Top 7 Colored Pencil Mistakes that Beginners Make – Lachri


today I am going to share the top 7 mistakes I see artists make when they’re starting out with colored pencil hi I’m Lisa the artist behind walk refine are now I have to say to start off if you find that you are making one of the things that I call a mistake but you like the results that you’re getting there’s nothing wrong with that because it’s art there are no mistakes if you like the results that you’re getting the only time I think there’s a real mistake is if you’re doing something that is making the work not archival you want to call these mistakes this really applies to those who are not getting the results that they want they’re trying to do similar techniques to what I’m doing but they’re not getting the results they want so I’ve got some solutions for you for those issues number one would be not having enough layers this is where the most common things that I see happen especially when an artist is trying to blend with odorless mineral spirits like I do if they don’t get enough layers on there before I ever blend out with odorless mineral spirits I generally have three to five layers of pigment of colored pencil on the paper before I blend if you don’t have enough layers what happens is you have a little white dots of the papers that are showing through right now you put the odorless mineral spirits on top of that and you still have all the white showing through what the heck that didn’t happen when you painted the reason is that I’ve got more pigment on the paper if you don’t have enough pigment when the odorless mineral spirits it sort of dissolves the waxy binder stuff when it dissolves that payment into the paper and you don’t have a lot of pigment on there not much is going to happen the white of the paper is still showing through so that is going to cause you not to get the results you’re probably trying to achieve the next mistake would be pushing too hard on the pencil too soon what happens when you do this is your furnishing you are kind of polishing the pencil onto the paper and you flatten the tooth of the paper all of the paper that you’re using to have these little hills and valleys these nooks and crannies and when you push hard with the pencil you flatten those out now that is a technique there are times when it is good to birch I will generally do that towards the end when I know I don’t need additional layers because when you flatten that out it won’t take very many more layers because there’s nothing for that pencil to grip on to for the technique you guys are seeing me doing my colored pencil work I am NOT pushing very hard exclude white I said it was pretty hard with the white does it get better really stick and show it well but normally I don’t add a lot of pressure I’m using a very light hand in order to keep from damaging the tooth of that paper and the nice thing is if you’re using an odorless mineral spirits you don’t have to push hard to get nice smooth one in the odorless mineral spirits will do it for you without damaging the tooth of the paper which means that many more layers which gives you that much more control in your end piece when my name with odorless mineral spirits all of my work has probably about 20 layers total sometimes more there are a lot of layers there and so if I had burnished if I push too hard too soon there’s no way I’m going to get that many layers mistake number three not keeping your pencil sharp enough going back to those nooks and valleys those children crannies I said that wrong those nooks and crannies hills and valleys however you want to work in the paper those little ridges in there that the pencil does your pencils are not sharp enough they’re not able to get into all those little nooks and crannies now the oil is narrow spurts will help to get that into them but you’ll get even better smoother results if you’re keeping your pencil very sharp it’ll keep your lines very clean and then again get better more smooth even coverage on the paper itself so keep those pencils sharp just because it’s sharpen up the color is still coming out on the pencil but doesn’t mean the pencil is really sharp enough to sharpen those the next mistake that I often see happen is where an artist is not using the right kind of paper for the techniques that they’re trying to do certain papers just don’t yield themselves well with certain techniques for me I have found that Fabriano artistic Oh extra white-hot press 140 pounds name is the way through on watercolor paper is one of my favorites to work with the Stonehenge is another one that I like but only the rice will do individual sheets the one sold in the pad those are more of a bell and finish they are just to smooth some tapers like bristol vellum I used to use that for colored pencil again very smooth to smooth so there’s not enough of the pencil to grip to so I’m not able to get all of the layers that I want so I felt that I couldn’t get the color saturation quite what I wanted now that doesn’t mean that those are bad papers it means it does not work well for my techniques choosing a paper that works well for the techniques that you’re using a very big deal another paper that I’m really lucky right now is can send me 10 that one has a really nice tooth to it I use that in different colors like the black probably got my favorite cuz you can’t get color as bright as you would get on white paper but you can get some pretty cool effect I’ve used the light blue I really like that one so that’s another paper that I can definitely recommend for the techniques that I personally use next on my list is probably one of the biggest mistakes that I will see artists make and in any medium not just colored pencil but calling the work finished too soon not finishing the artwork look at these two images this is the same bird that first bird when I first layers my first couple of layers on that it was terrible kind of was going to show you that it on with my feet there’s no definition no details but it’s not wrong it’s not bad it’s not finished that’s the key there look what happens when I continue to work on it that’s a pretty big difference and it is something that I see so often with the inner artist is that they just call it finish too soon they just get those first few layers blocked in and I get I’m done no that was the whole point in making sure that you didn’t damage the tooth of the paper in point number two not pushing too hard is that you could get more layers just having color and pigment on the paper does not mean that it’s finished keep layering and get all the detail in there you’re going for realism keep working on it until it looks how you want just be aware – for example it’s a very slow medium these videos using all of us on YouTube doing these CDs videos may give you the impression that you can get something done in the night or two nights you know it’s a very quickly it’s not it is slow takes me we actually I spent a couple weeks on the one that’s behind me from unfinished but it takes a very very long time to get these finished and if you can get that in your head really understand that going in I think it will make you a little bit more patient and more likely to put the time needed into finishing that project don’t expect to finish something in a single night it’s probably not going to look all that great but I needed to reach the goal that you’ve set for yourself and get the look that you’re going for number six is scribbling having your pencil go this direction and now I’m going this direction and I’m over here and you can see these lines going all over the place it’s one thing if you’re actually trying to cross that but if that is not the look you’re going for if you really want a nice smooth even we saw we blended whatever it is you’re working on work your pencil instead in small little ovals or small little circles and let one area overlap into the next you will get a much much smoother end result do you make me straight harsh lines you and especially when they’re going to different directions it really does look like it was scribbled you can work in a small little all of these little circular circular circular shapes cut kiss-off work in a circular shape that will give you such better results and those straight lines back and forth even if the straight lines are all going in the same direction you end up with these harsh start and stop points where your hand switches directions if you’re going in oval you won’t have that you’ll get that nice smooth finish left it’s starting with a bad drawing it doesn’t matter how much you master all of the other things that I talked about if your drawing is inaccurate if your goal is realism but your drawing is inaccurate it’s not going to get better the more you start shading and coloring things in don’t start shading and coloring until you get your drawing exactly how you want it to be because once you start drawing if you look at something in there like at I think the face is a little offset it’s probably okay I want to go ahead and start with a colored pencil once you start with the pencil you can’t easily fix stuff if you realize and I was a little too far left little too far to the right you think you smell whatever that’s not something you can easily fix with colored pencil make sure that your drawing is we hundred percent accurate before you ever start coloring things in does that mean that you want to trace things for a while while you get the hang of drawing things go for it nothing wrong with that that’s a great way to learn to draw better does that mean that you just need to spend more time practicing on the drawing side of things then that may be what you need to do but make sure that your drawing is perfect don’t rush through the drawing do it quickly and then expect it to look realistic in the end when it turns out it was not drawn right I was looking on Instagram just yesterday and this one artist was drawing dogs and his a heads were like this big and the muzzles were these little I mean these also be deformed if they were real dogs his shading was a phenomenal his highlight everything was good and I don’t think this was the goal of a stylized list because he claimed he was a realist artist so this was just an issue of he was starting with bad drawings to start with his again shading his blending technique was really really good but he was jumping into that too soon he needed to spend a bit more time to get that initial outline exactly how it should be if you would wanted to reach his goal of having it look very realistic and as I said if you’re using any of these things I’m calling mistakes and you are happy with your results than they’re not mistakes it’s art these tips are for those who are trying to get their work to look more realistic and aren’t happy with the results that they’re currently getting how do you already subscribe to I have five videos I think it means jazz hand things at the end this must be five but really that’s ten five videos every week that’s a lot of videos all art videos all aim to help you with your business and marketing of your art to give you tips and I’ve got tutorials and live streams and if you are an artist this is just a good place for you I’ll see you guys on Saturday no wait that’s not right I’ll see you guys on Tuesday

