Color a realistic bird with Panpastel and Colored pencils | Emmy Kalia | Skillshare

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Color a realistic bird with Panpastel and Colored pencils

teacher avatar Emmy Kalia, Pencil Artist

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (1h 50m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Sketch & Materials

    • 3. Bird: Head

    • 4. Bird: Wing

    • 5. Bird: Breast 1

    • 6. Bird: Breast 2

    • 7. Tree trunk

    • 8. Background

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About This Class

Coloring with colored pencils can take a lot of time. If you use Panpastel for the underpainting you will be able to color twice as fast as before! 

In this class I will show you how to use panpastel and how to combine it with colored pencils. We are going to draw a bird (kingfisher) where we use panpastel for the underpainting and the colored pencils for the details. You will be able to follow along step by step. Panpastel works really fast, blends really well and is great for backgrounds too.

If you haven't used panpastel before Im sure you will love it as much as I do!

Materials: Claire Fontaine Pastelmat paper, Panpastel and Colored pencils

Panpastel colors: 740.5, 100.5, 220.5, 380.1, 520.1, 270.5, 380.5, 740.3, 840.8, 840.7, 580.5, 660.5

Colored pencils:

Caran d'ache Luminance: White, silver grey, lemon yellow, apricot, orange, light malachite green, turquoise blue, light blue, ice blue, russet, burnt sienna, prussian blue, sepia 50%, sepia, slate grey, yellow ochre, primerose

Faber-Castell Polychromos: light yellow ochre, earth green yellowish, olive green yellowish, burnt siena, van-dyck-brown, prussian blue, dark indigo, black

If you want to practice with colored pencils first. I have a class about basic blending Tips & Techniques.

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Emmy Kalia

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Creating is my passion and I'm happy to share it with you!

I believe when it comes to drawing, it's not all about talent, it's about having the motivation to become better. I have learned so much through practice alone. If I can do it, you can do it!

