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Step By Step Colored Pencil Drawing

Step By Step Colored Pencil Drawing Step By Step Colored Pencil Drawing

Colored pencils have many advantages. For one thing, they are extremely lightweight and portable. They don’t require any intensive set-up – you can just take them wherever you go, open your sketchbook or drawing pad, et voila! An artmaking session with colored pencils is just as quick and easy to clean up as it is to set up. This makes colored pencils very non-messy compared to other art mediums.

Learn how to combine tempera paint and colored pencils in this demonstration that features creating an image of an eye from imagination. 

In the next step I’ve used Lyra 2820044 (dark blue) pencil, because this pencil is harder than Prismacolor, yet creamy and has a high pigment concentration. Using this pencil, I draw (over the previously drawn blue) the stellate pattern in the iris and the shadowed parts of the irises next under the upper eyelids.

Learn how to draw the nose with colored pencils in this second part of a series on portrait drawing.

Learn how to apply and activate watercolor pencils in this first of a two-part series.

Richard Klekociuk’s beautiful colored pencil art depicts stunning Tasmanian landscapes. Come see his colored pencil drawings that often blend realism with Christian symbolism and abstract imagery!

Learn how to combine markers and colored pencils to create a realistic still life drawing in this complete lesson series.

Learn how to create the illusion of texture in a colored pencil drawing in this module.

The basics of drawing with colored pencils including the “5 do’s for better hues”.

Let’s start this cat from the darkest parts. Using well sharpened black colored pencil, draw carefully over the main lines. Having strengthened the main lines, you can focus on building the black fur. Start to draw the short hair between the eyes and continue creating the long hairs, drawing them outwards from this black area in the middle of the cat’s face. Always check the reference photo to learn about the direction of the hair growth, so you can draw in the same direction. Draw the edges of the ears. I won’t draw the whole ears, but only as much as we can see in the reference photo, because I want to focus on the cat’s face. However, you can (you should, for the sake of practice) draw the whole ears, checking the shape of the cat’s ears in some other cat’s reference photo, if unsure. As you move toward the edges of the paper, apply less pressure as the hair found further from the nose is not that black anymore and we are going to apply other colors over it in the next steps.

The middle ground and foreground are completed in this conclusion to a landscape drawing that was started in Module 11.

Using grey, draw the lower and upper eyelids filling up the remained blank areas between the eyes and black fur.

Realistic Drawing of a Cupcake with Colored Pencils and Neocolor II

A complete guide for drawing trees with four lessons included. Lesson four demonstrates how to draw a tree with colored pencils.

A look at drawing with Ariana’s Art colored pencils. A realistic drawing of a crushed can is completed.

Watch and learn how to draw a ruby throated hummingbird in this two part tutorial.

Learn how to draw glass with colored pencils in this video drawing tutorial.

Using light grey pencil, draw the short shiny black hair between the eyes. This part is actually hardly visible, that’s why I’ve put it in a red circle in the next image.

Discover how to sharpen a colored pencil to a nice, fine point! Learn how to prevent your Prismacolor colored pencils from breaking.

Learn how to combine markers and colored pencils to create a realistic drawing in this lesson.

Learn how to draw the mouth with colored pencils in this third part of  a series on portrait drawing.

Learn how to draw an elephant with colored pencils using a variety of different grays.

A five-part lesson series on drawing a landscape with Polychromos colored pencils.

Learn how to draw a tiger with oil-based colored pencils in this lesson.

Learn how to draw with white media on black paper in this drawing lesson.

While colored pencils were once considered to be primarily for kids, throughout the years they have been steadily gaining respect amongst artists, galleries, and collectors. Artists are exploring the creative potential of this art-making medium, while art collectors and enthusiasts are marvelling at their output!

Learn the importance of value and how the underpainting can help ensure a full range in a colored pencil drawing.

Learn how creating a tiny drawing can have a huge impact on your drawing skill and mastery of the medium.

