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Realism Meets Personal Flare

My sister, Cathi, is an awesome artist, and I want the world to see a sample of her beautiful work. This drawing is a wonderful representation of realistic colored pencil.

Fall Leaves

Drawing by Cathi Kiser Mat board

Realism Meets Personal Flare

My sister, Cathi, is an awesome artist, and I want the world to see a sample of her beautiful work. This drawing is a wonderful representation of realistic colored pencil.

Fall Leaves

Drawing by Cathi Kiser Mat board

Introduction

When I was younger and experimenting with my natural urge to draw, I created some pretty wild images. I was raised in the 60s and 70s, when the trend in art was using bright, flashy colors and psychedelic impressions. It was called pop art and was fantastically fun, especially when viewed under a black light where the colors turned neon and seemed to glow. I spent hours drawing and painting fun things in the craziest designs possible. Everything in art was loud and exaggerated, much like my personality back then.

Later, however, when I entered my late teens, I felt the need to be more realistic. I abandoned my wild designs, and tried desperately to capture on paper life as I really saw it. It wasn't easy, but I discovered that my natural artistic self was that of a realist.

When studying art history in school, I fell in love with the works of sixteenth-century Europe. The awesome realism captured by Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens and Renoir fueled my desire to do the same. My journey had begun! To this day, I try to go to as many art galleries and museums as possible to study original masters' works. I also take my students to the Nelson-Atkins Museum here in Kansas City, Missouri, to discuss the techniques and analyze the colors and brush strokes up close. Many don't know that I am an oil painter as well, and I try to replicate the beauty I see in my favorite artists' artwork from the past.

This book is all about creating realism in your own artwork. It isn't easy, and it requires great patience. If you put in the time, your work will take on a colorful, multi-dimensional quality that every realist craves.

Practice the projects in this book one at a time, in the order in which they appear. It will give you the training you need to begin to fully develop your colored pencil skills.

■ About Colored Pencil

Colored pencil can be daunting. I have written many books on the subject, and have learned more and more with each one. In previous books, I used a variety of brands and types of colored pencils. It was fun experimenting, but a bit confusing to the reader and the students trying to follow my techniques.

For that reason, I have chosen to simplify this book by using only one brand: Prismacolor. You will have no problem finding Prismacolor pencils in your local art and hobby stores. They are of excellent quality and will give you fantastic results.

When I first tried colored pencil drawing myself, it was disastrous. My efforts rendered something resembling a

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kindergartner's crayon drawing, and had none of the realism that I had achieved in my graphite drawings. Needless to say, it was frustrating and a huge blow to my artistic ego. I blamed myself for being untalented and put my set of colored pencils away. I returned to graphite drawing, which I had honed into my creative comfort zone.

A couple of years later, something in my brain clicked, and I woke up one day wanting to try them again. I realized in the recesses of my mind that I had simply been applying them incorrectly. In the pages that follow, I'll share with you my experiences, and how I worked through various obstacles.

You can get completely different looks with colored pencils depending on how you apply the color. Light, layering application gives you texture; heavy, burnished applications fill in the bumps and grooves of the paper, giving the art a smooth, almost painted appearance and a shiny surface. It is this versatility that makes colored pencil a wonderful medium for capturing many different looks.

Colored pencil is now one of my favorite mediums! Welcome to the wonderful experience of colored pencil. Let me help make it one of your favorites as well.

Colored Pencil Provides Variety

Study the two different types of fruit in this illustration. The one on the left is a peach, while the other is a nectarine. Both were drawn with the same pencils and the same colors, yet they look completely different! The peach was applied using the layering technique, giving it a fuzzy, textured appearance. The nectarine was burnished, filling in the paper to make the fruit's skin look shiny.

