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The answer is quite simple really: you can mix watercolours (and paints in general), whereas you can't easily mix coloured pencils. For example: If I have two different blues - a light and a dark - and I want a blue that's halfway in between, with watercolours I can just take roughly equal quantities of each, mix them together and use that. With pencils, I ...


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Something else that may help to explain the difference is that watercolor painters can be quite picky about which paints they choose for mixing. Each watercolor paint is made from 1 or more pigments, which are some sort of substance that is used to make the color. For example, the color winsor yellow deep contains one pigment: PY65. In contrast, cadmium ...


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An alternative is to travel with watercolour pencils. I have recently started to use them, and the blending solvent is water (obviously!). The pencils can be used dry—like normal colored pencils—or they can be applied "wet" to get the desired watercolor effect. In wet application, the artist first lays down the dry pigment and then follows up with ...


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PrismaColor has a colorless blender pencil. Further, you could layer colours (start with the darkest) and use a (near) white pencil to burnish the colours. Make sure the tip of your pencil is sharp and apply the colour in small circular motions to get an even result.


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If the light is coming from a candle, or group of candles, you're going to have very dramatic chiaroscuro lighting. Shadows should be very black, with not a lot of grey tones. Keep in mind that only the elements very close to the candles are going to be visible. Also, candles have yellow light, so basically all colors are a shade of yellow or orange. ...


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Prismacolor pencils are notorious for lead breakage, but the creamy lay down keeps folks coming back. However, there are some things you can do to moderate the problem, in general (I'm going to answer a bit beyond the question). Pencil Selection The pencils that tend to break more easily have off-center cores. If you're buying open stock, take a look at ...


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Lifting something like the Prismacolor line with a hand-held eraser is going to require a lot of elbow grease. So, when the need arises, either for a misplaced line or trying to get an effect, then the best answer is an electric eraser. There are a few options out there, Sakura makes one that is quite popular and I have the Derwent model. Are they perfect? ...


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I can only think of a few options. Don't worry about masking or hiding the sketch. Make bold, dark outlines on purpose. Sketch the pattern you want in graphite, then draw the lines very dark (in graphite, or even ink). This does give the final result something of a "coloring book" feel, which may not be what you're wanting. Sketch outlines in the color of ...


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I am the OP of this thread. Following is what I tried again: Here the color pencils are same, but the drawing sheet is different (145 GSM) and the technique is different. This time instead of drawing any kind of back and forth line, I started drawing extremely small circles, joined together and overlapping each other tightly, with the color pencils. These ...


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In the drawing of the hummingbird you posted, darker colored pencils are being used. Children's sets usually have bright, basic colors. However, you may have some luck getting darker colors by layering what you have. Read up on color theory and combine colors to give the illusion of overall darker hues. The section on tints & shades from the wiki ...


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You can try to do your drawing with a graphite pencil, but you need to take with an xH hardness grade where x refers to a number. The higher this number will be, the harder the writing core will be and thus the lighter the mark left on the paper will be. You also need to pay attention how hard you press on the pencil, even if the pencil lead is soft. A ...


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A common technique for pencil blending is to use either a colorless blender pencil (they make one for this brand) or to use solvents to blend, normally something like Mona Lisa odorless mineral spirits. For blending pencils, I'm pretty sure the Artist's Loft line is wax based and so the blenders for Prismacolor should also work. The thing to remember with ...


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It has to be a particular shade of blue. From Wikipedia, it is apparent that non-photo blue refers to a particular colour rather than a particular kind of pencil: Non-photo blue is a particular shade of blue that cannot be detected by graphic arts camera film. This allows layout editors to write notes to the printer on the print flat (the image that is ...


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There are a couple of ways that you can go about matching... The first is trial and error testing on scrap paper. It's tried and true, really, because all you do is look at the color options in your set and get close, then work with additional blending with other colors to match up. Take notes. :) The more "scientific" way is to use an application like ...


