Colored Pencil Art & Techniques

Discover the basics for beginning in colored pencil art—and refine and expand your colored pencil techniques with helpful tips and pointers and easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction from the experts. You’ll learn about burnishing, working with solvents, water-soluble colored pencils and more!

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Colored Pencil Bliss

Last week I had the pleasure of teaching a five-day seminar on “The Joys of Colored Pencil.” While that may have been the topic of the class, the true joy came to me through the wonderful group of people I had attending. It was an incredible experience.

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The Potent Power of Using Colored Paper

Sandra Angelo, a well-known instructor with Artists Network, has offered to share three ways that she likes to use colored paper to make her colored pencil paintings pop. See what she has to say, and consider which technique you might take advantage of in your next drawing.

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Colored Pencil Art, Gangsta-Style

I would love to make up my own story about what either just happened or what’s about to happen in one of Joseph Crone’s colored pencil artworks, but I’ve invited him to take us beyond the paper and into his own psyche, to both connect us with his process and entertain us with his...

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Paint Flowers in Colored Pencil

How to Draw Flowers What is it about flowers that makes us want to draw and paint them over again? Well, there’s the color of course! Add in form and shape, and the fact that no two flowers are ever exactly alike, and you have an ideal subject for your paintings. And when combined with...

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New Drawing Book: The New Colored Pencil

If you’re looking to improve your colored pencil drawing abilities, take note: Kristy Ann Kutch’s new book The New Colored Pencil, now on sale, explores the latest developments in colored pencil drawing with examples and recommendations for the newest pencil brands, drawing surfaces and techniques. The New Colored Pencil also examines the benefits of the Grid...

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Karen Anne Klein’s Cabinets Of Curiosity

Beginning in 16th century Europe, objects of interest were collected in "cabinets of curiosities" or "rooms of wonder." Recently Karen Anne Klein has been decorating her own cabinets with panels painted to depict various phenomena.

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Touchable Textures in Colored Pencil

In colored pencil, underpainting involves first tinting the paper surface with the subject’s light, underlying color. To do this, you apply solvent or water. This is a technique that doesn’t destroy the tooth of the paper, so you can create, with subsequent layers in colored pencil, visually tactile textures and other effects—from the illusion...