Make This Persimmon Drawing Your Easy Intro to Colored Pencil

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This humble little fruit is actually a perfect crash course in all the key techniques for working with colored pencils. In other words, a totally juicy project!

Colored Pencil Persimmon

Level: Easy

What You Need

  • Persimmon reference photo
  • Bristol Vellum paper
  • Tracing paper
  • Graphite pencil
  • Warm gray colored pencil
  • Orange-yellow colored pencil
  • Orange-red colored pencil
  • Violet-red colored pencil
  • Orange colored pencil
  • Light violet colored pencil
  • Green-blue colored pencil
  • Violet-blue colored pencil
  • Green colored pencil
  • Brown colored pencil
  • Ivory colored pencil
  • White colored pencil
  • Colored pencil blender


Got all your supplies at the ready? Now sharpen your pencils and follow along as instructor Susan Rubin walks you through the drawing, step by step.

Following the same process as above, start your third project, a persimmon. But this time add underpainting. Susan shows you how to cover large areas and create the fruit's unique textures, such as the white bloom.
Make It: Persimmon
Make It: Persimmon
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Find Your Next Project

Keep sharpening your colored pencil skills! These beginner projects are awesome for practicing layering, blending and color theory.

Start your first project, a green pear, using just three colors, none of which are green! Susan helps you create a value study (which will act as a roadmap for your finished project), transfer the image, select the palette and put down the initial layers of local color.
You don't have to wait 'til summer to spruce up your space with sunflowers. With just a few colored pencils, you can easily create your own bright blooms, no matter the season!
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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