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How to draw with colored pencils on toned paper
in realistic style
Drawing on a toned paper can make your drawings look even more realistic, because
when we draw with bright colored pencils it looks even more outstanding than when we
draw with them on white paper. It’s good to remember that the drawn areas can be little bit
darker than they are on white paper, but we always can make them lighter with white
In this book with 4 drawing tutorials you can find a lot of tricks and tips that you can
apply to your drawings. The most important is to keep practicing. Some artists draw area
by area, some start from the darkest parts, some from the lightest ones. You have to find
out what is the most appropriate for you. I’ll try to keep it simple and helpful.
Few advices that I want to give you that might be helpful:
- The more detailed, the better drawing.
- Don’t compare yourself with those who draw worse than you. This way you can be
satisfied although you still have a lot to improve.
- Patience. If you just throw your pencil saying “It’s not for me!” of course you won’t
develop and improve. If you want success you have to work on drawing with patience.
In this book we won’t use much colors, only 2-3 colors per drawing, so that can be simple
even for beginners.
We are going to make a strong contrasts on our drawings so they can look really realistic:
To make a 3D illusion with heavy shadows:
To make a things shining:
So let’s get started.
This book is about colored pencils, but I would recommend a white ink gel pen, which is
very useful for drawing over already drawn dark areas. We can achieve it with white
colored pencil, but it’s really difficult, so this pen is great.
I would recommend a two types of colored pencils: for the thinner parts and hair use the
harder colored pencils such is Faber-Castell and for creating a smooth textures (smooth
surfaces, larger areas) use a soft colored pencil such is Prismacolors. It’s easier if you use
the smoothest paper. You can also use a colorless blender, but for blending the drawn areas
you can use even a white colored pencil.
Using the grid method:
As a first you should
and make it as proportional as possible.
Take time and patience for drawing a main lines, because it is a base of your drawing. If
it’s difficult for you to get a proportional sketch, you can use a grid method, which many
artists use. In the next image you can see how it works, I’ve made one sample from my
drawing. Draw a grid, with mechanical pencil using a ruler, over a reference photo and
draw a grid on a blank paper. Draw a main lines from the squares of reference photo to the
squares of your paper. Once you’re finished with sketch, erase the grid lines.
Dice - drawing tutorial
As a first draw the main lines using a grid-method. In the next image you can see a sample
that I’ve made about grid. If you are advanced drawer, you can use only 1-2 lines in your
You should draw a grid and main lines with H graphite pencil, because it can be easily
erased. If you press hard this lines will stay visible even under the colored pencils. So,
press gently with pencil; you need this line only for orientation.
As you can see I’m drawing it on a grey paper which is little bit green, but you can choose
any other color.
Let’s start with white color, so you can see what are the benefits of drawing on a toned
paper. With white colored pencil draw the spots and the shining on the dice.
With red colored pencil draw all the red parts. This is not difficult, but has to be drawn
carefully. I used Faber-Castell for the red parts next to do white areas, because
Prismacolors are too soft for drawing such a precise parts.
Now with dark red colored pencil draw the areas that are in shadow. You can see that in
the next image.
With white colored pencil go over the highlighted red areas, the edges and the parts
affected by the light.
Start to draw a shadow under the dice with H graphite pencil and look at your drawing
from far away so you can see how these shadows look. You can see that the shadows in
the reference photo are not as strong as mine. I wanted to make it more 3D. You can also
play with it. That’s why I recommend to draw with graphite pencil first; dark colored
pencils always leave trace after being erased. The dice on the left side is rolling higher in
the air, so logically it has a smaller shadow than the dice which is closer to the say table. If
you see that your shadows are on the right places draw them with dark grey colored
pencil. Use the black colored pencil to draw in the middle of the shadow. The edges of the
shadows draw with light grey pencil or use a colorless blender to make the blurry edges.
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Red Car - Drawing Tutorial
Let’s draw the next drawing area by area. I have some grid drawn, but it’s hardly visible
and contains only few lines. If you are a beginner, you should use more lines in your grid
and as you get more experienced you’ll have to use less and after a lot of practicing, you
won’t even need that. So, this one I’ve drawn without sketching. The photo of this car has
been taken in the night under the streets’ lights. I started from the top and used a rose and
white colored pencils for the edges of the car. I started a windshield from the highlighted
areas and continued to draw it with light grey colored pencil. Gradually I started to use a
dark grey and finally the black colored pencil. The lights that fall all over the car I drew
with white colored pencils.
