The Colored Pencil Course – Reflection and Transparency

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“The Colored Pencil Course” is designed to guide absolute beginners and intermediate artists to a level of producing professional quality colored pencil drawings through concise and “easy to digest” modules that include HD videos and Ebooks.


Description: A look creating the illusion of reflection and transparency in a colored pencil drawing.

Suggested Materials: Colored Pencils (Prismacolor pencils are used but any brand is fine), Bristol paper, Turpeniod, nylon brushes, and a colorless blender.

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Next Module: Transferring Images


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The Colored Pencil Course – Reflection and Transparency — 10 Comments

  1. I am very pleased with how my picture turned out. The reflections look great. Thanks for the consistent reminders about looking at shapes. I especially like the background– that was a lot of work, but well worth it. Thanks for the great instruction!

  2. Another great, fully comprehensive lesson. I’ve never been a fan of still life, but as an excercise in ‘ drawing what you see’ this is invaluable – I think I need to practse lots of these before trying colour pencil portraits.
    Could you give an indication of the size of paper you used, also the actual image size. As you explained different brands have different binders, will it cause problems if I mix brands in one drawing? I have quite a range of colours, but some are Derwent Coloursoft and some are Faber Castell Polychromos.

  3. Your step by step instructions and the logical progression of the lesson plan gives the student an excellent opportunity to succeed. There is plenty of useful information to focus on, i found myself pausing and re-running the video over again and again. But the most important thing I learned was:
    The repetition of the brain seeing what you you’re attempting to draw and then the brain drawing what you see, is a concept that I never thought of that way before but, now I understand it! This understanding has made me a better artist.Thank you for that!

  4. Yes Mr.Matt….The wine bottles and the glass transp. I had to practise on a separate drawing rough of the glass before I was laying down the shadows so they were gentle and not pasted on….great eye-hand workout really slowed me down…but rewarded myself with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon out of Chile. thumbs up for the direction. thx.

  5. good morning matt,
    wow!….i couldn’t believe the availability & range of warm & cool grays(prisma colors). 90%-70%-50%-30%-20% one simply understand warm and cool grays via practice ? ie. which gray to use (warm/cool)
    2.are there any fast-rules as to when to use either?
    3.then you get into the %%….how does this work….how do you decide on the %? this study,using 20% WG for grape c cast shadow & 70% WG


  6. Thanks so much! I was not confident of my ability to even begin this. But with your careful attention to the details & lots of hard work & patience, my still life surprised me. The reflections in my glass were too obvious & dark to be pleasing. I was able to save it with lots of eraser & a white firm pastel. Thank you for the tremendous effort you put into these lessons.

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