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Tips for using the colored pencils

October 27th, 2015 | admin | Tags:

Colored pencil is a must-have tool for every artist. This comes in handy for making some designs, basic drawings and others artistic endeavors for them. The colored pencils are not only popular among professional artists but are also used extensively by the art students, children. This drawing tool is very popular as it is easy to use and carry and can be used in many different purposes.

The tips for using colored pencils in the best way is shared with the readers.

Hold it right

Always hold the pencil sideways so the greatest area of the tip is in contact with the paper. This position is perfect as it allows you the control to lay down a very light base of color which you can then layer on top of until you have achieved the desired hue. It also allows for smooth color and minimizes unsightly lines.

Start drawing

Use different colored pencils and start drawing and make the pencil strokes to color the page. Then, work on blending them as seamlessly as possible where they meet in the middle. Use a very light or colorless blender or a paper stump tool to smooth out colors and minimize the appearance of pencil strokes. This will work better than your thumb, as well as giving you more control.

Learn to draw shadow

This one of the basic elements of sketching and can be best achieved with colored pencils. Sticking to black and white for all of your shadow and highlight needs can leave a picture looking flat. Dark blues, purples, and indigo make for a richer shadow, while very pale golds and yellows make for warmer highlights.

Do shading

The colored pencil shading techniques cover the five main ways to make your mark like stippling, hatching, cross-hatching, back and forth stroke, and scumbling. Once you master these colored pencil techniques, you can use these colored pencil techniques to layer colors over top of one another to create a rich, luminous depth.

Finishing touch

Rubbing colored pencil will do more harm than good, grinding colors into the page rather than removing them. For more control and a cleaner page, press a kneaded eraser on the area and then carefully peel it off. This helps the colors to stay fresh and not get smudged or destroyed in any other way.

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