Get inspired by the realistic drawings of Karen Hull featuring whimsical animals and stunning people portraits! See a gallery of her work and read an interview with the artist.

Learn how to draw a realistic nose in colored pencils in this video tutorial.

To save your time drawing grid lines, download my Android app Grid Drawing Tool, and create a perfect grid on your reference photos within a couple of seconds:

Learn how to use colored pencils to draw a realistic tree frog in this full length video.

Learn how to use watercolor with colored pencils in this drawing/painting lesson.

Learn basic colored pencils techniques in this free video tutorial.

Mix Dark Skin Tones Colored Pencil Tutorial – Full Length Videos (2:10:42)

Learn how to layer colors to draw a realistic eye in this tutorial and step by step.

Learn how to use Inktense pencils in this recorded Live Lesson.

Learn two techniques for transferring images to a drawing surface for finishing with colored pencils.

Your sketch should look like mine (see the next image). I’ve created only few main lines for orientation.

Learn how to draw a portrait with colored pencils in this video tutorial.  Two full length videos.

Learn how to break complex objects like a rose into easy to draw steps and finish with colored pencils in this video tutorial.

Download my Color Picker for Artists app, pick a color from the reference photo, and the app will suggests which colored and graphite pencil to use.

Painting Light with Colored Pencil shows you how to use colored pencils to create beautifully realistic still lifes. Learn more about this 128-page book by Cecile Baird in this review!

Learn how to draw and paint a colorful bird in this recorded live lesson on using watercolor pencils.

As you can see from my colored pencil art that lines the left and right columns of this page, colored pencils can be used to create artwork in a variety of styles, such as photorealism, abstraction, whimsical, and composite (combination of styles).

Using the same pencil, draw the nose. You can whether use the same grey pencil for the whole area of the nose, applying different pressure as you draw the shadows and highlights or use the light and dark grey pencils for creating these parts of the nose.

Learn how to draw a portrait with colored pencils in this video tutorial featuring excerpts from two 1 hour live lessons.

Learn how to burnish colored pencils using a variety of techniques to create an image that resembles a painting.

Learn how to draw realistic cat eyes with colored pencils. Layer colored pencil applications on Stonehenge paper to develop a range of value and realistic textures.

Just take a look at some of my colored pencil drawings along the right side of this page to get an idea of the amazing versatility of this fun art medium!

Learn how to create successful compositions in this course module.

Learn how to draw eyes with colored pencils in this first part of a series on portrait drawing.

Colored pencil art is rapidly experiencing a whole new level of appreciation in the art world. I’m here to show you how fresh and innovative color pencil art can be!

I’ve been drawing for more than 10 years and at the end of 2014, I decided to share my experience with those interested in drawing as I receive questions and queries about drawing from my followers and watchers on a daily basis. Most of their queries are to know what medium or style I use on my drawings, why did I choose them and how did I come up with those results. And with all these clamoring, I came up with a solution by writing books about my drawing experiences and share my extensive knowledge. I am selling these how-to-draw books online and most of them are listed in Amazon – my Author’s Page and Books and I am really surprised how many people buy them and want to draw; others are just curious about the process of drawing, want to peek behind the curtain at how such work is done and want to have some nice book with interesting drawings. This makes me more inspired to do more and provide and share my knowledge in drawing through making books.

Learn how to draw a photorealistic marble using colored pencils in this step-by-step drawing lesson.

These colored pencil bird drawings depict a variety of birds in colorful scenarios, with the aim to expand our usual view of the creatures we meet in nature.

Learn how to draw with colored pencils in this video that features a drawing of a sea turtle.

Let’s continue drawing the eyes, so that our drawing can start to come to life. Just use the same pencils as I’ve used and draw carefully and with patience. Don’t rush and move to the next step only if you are completely satisfied with your result. Using Prismacolor Light Cerulean Blue (you can use any other light blue pencil), draw the whole pupils except for the areas next to the lower eyelids and for the reflections of the light. Thoughtfully analyze my next step and you’ll notice that I’ve drawn around the reflection of the light leaving it white. Do the same and if you make sure that everything looks fine, press hard, layering as you go in order to achieve the smooth texture. Be sure to keep your pencil sharp to get fine edges. The eyes require much more effort than the hair, so take your time for these areas and draw them slowly.