Peach vs. Nectarine

Stonehenge paper 5" x 7" (13cm x 18cm)

The moral of this story is ... you can do it, too! All you need is a little guidance and some practice to undo the old memories of drawing with crayons. Colored pencil doesn't have to be intimidating once you get the feel of it. For me, it went from a frustrating experience to one of my favorite things to do. It doesn't happen overnight, but rather with persistence and solid practice. Not everything you do will be perfect and ready for hanging on the wall, so go easy on yourself. It's just part of the process of learning. (I have many trash cans in my studio, and I'm not afraid to use them.) In time, you'll be pleasantly surprised!

ing some accuracy to her shapes, her drawing takes on a much more realistic appearance. Good job, LeAnne!

A few years ago when I was writing a book about birds, my daughter wanted to draw one, too. I gave her a photo out of my reference file and let her give it a try. She was sixteen at the time and had little practice drawing with colored pencil. As you can see by her first attempt, much of her"crayon training" as a child resurfaced, and the drawing came out looking less than refined. As an experienced teacher, I knew that all she needed was a little guidance, and a better understanding of colored pencil application.

Her second attempt looks a lot more professional. By understanding the technique better than before, and apply-

Coloured Pencil Techniques

After

After I showed LeAnne how to improve her shapes and technique, her drawing became much more realistic. She now loves to draw with colored pencils.

After

After I showed LeAnne how to improve her shapes and technique, her drawing became much more realistic. She now loves to draw with colored pencils.

Colored Pencil Techniques

This is Jake's second attempt after my instruction. The colors have been applied more evenly, and the drawing looks much more refined. Jake drew the face larger on the page for a better composition, which makes it look more like a portrait instead of a sketch. This portrait is a real success story.

Getting Started
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Start With Fewer Colors

This drawing of a horse was completed with only seven colors. It does not take many colors to render beautiful drawings. As you get more comfortable with colored pencil techniques, you can expand your pencil palette to include more colors.

Getting started with colored pencil does not require you to go out and buy a huge range of colors in an expensive boxed set. If you have never drawn with them before, start slow. Begin with just a few colors at first and buy more as you continue. On page 19, you can see a drawing I did with just two colors. The portrait of Tice takes on the look of an old sepia-colored photo. But, because I used just a brown and black pencil, it didn't require a lot of supplies to complete. Look for a reference that will lend itself to this technique, and ease yourself slowly into colored pencil. By going this route first, you can hone your technique without being bogged down by color theory.

Start With Fewer Colors

This drawing of a horse was completed with only seven colors. It does not take many colors to render beautiful drawings. As you get more comfortable with colored pencil techniques, you can expand your pencil palette to include more colors.

Colors Used

Orange, Terra Cotta, Dark Umber, Tuscan Red, Non-Photo Blue, True Blue, Black

Horse in Motion

Stonehenge paper 12" x 16" (30cm x 41cm)

the pencils

Each brand of colored pencil creates a unique look on paper. I can't easily answer which pencil is the best to use or which one I like the most. That really depends on the final outcome and overall look I wish to achieve.

To keep it simple, I'm using only Prismacolor pencils in the examples and demonstrations of this book. However, feel free to experiment and find the colored pencils that work best for you. By using a combination of pencils, you can create a lot of variety to the techniques used in the following pages.

Prismacolor carries richly pigmented, wax-based colored pencils in more than 132 different pigments. The thick, soft, wax-based lead allows you to lay down heavy layers of color. They are opaque (meaning you can't see through them), and can completely cover the paper's surface. The colors can be easily blended to produce an almost painted appearance in your work, or applied gradually and evenly with a very sharp point for a more layered look.

Pencils come in a variety of set sizes. Buy enough pencils to practice some simple drawings, and then add to your color selection as needed. As your collection grows, you can create a system to keep them organized. I place my pencils into color groups, bind them with a hair tie or rubber band, and keep them in an old brief case. This may not be the fanciest way of doing things, but it works for me. And if I need to take them with me, I close the briefcase, and off I go!

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Prismacolor Pencils

Prismacolor pencils have a thick, soft, wax-based lead that provides a heavy application of color. They are excellent for achieving smooth, shiny surfaces and brilliant colors. The colors can be easily blended to lend an almost painted appearance to your work.

materials for working in color

As with anything, the quality of your colored pencil artwork is determined by the quality of the tools you employ for the job. The following is a list of supplies you will need to succeed.

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