How to use colored pencils! Layering, blending, & more!


In today’s video. We’re getting back to basics so stick around Hello, I’m rachel from pencil stash your one-stop shop [for] everything adult color and related here we do tips tricks and demonstrations if you’re new to the channel go ahead and hit the subscribe button and if you liked the video leave [me] a like and [don’t] forget to stick around where we will be announcing this week’s featured work from our Facebook [group] and Instagram I’ll be covering five essential techniques You’ll want to utilize if you’re a newbie [to] adult coloring so let’s head over to my desk, and we’ll get started [in] [today’s] lesson I’ll be going through [six] essential tips for using colored pencils Whether that’s for drawing or adult coloring use these tips are universal now I’ve spoken about each of these before in past videos But today, I’m going to take you through real time demonstrations for each and those six essential tips you should know and be practicing [are] pressure stroke layering blending highlight and shadow In these skills may not come overnight actually they won’t come overnight But keeping each of them in mind when you’re working on a page will believe me come in handy So let’s get started our First Topic is pressure. This is how hard you’re pressing the pencil tip into the page? Different pressures will transfer different amounts of pigment Many of us have a tendency to be heavy-handed with our pressure? So if you’re having trouble being light hold the pencil in your hand further back away from the tip This makes it more difficult to push so [hard] then move your hands further up for medium pressure and even further for hard pressure With light pressure you keep your options open for many different techniques such as layering and blending which we’ll get into later But you’ll see that when applying light pressure the coverage you get is minimal meaning it leaves lots of white space So [you] may need several passes of color to get the coverage you desire? Medium Pressure allows you more coverage and more pigment into the paper Hard pressure applies the most saturated pigment, but limits your ability to layer other colors into it or on top of [it] You’ll also notice that even though I’ve used [this] [a] colored pencil in all three of these circles have Achieved almost three different colors based on the pressure. I’ve used so this is another useful skill to extend the color range at your disposal Next is the different pencil strokes you can use When you color with pencils your strokes are fairly visible, so you either want to blend those out or use them to your advantage in? The first circle, I’m demonstrating just a standard straight line pencil stroke if the lines are going to be visible It helps to have them all moving in One direction in a given area It’s tempting to keep turning the page to get into all the areas But keeping it consistent will give you a cleaner look and using consistent pressure can even help you hide those strokes And you can always blend out your stroke marks later Next [is] circular strokes this can help you get into tight Corners or even circles like this one It can also be an interesting texture if you like the look Inferiors [Hatching] or cross hatching you do your lines in One direction then turn the page and do the opposite Direction This technique gives you lots of coverage and you can even play with the pressure of your lines to add visible texture Next is layering Layering is one of my favorite techniques, and will make a huge difference if you use this in your adult coloring Only using one color in a given area can leave your page looking flat, but layering color can add [much-needed] life You can also accomplish colors you don’t currently have by combining two to make a third like I do here Watch as I layer these two greens using light pressure to make a third color Remember to use light pressure with this technique in order to keep the ability to layer as many colors as [you] like Next is blending another of my favorites This technique gives you that ultra smooth vibrant look that gives you a great finish So I’ve simply copied the above combined Green colors into the three circles below So we’re starting from the same point on all three Luckily there are several different ways to blend and all get a slightly different outcome First [we’ll] blend with the lightest of the two colors. We’ve already used you need to use medium to hard pressure here Next we use [a] prismacolor Colorless blending pencil these are available on Amazon and packs of two for just a few dollars and worth every penny This pencil contains the same wax substance as your colored pencils, but has no pigment in it So it simply pushes the pigment already there into the adjacent areas and blends them together And last we’ll use the white pencil comes with [our] colored pencil set this acts much like the blending pencil But does have white pigment in it? [it’ll] give you a similar look, but it can come out a little bit milky So just keep that in mind We’ll finish with [highlight] and shadow Now to demonstrate this we’ll have to utilize all of our previously talked about techniques pressure strokes layering and blending So first thing to consider when choosing your highlight and shadow is Deciding