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Colored Pencil Drawing Lessons

A collection of tutorials on colored pencils.
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The Colored Pencil Course
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22 Lessons | 5 Hours | 21 Ebooks

COLORED PENCIL TECHNIQUES


Colored Pencil Drawing Tips
12 colored pencil drawing tips that you can apply to your drawings immediately.
How to blend colored pencils
Explore five techniques and tools for blending colored pencils.
Colored Pencil Drawing Techniques
Learn basic colored pencils techniques in this free video tutorial.
Colored Pencil Materials
An introduction to "The Colored Pencil Course" and a look at the materials that will be used.
Colored Pencil Basics
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The basics of drawing with colored pencils including the "5 do's for better hues".
How to burnish colored pencils - The Colored Pencil Course
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Learn how to burnish colored pencils using a variety of techniques to create an image that resembles a painting.
Colored Pencil Course - Color Theory
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Learn how to use basic color theory with colored pencils in this module from "The Colored Pencil Course".

PORTRAITS / FIGURE


How to Draw Lips and a Mouth with Colored Pencils
Learn how to draw a realistic mouth with colored pencils in this drawing tutorial (2 Lessons).
How to Draw a Realistic Eye with Colored Pencils
Learn how to layer colors to draw a realistic eye in this tutorial and step by step.
Portraits with Colored Pencils Part 1 Eyes
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Learn how to draw eyes with colored pencils in this first part of a series on portrait drawing.
Colored Pencil Course - Drawing a Nose
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Learn how to draw the nose with colored pencils in this second part of a series on portrait drawing.
Colored Pencil Course - Drawing the Mouth
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Learn how to draw the mouth with colored pencils in this third part of  a series on portrait drawing.
Create the illusion of form on the face with colored pencils
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Create the illusion of the form of the face with colored pencils in this 4th part of a series.
How to draw hair with colored pencils
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The portrait drawing is completed in this module that focuses on drawing the hair with colored pencils.
How to draw an eye with tempera paint and colored pencils.
Learn how to combine tempera paint and colored pencils in this demonstration that features creating an image of an eye from imagination. 
Free Drawing Lessons- Colored Pencil Eye
Learn colored pencil drawing techniques and how to draw an eye and an apple. 
Colored Pencil Portrait Lesson
Learn how to draw a portrait with colored pencils in this video tutorial featuring excerpts from two 1 hour live lessons.
How to draw an old man with colored pencils full lessons
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Learn how to draw a portrait with colored pencils in this video tutorial.  Two full length videos.
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.
How to mix dark skintones with colored pencils full lesson
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Mix dark skin tones to complete a colored pencil portrait in these videos.  Two full length videos.
How to draw a nose with colored pencils
Learn how to draw a realistic nose in colored pencils in this video tutorial.

LANDSCAPE


Landscape drawing with colored pencils
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A five-part lesson series on drawing a landscape with Polychromos colored pencils.
How to Draw a Tree with Colored Pencils
A complete guide for drawing trees with four lessons included. Lesson four demonstrates how to draw a tree with colored pencils.
Landscape drawing with colored pencils - lesson 1
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Learn a layering approach to drawing landscapes with colored pencils on textured paper in this module.
Colored Pencil Landscapes - lesson 2
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The middle ground and foreground are completed in this conclusion to a landscape drawing that was started in Module 11.
How to draw grass with colored pencils
Learn how easy it is to draw grass in this video tutorial.

