIP #3-"Mix Your Colors"- When using any colored medium, you should ALWAYS mix colors. Colored pencils are no different. For example, if you are drawing grass, don't just grab that manufactured green. Instead use blue and yellow, and green.
TIP #4- "Outline Last"- If you like to outline, wait and do it when you are finished drawing the object. Colored pencils can overlap themselves very easily, enabling you to outline objects last. (Don't use black to outline)
TIP #5- "Take Your Time"- Colored Pencils are a medium that demands time. You must work deliberately. It takes time to craft a well-drawn colored pencil image.
TIP#6- "Burnish"- By taking a white colored pencil or a colorless blender, smooth the colors and values out to make a consistent texture and solid finish.
You can pretty much use colored pencils on any surface that will accept them. You can be very creative with this. Traditional surfaces include drawing papers, colored papers, cardboard, tagboard, illustration board, rag paper, and watercolor paper. Buy Bristol Paper at discount It is important to pay attention to the tooth, or texture of the paper, when choosing your surface. The texture of the paper plays a huge role in how the colored pencils look on the surface. Experiment and find out what papers work best for your needs. I have found that I prefer coldpress illustration board. Illustration board provides a solid and sturdy surface to work on as well a smooth to medium tooth to accept multiple layers of colored pencil.
There are many, many brands of colored pencils. Some are obviously better than others. If you are just starting out using colored pencils, I would suggest buying cheaper brands like Crayola and work your way up to more pricier, higher quality brands like Prismacolor. Prismacolor, in my opinion, are clearly the best colored pencils around. They are very soft, and the pigment is concentrated. There are student grade Prismacolor pencils that are cheaper than the professional ones.