Why do Artists draw in RED + BLUE pencil? | Col erase

Why do Artists draw in RED + BLUE pencil? | Col erase


– Hi art friends!
– Hello art friends! – These were sent to us from
a subscriber called Charlene. – [Adam] Which you may have heard about and seen about in our mail video. – Yeah. So the main reason we wanted to do a video on this is because, since the beginning of our channel, which feels like a dawn of an age ago… – [Adam] When I was a lad… – People have always asked
us why I, particularly, sketch in red pencils. I haven’t even opened these yet to see– – [Adam] It’d be hilarious
if there was no red in there. – You might’ve noticed
that a lot of, like, concept artist people
who do traditional work tend to sketch in red and blue. And we get asked, quite
a lot, why this is. My own reasons for it
are probably different to the reasons why it was
popular in the first place. – [Adam] Yeah. – Originally, I’ve heard
that animation artists got really into using blue pencils, and there was a specific shade
of blue or something, where, when they drew the pictures
and scanned them in, you wouldn’t see the blue drafting lines. And you’d only see the lines– – [Adam] The finished stuff,
which is like perfect! – Yeah, so it’s sort of
like pre-Photoshop days. It was a way of doing,
like, an underlayer, and then you could draw
on top with said pencil. Now I really like sketching in red, and, just between you and me, guys, I think it’s because
red’s my favourite colour. (Adam laughing) It makes my sketches look
really cute when they’re in red. But another reason why I started
sketching in red is because I like painting, and using
markers sometimes, as well, and I didn’t like the way
that the grain lines looked when I drew on top. – [Adam] Yeah, yeah. – I like the way that the
red pencil sketch lines look. So it’s just a personal preference. It’s kind of, I guess, part of my style. – [Adam] It’s just aesthetic goals. – But if you are someone who doesn’t like sketch lines underneath your drawings, you can always use
something like a light box. Then you can have, like, a sketch layer, get a light box or a window or whatever, and put the piece of paper on
top, and then you can, like, clean it all up, and
voila, no sketch lines. – [Adam] Hooray! And we’ve shown you how to use a window before, guys, it’s easy. – But the coolest thing
about these pencils, and I’ve really, really wanted
to mention this in a video for so long, ’cause I’ve
noticed a few people in the comments have been trying
this with ordinary pencils and then being upset
that they can’t erase. They have erasers on the
end, every single one. – [Adam] All of them do. – All of these Col Erase pencils all have little erasers on them. – [Adam] Yeah! – These are like magic special pencils, where you can colour with them, and then you can literally erase. As long as it’s not too hard,
if you push down really hard you might have a bit of a hard time. Same with pencils– – [Adam] If you’re, like, using
these to carve into stone, it’s not gonna work. – But we wanted to draw some
pictures with them today, ’cause we’ve never tried to draw a picture entirely with Col-Erase pencils. – [Adam] Yeah, that’s true! – But first of all, I just
really wanted to sum up what they do, because we get
so many questions about them. – [Adam] Yeah, guys. If you’re ever curious, it’s these. Col Erase. See? These. – I’m not sure if there’s any other brands that also do the magic of
erasing coloured pencil, but if there are any, stick
them down in the commments. We’ll check them out. – [Adam] We’re always open
to, like, new suggestions and trying new art supplies. So if you use anything similar to these, let us know, because we’ll
probably make a video on them. – Yeah. And now, I think secretly, off camera, Adam’s got the fun job of
sharpening all these pencils! – [Adam] Gimme! – [Stephanie] So here’s
Adam, with his trusty, handy dandy sharpener. – Oh, the fun we have behind the scenes. – [Stephanie] Yeah,
we’ll end up cutting out a lot of this footage, but I just really wanted
to share his pain with you. – Thumbs up (chuckles)
for sharpening pencils. – [Stephanie] Yay! All our pencils are all sharpened! – My hands! That took so long! Oh my god, but none of them
broke so I think we’ll be– – [Stephanie] Well that’s good news! – I think we’ll be okay. – [Stephanie] So do you have
any idea what you want to draw? – Well, seeing as we have
so many colours, right, I do have an idea of someone
who is very colourful. – [Stephanie] Who is it? – He’s very shy, so you have