ANIMALS


How to Draw Cat Eyes
Learn how to draw realistic cat eyes with colored pencils. Layer colored pencil applications on Stonehenge paper to develop a range of value and realistic textures.
Beetle Illustration with colored pencils and markers
Use colored pencils and markers to create an illustration of a beetle in this lesson.
How to draw a tiger with colored pencils
Learn how to draw a tiger with oil-based colored pencils in this lesson.
How to draw an elephant with colored pencils
Learn how to draw an elephant with colored pencils using a variety of different grays.
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.
Draw a bird with colored pencils
A look at drawing a realistic bird with Derwent Studio colored pencils.
How to transfer images to a drawing surface
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Learn two techniques for transferring images to a drawing surface for finishing with colored pencils.
How to create texture with colored pencils part 1
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Learn how to create the illusion of texture in a colored pencil drawing in this module.
How to draw a realistic dog with colored pencils
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Learn how to draw realistic texture with colored pencils as the drawing of a dog is completed in this module.
The Secrets to Drawing - Colored Pencils
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Learn how to draw with colored pencils in this video that features a drawing of a sea turtle.
How to draw a butterfly with colored pencils - lesson series
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A series on drawing a butterfly with colored pencils.
How to draw with Polychromos Colored Pencils - Bird Lesson
Learn how to use Polychromos colored pencils by Faber-Castell in this demonstration that features excerpts from a 2 hour tutorial.
How to draw a bird with Polychromos Colored Pencils - Full Lesson Series
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Watch and learn how to draw a ruby throated hummingbird in this two part tutorial.
How to draw a bird with watercolor pencils
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Learn how to draw and paint a colorful bird in this recorded live lesson on using watercolor pencils.
How to draw with Inktense Pencils - Bird Lesson
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Learn how to use Inktense pencils in this recorded Live Lesson.
Colored pencil drawing of a tree frog lesson series
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Learn how to use colored pencils to draw a realistic tree frog in this full length video.
Drawing with white colored pencils on black paper
Learn how to draw with white media on black paper in this drawing lesson.

STILL LIFE


How to Draw a Realistic Marble with Colored Pencils
Learn how to draw a realistic marble with colored pencils in this lesson. Patiently layer and burnish colored pencil applications.
How to Draw Cherries
Learn how to create a realistic drawing of cherries with markers and colored pencils in this mixed media drawing lesson. Create an underpainting with marker applications before layering colored pencils over the top.
Colored Pencils and Markers Candy
Combine colored pencils and markers to create a realistic drawing of a piece of candy.
Markers and Colored Pencil Mixed Media Lesson
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Learn how to combine markers and colored pencils to create a realistic still life drawing in this complete lesson series.
How to draw with markers and colored pencils
Learn how to combine markers and colored pencils to create a realistic drawing in this lesson.
How to draw a realistic cupcake with colored pencils
A look at combining colored pencils and Neocolor II wax pastels to create a realistic drawing.
Realistic colored pencil drawing with Ariana's Art pencils
A look at drawing with Ariana's Art colored pencils. A realistic drawing of a crushed can is completed.
How to draw glass with colored pencils
Learn how to draw glass with colored pencils in this video drawing tutorial.
How to use watercolor pencils - Flower
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A five part video series on drawing/painting a rose with watercolor pencils.
Colored Pencil Still Life Lesson Series
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A seven part video series on drawing a still life with colored pencils.
Inktense pencils still life lesson series
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A four part video series on drawing a still life with Inktense pencils.
Colored Pencil Course - Value and the Underpainting
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Learn the importance of value and how the underpainting can help ensure a full range in a colored pencil drawing.
How to create strong compositions with colored pencils
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Learn how to create successful compositions in this course module.
How to create reflection and transparency in a colored pencil drawing
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Learn how to create the illusion of reflection and transparency with colored pencils in this module.
How to combine watercolor and colored pencils - Course Module Part 1
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Learn how to combine watercolor with colored pencils in this first part of a two-part series.
Combine watercolor and colored pencils - Course Module Part 2
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Layering over watercolor washes, the strawberry is completed in this second part of a two-part series.
Watercolor Pencils - Course Module Part 1
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Learn how to apply and activate watercolor pencils in this first of a two-part series.
Watercolor Pencils - Course Module Part 2
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Learn how to apply and activate watercolor pencils in this second part of a two-part series.
How to draw a rose with colored pencils
Learn how to break complex objects like a rose into easy to draw steps and finish with colored pencils in this video tutorial.
How to combine watercolor and colored pencils
Learn how to use watercolor with colored pencils in this drawing/painting lesson.
How to draw an orchid with colored pencils - Lesson Series
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Watch and learn how to draw an orchid with colored pencils in this two part tutorial.
How to draw with art stix - lesson series
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Learn how draw with Prismacolor Art Stix in this recorded Live Lesson.
How to draw marbles with colored pencils - lesson series
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Watch and learn how to create the illusion of reflective and transparent marbles in this full length video demonstration.
Colored Pencil Tutorial Cherries
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Learn how to draw realistic cherries in this full length video tutorial from a Live Lesson.
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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.