100 comments

  • Jelly bean

    I always finish my work before it’s actually completed because I get scared that I will ruin it if I carry on. I have so many ‘okay’ pieces of work because I get the that stage and stop

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  • jessica rodriguez

    i love your very well specific explaining

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  • jessica rodriguez

    i have a problem with ppl that i no that are very little liking and understanding art so i don't get any feedback i like some one to tell me what they like and don't like about my art i never was able to work on all the ideas in my head i have 3 autistic boys and one is savorily and is in a group home now when i started 3 yes ago i never talk to anyone no one new i new how to paint oil acrylic and were stoked to find out i like to make old looking painting s portraits i brake rules a lot i love to always brake rules its how i am with art i get compared to pablo picasso a lot i do agree i have his style and way of seeing art i have done a lot of his paintings for my self because i love them i was forced by my man to put my work on facebook i ether just get likes or unwanted ppl that don't do art or want to talk about it just want to be un apropreat to me if any one can u or any one can suggest what i should do i paint because i love it and it makes me happy also love phoyografy im sorry this is so long but i really need some feed back like i sed i don't have friends its hard to when ppl don't understand you have autistic kids i have been pushed away or avoided by most family and ppl because of my kids i would like to make friends with ppl who like art and we can share ideas and talk about art thank you so much for whom ever takes the time to read this

