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COLORING PRINTS WITH COLORED PENCILS

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I cover the basics of this medium here:

Colored pencils 101

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Now, that you are ready for the coloring book adventure - let's get started!

Sharpen and sort your pencil by color.

Have a scrap paper for covering the rest of the page and a piece for trying out the colors and color combinations.

My suggestion is to have a dry board eraser - for keeping your coloring page clean.

Coloring a flower

Coloring a flower is not much more difficult that coloring a simple shape - the same rules are applied to each petal's surface: there are highlights, light areas, and shadows. There are also possible drop shadows from other petals!

Start with deciding on the main color. Then select colored pencils that you need to color the flower. Keep them as a group if you need to color multiple flowers in the design.

What I chose here (left to right):

Dark Brown and Indigo Blue - they are great for shadows
Dark Green - to add some green undertone to the areas, that are close to the stem
Dark Peach - for all mid-tones and shadows. Also works as a blender for the first three colors
Red - to add extra color to the edges of the petals
Light Peach - main color
Cream - for highlights

I'll focus on a simple shaped bud.

Place a piece of paper over the drawing so that you don't smudge it as you move your hand while coloring.

Place the highlights lightly.

Then focus on one petal at a time.

Shade lightly the light areas with the main color.

Overlap the two colors for better blending later.

Shade the darker areas (in this case it's the bottom of the petal)
Next, I added the red edges. Still very lightly shading, may be a little more intense close to the very edge.

Blending time!

I used the main color to blend all areas except the highlights.

Blend the highlight into the rest of the petal with the lightest pencil (in this case it is Cream)

Lightly added some green strokes for extra color.

Blend Green with the Dark Peach pencil.

This petal is done for now.

Color the other petal.

This petal is on the opposite side of the bud. If you compare the overall bud shape with a sphere - remember what is happening on the opposite side of a lit sphere? Shadow!

So I chose Dark Peach as a main color for this particular petal.

After the petal is colored - it's time to add more contrast and dimensions to the flower by separating the petals. How we separate them? By adding shadows.

This is when you use darker colors (Dark Brown and Indigo Blue) to lightly add darker tones to the shaded areas and areas with drop shadows.

Use Dark Peach to blend the dark colors.
Something like this.

More information will be added here soon.

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