Questions tagged [colored-pencils]

For questions about the selection, maintenance, and use of pencils of different colours. Often used together with the [pencils] tag.

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Why do pencils offer larger color variety than watercolor?

Please correct me if I am wrong, but from what I observe, you can easily get 100-150 colours in a set of pencils, but if you go for sets of watercolors, there's rarely more than 24-36. Why so?
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What are good options in colored pencil blending, especially for a traveller?

I generally use the Faber-Castell Colored Pencils, which are vegetable oil based, but I also use PrismaColor Premier from time to time. I normally use Odorless Mineral Spirits to blend, but it is a ...
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What can I do to stop my colored pencils from falling apart?

I have an issue where the point and core of my colored pencils will fall out when using them or sharpening them. These pieces can be up to an inch long. As they're primarily Prismacolors, they're ...
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What are the preferred ways to fill areas with pencil colors in 2d drawings?

Regarding: From: https://crafts.stackexchange.com/a/1699/96 Rather you would better understand if you take a look on the leaves (greenish bulgings), the color has not been equally distributed. ...
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What eraser can I use with wax core coloured pencils

I have a paper box of Prismacolor coloured pencils. I avoid using them since I think my drawing doesn't deserve them. The odd time I do use them and make mistakes I have a hard time erasing them. ...
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Dim lighting with colored pencils

I asked a similar question to this recently (Shading dark scenes) but this time I want to know how I can get a colored pencil drawing to look very shadowy and dark. How do I color the picture where ...
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How to draw mandala when I intend to color it with pencil colors?

Mandala drawings: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala Color pencils are not strong enough to hide the normal pencil. Example: Orange color pencil will not hide the underlying HB graphite pencil ...
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How to get dark colors on paper through pencil colors?

I use these Faber Castell colors for school children: This is what I have tried: Despite after repeatedly coloring the same areas with these pencil colors, I could not get better results. Though I ...
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What is a non-photo blue pencil?

In this question about non-photo blue pencils, it is implied that non-photo blue pencil marks will not show up when scanning, or photographing, art pieces. So, could I just use any blue pencil, or ...
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How can I effectively remove the coating from woodless colored pencils?

I have some woodless colored pencils (Art Stix) and they have a waxy coating around them. This makes them hard to start using and to use them on their side like you would pastels. For my woodless ...
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How to identify the level of tooth a paper has?

I have 145 gsm Cartridge paper in my house. I want to know whether it is great for colored pencil drawing or not. I am told that toothed paper is great for colored pencils. So, I want to know how to ...
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What's the difference between cheap pencils and crayons for coloring?

I heard that colored pencils use wax (or clay) as a pigment vehicle, and crayons (wax pastels) use wax as pigment vehicle. I found recently that crayons are mind blowingly cheap (96 crayola crayons ...
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What Faber-Castell Polychromos color codes do I need to paint this?

I started to draw and paint this famous historical picture of Raising a flag over the Reichstag Berlin 1945, and I am stuck with the red flag and blue haze in the far background: I am using ...
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How do I effectively blend with Artist's Loft colored pencils?

What is the most effective way to blend Artist's Loft colored pencils? I have tried using my fingers and also bathroom tissue, but my colors never look very smooth or well-blended.
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Drawing with white ink on a colored/pastel pencil artwork without the pen clogging up

I am doing some work in pastel and colored pencils. I like to finish the fine white details with a white pen. At the moment, I'm working with a white gel pen. However, either the ink (the gel) isn't ...
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How to create a glitter gold effect with colored pencil

I am painting a Venetian Mask using Prismacolor Premier colored pencils on Strathmore Bristol vellum paper. Parts of the mask and costume in my subject photo have glittery gold on them. I am able to ...
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Prevent black colored pencil from blending into adjacent colors

I'm new to drawing with colored pencils. I've drawn a bear that has a nose and mouth in black, but I can't quite figure out how or when to draw these black parts without accidentally grabbing some of ...
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What are the specifications of the paper required for pencil color drawings?

Aim is to get dark colors on paper through student grade pencil colors. What are the specifications of the paper required for pencil color drawings? What should I look for on the label? What GSM ...
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Does it make sense to use water color pencils instead of normal color pencils for dry coloring?

Since water will have to be applied on the colored area, the color will not remain too bright unless the pigment is much high. Is it so? If yes, then do water color pencils have richer pigments as ...
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Should 300 GSM toothed water color paper be used for pencil colors?

These seem to be toothed as well as they have a great GSM. But, it has been mentioned there that they are for water colors. Since toothed paper is required for holding pencil colors, will these be ...
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Which kind of paper should be selected for graphite, charcoal, and pencil colors? [closed]

Type of paper may have an effect on the medium of drawing used. Which kind of paper should be preferred for graphite, charcoal, and pencil colors, respectively? Also, please mention the standard ...
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Colored Pencil Art

For colored pencil art is it better to ink over your intitial pencil outline or just start coloring over your initial pencil outline. And if I just color over the initial pencil outline how can i ...
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What are my options to blend to pencil colors? [duplicate]

I am going to participate in a painting competition and I want to blend the light and dark blue to make the sky. What blending options do I have with colored pencils?
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Erasable blue pencils for sketching?

I've just started to learn to draw comics. The fine arts shop recommend me a Blue Faber Castell Polychromos pencil for sketch (the lines and geometrics figures that we start first before we can draw ...
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Seeking inspiration - are there professional watercolor pencil artists and if no - why not?

I like watercolor pencil technique very much. Are there professional artists that work in watercolor pencil tehnique. If no - then why not? Soft pastels and soft pastel pencils are accepted and rather ...
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Drawing a newborn baby

I got comments saying that the pose is flat and the form has no shape and that I should draw simple 3D shapes. I don't understand what they mean by form having no shape or pose being flat. Here is my ...
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Pastel Chalks for smokey effect

Can I use my chalk pastels to make a "Smoke" like effect? Is it useful in drawings or should I just stick with pencils? I use Canson sketchbooks
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Coloring Pencils (no prismacolor, only Crayola) [closed]

I don't personally own any Prismacolor pencils, so, besides those, which coloring pencil is best to use when doing a project? I have Crayola pencils (twistable and regular) and I don't know how to ...
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What's the best approach to drawing a colored picture [closed]

I'm not an avid artist, but when I draw, I usually just sketch in pencil because it's such a simple and forgiving drawing tool. I thought I'd try drawing a colored picture, but I'm a bit lost at how ...
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Skin tone color names

Where can I find a list of skin color names? There's gotta be something more detailed than just night, porcelain, cadaver, and peach, kickin' around. I think, Brazil, (?), at some point had a partial ...