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Colored pencil tutorial by emperpep Colored pencil tutorial by emperpep
Here's my first colored pencil tutorial.
Because a lot of people are asking me to do a tutorial of this media.

Here's some of my tips for colored pencil.
1. Always keep your pencil sharp.
2. Find some paper to place your hand on when coloring, This can prevent your hand from smudging the color on your artwork.

Link to the original work.


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Here's something I forgot to include in my tutorial. : x

1. I used Faber Castel. Colleen. Staedtler student colored pencil.

2. I used Light Brown [wax based] for drawing original lineart.

3 Copy paper and Printer paper are the same.

4. If you don't have white gel pen, You can use white postercolor or gouache instead.
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:iconinnocent-beauty:
Innocent-Beauty Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
i have a question. 2 actually:

1)when you color white clothing what method do you use? also with white hair?
2) when you start to color do you use the light color first and then use the dark color for shading?

i'm terrible with shading. i haven't mastered color pencil yet.
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emperpep Featured By Owner 4 days ago   General Artist
when I shade on white object, it depends on picture temperature and object around it, I used pale lavender/light blue to shade white anime cloth quite often, but it really depends on background around the character, these 2 pictures for example, have light blue atmosphere, so their cloth shadow are blue [with a little mix of violet] 

Wolfgirl for Nemu-re by emperpep Chibi Tilly For Rinalicious by emperpep

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sometimes I used warmer colors if it is needed, background colors on these 2 pictures are warmer than those 2 above, so shadow on white object will be warmer as well.
For Greensalamander by emperpep  Pinkie Pie and Donut Joe by emperpep

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if the background looks grayish, white cloth can be colored with grayish color like this [I added some pink inside it as well because there are pink color around and it will affect shadow of white object as well ]

Happy Valentine 2014 : 253 by emperpep  
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and for watercolor or colored pencil I mostly started with lighter colors, but if I use acrylic or other opaque paints such as oil, I often started with darker colors such as burnt sienna [depends on picture temperature], and built up more lighter color layers with glazing technique overtime.
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jincy Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I think it's so wonderful that you not only put up this amazing tutorial, but you also answer questions. You're awesome. Thanks for being so kind.
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:iconhayaiq:
hayaiq Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Is STABILO SWANS also effective with this?
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:iconemperpep:
emperpep Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015   General Artist
I've never tried them before, but I guess they would have the same feel/effect.
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:iconhayaiq:
hayaiq Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Thanks
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KazeSkyfox Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
colored pencils are fun. I should dig mine out.
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PiranhaBullet Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Student General Artist
owww! this is beautiful!! and is very useful of course because i love color pencil more than any other color technique

thanks a lot for share it with us :)
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AnaeleConde Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
How  do you blend the hair so nicely?
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:iconemperpep:
emperpep Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   General Artist
I used low hand pressure for smooth blending
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:iconmiii-tan:
Miii-tan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Interface Designer
amazing ;;___;; thanks you !
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NanamiRima8 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is Faber castell also effective like this?
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:iconemperpep:
emperpep Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   General Artist
Yes it is 
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AnaVH Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
I wanted to try this tutorial out but didn't have copy paper... so guess what?
I made a sketch, and paperclipped a new paper onto it.. boyy, it took a long time... but was pretty happy with the result, so I really am going to use this for my ID ~

thanks~~! 
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:iconavo-gsy:
AVO-GSY Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
thank you! i've always messed on my colorings and now i know how to do it. Thank you very much!
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:iconsidmaron:
SidMaron Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Beautiful colours! <3
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:icondylantrixieuly:
DylanTrixieUly Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great
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Eymixx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Really interesting, thanks you for the tutorial! :D
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:icondarkreveria:
Darkreveria Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing... 
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:iconladyaoiazuma:
LadyAoiAzuma Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great tutorial! I do too use student grade pencils, except for the prismacolors that I bought just recently.  
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Sirsky7 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
thanks, I will try this one day.
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GoloriaAJ Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
wow thx so much for the help!!I like using coloured pencils a lot often so this is rlly helpful without using any water ^^
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:iconyoung-artist96:
young-artist96 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
thanks i use colored pencils and this will be a great help! thank you! ^^
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:iconbank288:
bank288 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014
เจ๋งมากเลยครับ กำลังหัดวาดสีไม้อยู่ครับ รับสอนหรือป่าวครับ
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emperpep Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist
ไม่ได้เปิดสอนเเต่ถ้ามีปัญหาหรืออยากรู้อะไรเกี่ยวกับสีไม้ก็ลองถามมาได้ครับ
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bank288 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014
ใช้ปากกาหรือดินสออะไรลงเส้นรอบนอกครับ 
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:iconemperpep:
emperpep Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014   General Artist
ใช้ดินสอสีครับ
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samuraicat70 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a great tutorial ~! :la:

Anyway, your lineart are done by pencil or pen? 
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KawaiiTsuyu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Sorry the link changed. I used this here: kawaiitsuyu.deviantart.com/art…
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KawaiiTsuyu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
This tutorial is awesome!I used it here: kawaiitsuyu.deviantart.com/art…

I must say that I loved to draw but I hated painting until I found this tutorial!  Thanks to you I enjoyed painting for the first time & I'm proud of the results (even though my drawing is not as good as yours)...

Thank you very much!Hug 
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Howard2805 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
You should have cut the picture in half and put them side by side, so they won't take so much vertical space, and made it easier to read
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:iconblizzarto:
blizzarto Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
Nice tutorial but what can I do to erase the colour pencils if I accidentally colour out of the lines?
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:iconsilvextris:
Silvextris Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it means coloring on copy paper is better than coloring on sketchbook paper?
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:iconravetta:
Ravetta Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your tutorials are helpful and inspiring, thank you c:
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:iconhenryiii:
henryiii Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2014
That is great tutorial for me. I try to paint a part of this tut by my student color pencils.
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Kuro-fukurou Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the tutorial!! >v< This will really come in handy!! :iconsparkleeyeyuiplz:
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Ask-Gran Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Awesome! And a very cute drawing aswell.

Thanks for the tutorial, it will really help me in my next drawings. ^^
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Ilovedrawingpeople12 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hehe can I use crayola for this or should I buy a better/more expensive brand?
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Fiolee4evahCharzen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
Thank you sooooooooooo much for the tutorial!! this is really helps me >w<

mm.. my i ask you? can i use corection pens for the highlight ?
(sorry for my bad english XD)
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:iconemperpep:
emperpep Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013   General Artist
I'm not sure, maybe alright, But It might be a bit too thick.
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Fiolee4evahCharzen Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013
oh.. OK. well,i'm gonna ask you while i need you!! Hehe :D see ya 
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:iconpuiwi:
puiwi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
oh, also, may i ask if you remember what brand of white gel pen you use here? thank you again!
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:iconemperpep:
emperpep Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013   General Artist
www.jetpens.com/Uni-ball-Signo…

but right now I'm using uni posca.
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:iconpuiwi:
puiwi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
ah, thank you! i'll keep that in mind!
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:iconpuiwi:
puiwi Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
i really want to color something now! thank you for being such an inspiration, especially with the traditional arts, it amazes me so much! :iconyuiheavenplz:
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:iconhayaiq:
hayaiq Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist

Nice

 

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:iconjunakiyama:
JunAkiyama Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
She is a Cat or a Fox ? 
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:iconemperpep:
emperpep Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013   General Artist
A cat
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:iconjunakiyama:
JunAkiyama Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
but its very cutie!!! I loved (sorry for my bad inglish,I'm Brasilian)
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DennisLego Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What kind of colour pencil do you use? brand of it
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