to be very sweet to him, okay? – [Stephanie] Okay. – Here, Monty! Here, Monty! Come on, boy! You came to me! You guys have been asking
so much for Monty recently. Whoa, easy boy! I figured because we haven’t had, like, anything with Monty in a while, and we have so many colours
that match him pretty closely, I’m gonna try and draw Monty
and maybe some pinata friends. – [Stephanie] Oh, that’s gonna be so fun! Every time we have a rainbow theme, now, it will be a draw Monty special. – “Why didn’t you invite
me to the rainbow party?” – [Stephanie] So as you can
see, we’ve got our sketchbooks. We’ve got a beautiful live model. – Keep still! Can’t life draw if you keep movin’! – [Stephanie] Oh, are you setting him up so that you can draw him? – Yeah. – [Stephanie] Keep still, Monty. – He’s really excited. So what are you drawing? – [Stephanie] I just want
to fill up this page with, like, a few sketches. – [Adam] So you gonna do like a lot of little different ones? – [Stephanie] Yeah, I have
no idea how I’ll end up polishing or rendering them. – [Adam] So which is your good side? This one? Or this one? Oh, that looks really good. That looks like, because Monty’s in focus and you’re blurred behind,
it looks like one of those dramatic thumbnails. – This’ll be the thumbnail of this video. – [Adam] Pinata prank gone wrong. (both laughing) “I didn’t do it!” – [Stephanie] I’m excited,
because I don’t like the way that the arm looks. And normally, in a video,
this is a terrible thing, but this is a Col-Erase video, so you can watch me erase the arm! Look at that! – [Adam] Magic! Look at that, whoa! – Gone! Just like a pencil. – [Adam] When you first
discovered Col-Erase pencils, you were so impressed with
the fact that you could just erase a coloured pencil. – Yeah, because I saw lots
of online artists using them. And I was one of those dinguses that thought it was just
an ordinary red pencil, so we went out to our local
Hobbycraft and I picked up a Faber-Castell red and blue pencil. Came back, started
sketching them and was like, oh this looks so cute! In, like, the red and blue, then I went to erase and I was like, why? (both laughing) – [Adam] “This Col-Erase doesn’t work!” – But no wonder! ‘Cause I remember when I
was seeing all these artists drawing in red and blue and stuff, and then erasing and stuff, I was like, I’m sure I’ve tried that as
a kid and it didn’t work. And I was like, but if other artists
are doin’ it, then okay. – [Adam] Time to give in
to artist peer pressure. – Yeah, I felt like I got pranked. I thought I’d be able to talk you through a few sketching tips and
techniques that I have. My first draught of what I do is so light that you can basically barely see it. And I just do that until
it’s all tightened up and I’m happy with the way that it looks. And then I’ll push down
a lot harder to get, like, a more finalised sketch. Another cool tip for sketching is if you flip the page and
hold it up to the light. It’s difficult to see on camera, but if you’ve got a strong
enough light source, you’ll be able to see. Or you might have to push down
on your lines a tad harder. But not as hard as I’ve
done this eye here. And that will basically
give you a reverse image of your drawing, and that’s really cool because you might be able
to spot some mistakes. It’s similar to this when you, like, flip your canvas in Photoshop. And that’s just, like, a
traditional version of it. I also had a friend recently tell me that her way of spotting
those kind of mistakes is by holding her drawing upside down. She can sometimes spot mistakes. – Oh, really? I’ve never even heard of that one before. – [Stephanie] How’s your drawing going? – I had the idea, right,
of him being in like some kind of action movie. – [Stephanie] Yeah, he
does, he looks like a ninja! – Yeah! Recently, you guys have
been asking for Monty, like, so much. I figured like, hey, why not
put him in a movie, right? – [Stephanie] I think he needs to have some form of alliteration. Like Monty Eats a Melon. – Is that why he’s jumping off a building? “I’m gonna eat that melon!” (both laughing) The Melon Man’s in town! We even got sirens. – [Stephanie] I know, there’s
a siren in the background! – He was a pinata with a
vendetta against melons. “I lost my mother to a melon!” That’d be pretty cool, actually. Maybe his mother got killed
by, like, a rogue melon, and now whenever the
Melon Man comes to town, he finds the closest