where your light sources? In this instance [I’ve] chosen a source from the upper right hand corner This is where my light will hit our circle, so this is where we’ll place our highlight I’ll Start with my lightest green and very lightly trace the outline of our highlight, then color in the rest of the circle with that green then take your white pencil and using circular strokes I’m going to fill in the highlight area softening the edges against the green as I go Next I’ll start the layering process with a few more greens You’ll notice I don’t color the whole circle with the other greens I gradually layer them getting darker towards the bottom left corner where our shadow will be Remember to leave your layering edges nice and soft because when you blend you don’t want a harsh line created so if you kind of lighten up your pressure Against those edges you’ll have an easier time blending those out later on I’m Also, blending slightly as I build layers, but careful not to press too hard with my blender at this stage Or it’ll be too difficult to add layers on top Now we’ll blend everything out to give it a nice soft consistent feel My darkest areas of shadow even have some browns and black in them. Don’t be afraid to kind of venture out into other colors to see what kind of effect you can get Now we’ll show you how to create the shadow cast by the circle itself [onto] the surface. It’s sitting on This isn’t always applicable or used in adult coloring, but I’ll show you just in case you’d like to try it So the length of the shadow will depend on the angle of the light, but a good rule of thumb is 45 degrees So my shadow will go back about this far I’ve created the outline with my pencil along with some simple texture lines, but I’ll fill it in with my colored pencils So here’s our completed circle utilizing all the tricks. We just discussed Now you can apply all [of] these techniques in the logic to any shape you find in drawing or adult coloring I? Encourage you to play around with these and [try] them out and don’t compare your [work] to anyone elses the style You develop is uniquely yours and therefore incredibly special So here’s some examples I’ve pulled where I use these same techniques in some adult coloring the principles are the same and you can apply this logic to whatever artistic venture, You’d like to try Good work Now on to our featured work from Instagram and Facebook [you] [guys] there were so many amazing pages shared this week you guys are just knocking my socks off So you’re going to see I’m just [gonna] share a whole bunch. Thank you so much. These are just beautiful [our] first piece comes from Michelle a Turner Via our Facebook group I love this colorful zebra He reminds me of that fruit stripe gum from when I was a kid And it just makes me smile your lines are so crisp and beautiful great job Next is one from instagram from coloring Alexandria, I love this title page from Joanna Basford Magical jungle I especially love that you embellished it with the [unep] [oscar] marker actually have a video dedicated to this technique And I just love how you did this great job Next comes from Jacob Harris Via our Facebook group and it is this wonderful doctor who page and It features the doctor the impossible astronaut amy rory and river and of course the silence great job Jacob. Thanks for sharing Next is from Leslie Flynn Via our Facebook [group], and I just love how this Kind of Indian Mandala came out It’s so delicate the peaches they kind of Gradually go, [too] Towards the white the pink’s that go towards the white and then the greens that go towards the lighter yellow Very very well done very great use of blending Next is from Rebecca Mac And I just love how kind of pastel and soft and smooth and delicate this pages I especially love the roof it. Just looks like a slate roof. I just want to reach out and touch it Fantastic job, Rebecca Next is the hunt and I’m sorry. I hope I’m pronouncing that right. I just love this Double page field of flowers. I love your use [of] colors. It’s bright and happy and makes me smile. Thanks for sharing Next is a page by Jackie Phillips. Hope I’m pronouncing that okay This is a beautiful windmill page that I think the colors are just so soft and delicate I’m always amazed at People’s color choices And I think if this one just shows a lot of restraint a lot of smarts, and it’s beautiful to look at thank you so much for sharing So great work again this week everyone please keep submitting your work on our Facebook group the pencil stash adult coloring or on Instagram either [a] Pencil Stash or hash tag pencil stash I will find you Let me know down in the comments if you [have] any suggestions for future videos [or] if you have any questions on this page Or anything about color and related and [he] [has] a subscribe [button] to receive Notifications, and when I upload future content so today we covered the basics [but] in the rest of my videos on my [channel] you’ll find different tips and tutorials that kind of go into depth on Each one of these topics, so be sure to check those out and go to pencil sketch comm to read my blog Thank you so much for [watching] this week. I will see you next time Let me know down in [the] [count] [you]. [can’t] you can’t scratch inside your ears [on] video, babe [alright]?

