Painting With Colored Pencils: Creating a Realistic Look
Creating a lifelike portrait in any medium is difficult, but one technique is to use colored pencils to achieve a result that looks as complex as a painting. In this tutorial, I’ll show you how to draw a portrait with colored pencils using my own method.
Let’s get started painting with colored pencils!
Step 1: Create a basic sketch for your portrait; this step will determine the overall outcome of your painting, so take your time and carefully depict a close resemblance to the face you’re drawing; familiarizing yourself with its lines, curves, and shadows will certainly aid in achieving a closer likeness.
Paint the eyes
We can start laying down the first layers of color after drawing the basic outline of the face. Paint the top and bottom lashes with black and brown pencils, here I’m using medium flesh, Van Dyck brown, and burnt sienna.
Paint the skin
You’ve defined the main planes and colors of the face at this point, so the rest of the skin should be relatively easy to work with.
Paint the eyebrows
To add depth to the picture, I used yellow ocher pencils and Van Dycks brown paint to apply some of the darker hairs and shadows.
Paint the ears
We start by painting the main dark areas of the ear with a dark brown pencil, then picking up our shadow color and going over the darkest areas a second time to accentuate some of the shadows.
Paint the hair
Craftsy’s Radiant Portraits in Colored Pencil class will teach you how to draw portraits with colored pencil; for more information, go to Craftsy.com/Portraits/Radiant-Portraits.
How do you draw realistic pictures with colored pencils?
How to paint with colored pencils: Use these techniques to make your drawings look hyper-realistic.
- Work on an off-white piece of paper.
- Construct the outlines in a VERY LIGHT PENCIL!
- Place a thick base layer of white pencil.
- Use a scalpel for the fine details.
- Work from light to dark.
What are the disadvantages of colored pencils?
- When you start shading in colored pencil, it’s easy to make and spread dirt on paper, especially if you use dark colors.
- It “eats” up your pencils because the sanded surface is textural.
- Pretty pricey.
How do you blend skin color with colored pencils?
Paint the darkest areas with a dark shadow color, then layer one of the midtones you used in step two over the section where the midtones meet the darkest area and blend the colors together in circular motions to avoid lines and streaks.
How many layers does a colored pencil have?
Because of the translucent qualities of this medium, colored papers can be used to apply twenty to forty layers of color to a colored pencil drawing.
Which color pencil brand is best?
According to Amazon’s most ardent reviewers, these are the best colored pencils on the market.
- Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 72-Count.
- Crayola Colored Pencils.
- Prismacolor 3596T Premier Colored Pencils, Soft Core, 12 Count.
- Studio Series Colored Pencil Set.