Colored Pencil Tutorial
Welcome to a sampling of my colored pencil tutorial! Available for purchase, the entire in-depth tutorial is a 10 page PDF document that you can view on your computer or print off for reference.
Please scroll to the bottom of this page for purchase information. The instantly downloadable tutorial has very recently been completely revised and added to, and is more detailed and descriptive than ever.
If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me - I'm more than happy to help you out if you'd like to try this technique yourself!
Excerpts from the tutorial:
My technique is simple, although not always easy to explain – it is a process of laying down base color, burnishing with a lighter colored pencil to blend the colors and cover the paper,
then adding detail over top, sometimes repeating these three steps over and over to create depth. With these three simple steps, I create the entire picture “piece by piece”, almost like quilt-work,
but essentially it will always come back to those three steps: 1) base layer 2) burnishing 3) detailing
When creating hair texture, I always work in the direction and the length of the hair. This is incredibly important. By using pencil strokes in the direction of the lay of hair, and the length of
the hair, your pencil strokes essentially create the hair texture. This means less work when detailing the section. For example, on the bridge of the nose, the base strokes, burnishing strokes, and
detail strokes are all done in very short “up and down” motions. Towards the sides of the face, the hair is much longer and falls curved towards the ground, and so the pencil strokes should reflect that.
Base layer on bridge of nose
Burnishing in direction of hair growth
Adding detail over burnished layer
The eye, being my favorite part of the animal to create, is always a lot of fun. The basic steps still apply – 1) Base Layer, 2) Burnishing, 3) Detailing, however there is some finesse in making the eye
look “real” and “wet”. I recommend starting with a solid black pupil, surrounded by a solid base layer of white before adding color and burnishing, as it will aid in the blending and flexibility of the color.
At this stage, the burnishing is done in such tiny overlapping circles that the strokes are almost indistinguishable from one another. Work as if the reflection has been removed from your view – it will be
added last, and will be added over top of all of these next steps. While working with the blending and detailing of the eye, it is not a concern if the black edge of the pupil or black edge of the eyelid are
messed up a bit, because they will be touched up at the end to ensure a fine line between the black of the skin and the smoothness of the eye.
The complete tutorial, available for immediate download, includes a full supply list and pictures of each step of the entire project. Instructions for how to create varying types of fur, whiskers, noses, and eyes
are thorough and descriptive. A discussion on copyright and fixative use is included as well. The techniques described can be applied to any subject - not just animals! Also, the tutorial is full of tips and tricks
for getting the most out of your experience with colored pencils. Once downloaded, the tutorial is yours to print and keep with you for reference, but please respect my copyright and hard work and do not distribute
digital or print copies. Instead, encourage your friends to visit the site and purchase their own copy. With your purchase, you are encouraged to contact me by e-mail
for additional help or critiques of your work. Every question and critique I provide allows me to improve my tutorial instructions in the future, and so I enjoy the process of helping people as they work through the
booklet on their own.
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Price: $17.50 CAD