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Fog's Colored Pencil Tutorial by fog-mire Fog's Colored Pencil Tutorial by fog-mire
I have a lot of apologies stacked up for this one.
First - it took me a long time to get around to doing this, so I hope it is still helpful. HOWEVER- I realized part way through that I hadn't used pencil crayons in over 6 months, and that I had kind of forgotten how to use them XD So, I was learning and re-learning throughout this too.
Also - Attempting to put my drawing process into followable steps was something of a challenge, because I often jump back and forward; therefore, it may be hard to follow. And I occasionally change my mind half-way through a process.
Furthermore - !WARNING!!!!IT IS HUUUUGE!!!!!WARNING! So I'd go make yourself a cup of coffee while you wait for it to download. It is also filled with lots of boring talking, (and writing you can't read) which I'm pretty sure isn't very helpful. And the pictures are most likely too small and bleached by my scanner, so you'll have to use a little bit of your imagination.

If you have ANY suggestions, they are welcome. :heart:
Also- if there is enough interest, and you aren't completely horrified by my horrific teaching skills, I may do a marker tutorial as well. Later.

I use prismacolor pencil crayons. I have a pack of 132, or something ridiculous like that- but I also have additionally berol prismacolors, and some special release prismacolors. For this picture I used approx 40 colors - but this does not mean you can't still create beautiful art with less. Nor do your pencil crayons have to be prismacolors or derwents or stuff like that. I started off with crayolas - and they were fine for me to start off with. They are waxier, and all waxy pencil crayons (even derwents) are harder to layer, so you have to press really really softly for your base color. For further info on pencil crayons, there are some great tutorials here on DA.

VOCAB- I like making words up, like "scratchies" which are those little white spots you get if you take a black (or dark pencil crayon) and color on a piece on paper. If you want to get a pure smooth black with no scratchies, your inclination is to press harder and beat those scratchies into submission. This works, but creates a uninteresting black which is hard to shade with. Instead, charm your scratchies by keeping them for as long as possible by layering. Layering is very important - and will eventually rid you of them.
My little oval pencil stroke diagram at the top is lame, but attempt for quick oval strokes like that- but which cover the surface area of your page very slowly. (So your hand is moving fairly fast with the tiny oval rhythm, but you are not moving across the page quickly - this means you will evenly cover an area.)
Going SLOWLY is important. Coloring EVENLY is important. LAYERING is important. And having CONFIDENCE, patience and a excitement for progress is very important.

I hope my essays covered most questions - but if you have any more, please ask :heart:
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CaliRoll Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Finally a good tutorial! >.>
MoonKestrel Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist
I enjoyed this tutorial a lot! I love using prismas (I also have a "big box" of them, 96 or a 100 or something like that) and enjoyed the tutorial, since it was fun and nice. I did learn from it (the layering was never my thing but the oval coloring has always been a MUST for me!).
Vaalkaaren Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the great tutorial. I've invested in Prismacolors and I'm definitely not patient enough as a result, my stuff comes out half-baked ^^; These pencils have such great potential and now that I'm not trying to fit a deadline, I feel like I can utilize them to their full potential. This tutorial definitely helped!
LeadKisses Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is very very very very helpful. Thank you for making it.
DancingSubaru Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful!!!
Thank you!
Kishy-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
strawberrynekos Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't have any art colored pencils, I only have the standard Crayola kind. Is that still good enough to use?
Salvanir Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Awesome tutorial sorry Im years late in responding, but was looking through color pencil tutorials and this is one of my favorites!
MusicalSweetie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So useful!
PictureLuver Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2013
Thank you thank you thank you thank you! I have been searching the intertubes all damn day looking for something like this! This is an instant difference maker for my blending.
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