The Colored Pencil Course – Transferring Images

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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 at two methods for transferring a photo or drawing to a support for finishing with colored pencils.

Suggested Materials: Bristol paper, graphite or transfer paper, hard lead pencil (2H), HB pencil, masking or painter's tape, ruler, photo reference.

Photo Reference

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The Colored Pencil Course – Transferring Images — 11 Comments

  1. I tend to use the grid technique for drawings and one of the things I did was print out a 8×10 grid on a laser printer and darkened the lines. This will show through, faintly, with many drawing papers and allows you to use the grid without drawing it on your project. Similarly, since I’m an avid photographer, I often grid my references in Photoshop and then use my iPad to display my reference photo.

    Thought it might help some. 🙂

  2. matt,
    i don’t understand…
    1.what is the “download page” for?’s the same material as on the main page/video…right?


  3. matt,
    1.have you used “Isometric Paper”-alvin ? (for drawing 3-dimensional objects,etc) you know what iam talking about,i found it at local art store..
    3.i also bought the canson graph & layout pad…..i do not know how to use either this or isometric….is there a
    that someday you could do a “live video” on just the “how-dos” for these 2 resources & the use of “View-Catcher”-the
    color-wheel company ?? (the view finder with enlarging size adjustments}
    4.i have not been able to find saral transfer paper or the pencil eraser with little-brush on it…please advise.
    5.i know of artist who use the “projector” to enlarge…what is your opinion on this….is it easier than graph/gird ?
    does it all depend on how sm/lg the work…? the masters didn’t use any of this….what is your opinion ?

    i hope iam not alone in these mathmatically issues in drawing/painting…i want to be confident/independant & avoid
    needless frustration/discouragement….
    thanks a whole lot,

  4. p.s.

    6.have you ever done an indepth “live-episode” (thur) on the subject of enlarging/graph,etc….would you
    strongly consider !!
    thanks again,

    • Hi Norma,

      I’ve never used one before, so it’s hard to make a judgment on its use. It sounds as though the effect is similar to a camera obscura which some speculate was used by artists such as Johannes Vermeer, Leonardo da Vinci, and others.

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