100 comments

  • Jeff Ludditt

    What is the song at the 5:00 mark?

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  • Grace G

    I just discovered this channel and I'm already a subscriber. This video was so helpful! Since I'm not really that good at shading and blending, thank you so much for your methods, and I will continue to use them in my colored pencil art work. 🙂 I love your personality. Thanks for sharingI give a big thumbs up! 😉

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  • Viviane B

    I just got my 132 prismacolor set but I know nothing about colored pencils yet

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  • A&M Troop

    Soo helpful 😄

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  • ganesh S

    I have a small question. Can I do good with 24 colors

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  • Wishing Starman

    oh way Cool

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  • Science Plus Movies

    Very Useful! 🙏

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  • supaticha

    Thank you for this video. I think it is one of the best I found about this technic. Clear, simpel and short. Well done!!!! :o))

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  • Akanksha Sirsat

    Thank you!! Really helpful ! 😊

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  • Faith *-*Animations*-*

    Hey guys do not be mad if she called you a newbie ip it means rookie or new!

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  • Tania Smith

    I loved watching this. I'm a baby newbie to this

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  • maria jaffar

    Great video! Just found this channel and I must say more people need to watch this specially beginners..such clear instructions and demonstrations! Am really glad I found this channel! Ty

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  • Althea Bryant

    The videos were very interesting.  I learned a lot about the basics.

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  • Karen Bonnetti-Ramirez

    Absolutely wonderful video tutorial! I am totally inspired. Thank you so much 😊

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  • Daves Honey Do List

    YouTube portrait drawing using soft pastels

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  • Shamar Daniel

    Thx so much for your help….

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  • Iya Mejia

    This is soo detailed thank you soo much💖

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  • Chris Does Stuff & Things

    I'm new to adult coloring and am loving the videos here on youtube that are teaching me that 'adult coloring' can in fact be a great skill to have. I just started and am so excited about it, I find it very relaxing and enjoyable and it helps with my depression and anxiety. Joined your facebook group, nervous to show my work but I'll enjoy getting tips!!!

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  • geligniteandlilies

    Dumb question. How do get your pencils that sharp without breaking. Nothing I try works.

    Signed, long time artist who still can't color.

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  • MK Weber

    I adored the out take! LOL = thanks for including that!

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  • Sharon Covey

    Do you have any techniques to shade and blend" Hearts"?

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  • Wafffle s

    I used crayons it worked

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  • Therese Hudran

    Hi I'm a newbe to your channel. I have subscribed, and looking forward to more of your creativity.

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  • SolarJin OLD CHANNEL

    Wow, I’m surprised that Amazon has a great deal for Prismacolours. About $20.00 (In Canada Dollars) for Premier! But I know it truly doesn’t matter about which brand you have, but the effort, and skills we have. 🙂

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  • Donna Van Schaik

    I use Crayola pencils will I be able to do these techniques with them? If not, what are the next level of pencils to use? I've always wanted to learn how to color. Unfortunately I haven't worked in two years due to an injury and right now I am low income. Thank you 🙂

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  • Fatih V

    Deserved like!

    The other videos I watched didn't explain the basics this detailed or at all. Really Gives me a solid foundation to work with.

    Thankyou!

