The Colored Pencil Course – Introduction and Materials

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Description: An introduction to “The Colored Pencil Course” video series, including a listing of materials and tools that will be used.

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The Colored Pencil Course – Introduction and Materials — 28 Comments

  1. Is there any other drawing paper I could use instead of Bristol? Cause I have trouble getting my hands on some. Is it the smooth or the vellum btw?

    /Anders

    • Andres it would help if you stated where you live, before telling you where to get Bristol paper, Amazon is one site you could try to get your paper from. Vellum paper comes in different textures, I personally use a good quality paper, 170g/m2. Hope that helps.

      Peter

    • Hi!
      Just started my Color Pencil course and I’m having trouble with the videos. Every minute or so they stop and come back for a while then stops again. Suggestions?
      Braulio

      • Hi Braulio,
        This is called buffering and if you internet connection is slow is inconsistent, you’ll see this pop up. You can scroll over the video player and click on the “HD” icon to switch to a lower quality version which will make the video load quicker.

  2. I ordered my Bristol Vellum ( the same one you see here ) from Amazon.co.uk and only paid around £16 inc p&p and had it within 24hrs if ordered before 2pm and the size of pad is A3 large (additional 1 wider) and the shipper was in London, hope that helps

  3. Hi Matt,

    Just out of curiosity: I can see you selected also derwent studio pencils, but they were never used in this course. Is there any chance that you might do a video/live lesson on how to use them?

    I ask because these pencils receive very “mixed” reviews. Some people think that they are great (and I have seen some amazing work done with these), others complain about the hardness and lack of pigment.

    It would be great to get your opinion on them and also some tips on how to use them.

    Thanks a lot!

      • I love the CARAN D’ARCHE Swiss made color pencils. They are however pretty expensive, I only tried these after I had spent many hours practicing with the Faber Castell and Derwent brands. Once you use the Swiss made however, you will not want to go back to the less expensive. I ordered mine in the USA online from Dick Blick

        • Dick Blick is my fav for art supply shopping. Strathmore 400 Series Colored Pencil Pads works best for me and its relatively inexpensive.

  4. Perhaps you should update the materials section of this video. I ordered the Derwent 12 that you had listed prior to reading these comments. I already have the Prismas but wanted to follow along with the modules. Lulkily, I was able to cancel before they shipped.

  5. As an instructor I keep a supply on hand of many of the above mentioned brands of Colored Implements for laying down color which are mentioned above. By the way, I am also including in my mix, Lyra oil based pencils, Derwent Inktense etc. and of course Prismacolor Premier and Derwent Watercolor Pencils… What we have determined is that each brand truly does serve different purposes for us. Some for fine detail, some for laying down low saturation of a precise hue without oversaturating… sometimes allowing one to press harder to lay down the wax or oil for further layering into but not increasing the saturation of the chosen color/hue. There is never enough time in a day (for creating even more detailed comparison charts), or funds in the wallet to have it all…We find that once we do color studies for the project we are planning we mix and match the ‘pencils’ from the different brands to form a project pack. BTW, I wonder if there is a way to clean an electric sharpener of the material that colored pencils leave behind…our/my wrists would rather draw and color!!!

  6. I noticed that the materials video shows Bristol 300 series smooth paper. But folks here mention using Bristol Vellum. So which one should we use? Also, I use Cretacolor Karimina colored pencils. Would it be possible for you to do a review of them, Matt?

  7. Hi Sir.
    This is the first time i take up drawing lesson. Time after time i cannot make up my mind.I want my dream to come true. I loved drawing but not in proper way. I am in your hand let me the way. Thank you. God Bless. amen.

    • Hi Tamalyn,

      My favorite solvent to use is “Turpenoid”, however there are many to choose from. Baby oil works well, if harsh solvents are not an option. I’m not familiar with a flow medium for colored pencils. Acrylic-based flow medium is different as it extends the fluidity of acrylic paints.

  8. Hi Matt could turpenoid come under a different name here? please have a look at this website and let me know what product i can get.
    (url removed)

    thanks

    • Hi Jaleh,

      Thanks for your question. (I removed the url since posting links in the comment section is not allowed.) The store that you are linking to does have Turpenoid but it’s hard to find. Here’s where you can find it… Go the website, choose “Mediums, Diluents, Varnishes, and Solvents”. Then choose “Oil”. Then “Weber Odourless and Natural Turpenoid”. Not exactly easy to find on the site, but it’s there.

  9. Each sheet of Mi-Teintes Paper is $8 here, and Bristol, $2/sheet. I’m just going to use print paper then, because most, if not all of them will be trashed in this learning process anyway!

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