We practiced by drawing fruit and eggs placed on colored paper:
|Eggs resting on different colored papers|
See? Every little shadow and highlight is affected by the color of the object, the color of the base, the color of the paper, and your light source. There are so many subtleties to drawing that I had never learned before!
|Lemon, done in colored pencil on tinted paper|
Then we worked on line-making to create texture using colored pencils.
|Based on Van Gogh's Olive Trees - colored pencil on tinted paper|
We learned that colored pencils can be combined with other media to create different effects. One popular method (especially among children's book illustrators) is to put down a base of watercolor to get the color started, and then go over the top with colored pencil to create more dimension, value, and texture.
|The Wizard of Oz's Lollipop Guild - watercolor, colored pencil, and ink|
Another way to use colored pencils, to create a softer look, is to grind the pencil tip on sand paper - making a powder that you can then smear around on the paper. This works best with Col-Erase colored pencils. I didn't want to buy a set of these, so I used the instructor's supplies during class, and then finished up using chalk and watercolor.
|Koi fish and lotus (not sure of the original work's artist) - Col-Erase colored pencils, Prismacolor colored pencils, watercolor, chalk, and ink|
We learned how to do water-soluble-material printmaking, too! This lotus drawing is actually water soluble colored pencils and pastels drawn on vellum, and then transferred to a wet piece of paper. It's printmaking - a monoprint. (If you like this lotus, you should check out these earrings, this shirt, this scarf, and this tank top!)
For my final project (still in progress), I'm combining a variety of the techniques we learned to create some fun, colorful, textured drawings.