so for this video I thought it'd be really fun to go through some drawing hacks with you guys and this one we're gonna be going through colored pencil drawing hacks we're gonna be going through twelve all of these hacks will help you get even better results with your color pencil drawings so let's get straight into it with the first hack if you're getting fed up with your color pencil drones always looking really grainy the colors not being vibrant enough and seeing too much of the paper texture show through then there's a really quick and easy way that you can solve all three of those problems and that is by using a solvent and applying it with a brush I typically like to use my filbert brushes of different sizes for this and my zested pencil blend but you can use any solvent that you want gamsol paint thinner anything like that works really well and as you can see when you apply it with a brush it just fuses all of those colors together it gives a really smooth look gets rid of all of the graininess of that color pencil and it really just smooths everything out and makes the colors so much more vibrant I love using this technique for loads of my drawings particularly animal ones because you can layer really well with this technique and as you can see it just gives it a really painterly look and then you can go over the top with more details now sometimes you may want to use black but you might not have an actual black pencil or you might want a black that looks a bit more natural and so you can go and make your own black just by using a dark blue and a dark brown and just layering those two colors together as you can see I'm layering dark blue first I'm using two prismacolor pencils for this the indigo blue and the dark brown and I just used lots and lots of layers of the blue and then the brown and then just keep swapping and then I will go in with my solvent and actually blend all of that out and you can see that it starts to become a really nice rich black tone now let's move on to the third tank and this hand is going to involve using tape and I use scotch magic tape and the first thing that I really like to use the tape for is it's good at lifting off color pencil which means that if you make any mistakes and you want to lift up that color pencil but you don't want to damage the paper then you can go in with your scotch magic tape and I like this tape because it doesn't damage the paper and as you can see with more or you use the tape the more colored pencil it lifts off the paper so what it means is it's not as harsh as erasers are on the paper which is great and it just means that you can lift off that colored pencil if you make a mistake and then go in with more colored pencil and fix it another thing that the tape is really good for is adding little details and textures so I've just added a patch of colored pencil and I've laid a bit of tape over the top and I've just got rid of most of the tackiness by going over with that tape on the back of my hand and now I'm using a ballpoint pen just to draw in a little pattern and it means that it's indenting the actual paper I just removed the tape and as you can see when I go over the top with another layer of color pencil the color pencil doesn't go into where I created that pattern now the next hack is really useful for those of you that find that you're constantly sharpening your color pencils and you feel like they go blunt really really easily so this is a really easy tip that is gonna massively prolong the sharpness of your pencil so what I do is I rotate my pencil as I'm shading every couple of seconds I rotate the pencil and what this means is that you're working on the pencil at an even rate I'm also holding it on the side as well not straight down vertically otherwise you will blunt it a lot quicker and just changing these couple things holding it more sideways and rotating the pencil as you can see really really keeps that pencil a lot sharper for longer now I'm sure we've all accumulated a little collection of tiny cute little pencils that are just impossible to hold and you're not really sure what to do with them but you don't want to throw them away either it can be really hard to control the pencil when it's so small so what I really recommend getting is a couple of pencil extenders and these are really cheap I'll leave a link in the description where you can pick them up and as you can see you just put the little pencil into that and now you've got an extended amount of room to hold the pencil and use it like normal but some of my pencils don't really fit into my pencil extender so what I do to get around that if you feel like some of your pencils just don't fit is I just put a bit of tape at the end and it makes it a lot more sturdy quite often if you do a lot of heavy shading or burnishing you can often get a lot of these little bits a color pencil all over your work and what you really don't want to do is smudge that by wiping them away as you can see it makes your hands really dirty instead what I like to use is a big fluffy brush and you can use whatever brush you want and just use this instead to wipe away all of those little bits it's a lot easier it creates a lot less mess on your hands and it prevents smudging one thing that can be really annoying is when you notice that your pencil sketch is showing through your color pencil work so this happens if your sketch is too dark you can see that when I'm adding the color pencil over the top it makes the pencil the graphite pencil look even darker than it did when I've just put it down somehow the colored pencil seems to make it look even darker but what I recommend is do your sketching like normal as you can see I'm not sketching super light but what I do is I go in with a kneaded eraser and you need to do this with a kneaded eraser because I needed a razor lifts off the graphite really evenly it doesn't completely get rid of it which is important because you still need to be able to lightly see your sketch underneath but