6 Things Only Colored Pencil Users Can Relate
Colored pencils are every person’s childhood friends. All of us might not like drawing in our childhood days, but we can admit we enjoyed coloring. Personally, I still enjoy coloring with colored pencils more than any other medium. In fact, I have a whole colored pencil set at home, which I use from time to time. I like art pencils because they are simple, easy to use, and not complex or messy, like crayons, oil pastels, water, and oil colors. Hey, I’m not dissing them and call me old-school, but I still enjoy coloring with pencils.
One drawback is colored pencils do not pack as high pigments as others, and the coloring process may take more time as well. So, it’s not for quick arts or for professionals. But for a lazy-ass potato person like me, who only draws as a hobby, it’s a great thing. Embarking on this journey, I have acquired a few lessons about art colored pencils, and if you are anything like me, you should know them too.
1. Understand your medium preference
As I have elucidated earlier, everyone has a different coloring medium preference. Some choose oil colors, some watercolors, and some (me) chooses pencil colors. There’s no right or wrong way to this. It’s all about what you like and what keeps you going. If you want to get the most from colored pencils, you need to learn to draw detailing. All pro artists master this technic for keeping their drawings more realistic. If you are pursuing a drawing career, it’s crucial to know the process of detailing. Now detailing applies with any medium, but for colored pencil drawings, you need to carve the details more to bring depth and realism.
2. You can erase a mistake using pencil colors
I used to be lousy at coloring till my grandma taught me how to do it properly. Love you for this, granny! Artists start with pencil colors first because they are more controlled while drawing an outline, do precise coloring, and erase any blunder made by them. Whenever my coloring goes out of line, or I need to make some color changes, pencils allow rubbing off the mistakes using an eraser. Just erase and start over, another reason why we love colored pencils.
3. To use colored pencils is to be patient
Those who draw using colored pencils have massive patience built in them. In fact, in any art form, patience and persistence are required. If you are working with colored pencils, you need to know how to do layers. The layer-by-layer formation in the picture using colored pencils is what layering is all about. And layer takes loads of time to form and to finish. If you want to achieve a realistic expression in your drawing, you have to deal with layers. Sometimes, the layering may seem unnecessary as there isn’t much to change. Yet, you will have a brilliantly drawn and colored picture in your possession when you have those extra steps taken. So, never underestimate the power of layer and patience.
4. Befriend watercolor pencils
The most important lesson I have learned about using colored pencils is that there’s a variety that’s not widely used. I have grown up using Staedtler’s Luna watercolor pencils, and let me tell you, those pencils are fantabulous! I spent my entire childhood using these colored pencils. I have a small and silly memory of using these pencils.
If you have used Luna pencils, you’d know that they are super pigmented! But I always live for pigments and wanted to have more! So, one day upon reading the package detail, I discovered that these pencils can be used with water. I sheepishly dipped my indigo-colored pencil into the water and started coloring. As soon as I started applying this technic to my drawings, my arts got significantly better, and the color packed way more depth than it ever did before. It, however, took me a decade to realize that my technic was wrong! The technic should be coloring beforehand, dipping a clean watercolor brush into water, and then use the brush over the color for the watercolor painting look! With that said, I still prefer the pencil dipping method and use it to pack a punch for my art!
The moral of the story is you can use watercolor pencils in many ways, and that’s a great thing. If you are new to water coloring, learning it this way will set the foundation for you in the future. For watercolor pencils, I recommend this Zenacolor’s 72 Watercolor Pencils.
5. Always buy good-quality colored pencils
Why? Because I said so! Kidding! You need good things in life, and as an artist, using cheap pencils will make your soul hurt. Cheaper colored pencils don’t necessarily pack in the color quality; they may seem patchy and blotchy, which is a big no-no! I used to use colors that are so bad and had no pigments that it made me sad! Don’t let poor quality colors ruin your art and mood, instead invest in colors that are simply the best and nothing less.
6. You may get attached to your colored pencils
I am not an artist; I just like to draw gibberish! I call it my hobby, as I do with journaling. But, even though I’m not an artist (not even close), I still have tons of color pencils sitting at my desk for times when I feel inspired. If any of the pencils get missing, I get furious and keep searching for them like a lunatic! My family finds it very unusual behavior for someone who can’t even draw well. And yet, I love my color pencils like anything.