Painting with Colored Pencils: A Beginner's Guide Staff Pick

Kendyll Hillegas, Artist & Illustrator

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16 Lessons (52m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:14
    • 2. Types of Colored Pencils

      3:03
    • 3. Paper for Colored Pencils

      4:14
    • 4. Other Materials: Sharpeners, blenders and brushes

      2:54
    • 5. Mark Making: Your Colored Pencil Handwriting

      3:38
    • 6. Building a Palette With Colored Pencils

      2:13
    • 7. Making an Underpainting with Watercolor Pencils

      5:24
    • 8. Working in Layers

      2:15
    • 9. Starting with Midtones

      3:52
    • 10. Adding Darkest Darks and Lightest Lights

      2:51
    • 11. Blend with Odorless Mineral Spirits

      3:46
    • 12. Layer, blend, repeat

      2:35
    • 13. Burnishing: Another Way to Blend Once You’re Done Adding Layers

      2:19
    • 14. Adding Highlights

      2:24
    • 15. Final Thoughts

      0:28
    • 16. Bonus: Full Process Demo

      7:37
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Project Description

There are 7 class projects to choose from! Select just 1 to make and share, or tackle all 7 projects, culminating in the creation of your own illustration!

  1. Make swatches with watercolor pencils
  2. Build a palette based on a reference photo using either watercolor pencils or soft core pencils -- or both!
  3. Practice Mark-making with soft core pencils
  4. Layer complementary colors to create form and shadow
  5. Practice blending with OMS
  6. Practice blending with burnishing
  7. Put it all together; follow along with the strawberry demo to create your own colored pencil painting

Be sure to download the course syllabus from class documents section. It contains notes, a supply list and directions for each of the class projects.

Student Projects

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