Learn how to draw realistic texture with colored pencils as the drawing of a dog is completed in this module.

12 colored pencil drawing tips that you can apply to your drawings immediately.

Need colored pencil instruction? Find out 5 important colored pencil techniques that form the basis for everything you will ever do with colored pencils!               

Learn how to create a realistic drawing of cherries with markers and colored pencils in this mixed media drawing lesson. Create an underpainting with marker applications before layering colored pencils over the top.

A look at combining colored pencils and Neocolor II wax pastels to create a realistic drawing.

A four part video series on drawing a still life with Inktense pencils.

A look at drawing a realistic bird with Derwent Studio colored pencils.

If you liked this tutorial, check out my tutorial on how to draw a proportional, realistic cat out of imagination, without using reference photo:

Create the illusion of the form of the face with colored pencils in this 4th part of a series.

Use colored pencils and markers to create an illustration of a beetle in this lesson.

Learn how to draw a realistic marble with colored pencils in this lesson. Patiently layer and burnish colored pencil applications.

Learn how to use basic color theory with colored pencils in this module from “The Colored Pencil Course”.

You should make your sketch as proportional as possible. If you find difficult to create a proportional sketch, you can use a grid-method as many artists do. Some of the advanced artists use only two-three lines in their grid, because this is enough for the orientation. If you’re using the grid-method, your sketching can go much faster, not to mention that there’s much less erasing and the paper stays smooth and clear. Try to draw a main lines freehand and use the grid only if the things don’t look good and proportional in your sketch. Take time and patience for drawing the main lines, because they are the base of your drawing. In the next image you can see how it works, I’ve made one sample of my drawing. Draw a grid, with mechanical pencil using a ruler, over the reference photo and draw a grid on a blank paper. Keep in mind that if you press hard you will leave impressed lines on your paper that will show up after applying your colored pencil on top, so keep the pressure light. So, draw the main lines of the squares of reference photo to the squares of your paper. Once you’re finished with your sketch, erase the grid lines.

Check out the detailed drawings of Doreen Cross. She works in graphite and colored pencil to create realistic drawings of animals, people and architecture.

Colored Pencil Course 18 – Watercolor and Colored Pencils – Part 1

How to draw a cat’s face with colored pencils on white paper

For this drawing I used Lyra, Faber-Castell and Prismacolor colored pencil and wax Prismacolor colorless blender. I would recommend a two types of colored pencils: for the thinner parts and edges use the harder colored pencils such as Faber-Castell or Lyra and for creating a smooth texture use a soft colored pencil such as Prismacolors. Prismacolor pencils are wax based and very soft. Polychromos are oil based and harder. The harder, the better for details. Which one is better for you is something you should try out.You can also use a colorless blender, but for blending the drawn areas you can use even a white colored pencil. You don’t have to get all the existing nuances of colored pencils; learn to mix them up and create a color that you don’t even have. Of course, it’s easier if you can afford a bigger set of pencils. If you are not much experienced in drawing, you should use a graphite pencil for sketching, because unlike the colored pencils they can be easily erased.

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Colored Pencil Course 19 – Watercolor and Colored Pencils – Part 2

Explore five techniques and tools for blending colored pencils.

If you’ve ever wondered how I draw, here you can take a look at the process and read a short explanation of each step. If you also draw and want to improve on it, try to follow me through this step-by-step drawing tutorial. This time we draw a Siamese cat’s face and we don’t need many colored pencils.

Watch and learn how to draw an orchid with colored pencils in this two part tutorial.

Learn colored pencil drawing techniques and how to draw an eye and an apple. 

Learn how to apply and activate watercolor pencils in this second part of a two-part series.

