Tutorial for Colouring with Coloured pencils!
Hello there! Feel like colouring? Or did you kind of give up on coloured pencils..? Well, this is the right tutorial for you!
This tutorial consists of three parts:
A: The Basics
B: Colouring line art
C: Colouring a finished pencil drawing
Part A: The Basics!
A few things you’ll need for coloring:
-the drawing you want to color (for this part an empty sheet of paper though)
-good coloring pencils
Well.. define good, you say? Don’t worry, I won’t start listing brands here now.
All you have to make sure is:
-how hard do I have to press to see a bit of color on the paper (for good pencils it should be too much)
-If I press hard, does it gets actually darker? (some cheap pencils will still give a quite light tone)
-how well can I color on top of another layer?
I’ve accumulated quite a lot of pencils through the years, so it isn’t all too hard to come up with a little pencil test for me! =)
Grab the empty sheet of paper (Note: I used simple copier paper for the whole tutorial)
If you have more brands/types of colored pencils in the same color, you can check the differences yourself.
Pick a color (I chose purple here). First, color a square form by zigzagging over the paper. Don’t make them too dark/ try making it an even colored square:
If you do have more types, make more squares. Just keep in mind which square was done with which pencil.
Now, pick another colored pencil (I chose a green one) and color over all the squares. You might notice some slight differences.. for me, the third square mixes less with the green than the other three)
Now, repeat this, but make the first squares darker by pressing hard. (You might already see some squares get darker than others by the same amount of pressure.. ) Again, colour on top of this with the other colour.
(Here, the second and fourth square both still mix with the green, while the first and third don’t mix as good.) (it’s harder to see in the scan as it is to see in real life =/) Well, my conclusion; use the pencils from square 2 and 4! (Note: The behavior of the other two pencils might come in handy sometimes, though!)
You can do this with all of your colored pencils of course, but for now, let’s go to the next step. Pick a color again. (Blue for me!) And hold the pencil as close to the tip as possible. You will see that you’re holding the pencil almost vertical. Again color a square. Now, hold the pencil a little higher. Color a square by using the same amount of pressure. Repeat this until you can’t hold it any higher. You will find yourself holding the pencil almost horizontally now.
(Image: left pictures; horizontally, right pictures; vertically)
Also, if you kept on colouring with the same pressure, the squares will be lighter, when holding the pencil more horizontally.
It’s easier to color bigger surfaces more ‘even’ when holding it more horizontal as well. Want to try?
Just draw two bigger squares. Color the first while holding the pencil close to the tip, color the second while holding it more to the end.
Then again, when coloring smaller surfaces, hold a pencil more to the tip; you will have more control over the pencil this way.
But still… the second square isn’t colored as smoothly as we want it, plus it’s too light. So, draw another square. First, color it (holding the pencil quite horizontally) in an up-downwards directed zigzag. Then, color over this layer in a left-right directed zigzag. (or go diagonally) For the edges, hold the pencil more vertically.
On to the next ‘exercise’: Dark-light transitions! The most common way to do this is to make the standard zigzag movement and either start very lightly and then build up pressure, or start by pressing hard and then release pressure.
This can be quite tricky sometimes.. There’s another way of doing this, even though it takes a little longer.
Start with a light layer. Depending which side has to be the darker one, you start coloring a thin layer on top of the first one. Continue to do this, until you reached the same effect as above:
A pro of this method is that it’s easier to control, and when done right it can look smoother than version 1.
The last exercise of the basics: Color transitions!
Pick two colors (I chose orange and blue, because you can see both of them very well, and if you can make a nice transition with these two, it shouldn’t be much of a problem to make a transition between colors that fit together a little better =P ) For the sake of testing, also pick a black coloring pencil and a drawing pencil.
First, draw the dark-light transitions of the single colors. (blue and black 1 time each, drawing pencil 2 times, and the orange 3 times.)
Then, using the orange pencil, color the transition from light to dark on top of the blue, black and two drawing pencil-transitions. (Smudge the second grey one first, though.) Using the other colors, do the same on the orange ones.
It should turn out like this:
I personally prefer to start with the dark color and then put the lighter one on top of it. Especially when you want to use a drawing pencil… (Which I normally wouldn’t use for coloring anyway, but maybe you would. If so, it looks better to smooth the grey first, and then color on top of it.)
We’re almost on the end of part A!
Only a few other tips to go =):
-Never immediately press hard on a color pencil when coloring. Unless you’re 100% sure what you’re doing D=.
-Don’t color shading and lighting very thick either, if you’re not sure were to place them; you can erase a thin layer of color still, a thicker layer already is a tough job to get rid of.
-Color only if you have good light; if you want to color something yellow while having a yellowish light on, you WILL be disappointed when you see it in daylight.
-When smudging, you could use your finger, but it will be hard to erase after (because all the oils etc. that are on the skin). Instead, you can use a piece of cloth or the like (I normally use a piece of toilet paper X3, it works great!) Another way of smoothing is by using a white coloring pencil (this can work out nicely on a rather thick-colored layer).
-I don’t recommend using a drawing pencil for coloring, unless the thing you’re coloring needs to be grey.
-by putting another paper (or more) under the one you’re coloring on, the coloring will look smoother.
If you have any questions about this tutorial, you can contact Shadow at Deviant Art.
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