Coloured Pencil Tips

Tips for drawing realistically with coloured pencils

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    How to Get SUPER BRIGHT WHITE + Fine Details (Artist Hacks)

    Wanna learn some cool art hacks for getting super bright white and fine details into your coloured pencil drawings? Look no further! Over the years I’ve learnt about some awesome tools and useful tips for achieving those all important fine details that help make coloured pencil drawings pop. As with all my coloured pencil tips, these are just what I personally love to do and I love the effect created using these tips and tools… have fun experimenting and make your art your own!   White Gel Pen LITERALLY CHANGED MY LIFE. Eugh. Before discovering this hack I was using Tipex. Yes, TIPEX. It was kind of effective, but tricky…

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    How to Use Clairefontaine Pastelmat with Coloured Pencils

    Pastelmat is for… pastels, right? Well, yes. They also happen to work wonderfully with coloured pencils! What? Why? How? Clairefontaine Pastelmat has particular  features that make it great to use with coloured pencils. Read on to find out the main features of Pastelmat and how you can use these properties to create realistic, colourful and fun coloured pencil drawings 🙂 (For reference, I use Faber-Castell Polychromos and Caran D’ache Luminence coloured pencils and Clairefontaine Pastelmat. I’ve created many drawings and run several workshops with these materials – I’m in love!) For a full review of the paper, click here.   Pastelmat Paper Weight and Thickness Pastelmat is a thick paper,…

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    Why EXPERIMENTING is Vital when Learning to Draw with Coloured Pencils

    As a former perfectionist, I always needed to get everything right first time. Not only was this unrealistic, it was also anxiety-provoking and often crippling to creativity. I am now a HUGE fan of experimenting. It’s through experimenting that you learn what you like, don’t like, enjoy, don’t enjoy, what works well, what doesn’t, etc! There is never only one way of doing things, never one person who knows ‘best’, never a right or wrong when it comes to art. Hey, if you don’t like my way of doing things or prefer doing something else – do your own thing! I encourage it 😀 I want you to experiment and…

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    COLOURED PENCIL TIPS: Are You Holding Your Pencil Wrong? How to Hold your Pencil for Different Techniques

    I love this coloured pencil tip so much! It sounded so simple when I first thought about it, yet it is so effective and often overlooked. Read on for some tips on how to make the most of your pencils and achieve different results by holding your pencil in different ways 😊 As with all of my tutorials, tips and advice, this is just what personally has helped me draw realistically. I’m all for experimenting and finding your own style, so if you like the effects achieved doing things differently, keeeep doing them!   Layering I love using lots and lots of light layers to build depth, colour and contrast…

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    COLOURED PENCIL TIPS: How Sharp Does Your Pencil Need to Be?

    Might seem overdramatic, but learning this tip (see what I did there…ha) literally changed my life. Or at least transformed my approach to my drawing and drastically improved the level of realism I could achieve. DISCLAIMER: these are tips that worked for me personally when on the epic search for creating realism and I liked the outcome – if you find you like the results of other methods PLEASE KEEP DOING THEM!   Let’s get into it. I would say how sharp your pencil needs to be depends on a few things: What effect you would like to achieve Materials you are using Which layer you’re working on Your budget…