Draw Tip Tuesday: How To Use Color Pencils!

Welcome to draw tip tuesday! Here’s your weekly dose of inspiration to
build a creative habit one drawing at a time. Brought to you by sketchbook skool I got a request for a draw tip video on how
to shade with color pencils. Let’s grab a bunch of color pencils (any
brand will do), and let’s get to know their characteristics a little bit better! Let’s start with the basics. When you use color pencils, you want to be
gentle on the pencil pressure. The colors blend best when you layer them. When you press your pencil hard, you’ll
get a waxy layer of color that will saturate the paper and then you won’t be able to
add more color layers. If you want more saturation on the color,
simply add another layer, and another layer. Use light hatching strokes in different directions
so you fill all angles of the tooth of the paper. Yellow, red and blue are the primary colors
and really they are all you basically need. When adding blue to yellow, you get green,
when adding yellow to red, you get orange, and when adding red to blue, you get purple. Orange, purple and green are the secondary
colors, or complementary colors. You’ll find them in any color pencil set
along with the three primary colors red yellow and blue. If I’d put these in a color wheel, you’ll
see that the secondary colors are the opposite colors of the primary colors. Knowing this can be beneficial for your color
blending and shading. So if you would draw a red apple, you want
to start with a light layer of red – but leave a white patch for the shiny highlight on the
apple. Now, by adding more and more layers, just
lightly hatching them on top of each other, you can add more depth to the shape, and you
are deepening the color. the red becomes brighter with every added
layer. The apple I’m drawing here would be lit
from the front left, which means the right hand side of the apple is shaded. The further the apple curves from the light
source, the darker the shading. Now to deepen the red color, pick up its opposite
color: green. At first that seems kind of an unnatural thing
to do, but you will see that if you gently add a layer of green to the darker areas,
the red color deepens even more now. Alternate red and green to layer. You could also add a bit of yellow to the
red if you’re looking for a bit of a warmer color. Let’s not forget the drop shadow. If you add this, your apple will sit on a
surface rather than float in a white paper space. For the drop shadow, start with the opposite
color of the subject. Then add blue (it’s a cool color, perfect
for the shadow), alternate red and back to green until you have a dark shade. You can fiddle around with the primary and
secondary colors to create a brown color for the stalk, like I am doing here without much
success, but there’s likely a nice brown pencil in your color pencil set, so why not
use that? Just some finishing touches, a little extra
layer to deepen the color even more, so we’re left with as little white shining through
from the white background as possible – except for that highlight of course, we haven’t
touched that at all! It makes the apple shiny. You can make better use of all the art supplies
that you have, not just those color pencils that may have been collecting dust! Go to SketchbookSkool.com, and get inspired!


  • Mieke Middelhuis

    Fantastisch…. geweldige les Koosje, dank je wel!

  • Stephen McGrath

    Thanks Koosje, I will give that a go tonight after work; hope it looks half as good as your.

  • Inge Leonora-den Ouden

    Good explanation for beginners 😀

  • Alison Jones

    Can anybody recommend a top quality colouring pencil ??? Thanks 😃

  • richie smail

    Sometimes I wish I could draw as fast as you've sped up your videos. I never knew that about using the opposite colors to shade. Wow

  • Azzu Paris

    Really interesting, thank you. I'll give it a go 🙂

  • chrissie4452

    The best tips in pencil coloring I heard 😊Thank you so much, Koopsje, I really am happy to have discover you two weeks ago (where was I ??)

  • Debbie T

    Excellent, thanks!

  • Debbie T

    Excellent, thanks!


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