Thursday, 15 October 2015

Coloured Pencils Tutorial

In this tutorial I  used a photo by kind permission from the owner. Using Faber-Castell Polychromos coloured pencils I made a painting of the boots. Below

Pencils Used

Faber-Castell Polychromos Coloured Pencils:

Cobalt blue-greenish 144
Prussian Blue 246
Sky Blue 146
Dark Indigo 157
Phthalo Blue 110
Middle Phthalo Blue 152

Cadmium Yellow
Light Cadmium Yellow 105

Nougat 178
Walnut brown 177

Madder 142
Deep Red 223

Warm Grey VI 275
Warm Gray IV 273
Warm Grey II 271
Warm Grey I 270

Cold Grey I 230
Cold Grey II 231
Cold Grey III 232
Cold Grey V 234

White 101
Ivory 103

2B Graphite pencil


St Cuthbert Mill Saunders Waterford 425 gms weight

Miscellaneous items:

Blue Tack

Notes about the use of the pencils: 

As you can see above, I have grouped the pencils based on their colour rather than the sequence of using them. What is important is the reasoning behind using them. To obtain the darkest of the shadows I used the Nougat and Walnut Brown followed by the darkest blue which is the Dark Indigo. I alternated the layers at least 15 times finishing with the Indigo. The key is that each layer is a VERY thin layer.

I used the different blues to achieve the subtle differences in blues on the boots. Pay close attention to the which way the blues lean, to the green or the red.

The reds I used only two because it is a small section and the hues in the Polychromos range matched the colour I needed.

To deal with the yellows, started first with the Light Cadmium Yellow, where I needed some darker tones layered with the Cadmium Yellow. To obtain further darks, such as in the shadow areas I used Walnut Brown to deepen the yellows.

The grades of grey I used to render the shadows cast by the boots, the shading of the curves on the white parts, and the shading of the laces.

The White and the Ivory I used on the white areas of the boots and the laces. I also used them to impart the velvety lightness on the material of the boots where the light catches them.

I use a mug to put the pencils I'm using in it so that I don't have to go rummaging in my pencils collection to find them again!

The blue tack is useful as a putty eraser and for creating highlights.

Once the drawing is completed, lift off the graphite pencil using
the blue tack or putty eraser. Remove it to the point where you can barely see the graphite line.
  This is very important. Coloured pencils are translucent and if applied on top of the graphite pencil, the pencil
line will be trapped under the coloured pencil and not be possible to cover or remove it!

Lightly start applying the layers of coloured pencils. The choice of pencil
is dependant on the tone of the area 

It is vital that you add many thin layers, avoid at all costs heavy
application of colour in the hope it be enough

I started the other boots at this stage to enable me to judge the tones on the two boots.
I like to work at different areas at the same time for this reason

Note how I used the Nougat first to obtain a dark blue tone, see next step

After the initial layer of the Nougat I followed it with the  

Completed the section with the blue. Note where I left the white untouched

The same process now for the other boot

Note how light the first layers are compared to the first boot

Slowly I added the the layers to build up the depth of colour and tones

more layers applied to fill the fill the areas of colour 

By making the colours deeper, the laces are now standing out

The completed painting!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial :)

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