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Post Wed Oct 24, 2007 5:04 pm

Colored Pencil Tutorial

Hey guys. I've been busy working on a new tutorial. I added it to the site last night. It's a step by step colored pencil lesson. Alot of people have been asking for a colored pencil tutorial lately. Here's a link to it: http://www.dueysdrawings.com/colored_pencil_tutorial.html
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Post Fri Oct 26, 2007 10:29 pm

it looks incredible and really realistic looking.
i've really been having trouble with color pencils lately.
what kinda of paper would be good for color pencils?
and mixing colors is still really confusing to me, for example, to make the green darker, u added sepia, but when i think of making something darker, i naturally go for adding black, is there anyway to know what color mixed with what creates what color? besides the basic ones like yellow + blue = green?
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Post Sat Oct 27, 2007 12:44 am

Yeah, basically you have to play around with colors on a scrap piece of paper. I rarely will use black anymore because I think it makes colored drawings look lifeless and flat. If you want a good black, mix colors together to get it. Just my opinion though.
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Post Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:30 pm

AvatarZ wrote:it looks incredible and really realistic looking.
i've really been having trouble with color pencils lately.
what kinda of paper would be good for color pencils?
and mixing colors is still really confusing to me, for example, to make the green darker, u added sepia, but when i think of making something darker, i naturally go for adding black, is there anyway to know what color mixed with what creates what color? besides the basic ones like yellow + blue = green?



A good way to mix a black is to use colors that are complimentary. That is, colors that are opposite one another on the color wheel.
-Red and green
-Blue and orange
-Violet and yellow

For example: Your drawing an apple that is sitting on a green table cloth.
Color the table green first, and for the shadow use red rather than black.
When the red is applied over the green it will give you a realistic shadow.
You will have to go over the shadow a couple of times alternating between red and green but you'll get a more realistic looking shadow than if you use black. Just Google "color wheel" or you can pick one up for a couple of bucks at any art store. :D
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Post Thu Mar 06, 2008 7:20 am

Great Post!!

Certainly would try this one by myself..
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Post Fri Mar 07, 2008 12:57 am

black

I think that mixing of colours to make 'black' is also the opinion of many impressionists. I was directed to mix a viridian (deep) green with alizarin crimson and (ultramarine) blue to make a black. In my life drawing group, most of them say, " There is no black in nature". They apparently haven't heard of charcoal, but then, this is "White Rock". I think there is a plca for some black, or it wouldn't exist, but I get the point of this.
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Post Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:00 pm

Yeah, I've heard my Art teacher talking about Neutralizing the colors by adding its complimentary color, I never understood what it meant.

When you mix complimentary colors, does it always result in a dark color?
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Post Fri Mar 14, 2008 11:55 pm

My art teacher in high school never let us use the black when we painted with watercolours, which really pissed me off 'cause I always wanted to use it. That's why I prefer drawing in pencil, because I can use all the black I want!
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Amen to that!
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Post Sat Mar 15, 2008 2:16 pm

Why would he not allow you to use black? The who colors I run out of the fastest is black and white. How else do you make darker of lighter colors?
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Post Thu Mar 27, 2008 12:43 am

The Viking wrote:Why would he not allow you to use black? The who colors I run out of the fastest is black and white. How else do you make darker of lighter colors?


It was always very frustrating, let me tell you that! Also, how do you create pure black using the other colours? It's impossible! Best I could ever do was a very dark muddy colour.
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Post Thu Mar 27, 2008 1:10 am

AvatarZ wrote:Yeah, I've heard my Art teacher talking about Neutralizing the colors by adding its complimentary color, I never understood what it meant.

When you mix complimentary colors, does it always result in a dark color?


AvatarZ- The answer to your question is basically 'NO'. Darker-ness is not always the result of mixing colours.
Yellow + Blue = green... green may well be lighter than the blue.
Red + yellow= Orange- orange may be lighter than the red.
Red + blue = purple/magenta which'll probably be darker.

Next time you have some extra money- you should get some small tubes of acrylic- if only for the sake of learning what can happen when you mix this and that together. It was fantastic for me to discovery these things- these efffects of combining colours- and if you add white to the results, you can sort tell more about the particular version of , say, brown, or grey, of orange...
I think you're missing out on half the fun!!!
PS You can mix the colours with your fingers- they clean up easy with
water!
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Post Thu Mar 27, 2008 9:01 am

I've read on these forums about blending coloured pencils with rubbing alcohol or turpentine... how does that work?!? I accidentally sneezed on a piece of my drawing paper and the little bit of moisture ate a bunch of holes straight through the paper! Does the coloured pencil protect the paper so this doesn't happen?
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Post Thu Mar 27, 2008 11:44 am

Graham, what kind of paper are you using? I've done that before too but never with that result.

I've never mixed anything with colored pencil so I couldn't give advice on it.
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Post Thu Mar 27, 2008 5:41 pm

I've read about the DERWENT COLOURSOFT pencils...
they said it's the softest pencil ever, rich colours and BLENDS easily.
This may be worth checking out.
I'm open to criticisms...keep them coming.


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