Colored pencil art isn’t as easy as it looks. So follow these tips for making your colored pencil work sensational:
- Resolve any design flaws by doing an initial sketch on practice paper.
- Start with your lightest values and build up the darker values on top.
- Darken warm color areas with umber or warm gray; darken cool color areas with indigo blue or cool gray.
- Rarely use one color by itself. Layered color combinations provide greater interest.
- Beware of oversaturating your paper’s surface with pigment. Once the paper’s tooth (texture) is full, no more color will stick.
- When applied heavily, colored pencils tend to flake. Remove this residue carefully so it doesn’t get pressed into the paper in places that could ruin your final drawing.
- Add details last, so they don’t get smeared or covered up.