1. Because colored pencil lines are more or less permanent, first draw the layout with 2B graphite pencil. Throughout the drawing of the layout, use as little pressure as possible to prevent impressing lines into the paper.
2. Once the graphite drawing is finalized, draw colored lines next to—not on top of—the graphite lines. Choose light colors appropriate to your prospective color area. For these lines, use Prismacolor Verithin colored pencils, which have hard thin cores, well-suited for layouts.
3. Graphite lines will show through your finished colored pencil artwork, so remove the graphite lines with a kneaded eraser, leaving only the colored lines.
See these additional articles by or about Gary Greene:
- For more about colored pencil art, including step-by-step demonstrations, see Gary Greene’s article, Uptight Is All Right, in the November 2008 issue of The Artist’s Magazine.
- For a list of must-have materials for getting started in colored pencil, see Getting Started in Colored Pencil.
- For a selection of Gary Greene’s colored pencil artwork, see Gary Greene Gallery.
Award-winning colored-pencil artist Gary Greene discovered the medium in 1983 and never looked back. He’s signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America and has created several video workshops and written three books on colored pencil technique, including No Experience Required: Colored and Watercolor Pencil (2005, North Light Books). For more information, go to www.geocities.com/garygreeneart.