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  • Jooox 02

    She saved my life

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  • Alex6446

    We don't make mistakes!
    We make happy accidents)

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  • Vidya Khedekar

    😅🙄🙄🙄🙄😅😅😅😅😅

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  • ShawN shawN

    Never thought of the circular blending. Have you tried the scale divider? I got a great video on how it works. 🙂

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  • Bloomer Brown

    0:25 thought there are no mistakes, just happy little accidents! lol. thanks for the advice tho will definitely take some of it on board!

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  • Cookiees Ncream

    Omg.. i do every single 1 kf these things. Thanks for the tips!

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  • BluesImprov

    I don't use white as a drawing surface. . .I don't layer very much, as I like a slightly less smooth finish to my drawings. . .I usually layer the most when I'm combining colors to achieve a particular shade. . .I try to let the color of my drawing surface assist in the blending as I transition from darker to lighter tones. . .I also never work on a smooth drawing surface. . .In this way I achieve just a bit rougher but still finished look, using more of a feathered transition than a smooth burnished look. . .For this reason I never use any "spirits" to assist in blending. . .Just my preference. . .Your work is exceptional and I admire your results!

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  • nicole Berbigal

    Thanks

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  • Isha

    It’s really not easy going in circular motions

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  • Weedus

    The Polychromos Pencils had a little Booklet explaining how to use them… and it was realy easy to understand.

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  • Hide Ken

    She's amazing wow. Subscribed. (:

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  • tom fitz

    Take a shot everything she says odorless mineral spirits

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  • Prabhul Krishna

    I really like your personality
    And thanks for the video
    I'm was planning to do colored pencils

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  • Bluebear Artz

    best tip for me, thinking it's done when it's not. I think I just get tired. Thanks for the affirmation that colored pencil work takes time, time, time.

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  • Venice bitch

    omygod ily

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  • Nancy Db

    Very interesting and helpful

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  • Weave Snatched

    She's so beautiful tho. She reminded me of Narcissa Malfoy 😍

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  • Elena Bell

    I know this is an older video, and this is kind of random, but I was looking for colored pencil tips for fine art and I just really like you and the way you talk and articulate and you’re just very nice to listen to… soo yeah sorry that was creepy I’ve never said anything like this to anyone online but you just really stand out for some reason

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  • Noxx

    this video so usefull, 😊

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  • Bina Sheikh

    Number 7 😆

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  • Kat F

    Very useful information for me especially!!

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  • L Parker

    #2 you illustrated with a pencil that violates #3.

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  • L Parker

    #5 the first example actually has some great detail (the claws, the greens on the head) that were lost on the finished product. In my opinion you over finished!

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  • Keni Vrataric

    Is that a lock n lock container you are using to keep your mineral spirits in? I heard, (somewhere?) to only use MS in glass containers, obviously not true, seeing you using it in this non-glass container. Thank you in advanced, for considering a response to my question.

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  • Agnello Leichsenring

    Uau!!!!!!!!! Could you speak slower?

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  • lauren jauregui is perfect

    im like extreme with coloring and i literally push down way too hard because to me, it looks really good.

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  • Hocus Pocus

    I’ve mastered and overcome all those mistakes 😀

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  • Dz Player01

    ik im late but can i ask why do my color pencils not cover the white of the page there is allways white spots (i dont have varnish)

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  • Andrew Grey

    Cool personality, good info.

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  • Stephanie Norris

    Never put black pencil over yellow…it turns green.

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  • r o s e f l o w e r

    No mistakes only happy accidents

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  • Siona Music

    Good tips! And thanks for talking so fast and tot the point!

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  • Dawna Sharp

    My issue is learning how to use Polychromos & Holbein pencils. They are so very very different than for example Prismacolors. I’m trying to learn how to shade & highlight. I have hardly any layers. Hmmm….It sounds like I need to see a video on “how” to color with colored pencils.

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  • Jennie French

    HEY LISA, I have a serious question dealing with colored pencils. I use Polychromos and Caran'dache which I know the polys are more oil based the other waxed but I noticed these Lyra Rembrant oil pencils. Are they similar or could they be use especially in defrying the costs. I know nothing about them and was needing your expertise. Thank you. I enjoy your program so much and I think I have imoroved. I also use Fisher 500 paper or hot pressed with a layer of liquitex. I have yet to use my drafting film again with the polys. It would be cool to meet at a show but lately I have been battling with my health so we can say it will happen down the road. Take care!!

