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Posted 3/1/15 , edited 3/1/15
Hello, i'm in the architecture field professionally and one thing i've always had trouble with is using color pencils and marker for landscape graphics. Its not like I'm terrible, but my stuff is very stylized and sometimes it doesn't incorporate well into perspectives with buildings. I'm pretty good with scale and monochrome sketching, but coloring is always a challenge. Any advice to make the colors pop out a little more?

Sketch time around 45minutes- 1 hour
Tools used, sketch paper,4h pencil,HB pencil, Fine point Sharpie,Green color pencil, Magenta Color pencil.




This it how it comes out with a few settings in illustrator
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I'm not an artist but I've learned a few tips for drawing with colored pencils from books:

1) use blue and/or purple (and maybe brown) for the shadows instead of black to make it look more dynamic, I guess?
2) you can overlay colors by applying a light layer of each color and use circular motions so the colors can optically mix
3) you can create a smooth blend with a bright, polished look by applying white over another color but this only works with high quality pencils like Prismacolor

I know it isn't great but here's an example of when I used tips 1 & 2. I just used cheap crayola pencils.

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I'm not an artist but I've learned a few tips for drawing with colored pencils from books:

1) use blue and/or purple (and maybe brown) for the shadows instead of black to make it look more dynamic, I guess?
2) you can overlay colors by applying a light layer of each color and use circular motions so the colors can optically mix
3) you can create a smooth blend with a bright, polished look by applying white over another color but this only works with high quality pencils like Prismacolor

I know it isn't great but here's an example of when I used tips 1 & 2. I just used cheap crayola pencils.



Thank you for the tips, I've never been really into or that good with using color pencil and blending colors by hand. I will try some of those tips and repost when finished. BTW, who ever told you that you're not an artist lied. That looks good!Here is an example of my drawing style black/white with only graphite pencil.
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@adrianc0 wow that artwork looks amazing!

@kamahl01 like what adrianc0 said, except I don't have experience with using the white color pencil.

things I can impart with you from basic experience with color pencils:


-First the concept of 'teeth'. Teeth or the rough texture/grain of the paper helps a lot if you don't press too hard and still trying to figure out what color your really want for your piece. Press hard while coloring the surface = covering stuff and less harder to mix new colors in (because they're stuck between the 'teeth') . Press lightly and you can probably add 2 or 3 more layers of color until the toothy-ness gets covered. Keep that in mind and you can get a feel of layering in colors.

- don't be afraid to use colors you think looks unnatural, if in doubt test the color combination on a scrap piece of paper. For example, you wouldn't used purple/blue on a tree trunk, but it looks amazing as some sort of shadow mixed in on the brown/yellow/khaki for the tree.

- if you want something 'bright' or high in contrast, don't add too much layers of other color on it. Use just that one color you think will get the observer's attention.

- when coloring from the beginning, try to keep an even layer of the color, go for an up-down motion or circling motion, holding the pencil between your forefinger and thumb. As you add up more layers you will eventually move towards holding them akin to using a pencil.

- white is also a color. vibrant colors usually stand out with a bit of white on the outside/outline. They are areas you don't need to color on because you want for that particular color to 'pop' or stand out. Try this as an experiment to get an idea of the concept of white:
get a dark color pencil (except black). draw a square, then another square outside it., color the outermost square, but not the inside square. Now beside it, draw another square within a square, but this time do the opposite, color the innermost square. The one withe a white square around it looks a tad more vibrant doesn't it? even if its from the same single color pencil.

-sharpen your pencil to add the finer details. Edges, texture, stippling, crosshatching gives your work a unique texture (and also keeps you away from boring even surfaces that you've been doing from the earlier part of the coloring process. This is where you press harder then the usual. sharpen as much as needed.
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@adrianc0 wow that artwork looks amazing!

^ Thanks!


mwee_mwee wrote:
- don't be afraid to use colors you think looks unnatural, if in doubt test the color combination on a scrap piece of paper. For example, you wouldn't used purple/blue on a tree trunk, but it looks amazing as some sort of shadow mixed in on the brown/yellow/khaki for the tree.

I agree with all of your tips, especially this one ^

I noticed that often the most unnatural combination of colors would create the most natural look. It's just like how the shadows on snow looks more natural if you use different shades of blue, a tiny bit of gray, a little bit of purple and brown, and then maybe yellow to show highlights from the sunlight.
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Here's a decent tutorial on drawing trees with colored pencils: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZVXiBvTu08
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Here's a decent tutorial on drawing trees with colored pencils: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZVXiBvTu08



Thanks, I just paused the video, but they(the trees) look amazing and easy to follow! I ordered my first set of prisma color pencils(48 count) and they should arrive sometime tomorrow, I also have a day off and no exactly what i'll be practicing!I will post some of the stuff I try.
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This is my first attempt using the color pencils I have in the house at the moment. Not enough variety to get the perfect color match yet(a cheap set of 20), but its a start.
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@adrianc0 Ooooh thanks for sharing *watches*

@kamahl01 nice attempt now I challenge you to try making trees at different times of the day ( early morning, midday, afternoon, evening, midnight ) they will be very different color-wise :D
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@adrianc0 Ooooh thanks for sharing *watches*

@kamahl01 nice attempt now I challenge you to try making trees at different times of the day ( early morning, midday, afternoon, evening, midnight ) they will be very different color-wise :D


This is so fun ,I'm going to try and complete a whole landscape background this weekend(maybe even tomorrow)!
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mwee_mwee wrote:

@adrianc0 Ooooh thanks for sharing *watches*

@kamahl01 nice attempt now I challenge you to try making trees at different times of the day ( early morning, midday, afternoon, evening, midnight ) they will be very different color-wise :D


This is so fun ,I'm going to try and complete a whole landscape background this weekend(maybe even tomorrow)!


Great job, man! You're getting the hang of it! I usually avoid landscapes and trees since they look so complicated to draw haha. I haven't drawn anything for like a year but I think you kind of gave me inspiration to start drawing again
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kamahl01 wrote:


mwee_mwee wrote:

@adrianc0 Ooooh thanks for sharing *watches*

@kamahl01 nice attempt now I challenge you to try making trees at different times of the day ( early morning, midday, afternoon, evening, midnight ) they will be very different color-wise :D


This is so fun ,I'm going to try and complete a whole landscape background this weekend(maybe even tomorrow)!


Great job, man! You're getting the hang of it! I usually avoid landscapes and trees since they look so complicated to draw haha. I haven't drawn anything for like a year but I think you kind of gave me inspiration to start drawing again :D


Well, your car color pencil drawing inspired me first!
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Thank you both, I got really into using color pencils tonight. I hope you like my first collage.I'll post a better scanned photo eventually(this is a cell phone picture.

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My second piece, a fan art of my favorite nen user!
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great job! and yes, I like netero too! he's like the turtle hermit of hunterxhunter yet very playful and calculating.

keep up the good work ^_^
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