Saturday, 4 February 2017

An Intro to colouring with pencils by Art by Barb

My mission here is to introduce you to colouring with pencils. If you've purchased pencils and they remain unloved somewhere in your stash, now is a good time to reintroduce yourself to them!

Many colourists over look the true value of pencils at first. Guilty as charged ma-lord! Initially I only used them to add depth and shade to images coloured with alcohol markers. Over time I began to use the markers less in preference of the pencils. Eventually I came to realise from personal experience that the online hype about pencils is true.... they're a perfect medium to colour with.

Pencils are like a fine wine: time is needed to develop the best possible flavour and should be savoured slowly by the consumer.
Yes the process can be rushed and a wine produced as a result, but the wine will lack in flavour.
A similar result is also true with pencils. They're not to be rushed.
To know how to use pencils, is to love using pencils!

I can't recommend one brand over another, because I've only used Faber Castell and Spectrumnoir and one lonely Derwent pencil which I absolutely adore and wish there was a stockist near by.

I have used the cheap pencils from the cheaper stores (a present from my children who thought it would be a humorous gift. Backfired, as it gave me a chance to try em!!) and Ok, you don't get the rich vibrant colour but they are perfectly exceptable to use.

I use a cheap super smooth card stock. Nothing fancy shmancy.

Art supplies can be expensive and people are made to feel as though they must have the top speck supplies to achieve a good result. It's not true, well not in regard to pencils. It's the technique that will help you to create great colouring!

There are many different techniques you can use to blend pencils. My favoured technique and the one we will discuss in detail in my next blog post is to colour lightly and add layer upon layer until the pencils will want to naturally blend together. Especially good for achieving flawless skin!

Thank you for reading,
and until next time...keeeEEEeeep Colouring!!


  1. Great post on pencils, looking forward to tomorrow's post.

  2. I love this one ! Pencils are like wine ... I will keep this in mind :) looking forward to tomorrow's blog !