it removes the top layer of excess graphite so it doesn't show through color pencil can be a really slow medium to work in but sometimes you might not have 50 hours available to spend on a drawing you might want to do a portrait but you just don't have time to do it in color pencil well if you still want to use curved pencil I recommend is trying some toned paper because why this is amazing is that you've already got the mid-tone value there so you just have to worry about adding shadows and your highlights whereas when you're using white paper you have to build up all the mid-tone values all of the shadows as well the only things that you can use the white paper for is the highlights which there's very few of whereas when you use the tone paper you've got the mid-tone value or you can choose any color that will suit what you need and this will make it a lot faster sometimes you might feel that no matter how hard you try and shade really evenly you still get those darker pencil strokes showing through and it just doesn't look even well this can be because of the way you are holding your pencil instead of holding it right at the front and vertically try holding your pencil a bit further back and shading on the side of the pencil as you can see this makes it a lot easier to get a area really smooth because of the fats that you're not applying as much pressure it's more of a constant pressure and it just means that you're gonna get much smoother shading you might be drawing an animal piece and want to preserve the whiskers and it can be very time consuming manually trying to draw around each of them what would make it a lot easier is if you invest in an exacto knife and use this to actually etch in those whiskers or white hairs before you go in with your colored pencils this means that when you go over the top with your colored pencils the pencil can't get into the areas where you've indented which means that they are preserved and stay really white and it just makes it so much easier also you can do this by using a bit of tape I've removed most of the stickiness and going over the top with a ballpoint pen to pretty much do the same thing to indent it into the paper but with the ballpoint pen you can actually see what you're doing and what marks you're making so that could be easier for you and also easier if you don't want to use a knife trying to fill in all of the white grain of the paper can be really time-consuming with colored pencils and can drive you mad if you don't like burnishing and applying a lot of pressure to the pencil and so apart from solvents a great way that you can fill in the white of the paper is actually using a different medium as well as your colored pencils so you could use markers which is great apply a base layer of marker and then add the code pencils on top you could use watercolor for your base layer and do the pretty much the same thing a base layer of watercolor and then add your color pencil on top add the shadows and the highlights or you could even use pastels so smudge out that as a base layer and then go over the top with colored pencils as well and use your initial layers like a mid-tone value and then go in with the colored pencils to establish the shadows and the highlights and this can make it faster and give you more vibrant results and you don't have to worry about the white grain and my last hack is all about making lots of colors you might not be able to afford the full set of color pencils and you might only have a small amount but that doesn't mean that you can't get even more color then for example the six colors that I'm displaying here so if you have a small amount of pencils create a color chart start by mixing them two at a time and then even mix three colors at a time and you can make hundreds of different colors just by mixing the different colors together so those of you that love your own realistically with color pencils and want to focus on drawing portraits then I have got a whole course where you can learn all of my techniques for creating photorealistic portraits in color pencils so you can see how I pick colors for my drawings how I draw facial features how I draw hair how I draw skin and lots more so I'll leave a link to that in the description you can check that out watch the course trailer and if you want to get the course then you can use the code SAVE 15 to get 15% off at checkout anyway that's it for this video but I do have tons more ideas for more drawing hacks for colored pencils so if you did enjoy this video then comment down below and let me know if you want to see like her part to to this video and I can make another one if you did enjoy it please give it a thumbs up and subscribe and take that file icons getting notified on my future art videos but that is it from me and I'll see you guys in the next one bye guys


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  2. I love your tip 12. I work in acrylics a lot and I buy large containers of the 5 basic colors in the 2 color wheels along with black, white, and pearl medium( for silver, gold, etc.). The only colors I can't make with these are neons/day glow (although my cyan/yellow green and magenta/yellow orange can be pretty obnoxiously bright) Pencils are pretty much the same. I really do encourage people to use both the standard red/blue/yellow color wheel AND the printers color wheel of cyan, magenta, yellow.(not necessarily in the same work) it's always fun for me to watch students play around and "oh and awe" at what they come up with.

  3. Thanks, great video. I do not draw and help at local nursing home with greeting cards. Without a large money infusion for stamps, any suggestions in small drawing class for beginner for greeting cards?

  4. Really informative list, thank you , Kirsty. I will begin using some of them immediately. One recommendation I have is to SKETCH with a color pencil instead of a graphite pencil to avoid dark pencil lines altogether

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