building to jump off of to look dramatic, and then he pursues the Melon Man. Maybe I could try and put the
Melon Man in here somewhere. And his head could just be a melon. – [Stephanie] So before you
get too carried away with melons, ’cause I can tell you’re
getting very excited here. – Yes. – [Stephanie] Do you have
any advice for sketching? – All I can think about is
this man with a big melon head. Similar to what you said, I mean, when, this is going back to when I
very first started drawing, guys, when I first started drawing, I would press on the paper way too hard. – [Stephanie] That was
one of the first things I told you off for. – I made the joke earlier about, like, carving into the paper,
but I really did, so. – [Stephanie] He pushes down so hard, or at least he used to, that if you flipped the pages
of his sketchbook like this, you could go through two or three, and you’d still get, like, an imprint. – You could make, like, a rubbing and it would be the same thing. But yeah, just sketch lightly. That alone would be
such a huge help to you, if you can learn to do that. – [Stephanie] A good exercise
for learning to sketch lightly, let me just go to
the back of my sketchbook. So try and get in the
habit of going from light, and then pushing down darker
towards the end of the stroke. – [Adam] You told me
this, I remember this. – Because then you’re making, like, a conscious effort to learn
to control between your light strokes and your
darker strokes equally. Also, doing an exercise like this, where you do a bunch of squares, and then start off really light, try to do the next one
a little bit darker, try to do this even darker, and then try to do this
one very, very dark. Now, it might seem so
basic, and you’re like, oh I don’t need to do that. But it’s like muscle memory,
and it’s the same as watching someone do like a really basic
exercise on the internet, and being like, oh I can do that. But that doesn’t mean that
you’ve done that workout, too. You need to start building
the hand-eye coordination, and the more you do little,
basic, silly things like that, eventually it works. Oh! I didn’t realise he was looking at me! – Why aren’t you drawing pinatas? It’s time for Melon Man! He’s gonna be down here. It kinda looks like Monty’s got, like, explosive diarrhoea, but that’s his tail. It’s, like, flapping around. He’s not trying to get in
with, like, a diarrhoea attack. (laughing) “I had spicy food last night, Melon Man! “Prepare to meet your maker!” (both laughing) “The spicy food’s too much! “I need to lay down!” – [Stephanie] And with
my sketch at the moment, I’m just literally going round
and trying to just, like, darken up lines. Do you want me to give
her a melon-themed dress? – [Adam] That’d be cute, yeah! – [Stephanie] When you next check in, she might be looking a bit more melony. – [Adam] Can she be a bit evil? – [Stephanie] Melanie! – [Adam] Oh that’s awesome! Melanie, that’s perfect. – [Stephanie] That’s such a good name. I bet so many people have
already discovered that pun. – [Adam] She looks like the kind of person that would throw a melon at someone. – [Stephanie] Let me have a
peek at what you’re up to. – [Adam] You wanna see
what’s going on so far? He’s confronted Melon Man. – [Stephanie] He reminds me so much of, is he called Waluigi? – Wow. We’re going deep now. I think it’s really poetic
that he has a baseball bat, ’cause it’s both of their weaknesses. – [Stephanie] I’m starting
to darken up the lines so you can actually see it
on camera, which is nice. – [Adam] I like that dress! – [Stephanie] I’ve got
her holding a watermelon. I like watching the way your
hand moves when you sketch. You’re very sort of
fidgety when you sketch. – [Adam] Well that’s how you
draw, you can’t keep still! – [Stephanie] Yeah, that’s true. Imagine trying to draw
while doing the robot. – Is that a new challenge
that we’ve just come up with? (Stephanie making robot noises) The robot art challenge. – [Stephanie] It looks
like I’m trying to murder you with a pencil in this view. – I have a question. – [Stephanie] Yeah? – What colour is Monty, oh dear… – [Stephanie] Just poked him in the eye! – What colour is Monty’s eye? What colour is that round the– – [Stephanie] Monty has brown eyes. – [Adam] Oh! – [Stephanie] You know,
someone noticed before, and I’m surprised some of the
details that you guys notice, someone pointed out that
Monty’s got two different eyes. If you look, one of them has
