• Coloured Pencil Tips

    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…

  • Coloured Pencil Techniques

    COLOURED PENCIL TECHNIQUES: Burnishing – What it Means & How to Burnish Effectively

    If you’re anything like me, you heard of the term ‘burnishing’ with coloured pencils, did your research, did some more research… and just got more and more confused. Or maybe you’ve never heard the term before, or just heard it once, and don’t know what on earth I’m on about. Either way, you’ve clicked to read this article, so hopefully I can help 😊   In one sentence, what exactly IS burnishing? Here’s my best summary: Smoothing out the tooth of the paper so it is completely covered with coloured pencil. That’s. It. I think sometimes it’s made way more complicated than it actually is. Most papers suitable for coloured…

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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…