Color Theory
hands drawing a colored pencil tulip on white paper
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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.
Bluprint
colored pencil persimmon drawing on white paper
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Project Setup 5 & Final Thoughts
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Refine your illustrations with more details, including shadows that incorporate all the colors of your palette and which add dimension. Create visual tension with some final pencil work and paint-pen highlights to complete your personal color reference chart, suitable for framing!
Project Setup 2: Starting Large
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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.
Project Setup 3: Microdrawings
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Turn your larger illustrations into microdrawings. Danielle shares her inspiration and how she chooses what to draw. Brainstorm your own illustrations and start sketching.
Project Setup 4: Add True, Warm & Cool Colors
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Set up your palette with your true, warm and cool hues to begin coloring your microdrawings. Add glazing and labels, too.
Study
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Start with a quick exercise to learn about color palettes, particularly the difference between warm and cool palettes.
Prepare
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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.
Project Setup 1: Tiny Rainbow
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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.
Introduction
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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.
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