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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.

A NOTE ON PENCIL CRAYONS/ COLORED PENCILS/THOSE BRIGHT STICKS
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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HappiArtist Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2015
Gotta try it!
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CaliRoll Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Finally a good tutorial! >.>
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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!).
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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 haha...so 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!
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LeadKisses Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
This is very very very very helpful. Thank you for making it.
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DancingSubaru Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very helpful!!!
Thank you!
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Kishy-Chan Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
incredible!
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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?
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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!
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MusicalSweetie Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
So useful!
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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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bradman56 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013
This would have helped if i understood what any of this means or or if I actually knew how to draw. :(
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Bfoxkk Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
usually my ink pens dont ink well or not at all over my pencil skecthes, is it because i am pressing too hard? because sometimes i do
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fog-mire Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah, it's hard to get them to cover, esp if you are using very waxy pencil crayons like crayolas. Using a ballpoint to cover is easier- but ballpoints had a kind of purplish blue ink. Otherwise use an ink pen (like micron or staedler) but yes, try to press lightly, and clean off the wax on a separate sheet of paper occasionally (you will lightly wreck this pen a lot quicker when you use it often over pencil crayons, just so you know)
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You-Idiot Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012
what out line pen did you use. It's so neat v.v
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fog-mire Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I use microns : ) Mostly .005 although sometimes going up to a .03 for teh thicker lines.
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Capulet-Kaibee Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for this! i'm going to try this tutorial with both crayons and colored pencils! (im no longer a big fan of computer coloring... x) )
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princessphotoshop Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2012
thx for help me!:clap:
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Snikmorder Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The awkward moment when you realize you don't have enough coloured pencils. :stare:
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Peccantis Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012   General Artist
By layering in different amounts and combinations you can get a lot of mileage out of 24.
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Snikmorder Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Right.
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Novvaik Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the advise!!<3
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fog-mire Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You`re welcome : )
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Novvaik Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
<3
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13right Featured By Owner May 26, 2012
interesting tutorial. i found it really easy to understand. sorta helped me on some of my coloring with the color pencils

quick question
what kind of color pencil do you use?
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fog-mire Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
That`s great - I`m glad it could be of a little help.

I use prismacolour pencils : )
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GABBZZLOVESANIME Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this was so helpful thank you ^-^
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fog-mire Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
You`re welcome! : )
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stardust-fangirl Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
hehe *still uses crayola* i am gonna buy myself some pencils that work... yup that is the plan... awesome tutorial by the way and amazing advice with the coffee... i shall be using it...
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fluffy-maple-vodka Featured By Owner May 22, 2012
haha! I love how you narrated this one. xD btw, I like this tutorial :))
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TheWolfFox Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:O cool!!!
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Skipskatt Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for this!! :D :hug:
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Jhonenfan777 Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow!! So helpful! And you use prismacolor colored pencils! *dies* Soo uber helpful!
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Awai-chan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student General Artist
This is very helpful and works a lot better than what I was originally taught by a friend. Thanks for an awesome tutorial!! :hug:
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JinxMoustache Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
This is the best tutorial ever!!!! : D Thank you so much for making this! :3 I'm a newbie at prismas so yeah! c:
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artsybelle22 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2012  Student General Artist
This helps, and also tells me that it may be time to spring for the prismacolor... Crayola just isn't cutting it anymore
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LionOnStage Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
Thank you for the great tutorial!
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:iconfog-mire:
fog-mire Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! Hope it is helpful!
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011   General Artist
I love this tutortial!~ Awesome techniques great explaination, great detail, and a touch of lovable humor!~ Your artwork is great, btw!~ nice nice job!~
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fog-mire Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks very much ~ I'm glad it was helpful! :heart:
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011   General Artist
^.^
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angeliscool Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
that was really good, and i totally understood the whole 'scratchies' and 'little ovals', it really does make sense. i dont use colored pencils that much, because i always press hard to get rid of the little scratchies! it helps to see someone make sense of the scratchies and show me and tell me how to get rid of them! thank you!!
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fog-mire Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Hehehe thanks very much! I'm glad we understand one another >D
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angeliscool Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
that was really good, and i totally understood the whole 'scratchies' and 'little ovals', it really does make sense. i dont use colored pencils that much, because i always press hard to get rid of the little scratchies! it helps to see someone make sense of the scratchies and show me and tell me how to get rid of them! thank you!!
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i-n-o-c-h-i Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you SOOO much for posting this tutorial!! :iconiloveyouplz: I'm really basic when it comes to coloured pencils, and my lameness is starting to ruin my gradually progressing inking skills. :XD: I'll bear lots of these tips in mind (my brain is too small to process all of them :XD:), so thank you for posting this!
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fog-mire Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Aww you're welcome :hug:
Thanks for the beautiful comment!
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i-n-o-c-h-i Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem! This deserves it! :D
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MYoshira Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the tutorial, so cool! :D
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fog-mire Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're welcome! I'm happy it was helpful ^^
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Fantasytraveler Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD i like the colors
hope i can learn to color like ya XD
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