a shine and a sparkle in it, and the other one looks a bit dead. – [Adam] Hello? How many fingers am I holding up? – [Stephanie] Maybe it’s because you just poked him in the eye. (Adam imitates fart) – Have you ever had a fart where you just had to lay down for it? (both laughing) We relate on so many levels. It’s okay, we’ve all been there. – [Stephanie] I think you two can speak for yourselves on this one. – Where have you been all my life? I see another lady has appeared. – [Stephanie] Yeah, it makes
me laugh that we’ve got all these different coloured Col-Erases, and subliminally, I’ve been– – [Adam] You haven’t used
any of the others yet! – [Stephanie] I’m still using the red one. Maybe I should try and
alternate to a different colour. – [Adam] That a blue one? – [Stephanie] It’s lilac, I think. – [Adam] Yeah. Oh, one thing to show you guys, ’cause we always say
when we do colour things, these are colour named. It’s like vermilion and carmine red. And black. But yeah, they have the
little names on, too. So that’s helpful. – [Stephanie] It’s very
rare that I’ll ever just, like, leave a drawing as a sketch. Because I’m someone who
really enjoys, like, the colour aspect of art. – [Adam] I’m really bad
for sketching something and just leaving it. – [Stephanie] Yeah, that’s
kind of your style, though. You’re into a lot more
sketchy kind of stuff. It’s fun kind of trying
to approach something in a more Adamy kind of way for a change. It’s interesting ’cause I’ve
got like the red underneath. And it’s sort of showing
through my purple a little bit, which I kinda like. It sorta gives it that, you know those old 3D movies that used to be like red and blue? – [Adam] Oh, and you had the
special glasses for them, yeah. – [Stephanie] Yeah, it’s kinda got that effect to it, I think. You’re actually giving him a red nose. – No, it’s a slice of watermelon. – [Stephanie] Oh, I thought
you were giving him, like, a Wario nose. – [Adam] Nah. (laughs) It’s not Waluigi! – [Stephanie] It is! It’s Waluigi trapped in a melon’s body. – And he has the little
skin of the melon, there. It was meant to be like a melon nose, because he is Melon Man, and in not way affiliated with Nintendo. Right, he’s gonna be a watermelon,
so I need the dark green. – [Stephanie] There you go. – ‘Cause he’s meant to be kinda stripy. I’m going for, like, a
watermelon aesthetic. – [Adam] Oh, we’re finally
getting a melon dress. – [Stephanie] Yeah, I
couldn’t resist putting in, like, a soft little layer of colour. It’s not normally the way
that I’d usually work, but I think… – [Adam] It looks cute! – [Stephanie] It’s always
fun to try new things in Doodle Date. – [Adam] And you love
using red Col-Erase pencils to give characters red cheeks
and red noses and things. – I like doing it digitally, as well. I’m gonna steal this green from you. – [Adam] No! Watermelon Man needs that for his face! – [Stephanie] I’ve only just realised you’ve put Monty in a little bandit mask. – Well, if I’m gonna go out
and whack someone with a baseball bat, I don’t want
people to know who I am. – [Stephanie] And you think that will mask a pinata’s identity? So if we do this we’d
never know who he was? – It’s like Superman and Clark Kent. The only thing that people
could tell, it’s the glasses. When he wore glasses, he was Clark Kent, and when he took them
off, he was Superman. – [Stephanie] This is one
of the most cinematic things you’ve ever drawn in Doodle Date. – I think it is, yeah. – [Stephanie] I’m just sat
here sketching cute melons. I like how he has teeth. – They’re like dentures
that he stole off somebody. He can wear something blue. He’s a janitor. He was a janitor before he was
transformed into Melon Man. – [Stephanie] He wasn’t just a melon? That turned into a man? – He was just a melon that decided, “you know what, melons
don’t normally have jobs, “so I’m gonna become a janitor.” – [Stephanie] Follow your dreams, melon! – “I’m gonna make my mother proud.” – [Stephanie] Can this be his mum? – [Adam] Only if she has a face. “My mother had a big nose
and whiskers on her chin.” – [Stephanie] This can be
his mum in her younger days. – [Adam] That actually kind
of looks like Melon Man’s son. – [Stephanie] Can that be his son? – [Adam] She’s eating him! “Melon Man, your son’s delicious!” “Kill me now!” – [Stephanie] If you’re interested
in coloured pencil videos, I’ll link another one up here
that we did with Prismacolors. Here’s a button to subscribe. – You’re gonna put it there? – [Stephanie] Yeah,
right next to your face. – Next to Melon Man. Subscribe if you want to live. – [Both] Doodle Date.