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Quality will be much higher with pencils. The softness of crayons dramatically reduces your precision when drawing, and they have a tendency to "skip" - I guess because of the higher amounts of wax involved. This is why crayon drawings rarely have a uniform color field, and don't blend well. You will use up your crayons much faster than pencils as well, ...


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I'd suggest you use white acrylic ink with either a dip pen or a fine pointed brush (whatever suits you better).


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What helps me most when drawing is to study a couple inspiration images. I take the time to look very carefully at the colours (for example, when drawing and colouring clouds). In a dim lighting scene, do I really see a darker colour of yellow, or does my brain tell me it is yellow when really the colour looks more blue or gray? For you I would suggest ...


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There are several characteristic for a paper that should influence your choice : The weight The higher this value will be the thicker and the studier the paper will be. It is usefull to have a rather high value, because you will be able to erase or burnishing, without completely destroying your paper. Personnaly I thing that having 200 gsm is enough, but ...


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The color set you have used is actually not suitable to produce such fine art on paper like the bird. Rather you would better understand if you take a look on the leaves (greenish bulgings), the color has not been equally distributed. This happens when the pencil is pushed forward and backward with pressure and the nip of the pencil breaks in small portions....


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I wish I could test this personally but I do not have those pencils. Have you tried plastic or steel wire brushes? Image from Amazon The steel(metal in general) ones might remove too much material. This could largely depend on technique. So the plastic one might be effective but so much as to remove too much material. You can keep the pencil on the "table"...


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Possibilities for blending depend on the extent and/or stylistic appearance of the blending you want to achieve. You can blend mechanically by using readily available tools that are small and lightweight: Your fingers, bare or wrapped with a small cloth or tissue, are always with you. Blending stumps or tortillions allow more precise blending than with ...


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The recommended method of filling in space with colored pencils is by using small circular strokes. This way, the color is applied evenly and with minimal gaps or streaks. Demietra's method will be effective in quickly filling in spaces, ideal for a sketch or other rough work, but it will leave streaks that you may not want in your final product.


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Student vs professional is usually a difference in pigment and pigment amounts, the binders are typically the same. So, from that respect, I wouldn't expect a lot of difference in the important aspect of their behavior. So, watercolor pencils are designed to be used dry on dry or as a wet medium, so there's no inherent reason not to use them for dry ...


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If you're drawing for a hobby, some tips for beginners can be found here and here. Firstly, you can improve your drawing by: Drawing newborn baby anatomy - I found a cute example for you here. Reading this. Control your drawing. You can practice some baby gesture drawing, and add light and shadow. Here is an expert tutorial: press hard for dark skin tones ...


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Cheap or expensive, crayons are softer, pencils are harder. Pencils will scratch off crayons but I see no problem with using crayons over pencils. However, cheap crayons are really not worth it. Cheap colour medium, in general, means more filler and less pigment resulting in dull colours and unsatisfactory reaults. If you can't afford decent quality ...


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The phrase my first painting teacher used the most was "Contrast in Value-!" The best way to make anything look realistic is to pay attention to the lights and darks, or "value" of the colours. I recommend unfocusing your eyes to take in the general sense of contrast- how much of that "glitter" really stands out? Can you convey what you want without it? I ...


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Use a spray fixative such as this one to fix the pastel etc. to the page. This way, the artwork stays on the paper, leaving you to put anything you wish on top. A cheaper alternative that some say works is to use hairspray.


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Lots of good advice here, but you may also want to consider using a fixative to preserve the drawing as you work it. Fixative, found in convenient to use spray cans although you can get it in liquid form, chemically bonds and protects the pigments applied to the paper. It is nearly a requirement when working in pastels and I regularly use it to protect my ...


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A lot of color pencil artists use watercolor paper for their work because solvent blending is less likely to damage the paper from any moisture that may be added and the paper can take a lot of abuse since it is so sturdy. However, most of the ones I follow use hot press rather than cold press or rough. It's true that you want tooth, but cold press or ...


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