The lights on the car I drew with white, grey and yellow colored pencil, as you can see in
the next image. The side of the car I started with dark red pencil.
The red areas that are in the shadow I drew with darker nuances of red colored pencils,
blending the edges among the nuances.
The side of the car draw with darker red pencil and with white draw the reflections of the
streets’ lamps on it.
The downer side of the car you should draw with dark red pencil because this area gets
less light. Draw the shining parts of the wheel with white colored pencil and among and
under these with black pencil.
With black colored pencil draw around license plate.
Draw the name of the car or some numbers. You don’t have to choose the same colors as
mine or in any reference photo.
With darker colors draw the downer parts and with white colored pencil draw the lamps
and the shining on the edges of the car.
Around the previously white areas of the lamp draw with black colored pencil.
Draw the shadow under the car with black pencil and the metal parts of the wheel with
white pencil. These parts are actually grey, but they are affected by the streets’ lamps so
they become white. The tire is not shining, so we can draw with grey pencils.
Only the downer parts of the tire we can draw with black pencil. if you want you can add
some background and the asphalt under the car.
You can choose a simple city behind and draw it with black and white.
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Pot with honey and honey dipper Drawing Tutorial
Draw a few lines as grid over the reference photo and on your paper just to get some
orientation. You can use a grid with more lines if that’s more comfortable for you. see in
the introduction how to do this.
I’ve put some digital line in the next image, just to show you how it works.
So, your sketch should look as mine in the next image. To get a proportional bottle,
glasses, ball and such a symmetric things I would recommend you to take a look at
them in the mirror. This is just a little trick that can help a lot and I’m using to do this.
Sometimes you may think that your drawn object looks symmetric, but if you see it in the
mirror, you can notice mistakes. Only if it looks good in the mirror as well, you can add a
I’ve drawn this drawing with Prismacolor colored pencils because they are really soft and
good for such the honey, so i can tell you exactly which colors I’ve used. In the next
image you can see that I’ve drawn the darker parts first. I’ve drawn them with Goldenrod
Prismacolor Premier colored pencil. I’ve gone over and over the same areas more times
till I’ve achieve the smooth texture on my paper.
In the next step I’ve drawn the lighter areas of the pot with Jasmine Prismacolor colored
pencils. With this pencil I’ve also drawn more “layers” to make it look smooth.
Sometimes I use a colorless Prismacolor wax blender, but it makes a drawn areas little bit
darker and we don’t want it in this case.
When I blend something that I don’t want to become darker after using a wax colorless
blender, I simple use white colored pencil. It really helps to make a color look smooth.
I’ve made a little sample in the next image s you can see the difference between areas
drawn with only pencil and blended with white pencil. Of course your area will look
lighter and you have to count on it.
With white colored pencil go little bit over the sides of the pot to make it look rounder.
With white colored pencil draw the shining areas. This is very important part of this
drawing and you can see in the next image how white color add a third dimension to our
drawing. I recommend to use a white Prismacolor colored pencils, because as I’ve
experienced it can be easily erased and that’s not the case with other brands. Sometimes I
just scratch down the color with my nail. So don’t be afraid to use a white pencil over
these areas. If you’ve exaggerated you can always erase it. Draw the upper tops of the
honey dipper with white pencil. Just look at the reference photo to see where are found all
the white areas and draw them on the same places. You cannot go wrong.
For the next step I’ve used two nuance of brown pencils: Dark Umber and Sienna Brown
Prismacolor colored pencils. With dark Umber draw the darker parts of the dipper and pot.
With Sienna Brown blend these dark brown areas with other areas so they can look
You can see in the reference photo that there’s no that strong shadow like I’ve drawn, but I
wanted to make it more outstanding. You can start with small shadow like that in the photo
and if you want you can add more shadow. I’ve drawn this shadow with black and dark
grey colored pencils and blended the edges with colorless blender.
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Yawning Tiger - drawing tutorial
Draw a main lines:
With black colored pencils draw all the black areas pressing hard to get an absolute black
Now with white colored pencils draw all the white parts. When draw these white areas
close to the black draw little bit over the edges between these two colors to make them
With brown colored pencil draw the rest of the fur:
With darker nuance of brown, darker than the previously used pencil draw the fur that is in
the shadow and among the wrinkled skin of the nose.
Draw the top of the nose and the tongue with rose and violet colored pencils.
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