In this art tutorial on drawing with coloured pencils I explain how to draw an apple. We start by organising our pencils tonally and in colour, because this makes the drawing easier. Once the outline is drawn, I explain how to start applying the colour to the apple starting with the light tones. It is […]

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In this art tutorial I’m going to show you how to use coloured (colored) pencils to draw a red pepper. I start by explaining how to outline the drawing before concentrating on the dark tones first. It really is amazing how cool tones will make dark areas of the drawing recede and warmer tones will […]

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Coloured Pencils – Basics This art tutorial covers the basics of how to draw with coloured pencils. I explain how to draw with coloured pencils from the very basic techniques of shading to bending. Blending colours together to create soft gradations of tone is an important step to learn. It is also useful to understand […]

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Colour creates Mood Claude Monet was a master at using colour. He was always looking for the special effects light could have on the environment because it added a special element to his paintings.  We have to remember that colour is not a natural phenomenon. It follows a set of rules like gravity. It is […]

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One of the things that distinguishes one artist from another is their palette – the colours they use to create their paintings. It is often a good idea to limit your palette to just a few colours, I would suggest five. The reason is twofold, one you really have to learn and be creative with […]

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Understanding Colour It doesn’t matter whether you are using watercolour, acrylic, oil or pastel if you do not understand how colour works.  Understanding colour is fundamental when you mix colours together, you are never going to produce a really successful painting. The first essential is to get hold of a colour wheel and look at […]

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