Color Pencil Drawing Tips

Color Pencil Drawing Tips

Drawing in color pencils is very similar to drawing with pencils. The basic drawing techniques remain the same.

For instance, you can use hatching technique, layering technique or the pressure technique. I’ve discussed this in the free report that I’m giving out at my website, so I won’t be going into that in this article.

Know that if you’re comfortable drawing with pencils, you’ll be ready to move on to color pencils. However, despite the similarities, I want to point out a few key points that you need to take note of.

Firstly, you can’t blend color pencils like the way you blend pencils. That means the tortillion or the paper stump will not work on color pencils. That’s because color pencils have a hard and waxy nature. As a result, if you try to blend using a stump, you’ll find that you can’t easily spread the color around.

The other difference is that when working with color pencils, you’re essentially creating a drawing in color. So instead of just working with tone values, you’ll now have to decide on the colors that you’re going to use and the intensity of the colors.

If you have not work with colors before, this will be something new. But fortunately, it’s easy to choose the most appropriate colors with some practice.

As a general rule of thumb, you will always have one or two subjects of focus. These subjects should have strong contrasting colors with the surrounding so that they stand out.

These are just a few key points that you need to take note of. Color pencils are clean to work with and in the hands of a skilled artist, can be used to create stunning drawings.

Remember, just like you would finish off a pencil sketch with sharp pointed pencils, you would also want to finish off a color pencil drawing with sharp pointed color pencils. The goal is to work on the fine details so that your masterpiece emerge naturally.

Darren Chow is the founder and developer of, an online website that offers free drawing lessons, home study courses, and other drawing related resources.

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