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« on: December 15, 2005, 08:59:31 pm »
Quick and Dirty Tutorial.

Hard leaded pencils (Prangs) next to Soft leaded (Prismas)
as a general demonstration of how layering works.

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« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2005, 09:15:56 pm »
Thanks. '<img'> It shouldn't be too late to work a little bit more on that one drawing then. '<img'>

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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2005, 10:18:02 pm »
One thing to keep in mind, darker colors tend to overpower the lighter ones. By that I mean, once you've made an area dark, it's hard to get it back very white.  So try to plan out your highlights ahead of time and leave space for them.


Oh, and another thing, when mixing colors remember that a color's complimentary can be used to desaturate it.





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« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2005, 12:04:41 am »
Quote (Vararam @ Dec. 15 2005, 8:18 pm)
One thing to keep in mind, darker colors tend to overpower the lighter ones. By that I mean, once you've made an area dark, it's hard to get it back very white.  So try to plan out your highlights ahead of time and leave space for them.


Oh, and another thing, when mixing colors remember that a color's complimentary can be used to desaturate it.

I learned that unfortunately on the duel drawing that got me asking all these questions. '<img'> But it was knowledge I had no idea what to do with until your post. ':p' (ie, so it happens, now what? ':p' )

But between learning better how to use my scanner, and layering, I've redone a few images and feel alot better about them. I'll probably rework the duel tomorrow and think I can at least get it a little better.

Old Rabbit's gift art turned out about 10 times better I thought. '<img'>

Thanks for the suggestions.

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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2005, 08:20:25 am »
What I usually do with colored pencils:

I start with my lightest colors.  

Using the side of my pencil I (VERY LIGHTLY) start filling in my color.  I gradually build up my colors, especially in my shadowy areas.  

If it needs it, I will lightly go over my shadows in a darker shade of the same color.

Never, ever use black to make shadows.
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2005, 08:39:15 am »
Quote (Ulario @ Dec. 16 2005, 6:20 am)
Never, ever use black to make shadows.

Oops. Well too late for three pictures, but I haven't redone the duel yet. '<img'>

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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2005, 01:19:28 pm »
Quote (Ulario @ Dec. 16 2005, 5:20 am)
Never, ever use black to make shadows.

That basically goes with what I was saying.  Do not underestimate the power of the dark colors.

You know, even though we are talking about color pencils, a lot of this translates to other media as well. For example, with paint you also want to use black sparingly most of the time because it's such an overpowering color. It takes a lot more light colored paint to lighten the mixture than it takes dark colored paint to darken it. And that's basically how it is with colored pencils too. Only with the pencils you'd have a much harder time even getting it to be that light again.


Another tip for doing shadows (in any media), try adding a bit of the complimentary color to the shadow. It can help liven up a picture (just don't overdo it).  For example, a blue object that's shadows are slightly orangish.

Also, mixing colors is good. If you look at most things they don't have one constant color. Like, I look at the blanket on my bed. It's sort of a magenta color, but I can see areas that look just slightly more bluish from the light coming through the window.  Little things like that can really help a picture.