The Secrets to Drawing – Colored Pencils

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Description: How to use colored pencils. Concepts covered include layering, mixing, building up colors, burnishing, and adding details.

Suggested Materials: soft colored pencils, photo reference

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The Secrets to Drawing – Colored Pencils — 32 Comments

    • Hi Janet,

      For colored paper, you have several options. For a smoother surface I like to use gray drawing paper. DickBlick.com has a pretty good option for this. It is called Gray Bogus paper. You can also use Canson pastel papers, although the tooth will be a bit heavier.

  1. Hi Matt, I am using fine tooth surface and Prismacolor but the colors are not blending well. It seams that the wax of the first layer prevents the rest of the colors to blend, in a close look even the first layer loos quite waxy and with texure. I even used a colorless blender to try to fix it but it did not work. Is the paper the problem? Or am I doing someting else incorrectly?

    thank you

  2. I have noticed that you are using the Prisma color pencils, but would the process be different if you were going to use Faber-Castell “polychromos” since they are based on oil but Prismas are based on wax?

    • Hi Polina,

      The approach will be only slightly different. Polychromos pencils require layers of lighter applications. I think that Prismacolor Premier pencils are a bit more forgiving, allowing you to make alterations to the color as you go.

  3. Hi Matt I have two questions,

    Firstly, what pressure are you using when applying the colour, it looks like you are using a heavier pressure for the cream than for,the other colours.

    Secondly, being left handed would you recommend that I turn the picture around and work on it from upside down that way I can start with the head first or should I start,with the tail end.

    Regards

    Katrina

    • Hi Katrina,

      I am applying heavier pressure with the Cream color since it is being used for burnishing. So, I am trying to work the material into the surface.

      You should always work in a manner that you find most comfortable, so turning the paper is always acceptable. There isn’t a certain order that you must draw things. So you can and should work in any order that you find most suitable for you.

  4. I just looked up a turtle picture on the net to copy. I’m really happy with the turtle drawing, but my cheap pencils just won’t color like yours. Off to the art shop I go…

  5. Colored pencils were one of the media that really got me interested in doing art. I watched a video of someone doing a portrait and literally thought it was a photo when I was done, it looked that real. I am amazed at how real this turtle looked, and all the advice in this vid really helped me understand how to use this media more efficiently. Time to bring out my prismacolor pencils!

  6. A great lesson Matt as always, a great intro to coloured pencil drawing as I’ve always done black and white drawings as I have a passion for these, but I do want to do your coloured pencil course at some point, so this is been a nice little Intro 🙂
    Thanks take care x

  7. Hi, my name is Adonijah I am 15. When I started this course I thought I would focus mainly on graphite and pencil drawings. I LOVE color pencils and oil pastels!!! Thank you so much Mr. Fussell!!!!

    • Hi Adonijah! You bet! I was the same way. I told myself that I was a black and white artist. That was until I learned how exciting color could be.

  8. For those looking for turtle pictures to use as your model, go to either bing.com or google.com and type in “Turtle images” and go from there. There are lots of pics out there. Or go to your local library and find a book featuring turtles.

  9. Have you done (or are you considering doing) a video on color pencils using an oil-based pencil like the Faber-Castell polychromos pencils for those of us who like the feel of those? I understand that the techniques are different enough that such a video might help me. (I bought the polychromos pencils after researching on the internet the differences between waxed-based and oil-based color pencils. Thank you!

  10. For the drawing…what I did was took a picture of his drawing from the ebook with my iPhone and sent it to my printer, or you could take a picture of his and email it to yourself and print it out. I hope that is ok Matt.

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