Illustration with Colored Pencils
Supplies: Colored pencil set, #2 pencil, sharpener, eraser, clipboard with paper to fit it (6"x9"or9"x12", 80 lb. white sulfite).
Note: Detailed illustration with colored pencil can be adapted to most any curriculum - science, mapping, story and report illustrations. Colored pencils are tidy and good for travel.
- With clipboard and colored pencil kit in hand, take a walk with the students
to find an outdoor location of interest. Rural landscapes, urban streets,
school buildings, vehicles, people, or plant life can all make interesting
- Make a light sketch with pencil or colored pencil to organize the composition.
Notice that trees or buildings in the distance appear smaller than those close
to the viewer.
- Varied techniques can be used with colored pencils:
- An even colored field can be achieved by using the side of the colored
pencil with overlapping strokes.
- To gain a combination color, use the side of the pencil and with light
pressure, overlap different colors.
- Try the tip of the pencil and press hard for dark colors.
- Make a texture by pressing hard with one color of pencil, then going
over it lightly with a different color, using the side of the pencil.
Note that the textured color stands out.
- Gradual shading from dark to light can be achieved by changing the
pressure on the pencil. On a sphere or curved shape colors get darker
as they recede from the viewer.
- Lines close to one another that are all in one direction have a different
effect than pencil lines that go in multiple directions.
- Fill the entire page with illustration as if taking a layered journey in
what you are viewing. Leave very little white space on the picture. Experiment
with contrasts of dark and light areas. Add in shadows. Notice the sky.
- Mount the finished illustration on matte board.
©   Deborah Padrick   2001