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  • Wise One

    This is the best

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  • Kevin Pineda

    hey thanks for the vid 😀 BUT TERRIBLE GRAPHICS

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  • Regan Rasheed

    great! this helps a lot! Just to make things clearer, do you start from lightest to darkest green then brown to black in shadowing? in the video how many green colors did you use for shadowing? Thanks!

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  • Shannon Wooters

    Omgosh I loved the fruit striped gum… Haha. I forgot about that… Anyways great tutorial.

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  • Coloring With D

    So how do you decide what colors to layer and blend? Like with the mandala? The peach and the greens? Thank you for this video, I know I will be coming back to it often.

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  • Karawan Sh.Y.

    First of all thank you so much for the video it was very helpful for a begginer like me, but I have a question, I actually use faber castell polychromos not prismacolor, so what can I use for blending instead of prismacolor colorless pencil?

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  • Tracy vancuylenburg

    Thank you

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  • Colour Jugglers

    Excellent!
    colourjugglers.com

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  • Sandy Allerheiligen

    Very helpful! Thank you

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  • •Girly•

    Who's watching 2018?

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  • tamiyas warehouse

    I love your video

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  • W e n W e n

    I have a question, Does it matter what brand you use to color? I notice pretty much all the videos for colored pencils, the person uses 'Prismacolor' pencils so I don't know if the brand matters or not to do these techniques and stuff :/

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  • Samriddhi Jain

    i screamed when she said "in one direction only."

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  • Tiesta Dangwal

    Great video.. one of the few color pencil tutorials where I could actually see effort and commitment by the creators.

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  • Al At

    Now make this video with cheap colour pencil or staedtler colour pencil

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  • Storm S

    I have just seen the video! THANK YOU, very good info that I will practice

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  • Fingers

    ty

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  • Andi Kilpatrick

    most helpful thing ever

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  • Syth Castaneda

    I’m drawing something for my mom and this really helps

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  • Midlight fair

    That's a perfect explanation! Just what I was searching! Thanks a lot!

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  • Ajithkumar M

    I really appreciate it

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  • Luv Dogs

    This is cool! Have you seen the video how to color with only ONE Pencil? It's amazing!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUZj8wblx-c&t=20s

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  • Brandon Smith

    Please do your next video on how to sharpen your white prism color pencil

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  • Phyllis Marony

    Wow your work is amazing. Your instructions were so good & so easy to follow. Nice voice to listen to. Thank you.

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  • łukasz art

    ty sie kurwa narpiew naucz rysować a potem nagrywaj szmulo

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  • Jonas Sandoy

    This is maybe the best tutorial ever made in any subject.

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  • Omar Tahir

    Poop

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  • Pawanjot Singh

    DO YOU PUT PENCIL COLOURS IN YOUR NOSE

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  • saroj kumari drawing classes

    Wow nice good trick

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  • Kevin Douglas

    I'm trying to color people I've sketched . when it comes to them standing out , I haven't had much luck . Outlining with a darker color isn't doing anything but making it go from semi realistic to cartoon. Any suggestions ? By the way I'm able to draw – shade but very new to using colors. Thank you.

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  • Devid Chia

    tganks for sharing the tips 😁👍

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  • gopala jadiya

    supb

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  • Isha drawing Academy

    Wow your work is amazing.

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  • Maliah Treas

    I love this, even though I commented this at the start of the video

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  • Maria

    Do you color with the point or side of pencil?

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  • Faith M

    Lot's of ppl cpmmented 1 day ago
    ME:Hmmm maybe they're planning for back to school LOL

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  • Reginald Ingram

    Thank you this was helpful 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

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  • Tricia Peters

    What are the best pens for coloring

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  • merry hunt

    You didn't mention rubbing the work with a kleenex to smooth it out. Am I a hick?

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  • Haneen I. Adam

    Best lesson I ever got for pencil coloring, thank you very much!

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  • Gwen Tilelli

    I love the advice you give us. I've been only working with color pencils for a year, and I learned a lot of new things on this video. I am planning to buy new prismacolor pencils pretty soon. Thank you for making this video.