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  • Queeneth John

    Lol when she said "if those dogs where in real life they would be deformed.:) 🙂 🙂

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  • CookieSloth

    When I was waching this video I was like oooooh so that’s what I’m doing wrong. Thank you for that.

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  • Syed Shah Nasib

    Hello how are you my question is which best paper for pastel work please guide me thanks

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  • CVA TV Bizarre Adventure

    i want the buote

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  • roselyn the Pro

    if we use normal pencil color so we use normal paper? i mean like its not watercolormpencils

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  • Salem Thorup

    Great video. Very helpful. Thank you!

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  • CheyChey 21BBB

    Can you melt or find a way to use broken crayon pencil lead tips?

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  • engr.kristian

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  • armor10

    If you like the results your getting with these ‘mistakes’ there happy little accidents

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  • Daniel Gorosito

    you are incredible. i just discovered you.

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  • Schatzen Liebe

    Yup theres no mistakes in Art making.. This tips are for professionals

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  • Schatzen Liebe

    Im learning..Thanks for Techniques

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  • amy nell

    For me when shading with sharp tip it makes ugly lines. So I tend to use it on its side in circles very lightly.

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  • pinkadadiva

    Nooks n valleys😀😇✅

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  • Fatima Boukhdoud

    I always say i finished early for i have no time!! School!! 😭😡

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  • Cozzy's Creatures

    Anyone know what she uses as a solvent for blending coloured pencils?

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  • Angelic_Artist123

    I've never even heard of oder less mineral spirits before watching this video. Is it expensive? Where can I get it? What's the best way to use it and how is it used?

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  • country boy

    I'm working with Lyra Rembrandt polychrome oil pencils and greyscale. Would baby oil be a good blending material?

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  • Hannah Garner

    You are changing the way i draw and its amazing!!! Blending with the odorless mineral solvant is life changing, all these years of hating colored pencils. I have a new found love thanks!!!

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  • Philip Odu

    Hello, Please how can one package a coloured pencil artwork to make it look expensive for eventual sale. Thanks

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  • Mia Cat 0w0

    Em puedo preguntar porque el título está en español y el vídeo no??

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  • Draw Every one

    Hi

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  • 123rockfan

    Holy crap I love this video. I’ve been using colored pencils for the past week and was really frustrated, but after watching this video a lot of those problems went away

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  • Dragon Never Loves

    Oh man. My style is not realism, just anime but I found this very helpful, THANKS!

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  • Puppet 211

    Can you do a video about how to draw on an illustration board? I really need it this week

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  • Tobi Perrault

    Very helpful video. Thank you!

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  • Lynn Duvall

    I think what you’re calling “Me Tints” is pronounced “Me Tee-IN-Tez, “ which is Spanish for … half shades or half tones = literal translation. But it may not be meant to be taken literally. Does it mean anything to you? Thanks for this video! I’ve been using colored pencils for at least 50 years and using them ALL WRONG. Looking forward to using them right, if I have the patience to put down a huge number of layers you suggest.

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  • xVanessax ._.

    Good that I’m watching this and :00 666 comments and I just bought prismacolors and don’t wana ruinem😂😂😂

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  • Matej Plavac

    5:38 I really needed to hear that

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  • Movz

    I use Prismacolor premier for my portraits….

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  • Clarissa Portal

    Interesting that you say tracing is a good way to learn. I came from an art school where they shunned that and kept saying you need to use tools like your pencils to sight measure and a plum line tool. Although some teachers I had said measuring with the head on the figure doesn't work

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  • Lee ludlow Art

    I thought I’d try prisma colour pencils today. I’m hating it but I have to learn. I have polychromos but I’m not using those to practice.

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  • Lee ludlow Art

    Is there a way of getting white whiskers over other colours with colour pencils? I’m trying a swimming tiger and the whiskers have disappeared

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  • VEbe Jssh

    What alternatives can I use to blend

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  • Sissy Beans

    I appreciate your insight! Trying to come back from mastectomy and got some oil base pencils to be busy in a creative way… so will do the layers! 3-5! Thank you!

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  • XxSharaiCocoxX Forever

    Wow , Im new and my a beginner on color pencils. And I really like your channel

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  • Dovah Breath

    This seems legit… Subscribed!

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  • Julian S

    How do you guys do this! I'm blown away. I just picked up coloring in my 30s. They encourage it at work to reduce stress and I really enjoy it. But I am blown away by the level of detail artists get over what I can. When she started talking about 20+ layers my ears started to leak brain matter.

