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Realistic Color Pencil Drawing: Beginner's Guide to Realism

teacher avatar Akhil B, Freelance Artist | Entrepreneur

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Lessons in This Class

9 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Selecting the Materials

    • 3. Choosing the Reference

    • 4. Proportions and Scaling

    • 5. Sketching the Outline

    • 6. Selecting the Right Colors

    • 7. Coloring Techniques for Perfection

    • 8. Showcasing Your Artwork

    • 9. Tips for Better Results

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About This Class

In this class, you'll learn how to make realistic color pencil drawings using color pencils!

Take your drawing to the next level by employing the techniques that i will be teaching in this course.

Do not have any skills? don't worry this class is beneficial to everyone! 

What is included in this class?

1.Introduction to realism

2.Choosing the drawing materials

3.Selecting a reference image to draw

4.Scaling and proportions 

5.Sketching the drawing

6.Finding the right pencil colors 

7.Coloring techniques like shading,layering,blending

8.Framing and laminating artwork

9.Tips for getting better at drawing

I will be giving you lectures on all the topics listed above.

Come join me in this creative learning process.

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Akhil B

Freelance Artist | Entrepreneur


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1. Introduction : In blue. Hi, I am a kill and I'm an artist specializing in photorealistic color pencil drawings. In this class, I'll be sharing with you the knowledge that I've gained from my experience over the past few years of making colored pencil Portland's, even if you have no previous experience of making pencil drawings, I am sure you will learn and benefit very much from this class. Starting from the materials that I use to make these drawings, to sing the reference image and the process of treating your reference to the scale of your projects space. I'll be teaching you all the methods from properly sketching or reference, selecting the right colors and the different advanced techniques of coloring or sketch. These techniques include the right way to hold the pencil to get the proper Push Render. Different methods of shading, layering, and blending the columns. I'll also be giving you some advanced tips for drawing the different facial features to get the most realistic look. And finally, I will also be giving you some suggestions on how to get your finished drawing properly laminated and frame so that it last longer. So let's begin. 2. Selecting the Materials : When it comes to realistic colored pencil drawings and getting the right art materials is super important. If you have the perfect materials, it will give you an extra edge in making our drawings look more real. I would suggest you to go for S gets part with smooth surface paper, which has pretty decent thickness. Personally, I use dot more Bristol 400's CDs mode surface paper, which does a good job forming. Once you are doing in making drawings, you may upgrade to a higher quality paper, like the 500 CDs. Pencils that I use are february castle polychrome loss. These are artist grade color pencils, which give you the right pigments. And most importantly, there do not break very easily. So it's sharpen lead can give you a high surface finish. I would suggest you to buy some extra skin colors like the light flesh, the medium flesh, band or tray at Technion dread, getting a good quality sharpener is also equally important as it will decide the life and the quality of the finished that book pencils will be giving even a normal Shatner that gives you a pencil as sharp LED will do just fine. The erases that I use are cymbals, mono erases. Just use the sharp edges of the erases to do the fine job. For blending colors, I usually add different layers of colors until the blending naturally. Or in other cases, I use an year worked to get the job done. And finally, this is how I arranged my workspace. I use my laptop screen to protect my reframes and all the other accessories are kept in my hand Street just to minimize any unnecessary effort. 3. Choosing the Reference: When choosing a reference image, there are a few things to be considered. Always go for a higher resolution image so that all the colours in it are distinctly visible to your eyes, never to any lower resolution or blurred image. Now you have selected your reference. It is time to give a final touch to it. At most times, the images that you get may have different colors than what it would look like in real life. So use any image editor to make the necessary color adjustments to a remains. Make some changes to the depth, dogmas, the contrast and the Saturation to get just the right tone. 4. Proportions and Scaling: Once you have your reference image finalized, it is time for you to feed your remains to a workspace. Always make sure that the scale of your drawing is taped so that it do not exceed that of your workspace. For example, here I'm using an A4 size case MOOC. That is, dimensions don't even send emitters hide to only names and images vide. In order to contain my drawing. In this paper, I crop my maze by dimensions, don't d1 in only nine centimeters. Similarly, if you are working on an A3 paper crop, the mains by dimensions tone dynein is 242. Just make sure that the nursery portions of the mate are insane. The crop region. 