Monday, 9 March 2015

Why you need different types of coloured pencils

The range of coloured pencils these is huge. Manufacturers responded to the demands of artists for professional quality pencils with good pigment saturation. Derwent pencils are one of my favourite brand of pencils, I have many types, from the Artists to the Inktense pencils as each serves a purpose in my artwork.

My students ask me, "why do you need so many types?". My answer is, 'Each type of pencil serves a purpose or requirement'. As an artist you need to get to know what your painting and drawing tools are capable of in order to derive the most pleasure and best results.

The pencils I used: (From top left) Inktense, Coloursoft, and Studio pencils

Stage 1:

Using the Inktense pencils I coloured in the sky, and the initial branches of the tree, also the far horizon. I didn't but if it helps you sketch the tree and hills with an F or B graphite pencil first.

I am not specifying which colours I used because it is not really important. Use your own colours, experiment with the different mixes, but most importantly use the pencils in a way to exploit their potential, explore the different tones and colours. Tones are the deciding factor in any drawing or painting. You can use any colours you like, but to portray a 3D object you need to think of tones, lights and darks, from the outset.

If you are wondering how I did the grasses at the base of the tree: I painted them with a virtually dry brush rubbed on the tip of the Inktense pencil.

Stage 2:

I started using the Coloursoft to develop the textures on the tree trunk and main branches, and the shadows on the branches (light coming from right to left). The Coloursoft impart a textured effect, is applied lightly and just touching the surface of the paper. (I will cover the development of shadows with coloured pencils in another tutorial). Again, It is more important to use the right tones rather than be hung up about colour choice. Also, develop the form of the tree using complementary colours as well as those close to each other on the colour wheel. 

Stage 3:

I continued with the Coloursoft pencils, developing the textures and shadows. I also used the Studio pencils to give sharpness to some edges and clean up some of the shades and shadows: The Studio pencils being harder than the Coloursoft are ideal for blending over boundaries and edges. 

Experiment with different objects and subjects and see how you can use the various pencils and tones to achieve the result your are looking for. 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and thank you for reading. If there is anything you like to see covered please do let me know :)


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