Learn about Colored Pencil Techniques

Colored Pencil

This lesson introduces some basic colored pencil strokes that will be useful in your drawing. It is a good idea to explore the color pencil environment with small pieces before trying to draw a large painting. You will need some high-quality drawing paper & a few sharp colored pencils that mix in one color for this lesson.

Side-to-Side Shading with Colored Pencil

The most basic colored pencil stroke is something you already know: simple side-weight shade. Keep the marks straight, allowing you to adjust the direction of the fingers or the rotation of the elbow. Many beginners accidentally turn their hands off the brakes and straighten their lines. The pond’s surface looks more rounded than straight.

Adjust the amount of pressure applied to the pen as a shadow to control the amount of color you use accurately.

Side Shading and Type Shading

Side shading or shading?

Is there a right way to shade with a colored pencil?

I don’t think so: it depends on the effect you want. Let’s take a quick look at the difference between side shading and colored pencil and shirt shade.

There is a shaded pencil area on the left and a shirt-colored pencil on the right. In the shaded area, the paper grain is more pronounced, complicated & transparent. The tone range is also more limited.

You can achieve a more decadent, denser color layer by shading with a sharp pencil tip. The grain looks fine, and the direction of the pen can fit into the tissue of the paper and create a broader range of tones. This doesn’t mean that shading with the pencil side is wrong – soft, grainy, even-tone shades are a helpful method for sketching whenever you want.

Colored Pencil Hatching

Bordering with a colored pencil allows you to apply color quickly and create texture and direction. Hatching often uses in one order but can also follow the contours of the surface to make sense of shape and volume.

For best results, hold the pencil sharply. Fast, regular, evenly space lines are drawn, showing a little white paper or primary color. This approach seems quite irregular, but small changes don’t seem so dramatic when you use it to take a picture. Despite them, some practice has done to get them! It’s a good idea to work on some spare paper first, so show yourself the right way before applying the pen to your work. Hatching can start and finish the lines very precisely, or the line weight change by creating a degree effect by lifting the pencil.

Colored Pencil Crosshatching

Crosshatching is two layers of swelling drawn at right angles. This is a beneficial method of drawing with colored pencils. You can use crosshatching to create a darker area in the hatching layer or use it to create a visual mixing effect of two different colors. You can make interesting corrected products by adding a second layer with a smaller angle or folding it into pieces at random angles. Again, these patterns are enriched so that you can see the lines and effects.

As always, the experience is perfect with crosshatching. Experiment with line weight (how you make the pencil harder), spacing, accuracy, and color. See if you only use a few coats compared to a few coats. Try using light or dark tones first. By working on a past paper (unsuccessful drawings on good paper are ideal for this), you will be confident to use these more exciting techniques in your recent work.

Colored Pencil Scumbling

Darkening in a colored pencil means something different from a dry brush painting technique. Colored pencil scumbling is a method of shading using small circles, sometimes called the “Brillo pad” method, due to the touch of this brand. The tissue created depends on the size and pressure used to draw the circles – you can create a very smooth or rough and energetic surface. Scumbling can be used in layers by changing a single color or different colors.

You can also use a more ‘nested’ scale method to create textures. Create random dark patches and a more organic-looking surface, draw a circular eight or ‘daisy’ shape, and use small lines.

Directional Mark Making

Directional signs are a contour or lines that follow the direction of hair or grass or other surfaces of a Colored Pencil. They can be tightly coated to create a rich texture effect. Directional marks can be short and broken or extremely durable and flowing depending on the tissue you target. Often, directional signs are so sensitive that it is even shaded and mixed to create the proposed direction without even dominating.

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