5. Sketching the Outline: If you are trying to attain really some in your art, making the skates, both facts should be our number one priority. This gets is like the foundation of your drawing. So the more realistic and precise it is, the better will be the final result. To add to the most precise Kate, Our suggest you to use what I call the grid mattered. In this method, we divide our reference image in a certain number of rows and columns. Since our 2M FOR scale, I'll be dividing my image into turn Negroes and Tony eight columns. You can make use of any application to make distributions. For me, I use an iOS application called the grid. Now let's start by giving an outline to our drawing paper. I haven't given a rectangular outline of dimensions to Andy, is 28 centimeters. Now, divide these into 20 rows and eight columns. Always remember while making these grades to use a light pencil so that we may easily anymore after the sketch is made. Now we have a fine grid in which we can draw the reference image. Before you start to sketch, always look at your friends to get a rough idea of your subject. Now, you can number your rows and columns to make the process of sketching ECL. In this case, I would like to start from the left bottom corner. I start off from drawing his hands first. By looking at the reference. We can see here that his hands are starting from the end of the third square from the left, observed that our friends image fully MC4R self, where the subject is crossing each grid in the reference. Always take your time to patiently draw the sketch neatly. Now what if some of you want to start from drawing his eyes first? It's quite simple. Just figured out which column and rows meet at the position where the eyes are placed. Now, count the number of rows and columns of the point at which the eyes are positioned. In this case, the left eye is located at the junction of the deemed column and 74. Now mark this point on your drawing paper using the rows and columns which you have already numbered. Now, take a look at a reference image to get an idea of how the ice should come off hours. As you can see here, the eyes are contained in the force coil surrounding the point which we have already marked. Now, once you have figured out through week told points of this foursquare's, the eyes are passing through. You can starts getting your eyes on your drawing paper. Take time to make the sketch and never rush the process. Do we generally and tried to achieve a realistic look into her eyes. I would suggest you to take a look at the reference image. During the process of sketching. This will help you make a sketch that looks closer to the reference image. Another div that I have for you is to bring a continuity in your sketch as you have drawn your eyes. Now continue drawing with his knows. This will help you attain is get rich, looks very smooth and fine. And also, since you are making the drawing continuously, that tenses of you to miss any portion of the reference image is greatly reduced. Similarly, if you're a left-handed, just start from the right side of the meat and the further right handed start from your left. This will help you to make the sketch fast and it will not leave any points, Marsal bruises on your drawing paper. Once you have completed drawing that reference, now just rub both all the grids using S mood eraser so that only yours get last on your drawing paper. 6. Selecting the Right Colors: The better you are at selecting the right colors, the closer you will get to achieving really some inner art. Most popular brands of colored pencils come with a well put out color chart like this one. But I would like to suggest you to make a color chart by yourself on the exact same paper which you would like to work on becoming. This will help you to get to know your colors very easily enforced. The reason why I want you to do this is many times the colors that come out of a color pencil may look a bit different from the colors that the pencil is wrapped with, all the color that you expect them to give out. So before you start to colour, used this chart cell reference for choosing the right colors for your drawing. 7. Coloring Techniques for Perfection: So you choose the right colors. Now, let's look at some basic methods of coloring the skits. Before you add the first layers of colors, just make sure that your pencil is properly sharpened. Having a PO indent LED will help you enhance the finish of your drawing. Now, let's look at some basic methods of holding the pencils. The way you hold the pencils alters the pressure that to a place on its legs. If you hold the pencils closer to the lead, the more will be the pressure that you apply. The ti's more suitable when new one to fill colors in thick or dark portions of her drawing. You may also hold a pencil this way when you want to view fine details to a drawing us in this position, you may exercise more control over the movement of her pencils. There ares, venue, hold your hands a leaf from the late of the pencil. The lesser will be the pressure you are play, and also you will have a late duly less control over the movement of the pencil. This portion is ideal when you want to blend in different colors, gradually adding one after the other to frill Carlos, in a given space, you can use a combination of pencil movements and varying pressure angles. You can change the pressure angle by the way, that you hold your pencil. There are a few types of pencil moments that I engaged to fill him my space. First one is horizontal movement. This is a very led Julie VC1. In this type, you will be easier to fill the colors by simply moving up pencils horizontally. The nest one is vertical. This is suitable when you have a very small space to fill. You can move your pencils, particularly append down to fill the space. Now the third one is diagonal movement. This movement is ideal when you have a very minute space to fill, where the horizontal and the vertical movements will not fill. And the last one that I have for you is a combination of old three above. These is ideal when you have a very dark colored to be filled. You layer by layer Lu, Each of these movements, the first layer you men do the horizontal on the second layer due to the vertical and then the diagonal. In this way, you can make sure that each coordinate endpoint of the species filled properly. The choice of the pencil movement should be made very wisely. It should be made according to the need of the Tet still to be made and the thickness or the depth of the color to be filled, whichever movement or mattered that to use. The one thing that you have to keep in your mind is an uniform filling of color should be insured. This