Class, today we will be discussing the use of colored pencils as a drawing tool. YAWN! I'm getting bored already. I'm a visual learner, I love pictures so I've created a series that explains the basics of colored pencils. Each picture describes exercises you might want to try. The best way to learn a new technique is to do it. Don't worry about mistakes, those are part of learning too. And forget about perfection. Becoming more creative isn't about the product, it's about the process.
Just a few rules or "tips"
- Keep your pencil tips sharp.
- Use light pressure when applying color. You don't want a waxy look.
- Try horizontal strokes versus circular ones. Both techniques work.
- Don't try to erase too much. Even a white or kneaded erase will leave smears.
- If you drop your pencils the inner color core may break. You'll know because the tips keep falling out. Try heating them with a hair dryer for a few minutes. Sometimes that will fuse the waxy color back together.
|Using the side of the pencil|
create a spectrum in the order
in the pictures. Overlap colors to
create tertiary colors.
Supplies: Sharpen colored pencils: red, blue, yellow, green, orange and violet (purple),
White paper or a sketchbook, white eraser, pencil sharpener.
|Create this color wheel and note the brief color theory notes.|
The important thing to remember is the complementary
and analogous colors.
Now practice drawing circles and turning them into spheres using colors. When using complementary colors to create value you first cover the sphere with value like you learned yesterday. Then you begin to layer the color opposite to darken the edge. Finally add another layer of the original color.
Try this also with analogous colors. Lightly layer 3 colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. Notice how you didn't use black or white on any of these - White is the paper and your dark value is created by the mixing of colors
Tomorrow: What about pens?