In this article we will explain how to mix colors and shade correctly with colored pencils!
Step 1. Find the tools you need:
sheet with picture drawn in pencil, colored pencils of your choice and a transparent pencil to mix colors or a smudge (optional).
Step 2. Prepare the pencils:
temper them all at the right point and order them from lightest to darkest, according to the various shades of color. For example: light blue, dark blue, then light green, dark green.
Step 3. Focus on mixing the colors one portion at a time
Choose a color to start with and color the chosen area in order to have a clear "shaded" layer: creating layers is a fundamental step in the technique of mixing colors with colored pencils.
Step 4. If you want to get a shadow effect, start creating multiple layers with different shades of the same color group
As you do this, shade each layer in the same direction.
Step 5. If you want to mix colors to get new ones, start creating multiple layers of different colors
In this case, instead of making strokes in the same direction, use the cross hatching method or draw strokes that go in opposite directions.
Step 6. You can also add black or white layers to get different highlights and shadows
Step 7. When you have created all the layers, use a pencil to mix the colors:
it is a pencil that has no color (i.e. transparent or non-colored). Use it to draw strokes where you want to mix colors. You can also use a cotton ball or smudge. Please note: the clear pencil does not get dirty after mixing colors from different areas.