Trying out shading with some colored pencils is not just fun but easy! It helps in adding that depth to any drawing or design. It further helps in expanding range of smaller pencils by adding hundreds of variations to them. So, following some simple and easy techniques, you can add that smooth beautiful shading to any of your design. For that, you first have to print the design on heavy card stock or on watercolor paper. You have to cut some of the large sheets to fit right in the printer’s tray to work pretty well.
- Using the pressure shading:
The most natural and simplest form of shading happens to be altering pressure on colored pencil. First of all, sharpen it up to the finest point possible and then make some overlapping circular marks with light pressure from your side. You have to cover the area quite smoothly at light end of section. After that, you can gradually increase pressure with work towards darker side, where you need to fill it with solid colors. You can try shading the entire area in lightest value and then add more some layers to make the areas darker of last layers.
- For the colorless blend:
Thanks to the art of pressure shades, you might see some white flecks on paper. The easiest way to blend those points out is by using the colorless blender method. You have to start right from lightest area and then press hard, while trying to create some short and circular marks. You can stay within value areas and then work from lighter side to darker ones. It helps in intensifying the colors and smoothening out white specks for that polished surface to areas.
- Darker colors for intensifying shading:
Once you start applying the colorless blender, the contrast diminished right in larger petals. So you get the chance to intensify the darker edges by adding some same colored pencils from Primsacolour now. These colored pencils are rather translucent and can blend quite well within the layers just under them. It helps in adding quite a dramatic touch to the results. You can use other light colored pencils for smoothening the transition area.
- Light colors over dark for proper blending:
In place of shading entirely using the pressure, you can set some values in same color group but in lighter shades. The light colors will give more definition to the darker shades and ensure that you have a great vibrancy all over the picture. Plain white won’t make the darker works that attractive. Trying to add light colors over dark can easily help in proper blending.
Trying to use solvents:
In case you are using watercolor pencils, you can choose one with similar texture to other colored pencil options. There are some lighter fluids, which are designed to work pretty well with colored pencils. You can use rubber cement thinner as a perfect solvent. Or, you can use Turpenoid as another interesting solvent, known for its mineral spirits. Creating some perfect artworks with colored pencils are just amazing, once you grab the ideas to its proper use!
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