Colored Pencils Plus: Posca Markers and Colored Pencils

Colored pencils Plus Module 2
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Lesson Description

In this lesson series, we’ll combine Posca markers and colored pencils to create a still drawing of avocados.

Lesson 1 - Materials and Sketch

In this lesson, we explore the materials and surface that will be used and create the sketch of the avocados with a pencil.

Lesson 2 - Posca Base

In this lesson, we apply Posca markers, creating an underpainting for colored pencils. We also begin with colored pencil applications.

Lesson 3 - Layering Colored Pencils

In this lesson, we continue with colored pencil applications, adding depth and complexity to the drawing.

Lesson 4 - Completing the Drawing

In this lesson, we complete the drawing by adding details and more colored pencil applications.

Posca Markers and Colored Pencils - Avocados

Lesson Materials

  • Strathmore Toned Gray Sketch Paper
  • H Graphite Pencil
  • Posca Markers
  • Alcohol-based Markers (Warm Grays)
  • Prismacolor Premiere Colored Pencils

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Lesson Discussion

  1. Hello Matt,

    I don’t have Pasco a markers. Could I substitute acrylic inks? I have plenty of colors and used ink with colored pencils and it turned out okay. They also dry fast.

    Thank you,


    • Dear Teri,

      I don’t have any markers yet. Would give it a try or you can use colored pencils only.

      Still need to figure out the differences between all the brands out there.

      Will you keep me in the loop?

    • Teri,
      Yes, you can use acrylic ink as the underlayer. Acrylic ink is a thin acrylic paint similar to the acrylic paint in a Posca marker. You might want to mix a little clear sanded gesso (like Liquitex) with the ink as you paint. Its not absolutely necessary, but the sanded gesso will give some good tooth to the acrylic underpainting. The colored pencil grabs onto the sandy surface like a dream. You can get a lot of layers of colored pencil on top of acrylic paint that way. Hope this helps.

    • Thank you, Dana,

      I am also considering Gouache, not sure how it will work with colored pencils or if it will be too much like the first module with watercolor. Will see what happens.


  2. i bought some posca markers did not know what i was going to do with them i did Andy Warhol and this really liked the avocado with the color pencils was came out awesome good lesson

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