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post #1 of Old 07-08-2013, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question Need help with my pencils !

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So I am new to this forum, but I have been drawing for years. I have recently purchased a good set of colored pencils, because I thought coloring was the next step for me. But ... I'm terrible at it !

I color like a five-year-old. I draw animé and it's very frustrating to ruin otherwise nice projects by coloring them. My main problem is that I can't put down and blend the colors smoothly. Do you know of any good tutorials on how to shade the skin, for instance ? I really need some advice

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By the way, I'm 26 and I'm French.
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Hi Jadielle, great to have you here at the artistforum, I have been using color pencil for a very long time now and Prismacolor is my primary brand. Color pencil is a slow process but it is well worth the time to take your time and build the layers to the color and texture you are looking to achieve. I burnish a lot, well a lot would be an understatement...to get a smooth painterly look to a CP piece, burnishing is something you can do with several tools, colorless blender, lighter color pencils and even paintbrushes. To burnish, Istart off in the lighter shades of the undertone of the color and building these colors up while pressing harder and harder with usually white or cream color pencils, this will smooth blend the layers below it.

The only true way to learn color pencil or any medium for that is just start using them and taking notes or remember what colors to what with other colors...don't worry about messing a a beautifully outlined drawing. you have to really mess up to gain the results you desire.

The support has a lot to do with how the color lays down as well, I use Stonehenge exclusively these days for my portraits because it gives me a very smooth finish while the canson papers have much more of a tooth to them and will give you quite a big difference in look.

Here is a fats tutorial I put together you may find helpful for the mean time as I will go look for videos I think are worth the watch.

http://www.artistforum.com/colored-p...ncil-wip-1038/
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Hello George and thank you for you reply you have a great shading technique, your drawings look very nice. I will try to follow the instruction you gave, do you sharpen your pencils often while coloring ? I also have Prismacolor Premier pencils by the way, but it's frustration that I feel like I'm not worthy of them ( so far ) !
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I have three sharpeners near by at all given times and I sharpen constantly...if you have never used Prismacolor before you will come to find that the cores in the pencil have a tendency to break and may put you off of Prismacolor and color pencil all together. CP is well worth the efforts as long as you have the patients and time to invest, it is not a medium that is easy to master, I still find myself learning new techniques even after all of these years.

Many people and artists do not take the color pencil seriously and think the CP is for children...until we show them what we can do with the CP then they start to look at it differently. I am sure you will do fine with the CP if that is where you want to take your artwork.
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It's funny you would say that, because I was actually one of these people, I always thought of colored pencils as crayons for kids you could only get very bad results with. Until I saw some unbelievable CP artwork ! I really want to learn and master it, when paint never attracted me. How do I know it is time to sharpen ? How do I know I have laid down a sufficient amount of pigment when layering ?
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The answer to them questions are endless...When I am working important areas of a piece such as the eyes, I sharpen every time I take the pencil up off the paper. Sometimes when I am scrubbing color in I sharpen when the core hits the casing.

The amounts of color will come in time when you learn the effect you are looking for...really can't answer that directly...except you'll just have to start painting with them to find your style and method. (I consider CP paintings even though they are pencils)

Post some of your artwork in order to get a better direction of input and advice if you can.
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I don't have any work I could post right now, or rather I do have some, but I soaked them in gamsol so they're not very repesentative of how I use my pencils, I will draw and color something and post it here so you can tell me I do consider them as paintings too because they look very much the same.
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Hi me again, so I have found a few drawings of mine that I (almost) didn't blend with Gamsol, but I couldn't figure yet how to upload them
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Looks very amateurish compared to yours, hope it's ok lol

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