Colored Pencil “Painting” is a technique that uses layers upon layers of colored pencil The results aren’t your typical drawing, but instead a blend of pigment, similar to a wet paint blend. There are smooth layers that exude softness, natural shadows, and light. Even though the blends are soft gradients, there are no wet medium involved.
The painting is based on a sketch, which can be made using the downloadable Lemon Template. The template can be modified and altered and then layers are added. Pencil lessons follow, showing step-by-step instructions for coloring the leaves, lemons, and branch. Lastly, a Class Wrap Up Lesson offers some ideas for variations and gives a sneak peek at the upcoming Acrylic Lemon Class using the same Lemon Template. This is the second of three classes using that versatile template, Watercolor Lemon Template.
For your Class Project, create a pencil sketch of lemons on a branch, as shown using the downloadable Lemon Template. Add leaves and additional fruit to the template, as desired.
Begin coloring your design, using many layers of light colors, and sometimes, an unexpected color for contrast. Once your painting is complete, add an overall shadow to emphasize your image.