Basics of color pencil sketching

Drawing with colored pencil is very interesting and fun. It brings a lot of convenience to the user. The materials are portable and light, at the same time you don’t need a solvent to work with. Colored pencil drawings lead to highly define the image that looks very attractive and exquisite works to the onlookers. The colored pencils are relatively expensive, but the art seems pure bright and clean. Let’s look at the basics of color pencil sketching. Click here for more information.

1. Hot pressed watercolor paper

This is a very suited paper to work on with colored pencils; it has a very smooth surface that has many layers of colors which also gives the right blend when many deposits of colored pencils are used.

2. Bristol board

The Bristol board has two lightweight surfaces, the plate that is smooth with an excellent surface for blending or layering and the vellum which is a bit rough that is less useful in blending and burnishing

3. Charcoal paper

The charcoal paper is in various forms with a smooth and textured side; this paper is suitable for multiple techniques in colored pencil shading

The techniques to use

Shading

When shading, produce a smooth even side to side stroke that will create an excellent smooth layer of color. Do this by just a light touch to deposit a faint paint.

Hatching

Hatching is a series of evenly spaced lines that are parallel, that allow the underlying surface to be visible by leaving a white color. It also makes the surface to be more textured in composition

Cross-hatching

This is the process of trying to build a layer of colors at a given angle. You should make your pencil sharp to create elegant and even lines.

Burnishing

These are lines or layers of colored pencil with a little strong pressure to allow colors to blend or mix well.