This is my 3rd article in a sequence of site posts about utilizing color pencil. In my preceding posts I included the variations in Derwent’s pencil ranges and how to uncover your force. It is now time to move on to some of the other issues that can impact how your pencils perform. We will be on the lookout at diverse pencil strokes and, in my bonus video clip, I address how your choice of surface area can change how your artwork appears to be like.

It is all about diverse strokes

Image of different pencil strokes
Listed here are a couple of that I use the most in my personal get the job done

Colour pencils can be made use of to develop the greatest realism in your operate or can be free and painterly. It is all about the diverse strokes that you use to implement the pigment that makes the difference as to the textures you will obtain. When yet again it is important to apply these methods so that you comprehend which types to use in which and when.


Stippling is realized simply by dotting or tapping your nib to the aid. A sharp nib will depart compact dots while a blunt or rounded tip will go away even larger marks. You can change your strain and also blend unique colors into the stipples.

I would use this system on some thing like a dog’s nose.

Lisa Ann Watkins - Mac
Lisa Ann Watkins – Mac


When you want to develop a smooth texture then strokes this kind of as back again and forth or scumbling are best for this. Again and forth is basically that. You move the pencil in a back again and forth movement making use of a reliable, even and restricted laydown with a normal tension. Slowly the levels will construct up to create smoothness.

Scumbling is accurately the exact system but employing a tight circular movement when laying down the pigment. I will use this technique any where that I want smoothness or a shiny, glassy outcome these as on eyes. Right here you can see I created up the shiny eye employing a mixture of the two strokes right until I obtain the finish I am aiming for.

Lisa Ann Watkins - eye detail
Lisa Ann Watkins – element of eye

Hatching & Cross Hatching

Hatching and cross hatching is a excellent way of performing loosely and developing different varieties of texture in your function. This pencil stroke will involve the laydown of strains parallel to every single other. You can differ the thickness, width concerning and the stress of these lines. You can also then do a cross hatch which is a different layer of hatching overlaid at a suitable angle throughout the preliminary layer. Free circles are also a wonderful way of fairly basically generating extra looseness in your do the job. It also builds up an impact very rapidly. After once more you can vary the force and the dimensions of your circles functioning equally clockwise and anti clockwise. This is wonderful for free curls like in a poodle or for example on this sheep.

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Lisa Ann Watkins – Wallis

Placing stroke

The stroke most related with building fur texture is the hanging or tapered stroke. As with the other strokes you can range the force, path and also most importantly the length of these strokes. This will build a myriad of various fur textures. Use a agency force at the foundation of the stroke and then simply lift and flick absent to create the taper. This is absolutely just one to follow and to blend with the other strokes pointed out above.

Practice would make best and it also will help to develop your self confidence in your get the job done which in switch shines by in the concluded piece. Aura in this article is a excellent instance of a blend of scumbling strokes for the eye, back and forth for the chunks of fur and then a lot of, numerous good tapering strokes for the texture.

Lisa Ann Watkins - Aura
Lisa Ann Watkins – Aura


Image of embossing technique

1 spin on these methods is to substitute your pencil for a stylus and then you can indent these marks into your guidance in advance of adding any pigment. This can then guide to even far more texture and depth to your function. The finest way to study additional is to choose a look at the movie below to view all of these strokes in motion.

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Observe a reward movie about surfaces

As you can see from the details so much, there is substantially that can influence the conclude result of a work designed utilizing colour pencil. Putting it all with each other let’s get a appear at one very last element that is as significant a component as that of our preference of pencils to use. This is the paper or assistance that you decide on to use. Thanks to the invention of matters like grounds and primers it usually means that nowadays you can use pencils on any area from wooden to metal. In this final online video of the collection I will how you a several of the variations between doing the job on some of the greatest acknowledged papers employed with colour pencils right now. These are generally referred to as either sleek or textured papers and I also include the variance amongst functioning on equally traditional white as properly as black.

You might be intrigued in my other web site publish about My Essential Derwent Pencil Vary & The Color Pencil Pressure Test.

Lisa Ann Watkins BA(Hons), AFC, CPCAM, UKCPS is effectively recognised in the world of coloured pencils as a multi award profitable artist & tutor

In July 2017 Lisa set up her first formal teaching channel on Patreon. Lisa creates in depth videos & published tutorials for her online students every thirty day period & now teaches over 300 persons about the earth. She has also just produced her initial guide with Research Press.  Lisa is a member of the prestigious tutoring groups of renowned artwork educators such as the SAA & Patchings Art Centre. She works closely with Clairefontaine and Grafix and is an formal Model Ambassador for Derwent Art.

You can keep in touch with Lisa on her web page Animal Artwork by Law and on her instagram or facebook pages.