100 thoughts on “Why do Artists draw in RED + BLUE pencil? | Col erase”

  1. For sketching with color i recently started using the staedtler mechanical pencil (mars micro 0.5 mm), they are really good 💕

  2. I just use regular mechanical pencil. Nothing fancy. It's gonna all get covered up anyway. Im an illustrator so it all gets covered eventually.
    Try Prismacolor coloring pencils they're American made but great. You can find them on Amazon, Hobby Lobby's online store, Walmart's online store, or Wish (careful on Wish though).

  3. I do not mind sketck marks, but i try to sketck really lightly for when i erase the pencil sketck it dosent show as much
    But i personally prefer using pencils because I’ve tried using red and blue erasable pencils but i did not really like it honestly :v

    Edit april 6 2018: Today I’ve changed my mind

  4. i don’t know if they have them in the uk, but when i was younger, i used to have crayola colored pencils that erase, and i used them for coloring not sketching, and it worked fine! so if you can find them in the uk, maybe do a video on it? they’re crayola and i don’t remember, but i feel like they weren’t that pigmented. so yeah. :3

  5. I used to buy these col-erase open stock, in Tuscan Red, years ago when FaberCastell used to make them. I'm hesitant to buy the Prismacolor version as I just don't think that much of their colored pencils.

  6. Pentel makes red and blue mechanical leads that I love to sketch with. And papermate I believe are now selling other colors as well. I love sketching in the colored leads because in my experience the colored leads don’t smear nearly as much.

  7. you guys inspired me to draw and i drew so much in my sketchbook inspired by you oh and btw my name is stephanie but people like to call me steph like you yay

  8. crayola makes an erasable colored pencil, the texture is quite waxy, but i’ve used them for sketching before and they they work quite well

  9. Non-photo blue pencils have also been used layout and design people who did print production before the digital age. That’s why default guidelines in adobe applications are blue, even though they can be set to any color.

  10. OMG this whole time I've thought you guys have been saying "color erase" and that your accents were blending the two words together LOL

  11. you should try using washi tape. i got a craft knife and 4 sets of 5 washi tape rolls for £9.80 at the range! plus using washi tape is super fun

  12. I usually use a light color like light blue or orange for the construction lines and something darker like purple for the features so its easier to erase the construction lines after i ink something

  13. But given the confidence of the sketching, the question is why not just use regular artist's coloured pencils?

  14. Crayola has two different eraser pencils one is wooden one the twistable but the twistables don’t work at all

  15. Using a mechanical eraser (one that rotates)actually does surprisingly well with color pencils. You can buy them cheaply even from staples (thats where i got mine) i don't even know why it works but it usually does.

  16. Can a regular eraser erase the color too or is it just the eraser that comes on the pencil that can erase it?

  17. You guys have just a wholesome relationship! I love watching you two x3

    0.0 that…kinda sounded wrong…

  18. I'm watching this video like a year late but if anyone's watching now and wants an alternative I use the Faber Castell erasable colour pencils and they work just as good 😊

  19. I love those kind of sharpeners! My dad had a metal one that was super old, it worked magic. It had the perfect point every time.

  20. This is an year old at this point but I normally use col-erase. I found a different brand a couple weeks ago though. The pencil says "USA General's INSOLUBLE COLOR-TEX" on it and it also says that its "1824 BLUE" and I think it may be that fancy blue?? I think the brand is colour-tex (not misspelling colour again even tho thats the brand name it physically hurts me). In my opinion it doesnt erease as nice but its also reely pale to begin with. Maybe Im just pressing too hard cause its so light to begin with but i still dont like it all that much.

  21. Faber Castell and Staetlder (sorry if I spelled either wrong) both have erasable coloured pencil lines 😊
    Edit: I just figured out that Crayola do coloured pencils as well!

  22. Adam's sketches in colored pencil look more saturated and vibrant. Maybe it's the nature of the medium. Both of the sketches were beautiful. 👍 😄

  23. crayola erasable colored pencils depending on where you live, are around ten bucks. they erase much better in my opinion .

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