will make your drawing look very finished and captivating. When it comes to realistic drawings, it is very important to make sure that the different colors that you use blends in smoothly. Then you colored transmissions are gradual and smooth. Your drawing becomes more pleasing to the eye of the viewers. To blend my colors, I use the method of layering. As the name suggests. It is the method of adding different lays over one mile to get a smooth blend. Keep on adding the layers until a smooth transition between the colors is achieved. While using this technique, you may want to hold the pencil away from the legs so that a minimal pressure is applied to its ends. In this way, you can add fine layers to your drawing. The more thinner layers are, the more layers that you will be able to add. Now, alternate between each colour. Gradually creating it transition by layering is color over the other. To make the transition looks motor, I use a coordinate but to gently blend them. While doing this, makes sure that you do not press too hard onto the paper as it may ruin it if you are into portray drawings. One off, the first lessons that you need to learn is to get to know the skin colors, but the colors that they use to blend in the skin tones are white. I worry, dream, big guy, Reg, medium flesh, dark flesh. Then MTN dread, burned or tray. Walnut brown, black. I hope by now you have to learn the basics of coloring. Now for you to practice, I'm giving you a small project. I will crop out a small portion of Myra friends image. And we attach this image with this lecture for you to view it. What I want you to do is to make use of the skin colors that I mentioned earlier. And the method of layering to a, to a similar skimped on. Take your time to complete the project and do not rush it. Everything beautiful takes time and patience. Feel free to share your project's finished. And as always, keep practicing. 8. Showcasing Your Artwork: So you are finished creating that. Now, let's show it to the world. I remember a quote which says, a work of art do not exist outside the perception of the audience for your audience to enjoy looking at the art that you're just create heard. I suggest you to get it properly framed and laminated. Now, there are different types of frames and lamination that you can use. Each different type of frame and lamination that to get your drawing will make your drawing look all together way. Very different piece, that type of frame and the lamination you use will definitely affect the final look that your drawing is going to be off. Make sure that you choose the best fit for your artwork. There are a bunch of different options into seeing the frames available in every shop. It is up to you to choose to typo frame and the lamb nation that you want. I would suggest you to not use the plastic type of lamination. Always 2's a high-grade lamination so that your torque can be seen clearly from all different angles of viewing it. You can either hand artwork on a wall or just keep it on the corner of your room. Remember, to keep it in a place which attracts the attention of all the audience that and knows that room. 9. Tips for Better Results : Here are some basic tips which has held me to achieve better results at colored pencil drawing. The first tip that I have for you is to use premium or artist quality materials. Always start practicing with at least a medium quality materials. B goes in the beginning. You may feel like, oh, let's start with some basic quality materials for beginners material. No, you should never do it. I have made the same mistake and I learned from it When I started off with drawing, I bought some beginners or very low quality materials and I was unable to improve in my work. What I suggest is you to by an artist grade materials and drove it. It will help you improvise very fast in your drawings. Most of the detailing and the techniques that you can employ in an artist grade materials cannot be employed in a very low quality materials. So you won't be able to practice them in a very local materials. So always start with some good quality materials so that you can learn faster. The second and the most important tip that I have for you is to take your time. Never rush the process of drawing. After all, you are creating a fine art. This will take time. And the more you enjoy the process, the better will be the results that you are going to achieve. Sometimes you may feel like, oh, let me just finish it off, but don't do it. When you feel like not doing it. Just dope, taker time, give it a rest, and then continue whenever you feel like doing it. Never do it with half mind. Always be mindful on doing what you are doing. The third tip that I have for you is to start from a side, a boredom, or a corner of the image. This will help in bringing a continuity to the drawing. He should draw in a continuous manner, then chances of you to miss out any small detail of the drawing is very rare. The next tip that I have for you is to use a palm rest, a palm Russ and basically serves as a protector, which helps your palm to be rested on the surface of the paper and prevents your drawing from getting blurred or shady with that woman off your hands. You may use a plastic or a small piece of paper to serve this purpose. And final tip that I have for you is to always keep your work clean and tiny. Never leave an unfinished and drawing open. You may have the tendency to leave your sketch book open after drawing a part of it. This can seriously affect the final quality of the drawing that you are going to make after sketching, just closed and book and keep it in a safe place, do not leave it in the open air. And the last tip, which obviously will bring results to practice. The more you practice, the more you will be getting better at it. Out suggests due to make at least two drawings per month. I mean, to real drawings, NANDA ones to sketch on a regular book. I want you to do the fine job. So these are the tips that I have for you. I hope you all have benefited very much from this class. Feel free to call like me or to leave a common below.