    Where should I start? What is this odorless fluid she keeps referring to? Am I too late to the party to believe that I can actually catch on to this artform. There are about 100 other questions I could list but I'm almost certain this comment is in vain anyway.

    I was never much for art. I always enjoyed it and respected it but my mind always drifted towards the sciences and math so I never worked on these skills. Any tips ot pointers would be much appreciated.

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  • itsmyluckyday11

    Bird looked A+ amazing both ways. Legit perfect ♡

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  • SuperGirl1970 Carver

    one question, why is it that some consider if you don't draw in realistic or picture perfect drawing your not considered a professional artist?

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  • Kevin Douglas

    Do you ever use colored pencils and ink on one picture ? I'm having trouble getting the skin color to stand out without wanting to outline it with a color that doesn't help give it a " real" look.

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  • ramiz should

    so sweet

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  • Doreen Korman

    I thoroughly enjoyed the portrait video!! Loved watching the progress!💖

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  • • Mitzuki •

    Please be my art teacher

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  • JMP ArtStudio

    So amazing. Hope I could make videos like this as well. Hope to get support from fellow artists ❤️

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  • Mattison Park

    Omg I had a dream about you, but this is the first ever video that I have ever seen you in. Other than just now I’ve never seen you before

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  • 888,888_ fiery_mercaba

    "0:45" – "#1 – Not [e]nough [l]ayers"
    "1:36" – "#2 – Pushing too hard on the Pencil [too soon]"
    "2:48" – "#3 – Not keeping the Pencil [s]harp [enough]"
    "3:30" – "#4 – Choosing the [r]ight [p]aper for the [r]ight [t]echniques"
    "4:41" – "#5 – Calling the work finished too soon!!"
    "6:16" – "#6 – Scribbling"
    "7:10" – "#7 – Starting with an inaccurate drawing"

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  • Otaki Senpai

    This got me depressions😫

    Joke

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  • Boom z

    I have some color pencils (faber castle) and I've been using them for a month now. Yesterday when I'm about to color some of my doodles I noticed that the color of the lead was paler and it couldn't release a color no matter how much I scratch it on a paper. Then I put a pressure and there WAS a color BUT it's not as colorful as before plus the paper might get ripped to how hard I draw a line just to see if the pencil still worked.
    I tried sharpening it, the lead was still smooth but the color's just too pale

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  • Owen Cook

    You are crazy in such a great way! I love it!!!

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  • Michelle Bowen

    By the way I don't have a ton of money so I am always looking for hacks when I don't have the money but wanna do something. For instance I was given water color pencils as a present but no brush came with them… so I finally decided after a little while to try it out with a cotton swab when I had used that method to blend my Graphite art… it worked well in both situations though I would still prefer a brush and smudge tools but IF you are in the middle of working and say you run out it's good to know.

    ALSO the oderless mineral thing people keep mentioning… I looked it up and I even tried it out on an old picture and it worked! I had Prisma Color Pencils.. a couple years ago.. and I took a swab to one of them where the hair was black and looked like it has wax bloom (I think that's what it's called I just learned about it) so.. I took a swab and it worked like a charm! I was like O_O!

    I have to wait a little longer to get my set of Prisma's going again.. kind of on the broke side but I love working with my Graphite art pencils, and the water colors… I enjoyed the PRisma's while I had them before but was dealing with depression and taking care of my dying mother left me too tired to do art so I ended up giving them away…still kicking myself for it! LOL!

    Anyways like to get in touch with other artists and I am on deviantart as well if you want to connect. https://www.deviantart.com/mainelyartmsb

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  • Jhon Dale Beniales

    Thank you! Very much helpful!

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  • Sollenbum S

    ❤️

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  • Shirley Draw

    Realmente amé que estuviera subtitulado, gracias por los tips 😍

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  • foxy poxy Makla

    We dont make mistakes we make happy accidents:)

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  • AltoAtic

    Odorless mineral spirits pssshh i like my spirits to smell like hot ass

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  • Rich Souza

    Awesome your work with this channel – could you please provide subtitles in Portuguese you have no idea how the brazilian public would love your amazing channel content 10/10.

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  • Ángel González

    Gracias por los subtítulos en español.

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  • MR PEEVES

    4:52. The bird looks like you shaded it in with your feet, but it is not wrong, it's not bad… it's unfinished. A slight contridiction of sorts there, lol.

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  • Yuna675

    What can I use instead of odorless mineral spirits, because I don't know where to get it?

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  • Miranda Bardick

    THANK YOU!!!!! I needed most of these tips!!!

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  • Ant motorman4577

    I use printer paper for my drawings

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  • pyla vanitha

    I found u recently ..ur really a great artist ,great job tq

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