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Color Pencil Tutorial by The-Lady-of-Kuo Color Pencil Tutorial by The-Lady-of-Kuo
I've been asked when making my pencil works how I achieve the look that I do. I know photoshop tutorials have helped me, so I thought I'd give back, so to speak, and make a tutorial of my own. I prefer Prismacolor pencils, as their high clay content makes them perfect for blending colors together. Cheap stuff like crayola will be harder to achieve this effect with, but it can still do it, to a degree.

This is, of course, not the only way to use color pencils, or even the right way necessarily. It's just the way I do it.

I used to use black for shadows, then one day started using colors for shadows, and it makes a big difference!
Here's one from when I used black to shade:


And these are drawings I made using the method in my tutorial:




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Astrikos Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013   General Artist
Your wonderful tutorial has been featured here
Consider giving the article a :+fav: :heart:
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Depressedmuch Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Although you are actually onto the rel reason why there is a difference in the blending capacities of crayola, prismacolor and just about every colored pencil on the market, it is due to the hardness of the pencil's crayon. All colored pencils have a wax as the basis of their 'lead' or color stick, this is what gives the colored pencil such a smooth lay-down on the paper. So if you increase the clay content of a colored pencil, you don't actually make it smoother, instead, you make it behave more like a graphite pencil, which is what some people prefer. Look at some Prismacolor verithin for an example of this. In the case of particularly soft pencils, the type of wax and the pigment densities are what make a pencil softer. The more pigment a pencil has, the softer it is. So Derwent Coloursofts are very pigment-rich, and also some of the softest and most pastel-like pencils on the market. Also, if you want to be able to get smooth gradations without absolutely burnishing your drawing to hell, try to use a sharper point on a finer toothed paper, like marker pad. Something with a very fine texture, and a moderately low weight would probably work well.
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WatchaMaDoodle Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Student General Artist
what a cool tutorial! thanks for this. :la:
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Marijke-Rose Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, very insightful tut! You actually do almost the exact same thing I did with my traditionally coloured art (though, I was using crayons). Since I've had a few people ask how I do it, is it alright if I just link them to your tut?
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:iconthe-lady-of-kuo:
The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011
Thanks! And yes, you can link to it. :)
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Marijke-Rose Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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FlashSprites Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010
Man, You don't know how clean this looks.
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JadeThePredator Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, that's really helpful. O_O Now if only I had the patience for doing such things... I bet my art would look phenominal... :cries:
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:iconthe-lady-of-kuo:
The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
Ha ha, thanks! I think your art is phenomenal already, personally :P
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JadeThePredator Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks! But thanks to you and a couple other people who use colors to shade and highlight, I made a picture that I think looks pretty damn good! :D [link] If you are interested in seeing. It's nothing EPIC, but it's a start in the right direction, I believe.
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The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
I think it turned out amazing! O_O I'm honored that my tutorial may have assisted in some way, even if just a tiny bit. Keep up the great work!
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JadeThePredator Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Aww, thanks a lot! 8D That just made me smile real big and almost drop my bowl of food! XD
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:iconthe-lady-of-kuo:
The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Quite welcome! Glad you didn't drop your bowl XD
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LittleConqueror Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Wow. Thiz iz amazing~!
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:iconthe-lady-of-kuo:
The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Thank you very much!
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LittleConqueror Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
u're very welcome! <3
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nenememe Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
I remember you teaching me that before when I was little. haha I would always draw a random black square on the side of the paper for the shadow side.
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The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
You got good at shading so quickly when you were little! It was amazing!
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jlamay Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Those are really good pictures. You do a fine work of drawing and blending color together!:) My fave drawing is the one with Negaduck sitting in his office.
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:iconthe-lady-of-kuo:
The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Thank you! The negaduck one was fun to make, he's so bad, I love him ^_^
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jlamay Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Your welcome! Yeah, I know what you mean, I love Negaduck too!
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OddballArtist Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Wonderful tutorial! Very easy to understand. I'll definitely have to try it. Beautiful work as always.

And you couldn't have picked a better subject.=D
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:iconthe-lady-of-kuo:
The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Thank you dear :hug:
And yeah, I simply couldn't have used any other subject for this tutorial! :D
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Sayuni Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
I liked your method of blending!
Great tutorial!! :D
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:iconthe-lady-of-kuo:
The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Thank you very much!
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LordNegaduck Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Wow!! That's truly an awesome tutorial!! Tis amazing to see the transformation from beginning to the finished product. I am amazed how ya achieved the lighting effects in your Negaducky piccie. You truly do have amazing talent! :icondragonnod1:
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:iconthe-lady-of-kuo:
The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Why thank you! It's always a pleasure to get such a compliment from the ducky!
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LordNegaduck Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
:aww: :icondragonkeke: You're so very welcome!!! :icondragonglomp:
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sweetkat22 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Nice! I am so happy to have learned a bit more about lighting and shadows. I may still not completely get it but at least someone finally explains in a non-complicated way. I love your pencil crayon coloring technique. I haven't used them since first year of Graphic Design.
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The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Thank you, I love the way you ink your work, I'm still uncomfortable with digital stuff and I can't figure a good way to ink it yet. It means a lot to get a compliment for you, thank you very much!
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sweetkat22 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Thanks and no problem :)
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Merani Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I find it utterly interesting to see the coloring techniques of others and to compare them with mine. Thanks for sharing! =)
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The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
Thank you for the kind compliment :)
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Yang-Kuo-Chung Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2009
I stand by what I said 100%, he does indeed look positively demented!

Great job by the way, as always. :heart:
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The-Lady-of-Kuo Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009
Thanks honey
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