You might have been using Colored Pencil or Coloring Pencils for some time. You most likely have done already one if not two different Colored Pencil Techniques. But did you know just by using a handful of different Colored Pencil Techniques will allow you to create fantastic and rich pieces of artwork?
In this post we’ll cover the different techniques when it comes to Colored Pencils in step by step.
Colored Pencil Techniques #1: Hatching/Directional
Directional Lines or Hatching as it’s often known, is simple straight line. By spacing out the white space between the lines, you can achieve a different effect.
Colored Pencil Techniques #2: Cross Hatching
Cross Hatching starts off with directional lines. Next, another layer of lines is added on top in the opposite direction.
Colored Pencil Techniques #3: Up and Down
Up and down lines are similar to the the directional lines, but when it’s applied, the pencil doesn’t leave the paper. This zig-zag effect is quicker when it comes to coloring and creates a more even finish.
Colored Pencil Techniques #4: Layering
When you apply multiple layers of a Colored Pencil, it builds up on the surface in layers. This is why it’s called layering. In this case, we’ve built up 2 layers of the Colored Pencil using the Up and Down technique in the opposite direction. It almost looks like a tight cross hatching technique.
Colored Pencil Techniques #5: Stippling
When you apply tiny circles or dots on the page, it creates a stipple effect. When the dots are closer, it brings out the color and when it’s farther apart, it blends more with the background.
Colored Pencil Techniques #6: Circling
Circling Technique happens when you use the Colored Pencil to create circles on the page. When the circles are overlapping, it creates a more consistent and smooth finish. This effect is good for curly hair.
Colored Pencil Techniques #7: Random/Scribbles
If you notice the textures of trees, it doesn’t have a pattern. That’s when using the random Colored Pencil Technique comes handy. It allows us to get a random pattern that is useful for a lot of landscape coloring.