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  • Becky Graybeal

    Just bought a new sketch pad and a set of colored pencils. First time I'll use them in like . . . 50 years or so. Thank you for youor instruction, I plan on watching more of your videos to enhance my old / new hobby!

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  • Jade Johnson

    Can someone answer this question for me please: Is drawing a phase?
    I think about this because there's a lot of people at my school who draw and then they don't after a while. Is it a phase or did they just give up?

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  • Art with Tejdeep

    I have Faber castel Color pencils
    Which Color should I use for blending

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  • BLUE DRAGON TEAM

    What do you mean adult coloring?, Im a kid

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  • Sherry Utah

    Whoa….not wild about the loud ads that popped in!

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  • Frank Carlo Payad

    wow very imformative vid. I hope i have a prisma color pencil too.

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  • Jenn Jenn’s Creations Wall

    Will definitely try these!!

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  • tow mater

    Hallo, I haven't a question. How do you know which colors to blend?
    Because I am trying to draw a brown rat in a dark background but it constantly turns out to be to light

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  • EIYHKA

    I've been a graphite and charcoal only artist for years and always envied and hated other artists who use color well..I feel like a child right now learning but i have no ego about it and I'm going to learn. This has been very helpful and looking forward to checking out your other vids

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  • madara uchiwa

    thank you

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  • Malachi Robinson

    your tips and tricks really helped

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  • Jackie Hawkins

    I just found you,and I am glad. Which do you consider to be a great color pencil.

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  • Jackie Hawkins

    Ms.Rachael, I have a pretty heavy hand,and I have been using the crayola color pencils. I like these for the money,but is there better,but not too expensive.

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  • johnny pitoy kahang

    I love her voice the way she's spoke n

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  • Vidanova1re

    Perfect!!!!

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  • Sowmiya Nithya

    Will this tips suit steadler pencils

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  • Patricia Phillips

    I don’t know how to get the proper point when sharpening.

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  • tammi fitzpatrick

    I am an author/illustrator, and I had originally started my work with colored pencils. I switched to digital because I didn't like how my art looked when I scanned it. But recently, I've started to realize that there was nothing wrong with my work, just with my scanner! I'm definitely switching back to colored pencil! Your video made me remember that I love my own work, and never should have drifted away from my own style! Thank you so much!

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  • Marsha Scott

    Very useful information. I learned a lot thank you and keep these great tutorials coming.

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  • Peggy B

    Learned so much from this video. Thank you

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  • M.A. Xxx

    Idiot!

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  • Let's Human

    Thank you SO MUCH for this video!! It's helpful.

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  • ATOMIC FREAK

    I watched this video so I could draw Goku and colour him in without messing the artwork up

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  • LuvCookiezz

    Wow

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  • Dayamoy Mal

    Thanks

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  • TheCoolRage._. YT

    Okay so i think it's gonna take me atleast 6 days to get good enough in this….And I hope I come out with a pretty nice drawing….or u can say a drawing with floating island and Animals and river and mountains and mystic trees

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  • Luna Chan

    For manga an anime random art☺️

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  • Sylvia Street

    I don’t have a case for my pencils, so I keep them separated by using the same color rubber bands for each color of a group of pencils.

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  • Maria Simonsen

    6:40 The circle … annoys me 🙁

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  • Hazzell Urey

    Showing your channel some love today Such a wonderful video full view like and shared on twitter Tfs 👍🏻support😊💜🦋🌈

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  • Baerbel Breen

    Hi Rache…great Channel and tutorials….thanks so much…would you consider going a few more pages in Eleri Fowler”s book “joyous blooms to colour? Thank ou

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  • Karen Edgar

    Thank you. Simple but great lesson. You’re a great teacher with a nice voice ❤️

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  • Nyome Sapp-Collazo

    I loved that blooper at the end, so cute. It made me laugh out loud and rewind so I could watch it again.

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