I don't care what anyone says, color is king. It makes everything better–more appealing and lively. Oftentimes in an artist's drawing practice, a sense of color takes a backseat to the black, white, and gray of charcoal or graphite. But that doesn't necessarily have to be the way it is.
|Distortion(s) by Janie Gildow,
colored pencil and acrylic, 11 x 10.
Colored pencil art is on the rise. Many artists want the lushness of color and the precision of a drawing implement, and the ability to mix the two with their painting practices as well. Using colored pencils is a way to have all of this. In our new free eBook, Colored Pencil Techniques from Artist Daily: Create Faster, Richer Effects in Your Colored Pencil Drawings, artist Janie Gildow gives a colored pencil tutorial based on her own artistic practices that shows just how adaptable colored pencils can be.
Gildow typically starts with a colored pencil drawing layered over watercolor washes. This allows the artist to have the all-over color effects she wants without the time investment that going over every inch of one's paper requires. She'll sometimes do the same thing with a ground layer of pastel. Gildow has also explored working on black surfaces with wax-based pencils to achieve an intense sense of color, which is ideal for when she wants to draw reflective surfaces like droplets of water or refracted light on crystal.
In Colored Pencil Techniques from Artist Daily: Create Faster, Richer Effects in Your Colored Pencil Drawings you will also find Gildow's "color predictor"–a color wheel she created to help students produce tints, tones, shades, and color complements. This helps save a lot of time when trying to figure out what happens when you combine colors in specific ways.
All in all, if you are looking to explore color and drawing with a forgiving, adaptable, and portable medium, colored pencil art might be what you are searching for. And Colored Pencil Techniques from Artist Daily: Create Faster, Richer Effects in Your Colored Pencil Drawings allows you to see what colored pencil art is capable of, so you can discover if it is right for you. Download your copy now!