Painting with Colored Pencils: A Beginner's Guide

Kendyll Hillegas, Artist & Illustrator

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16 Videos (52m)
    • Introduction

      2:14
    • Types of Colored Pencils

      3:03
    • Paper for Colored Pencils

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

      2:54
    • Mark Making: Your Colored Pencil Handwriting

      3:38
    • Building a Palette With Colored Pencils

      2:13
    • Making an Underpainting with Watercolor Pencils

      5:24
    • Working in Layers

      2:15
    • Starting with Midtones

      3:52
    • Adding Darkest Darks and Lightest Lights

      2:51
    • Blend with Odorless Mineral Spirits

      3:46
    • Layer, blend, repeat

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

      2:19
    • Adding Highlights

      2:24
    • Final Thoughts

      0:28
    • Bonus: Full Process Demo

      7:37
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About This Class

Colored pencils are a versatile addition to your creative repertoire, and can be used to create beautiful paintings. Working in layers with various blending techniques, you can transcend the medium of paper and pencil and create artwork that moves beyond the realm of drawing and illustration. In this 50 minute class, you’ll learn how artist Kendyll Hillegas works with colored pencils to create vibrant, realistic artwork, using techniques borrowed from classical oil painting.

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WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:

  1. To build a palette with colored pencils
  2. To identify your unique colored pencil handwriting
  3. To create an underpainting using watercolor pencils
  4. To layer colored pencils 
  5. To blend using solvents and burnishing
  6. To create vibrant color, interesting texture and detail

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This class is perfect for artists, illustrators or anyone who wants to learn how to use their colored pencils to their fullest potential. No prior experience necessary. After completing this course, you’ll be familiar with the foundational principles for using colored pencils, and will be able to confidently translate those to create your own beautiful paintings.

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Thanks for this class! Really informative and detailed and although I always find working with pencil a bit daunting because it takes so many layers and time this class actually made me look forward to trying all the techniques and really useful tips you share ;)
A detailed guide as the kickstart for colour pencil beginners. I was having trouble choosing watercolour colour pencil and soft core colour pencil. This video helps me to understand both of them more.
This was such a cool class! Thorough and informative as well as super interesting to watch and learn about. I loved learning new techniques!

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Kendyll Hillegas

Artist & Illustrator

My name is Kendyll, and I’m an artist from Boston, MA working in traditional media. My background is in classical oil painting, but I’ve been working as an illustrator for the past 5 years, completing assignments for Real Simple, Vanity Fair France and Milk Street Magazine. 

My illustration is used commercially in packaging, on paper goods and clothing, and in editorial applications, as well as displayed in private and corporate collections worldwide. My work has been ...

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