The way you use Colored Pencils

If you were using a simple pencil along with a small note for awhile, thinking about having the ability to trade-in the color gray for a whole palette of colors is quite exciting. Here are some ideas for implementing colored pencils that may help you increase the “bang” color delivers. Applying them well can make some amazing results.

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Fugitive Colors and Lightfast Pencils

Fugitive colors are colors that fade as time passes from experience of light. Colored pencils will have some fugitive colors, but use pastels and watercolors. A great spray-on fixative may help protect your drawings from UV rays that might accelerate the fading process. A “lightfast” colored pencils which can be far less likely to show any fading over time.

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Good-quality brands include Prismacolor, Staedler, Faber-Castell and Prang. You will probably have to have a high-quality pencil sharpener that will permit one to sharpen your pencils to a very fine point.

“Painting” with Pencils

This is how many artists reference working with colored pencils. In other words, that you do not draw with colored pencils, you paint. That’s because the standard way to do a colored pencil “drawing” (or painting) would be to draw the picture which has a standard lead pencil, then to color the image in, and then to apply a wet brush to fill around the spaces and blend the colours and make other effects.
Strategies for Using Colored Pencils

1) Keep the hands clean

In case you tend to press the outside part of your palm for the paper when you draw, you might need to adjust that habit by using colored pencils, or else you will blend and smear colors with techniques that you just probably didn’t intend to do. Whether it becomes a problem try placing small blank notepad under your hand and over the paper. This will eliminate a lot of the smudging, though if you are pressing very hard you are still gonna smear colors on the paper slightly.

2) Use different patterns for fills

You should use the common cross-hatching (short lines close together to produce a pattern), and also test out curlicues, full circles (or bubbles), and then any other design imaginable. Fish scales are an option, by way of example. So might be triangles. Should you head to art school, at least you are likely to be asked to build a drawing that uses no line, just kinds of patterns. Colored pencils are the ideal medium to learn around using this type of technique.

3) Use pencils together with colored washes

As i’ve already explained, you can paint with colored pencils, while using pencil “lead” as though it were dry paint about the page. So you can create washes of color together with the pencils. Following your paper is dry, you can even turn back and use the pencil on the dried wash, too.

4) Use solvents

Solvents separation the wax that’s inside the colored pencil “lead”. By control utilisation of the dissolving agents in solvents you’re able to do interesting things with negative space, or spots its keep isn’t any color. This is often effective in case you are wanting to show how light reflects on water, or light reflecting off any shiny surface.