The portrait drawing is completed in this module that focuses on drawing the hair with colored pencils.

Learn how to draw a realistic mouth with colored pencils in this drawing tutorial (2 Lessons).

Learn how to combine watercolor with colored pencils in this first part of a two-part series.

Learn how draw with Prismacolor Art Stix in this recorded Live Lesson.

In the next step I’m finishing the fur, using dark brown pencil and wax colorless blender. So, using well sharpened dark brown colored pencil, draw the rest of the hair that surround the black hair. Start to draw over the ends of the black hair (this way softening it) and draw the long brown hair outwards from the center of the cat’s face. I also used a light grey pencil for softening the hair.

Watch and learn how to create the illusion of reflective and transparent marbles in this full length video demonstration.

Chances are, you probably used colored pencils when you were a kid, so you already have some degree of familiarity with them. But there is a big difference between artist grade colored pencils and the colored pencils usually used by children. Professional artist-quality colored pencils contain a higher degree of wax and pigment than the colored pencils used by children. These pencils allow for a really rich, deep and luminescent color. Finished drawings can be so smooth and pigmented that they resemble paintings!

Layering over watercolor washes, the strawberry is completed in this second part of a two-part series.

Artist-quality colored pencils are light-resistant or lightfast. They can be sharpened to a fine point to allow for exquisite detail. My favorite brand of colored pencils, which I used to create the drawings you see on this page, are Prismacolor Colored Pencils (this links to Blick Art Materials, and if you make a purchase I get a small commission that helps support this site). Prismacolors come in a range of 132 colors… more than enough to draw just about anything! But this is where it gets even better – the colors can be easily blended together in endless combinations to create even more shades, tints and hues. You can basically draw anything with colored pencils that you would be able to depict with paint. Colored pencil art can easily rival paintings in luminosity and depth of color!

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I would suggest you to watch me drawing this cat in my time-lapse video bellow. You learn best personally when you work as you watch someone else working instead of just pictures. However, the pictures do give an idea of how to use the techniques, and if you observe both – scanned steps in this tutorial and time-lapse video – you can see the process of drawing and notice the things that I haven’t mentioned. Drawing is a visual art and can hardly be explained only by words. Replay the parts of the video you haven’t understood yet, more times. By watching, you can learn more and faster.

A seven part video series on drawing a still life with colored pencils.

Want to learn more about colored pencils? Pick up some handy colored pencil tips and learn some new colored pencil techniques in this handy FAQ about using colored pencils.

Learn how to mix dark skin tones using four colors in this tutorial that features excerpts from a 2 hour live demonstration.

Learn how to create the illusion of reflection and transparency with colored pencils in this module.

Combine colored pencils and markers to create a realistic drawing of a piece of candy.

Learn how to use Polychromos colored pencils by Faber-Castell in this demonstration that features excerpts from a 2 hour tutorial.

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Learn how to draw realistic cherries in this full length video tutorial from a Live Lesson.

Learn a layering approach to drawing landscapes with colored pencils on textured paper in this module.

Once again, check for the direction of the hair growth in the reference photo. Draw the ears, using the same brown pencil and go over the drawn black areas as well. This way you’ll soften the ears and they will appear lifelike. Also draw the hairs that grow on the edges of the ears, using this brown pencil. Since we want the fur to look really soft, we have to blend it. For this I’m using wax Prismacolor colorless blender following the previously drawn brown hair, drawing over the hairs and beyond their tops. If you don’t have this blender, you can use white colored pencil, but only over the tops of the brown hairs. Last, add the whiskers, using white ink gel pen.

Carefully blend the top of the nose, using white pencil. You can use wax colorless blender or blending stump for this. Continue to build the fur, using grey pencil, drawing the lines over the ends of the drawn black hair.

Mix dark skin tones to complete a colored pencil portrait in these videos.  Two full length videos.

A five part video series on drawing/painting a rose with watercolor pencils.

An introduction to “The Colored Pencil Course” and a look at the materials that will be used.

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