Do You Love Color & Love to Draw?

Then colored pencil is for you! Rich, vibrant pigment in a handy, portable, non-toxic, easy-to-use package. Artists have been using the colored pencil medium for over 100 years, and the pencils just keep getting better–new colors, lightfast improvements, and more. I learned all this, as well as the painting techniques and drawing tips to use with this medium on the set of ArtistsNetwork.tv.

Colored pencil landscape by Kristy Kuch.
Colored pencil landscape by Kristy Kuch.

I had previously fallen in love with colored pencil through Janie Gildow's art lessons in the videos she did with us here in 2012. My excitement was renewed this summer when Kristy Kutch came in for her ArtistsNetwork.tv video workshops. Kristy is a contributor to various colored pencil publications such as The Best of Colored Pencil, Exploring Color and Colored Pencil Explorations, and she has also authored several art instruction books like Drawing and Painting with Colored Pencil and The New Colored Pencil.

Kristy teaches her colored pencil tips to students across the country and shares everything you need to know to start using this versatile medium in her Colored Pencil Techniques: How to Paint Fruit video. Besides creating a gorgeous, vibrant still life, you will learn how to grate and blend pencil pigment, how to incise and burnish for texture techniques that enhance the realism, and how to glaze color for depth and dimension.

If you love the look of watercolor paint, but can't figure out how to control it, then you may want to try painting with watercolor pencils. The pigment goes right where you want it: it's very controllable. They are portable, relatively speedy, non-toxic, and the perfect accompaniment to sketchbook journals. You can put the pencils to use now with Kristy's Watercolor Pencil Techniques: How to Paint Flowers video for glorious irises that dance on the page, and in her Colored Pencil Techniques: Easy Landscape Painting video for watercolor pencil tips, as well as how to use colored pencils, to paint trees, grasses, water, clouds and more.

If you are a lover of rich, realistic painting and ready to start using colored pencil for all your favorite subjects, Kristy Kutch's fun painting lessons are for you!

–Jennifer

 

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Do You Love Color & Love to Draw?

  1. I checked out the two accompanying video’s in this article as I am heavy into using and controlling the dust of the pastel pencils, which can be pretty burdensome especially when I am trying to keep a clean, white background. One think I noticed from the video’s is how she shades her subjects, by using alternate colors from the color wheel. For me, and I stress, “for me,” shading is always gray, fruit, wood, cement, etc. When I shade (samples available) I shade with a graphite pencil, rub with my finger, tissue, Q-tip or use a tortillian. Then I shade with the colors I am working with. This practice, “for me” brings our the curved looked to a flat surface I am looking for. I loved her fruit and flowers, I do not draw my outlines dark like they were presented here, but here color-blending gqve me something to emulate. Thankd for the article.

  2. I checked out the two accompanying video’s in this article as I am heavy into using and controlling the dust of the pastel pencils, which can be pretty burdensome especially when I am trying to keep a clean, white background. One think I noticed from the video’s is how she shades her subjects, by using alternate colors from the color wheel. For me, and I stress, “for me,” shading is always gray, fruit, wood, cement, etc. When I shade (samples available) I shade with a graphite pencil, rub with my finger, tissue, Q-tip or use a tortillian. Then I shade with the colors I am working with. This practice, “for me” brings our the curved looked to a flat surface I am looking for. I loved her fruit and flowers, I do not draw my outlines dark like they were presented here, but here color-blending gqve me something to emulate. Thankd for the article.

  3. I checked out the two accompanying video’s in this article as I am heavy into using and controlling the dust of the pastel pencils, which can be pretty burdensome especially when I am trying to keep a clean, white background. One think I noticed from the video’s is how she shades her subjects, by using alternate colors from the color wheel. For me, and I stress, “for me,” shading is always gray, fruit, wood, cement, etc. When I shade (samples available) I shade with a graphite pencil, rub with my finger, tissue, Q-tip or use a tortillian. Then I shade with the colors I am working with. This practice, “for me” brings our the curved looked to a flat surface I am looking for. I loved her fruit and flowers, I do not draw my outlines dark like they were presented here, but here color-blending gqve me something to emulate. Thankd for the article.

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