Monday, August 8, 2011

Scumbles And Lines

There are several ways to apply colored pencil.  "Scumbling" is drawing in a tight circlular motion.  Hold your pencil lightly, make marks lightly.  The circles overlap and if done consistently, give a smooth finished look.  I have found that if you are planning on putting down a lot of layers, it's better to start with very light layers and build the color.  Don't use less than four layers or you won't achieve a rich depth of color.  For these beginning layers, hold the pencil about half way.  Move your hand closer to the tip to make heavier marks.  One of my favorite colored pencil artists is Ann Kullberg who wrote Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step.  She often uses vertical lines, especially for filling in large areas.  It's a time saver, but I prefer the scumble method.  See how I scumble in this short clip:

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