Intro To Colored Pencil
Need-To-Know Basics
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We bet you've seen it: Art that looks like an incredible painting, but was actually done with colored pencils. These seemingly simple tools can create an incredible range of dramatic effects, if you know the right techniques to bring to the table. Ready to try? Go!
Veronica Winters
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Improve all of your colored pencil drawings! Learn easy, empowering techniques for color mixing, application and more.
Susan  Rubin
Susan Rubin
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Next time you're in the art supply store, make a beeline straight for the colored pencils. It's an affordable medium that's booming in popularity, and there are more supports, accessories, types of pencils, and curated sets available than ever before. Really. We talked to three experts about why colored pencils just might be your next favorite thing.
Elaine Lipson
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Draw textures so lifelike, you can feel them! Recreate the appearance of fruit skins, metallic surfaces, woodgrain, fur, fabric and more.
Cynthia Knox
Cynthia Knox
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Sharpen your drawing skills and create a breathtaking floral composition.
Cynthia Knox
Cynthia Knox
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Master a mixed media combo for art that’s saturated with color, depth and creative inspiration.
Janie Gildow
Janie Gildow
Are you ready to commit to drawing every day for the next week, month, or even (gasp!) year? Whether you're stuck in a creative rut or just want to get the hang of a new skill, putting pen to paper on the regular is just what you need. Challenge accepted? Here's how to make it over the finish line.
Your Next Project is Here
Make It: Leafy Greens
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Practice mixing rich green hues as you start your second project, a green leaf. Susan guides you through drawing, value study and effective color selection. Then she helps you emboss vein lines on your leaf, layer for blended color, create shaded areas, depict 3-D forms and realistic, shiny texture.
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Draw your most heartwarming pieces of art with new colored pencil skills. Capture the beautiful fur, sparkling eyes and unforgettable faces of beloved pets.
Gemma  Gylling
Gemma Gylling
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One of the things we love about colored pencils is that you really can draw just about anything with them. But skin tones are extra tricky — every single portrait is different, and getting a natural look is totally essential. Luckily, a few technique tips go a long way when it comes to perfecting realistic colored pencil skin tones. Next time you put pencil to paper, you'll be ready!
Antonella Avogadro
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Whether we're filling up a vase or creating some new artwork, roses have our hearts. And while it's always hard to compete with nature's beauty, colored pencils do a pretty darn good job of getting this flower's deep, romantic color just right. Want to draw one? We'll walk you through it.
Sara Barnes
Do More in Colored Pencil
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Watch your colored pencil skills take flight!
Alan Woollett
Alan Woollett
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Create dreamy, soft-focus landscape drawings. Use unique mixed media techniques to achieve painterly effects that lend an enchanting quality to your work.
Amy Lindenberger
Amy Lindenberger
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Recreate your favorite wild animals in colored pencil!
Gemma  Gylling
Gemma Gylling
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Discover essential techniques to create beautiful botanical illustrations!
Adele Rossetti
Adele Rossetti
Colored Pencil Meets Watercolor
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Take the guesswork out of combining colored pencils and watercolors by learning to make and use a color predictor. Then start on your first mini-project: painting and coloring yellow candy-covered chocolates by applying watercolor over your colored pencil layers.
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One of the things we love about colored pencils is that you really can draw just about anything with them. But skin tones are extra tricky — every single portrait is different, and getting a natural look is totally essential. Luckily, a few technique tips go a long way when it comes to perfecting realistic colored pencil skin tones. Next time you put pencil to paper, you'll be ready!
Antonella Avogadro
Bright & Bold Colors
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Learn how to make the perfect bold and bright shade with Susan's layering technique. You'll color a gorgeous yellow flower using all the techniques and tools Susan has shared with you and master shadows and shading throughout the flower. Finally, make your colored pencil drawing last with fixative.
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All you have to do is look at a cool sketch of an urban scene and the urge to try it yourself comes knocking. Am I right? And once you get comfy with this way of documenting the world around you, you'll never run out of fascinating subjects to draw. Problem is, getting started can seem a little scary. But not anymore!
Sara Barnes
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