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Ann uses Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils. The majority of tutorials you find on this site will use Prismacolor Premier pencils. There are of course many other greats brands and so much comes down to personal preference, but this brand is standard across the field.
Almost exclusively, Ann use's white Stonehenge. It's inexpensive, clean, durable, and has just the right amount of tooth for her technique. Stonehenge is included in many of our Project Kits as well as in our Draw what you SEE Drawing Course.
I used to recommend the Panasonic sharpener, but they are no longer available. I currently recommend the Xacto School Pro. I don't like battery or hand-held sharpeners - almost all of them chew up the pencil, and they're too slow.
It's not your pencils...it's your sharpener!! My Prismacolor pencils virtually never break. If your pencils are breaking, switch to a new sharpener. Even a brand new sharpener can break your pencils if it's a lousy sharpener.
"Sticky stuff" is my term for reusable adhesive (link to Google Shopping results). There are nearly a dozen brands. You find it in a hanging bubble pack in the adhesive or school supply section of stores like OfficeMax. It's blue, yellow or white. Mounting putty will work too. It's much tackier than kneaded erasers, so it's perfect for lifting colored pencil pigment off of paper.
With a very sharp point, and extremely light pressure, I move the pencil point in a circular (sometimes elliptical) motion, slightly overlapping as I move along. This technique allows maximum control of the pencil, and creates the smoothest finish, but is oh, so slow. The advantage is that you can get extremely subtle blending of color. I use the "brillo pad" method for the face and hair on all my portraits.
you create an impressed line by using a thin instrument (like a stylus) to indent the paper surface. When you then cover the area with pencil, the impression (indentation) made with the sharp object will not fill and will show up as white. Use this technique for little wisps of hair around the face that are lit by sunlight, cat whiskers, and white hair in darker colored beards/mustaches.
Burnishing is a fancy word for using a great deal of pressure when bearing down with a colored pencil so that the paper tooth is no longer visible. When you burnish, you basically just smooth the paper surface.
After applying wax-based colored pencil to paper, wax can rise to the surface of your painting, creating a soft, hazy film, called wax bloom. You can especially see this in darker, burnished areas. The remedy? Lightly wipe across the surface of your drawing with a tissue, then spray with 2 light coats of a workable matte fixative, like Kyrlon.
Identify a hue by placing your Value Viewer over your photo reference, then asking yourself these four questions:
What primary or secondary color do you see? ( red? )
Where on the color wheel is it? is it a red on the warm side? (orangish) or the cool side (purplish)?
What is the intensity of the red? is it bright (high intensity - no gray) or dull (low intensity - lots of gray)?
What is the value? is it a light red (when compared to the white of the value viewer) or a dark red?
With the hue identified, you can choose colors that fit the answers to the above questions. Then, begin with the lightest value color you see, applying lightly. Add layers by value, starting with the lightest and gradually increasing to darker values.
If you are working on colored pencil portraits and need help finding the right colors, Ann has a Portrait Tool Set that includes a skin tone value viewer.
Building a light grayish-greenish blue like this might go like this:
Lots of instruction and lots of fun! Everyone will work on the same portrait, with a reference photo and line drawing provided. Ann does a great deal of demonstrating, so you'll follow along in a step-by-step fashion. Facial features, skin tones, hair, drawing sequence and color building will be emphasized. Want more info? Click here.
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