How to blend colored pencils tutorial: tutorial about blending tips for your drawings.
Hey guys! In this video I share with you Ten Tips about how to blend colored pencils in your drawings! I decided to make this tutorial because of the many requests I recieved from many of you. In the video below I show you my method.
This technique comes from my experience! I hope you will find my suggestions useful!
(Sorry guys, in the first part of the video I had some audio problems, If you can’t listen well, please just go ahead)
In this tutorial I useed Prismacolor Colored Pencils but basically these tips are the same for any kind of colored pencils. Anyway I suggest you to use very a very soft pencil lead for blending (like Prismacolor lead) and harder leads for edges and borders.
How to blend colored pencils?
1 TIP: SHADES
Before to start you should take a look at the drawing making attention to every single shade. You should forget for the whole result and focus on details. While you draw it could seem a mess but at the end, when you look at the general result, you will see that each piece fits well into the overall picture.
2 TIP: TRY COLORS
If you don’t know which colored pencils you must use and which one has the right shade, just try the pencils on a white paper and then compare the two tonalities. Using this tip you will be shure that you are using the right shade and that you are not making mistakes.
3 TIP: START WITH LESS
If you are still practising, remember to start with less color and then add more until you will reach a good result. With some practice you will understand the right pressure.
4 TIP: FILL THE EMPTY SPACES
If you want to create shadows and lights, the main mistake is to use only one tonality and make more pressure for the shadow and less pressure for the light. That is ok but you can’t leave the drawing like that. You must compleate it, filling all the empty spaces. Indeed, also the light part must be full of color, otherwise the result will be unprofessional. I suggest you to use a clear tonality to add to the first one for create the light effect.
5 TIP: SMALL CIRCLES
My advice is to use the colored pencils, drawing small circles and not lines. In that way it will be easier to blend colors.
6 TIP: LAYERS
You should think at the drawing like a series of layers. For those who use Photoshop it will be easier to understand what I mean.
7 TIP: SHADOWS AND LIGHTS
The layers are like transparent papers. On the bottom you should draw the shadows and then you should add another layer using a lighter tone and, at the end, the clearest shade on the top. At the end it will be possible to add some details. For blending you must make more pressure where the tonality is stronger and less pressure at the border between the two tones. That is the point in which they meet and mix togheter.
8 TIP: ADD MORE
If the result is not as you wish, you can still add more tonalities on the layers. This is possible only if you have followed my suggestions. That is because If you have already pressed down too much the colored pencils on the paper, it will be not so easy to add more layers.
9 TIP: BLENDER
I do not use the blender because I prefer to blend colored pencils using this techniques. Anyway, if you wish, you can use the blender, that is a colorless pencil used to mix colors. Just notice that if you use the blender, it will be impossible to add more layers on the top or you will ruin the drawings. Therefore, if you know you are going to use the blender, make shure you are satisfied with the final result.
10 TIP: DETAILS
If you are happy with the result, you can now add some details. It would be better to use an harder pencil but you can keep using the softer one.
Below you can find the video tutorial, in which I show you how to apply these tips to the drawings. I hope you will like this tutorial and that you will find it useful! Thanks for watching!