Color Theory
When you hear "colored pencils," you might tend to think about elementary school. But you're all grown up now, and so is this versatile medium. In fact, you'll be amazed at the sophisticated effects you can create once you master a few key techniques.
Are you ready to look at color in a whole new way? Join artist Danielle Donaldson for an in-depth exploration of color, including how to discover your own ideal color palette. You'll create your own color reference, with tiny illustrations that are both charming and functional, and suitable for framing!
Danielle  Donaldson
Danielle Donaldson
Further expand your understanding of warm and cool palettes by exploring the colors you documented in the previous lesson. You'll discover your true colors to make your paintings uniquely your own.
Capture your true colors in your project, beginning with a tiny rainbow. Learn the importance of setting constraints for you illustration, how to position your hand and blend your colors. Add salt to create a "bloom," and hand-lettering to identify your colors.
Begin with larger drawings to practice the concepts and identify what parts of your illustrations will translate well to smaller versions. Danielle demonstrates how to lightly sketch a succulent, goldfish and glass of lemonade, then bring them to life with your true colors.
Meet watercolor illustrator Danielle Donaldson and learn about the supplies you'll be using: watercolors, watercolor paper, a palette , watercolor brushes, a heat tool and common household supplies.
Start with a quick exercise to learn about color palettes, particularly the difference between warm and cool palettes.
Turn your larger illustrations into microdrawings. Danielle shares her inspiration and how she chooses what to draw. Brainstorm your own illustrations and start sketching.
Set up your palette with your true, warm and cool hues to begin coloring your microdrawings. Add glazing and labels, too.
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