The use of color pencils and their drawing techniques are as varied as there are artists. They take on the individual users style and method of drawing and shading.
Additionally, drawings can be done on a variety of paper types and colors. This fact makes it a very easy and inexpensive technique to master.
There is also a wide range of types of color pencils for artists other than the simple crayon – some are water soluble and also blendable.
The type of color pencils you use determine what you can achieve with the medium.
There have been great strides and improvements in the variety of art materials now avaiable on the market.
In fact it can be quite difficult to decide what to buy sometimes.
Here I will explain the two types of color pencils I use and how I use them.
Remember – experimentation is how you learn and grow. So don’t be afraid to try new things with the materials at hand in your art room.
You may be surprised by what you can achieve.
Water soluble means that after or during your drawing you use a wet paintbrush over the crayons, this will dissolve the pencil and create a watercolor effect.
You can play with the effects, leaving parts of the painting as crayons, or else, when the paper is dry – draw over the soft watercolor effects you have created with the crayons again, to accent and highlight.
With this method you can create pencil color paintings and achieve watercolor effects as minimally or as extensively as you wish.
If you intend to use water on your drawing – remember to plan ahead and use a good watercolor paper. If you use a sketching paper and apply water, it will buckle and destroy the lovely drawing you initially achieved.
Color pencils or crayons are a very versatile medium that you can layer, blend or watercolor over for a variety of effects.
Blendable color pencils need to be soft to allow for easy blending and working with many layers. The same qualities of your medium apply when learning how to use soft pastels. The blending allows the colors to mix and interact with each other to create differing tones and colors as well as achieving bright and opaque tones.
They also glide smoothly over the paper and can achieve fast coverage in bold and soft gradients.
A joy to work with, these can be used in conjunction with other color pencils.
Pencil color drawing is probably my favorite medium out of all the options I use.
Drawing has always been my preferred “art” but life overtakes you sometimes. Commissions played a large part in my work with oil paintings being the mainstay of my income.
When I get the opportunity to do some work for myself and join in a local exhibition or just do something that inspires me – I generally choose to do a drawing in colored pencils, be it large or small.
Using good quality coloring pencils is advisable. The color ranges and quality of the leads allow you to work unhindered and you can achieve the effects you would like.
By experimenting you will naturally expand your color pencil drawing techniques and be able to create the exact effects you were looking to do.
All the pencils I have are from the Derwent range.
In my opinion Derwent drawing pencils are top of my list.
One of my sets are a Derwent 24 watercolor pencil box.
I have only occasionally used them as they are intended, by putting water to them and creating the wonderful watercolor effects they are designed for.
They are great to work with and I have created many drawings using them.
The other set I use are Derwent blendable color pencils and they are perfect for multiple layering of color and blending.
The bigger the set you can manage, the better the choice of colors you will have, and the more tonal ranges you will achieve with these pencils. I thoroughly enjoy using them.
I do mix and match the pencils in my drawings if I need a color that is not available in the one set. There is no hard and fast rule that says you can’t do this.
Make it work for you.
A different range I have dabbled in is Derwent Graphitint – these are water-soluble tinted graphite pencils. You can use them dry or apply a wetted paintbrush.
These provide just a hint of color to the graphite drawing when used dry. But by applying a wet brush the colors become vibrant and showcase the natural tones that these pencils produce.
Definitely, something to try, they create a different effect that is rather nice and add another dimension to your color pencil drawings.