How to Color With Colored Pencils

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Coloring with colored pencils involves layering light and dark colors together to create a more dimensional effect. Find out how to blend and mix colored pencils together with a demonstration from an award-winning artist in this free video on drawing.

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Hello I'm Jacklyn Laflamme from In this clip I'm going to show you how to color with colored pencils. When coloring with colored pencils it's always good to start off with the lighter shade first. And just start applying the color. You can go back and forth with nice even lines. Then you want to start shading in your darker colors. And the nice thing about color pencils is that you can really blend colors together. You can go dark over light, light over dark and work the colors together. So here's an example of using three different greens blended together. And again you can see I'm just rocking back and forth. And you get a nice even tone of color. It's good to start off lighter and if you want the color to be darker you can do the same thing but just apply a little bit more pressure to the pencil. So now you see how the color is coming in a little bit richer, a little bit bolder. But again still starting with the lighter shade moving to the darker tones. Again just applying a little bit more pressure. But you can still get those colors to blend nicely. Color pencils are interesting because they can almost have a painterly feel or a pencil feel so there's really a lot of different ways that you can work with color pencils to get the effect that you're going for. Depending on whether you're doing anime, fine art or what have you. Again just with a little bit more pressure you can can see the different techniques. Another nice technique that I like to use is to go around in circles. And you just take the pencil and you color in circles. And again you just start filling your area in and it just gives a little bit of a nice texture. A little bit of a textural effect. Again, starting with your lighter colors and moving into a little bit of a darker tone. Again working those colors in. And a little bit of a circle. And you just keep going like that. Again applying the pressure.


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