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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. I'm Annika, Leah, And you might know me from my previous glass drawing with colored pencils where I show you blending tips and techniques in this class, I will show you how to use Pam pastel and how to combine it with colored pencils. We are going to draw Kingfisher where we use Pampa. Still for the under painting and the color pencils for the details. Tampa still works really fast and blends really well. This is great for backgrounds to if you haven't used temple still before, I'm sure you will love it as much as I do now let's get started. 2. Sketch & Materials: news. I'm going over the sketch with an HB mechanical pencil, so it's visible for you to see what I'm drawing. I'm drawing this on clear from 10 Boston, that paper on the color light gray. - So if you're not familiar with Pentecost Elliott, I'll show you real quick how you can use this. The names of the colors are on the back, and you can use these different size sponges. I'm just using regular copy paper here to show you. As you can see, this does work, but you won't be able to add a lot of layers, so you do need to use pastel paper. You can use tissue paper to clean off the sponge before you use another color. But if you want to mix colors, you can also add another color without cleaning the sponge. This won't affect the color or make it dirty. What I like about Pam pastel is that you don't need to smudge with their fingers, and the colors blend so easily together. If you're using Pampa Cell for the first time, just play around with it first to get to know the medium better. These are the color fences I'm using. You can find a full list of materials and colors in the description box below 3. Bird: Head: for the first layers, I will use the sample. Still, I'm going to use the smallest bunch applicator. And of course, you can just use your color pencils. You will build up the layers the same way. - Now I will go for the first layers with the colored pencils. I will be using Father pastel pony girls and Karen Dash New minutes. The B is for poetic Ramos, and when I use the luminous, you will see the L. I will color with light to medium pressure, and if you use pastel paper, you will be able to add a lot of layers. - What I like about these wax based colored pencils is that you can easily and white or lighter colors on top of the darker colors. The luminous white is very opaque. - I'm erasing this line because the light is coming from this side, so I don't want to see any dark lines. - You see how good the white luminous goes over the darker color? - Yeah , For the brightest highlights, I always using a critic marker. Check the material this below for the exact brand. - I usually use the wax based pencils for the bigger areas because thes air softer and the oil based pencils like the Holy Crow, most for the details because these aren't that soft, and I can sharpen them to a sharper point. I'm using a reference photo, but Michael isn't to recreate this exactly the same. I pay attention to the different shapes. I see the colors, the highlights and the shadows. The colors don't have to match 100% and you don't have to copy every single feather you see or every single detail. Of course, it's up to you how much detail you want to put in. Thanks. I use an eraser to clean up the areas where ice much the apostle of it. - When I'm creating details, I make sure defense will tip is sharp. - If a colorist too dark, I likely color over it with a line of color. Or if the color is too light. I like the color over it. With the dark brown or dark blue, I create the highlights with the white pencil. This goes perfectly over the other colors. If the white is too right, you can gently color over it with a great or another color. I also used a lighter colors, crying rose or silver, Great for highlights that arms that right. To create depth on, make your drawing look realistic. You will need to pay attention that you re create the shadows and the highlights. 4. Bird: Wing: for the next section. I will use sample still for the first layers again And the only part I used black was for his eye. For the darker shadows I mixed dark brown with dark blue Think 5. Bird: Breast 1: - thanks . - I'm going over the yellow with light blue because there is a shadow and the shadow is not just start yellow, orange or brown. The shadow is a bit bluish greenish so if you and blue to yellow you will have green. I will go over the blue with some yellow car, and later on I will add some burnt sienna too dark in the shadow of it. The key to draw something realistic is to add many layers. Just keep on adding layers at every color. You see if you see a bluish tone at some blue, if you see a warmer color at some red, orange or burnt sienna, I use bright colors and then told the colors down with a layer of wife light grade or any other lighter color on top. Or, if I want to darken the color. I use your brown under the bright color or a light layer of brown over the bright color, and that's how I go back and forth with the colors. If you want to create a certain color, try out and make some colors on another piece of paper first to see which colors you get, the more often you work and practice with color. You will remember how or which colors you could use to create a certain color. If you are a beginner, I would recommend to practice with the basic colors first. Like, for example, blue and yellow together makes green or red and yellow make orange, you might think, well, everybody knows that, but it's good to practice with their colored pencils and see how to mix and create those other colors just out and see for yourself. What kind of different combinations can you create with the three primary colors red, blue and yellow? I have made a video about that so you could watch that video if you haven't already. 6. Bird: Breast 2: 7. Tree trunk: I have used warm brown colors for the first layers of the tree trunk, and to give it a more natural brown. I wanted to add some cool colors, like blue and green. So that's why you've seen the adding some blue on later on. Some green nature actually has so many different colors. Even if you would color relief, you wouldn't just use greens, but even some blue for the shadows or some yellow for the highlights. And just like the bird, I'm going to keep on adding layers, the lighter colors over the mid tomes. Then I add the shadows, then the midterms over the shadows again, and that way you can go back and forth. Just keep on adding layers and colors. Browns, blues, greens, okra colors. Watch how your color stern out as you go. If it's too blue, add some brown. If it's too green at some brown, if it's do brown at some green or blue, if it's too dark at some like Graham top, just color and see how everything goes. And of course, a lot of practice is important. If you don't feel confident enough yet, you could try the colors out on another piece of paper first, and the most important part is to enjoy yourself. Use a reference as a guide, but don't worry too much about trying to match everything 100% the same. It's still drawing. You're drawing your own piece of art dark into goes my favorite color to add shadow or too dark in some areas. I never used black for that. 8. Background: now on to the background. Fan pastel is great for backgrounds because you can use a larger sponge and easily cover up bigger areas. Every color blends really easy. If you don't have Pam pastel and want to draw background with colored pencils, I would recommend using a solvent because you can smooth in the layers of colored pencil really easy with the solvent, - I'm going to create a blurry effect with nature colors. If you start with the darker and brighter colors, you could easily soften the colors by going over them with the light. Great for this side. I'm using the same colors as before. The light beige color you see here is the color yellow. Oh, cretins. Now I'm going over the whole background with the light grade to soften all of the colors. Now the last finishing touches and it's finished. I really hope this glass was helpful. You can upload your works in progress or final drawings in the Project gallery below four feet back. I would love to see what you create