How to use colored pencils

You think you are using your colored pencils like you should? Why? Because you are using them since you were a kid? That’s no reason! Fact is that most people are using them wrong! With this article I show you how to  use colored pencils!

I don’t have to say that everyone knows colored pencils. We start using them when we are kids to fill our coloring books with life. Because they are quite cheap they are normally available at everyones home.

But rarely teachers or parents really tell us how to use them. You think you know how to use them, because you are already using them for years. But in many cases people are using them wrong. It starts with how to hold a pencil.

How to hold and control a pencil

Most of us do not really know how to hold them exactly. Holding them wrong causes pain in your hand while coloring. If also effects the result. So your lines for example look unconfident.

Here I show you a tutorial about holding and controling a pencil! *

As mentioned in the video there’s a muscle memory existing. If you train your muscles they will remember these movements and they get better and better. This is something which makes a huge difference between someone who is practising regularly and someone who only draws now and then.

Blending

It doesn’t matter if you draw with colored pencils or for example with copics. Blending is always a big topic! But blending does work different depending on what art supplies you are using. In the following video you learn 7 ways how to blend colored pencils! *

Drawing realistic fur

People often want to draw animals because they are soooo cute! But when it comes to drawing fur the most of us get frustrated after a few tries. The result has nothing to do with what a real fur looks like.

To make drawing fur more fun I show you ssome videos on how to draw fur! *

Drawing Skin

Like drawing animals this is something you normally wanna try when you start drawing. But the most of us end up fully frustrated because it doesn’t really look naturally. But hey – Drawing skin is not that easy anyway! So don’t give up if it’s not working at the beginning.

Here I show you a nice tutorial about how to get a realistic skin color! *

Drawing Hair

Drawing hair is a difficult topic as well! A beautiful woman often is defined by having wonderful hair. In Mangas and Anime the hair playes a very important role. But don’t think that’s an easy thing! Drawing hair is time consuming. But the result can be really amazing!

Here you can watch a tutorial about how to draw hair! *

There are much more topics to mention but I think this is a good base. And as you can see, you can find advices for the different topics on youtube. There you can watch somebody who has the knowledge how he or she is doing that.

And never forget: These videos are accelerated! It takes much more time to really do that! If you can’t believe it you can ask these persons. Partly they are working on their drawings for several days! So always keep this in mind before giving up!

I hope you enjoyed this article!

♥ Keep on drawing! – Starlene ♥

* these videos were not done by me. You can find these videos on youtube. 

How to improve drawing skills – Several strange methods

In this article I tell you how to improve drawing skills! Drawing is something nearly everyone likes to do! It’s a kind of language to express yourself, your thoughts and your feelings. Like it’s always said: A picture says more than 1000 words. But how you can improve your drawing skills? Here I give you some advices!

Use your right side of the brain for drawing

Why is that important?

That’s easy to answer! Your right side of the brain is responsible for creativity! So you need to activate it to get much better in drawing!

How to do that? 

You need to train that! But it’s not about meditation! These are drawing lessons you have to do regularly. Maybe that’s a good point to start a sketchbook 🙂

There’s a very good book available for this topic. It’s called Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by “Betty Edwards.

Hint: According to the reviews of the book, it seems that the new versions aren’t as good as the old one. For me I bought a used original version at amazon (they only cost a few euros).

Some exercise examples for all who do not have the book:

  • You need a sheet with something on it you want to draw. Then turn this sheet upside down and redaw it *

  • Do not draw the thing itself but draw the space around. For example if you draw a chair, do not draw the chair but draw the empty space around it so you get the silhouette of the chair. *

  • Draw with music in the background or turn on the TV while drawing.
  • Draw what you see, not what you think you have to see!

These recommendations seem to be weird but they have a reason!

We all learn to use our left side of the brain because it’s responsible for logical thinking. Normally school trains this part much more than the right one. Therefore it always wants to take control. The left brain tries to tell you how something is looking (because logically it has to look like that) but in most cases this thing is not really looking like this. And that’s why some pictures turn out so bad! Because you do not draw what you see, you draw what your left brain thinks you have to draw.

The key is to either to

  • make your left brain busy (for example with music in background) so it can’t interrupt while you are drawing
  • confuse it (for example by turning your picture upside down)

Do these exercises regularly to improve you skills!

Do all your drawings using a permanent marker or something you cannot erase

This is a advice you will hear quite often. But why?

That’s easy. If you draw a line wrong then your eye can see that and the information in forwarded to you brain and can be processed. Your brain recognizes that the movement was not fully correct and remember this for the next try. If you erase the line your brain does not really process the information because after erasing your eyes recognize that it’s fine again and do not forward the information that the line was originally wrong.

I can only tell you that this improved my skills pretty much! There are many drawings which you will throw away because they are looking ugly because you were not able to erase the lines but after regularly training there won’t be the need to erase any more 😉 You will see!

I hope you enjoyed this article!

♥ Keep on drawing! – Starlene ♥

* this video was not done by me. It’s a video you can find on youtube.