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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 colors on your artwork.

Link to the original work.
Catgirl with a Goldfish by emperpep

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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2ne1WonderGirls Featured By Owner 9 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
THE SORCERY OF AMAZING OAO.... By the way, what type of color pencils do you use/where do you get them?
emperpep Featured By Owner 9 hours ago   General Artist
I used student grade colored pencils(both wax based and watercolor pencil), and I bought them from stationery stores.
MTheLittleMonsta Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2015  Student General Artist
thanks so much! this helps a lot c:
Colutea Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
FatalConclusion Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
is this collen Premium Color Pencilsor regular
emperpep Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2015   General Artist
I think they both have same quality leads
Silvextris Featured By Owner May 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It is possible to get smoother texture with only student grade color pencil, without any additional tool or special technique (e.g. dussel, etc)? 
emperpep Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015   General Artist
I think keeping your pencils sharp will make it easier to to achieve smooth coloring result, compared to blunt pencil.
Silvextris Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I already try that method by keep pencil sharp, it help a lot :happybounce:
but still not enough for me.. :(
How about you, are you satisfied with your color pencil texture on Catgirl with a Goldfish?
emperpep Featured By Owner Edited Jun 8, 2015   General Artist
Might I see your result?

If you want smoother result with colored pencil, maybe try using icarus board, it will slightly melt down your pencil pigment and make everything looks smooth [it is up to your choice tho, I have no personal recommendation about it]……

It also depends on your paper too , if you use textured paper, your drawing will looks toothy as your paper, but I found having texture in my work make it looks more complete as texture in one important art element. 
On the meadow .194 by emperpep

and I'm satisfied with texture on the goldfish artwork, I placed printer paper on textured sketchbook cover and it made very nice texture for me.

I did this one on smooth printer paper, which looks smoother than the upper one [I should make more colored pencil artworks, everything here are so old ; ;]
Moon Rabbits :214 by emperpep
Silvextris Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
As always your drawing is very great :D

Did you use that board when coloring with pencil?

I use print paper 100 gsm,Faber Castell classic, and Lyra groove color pencil for additional color. But mainly I use Faber Castell :D

here are my drawings with pencils: ---> scanned, this is older one ---> photo, this is newer one
emperpep Featured By Owner Edited Jun 9, 2015   General Artist
no, I didnt use it, as I prefer dry toothy texture more than juicy oil-like pictures using the icarus board

from looking at your drawings, you seem to press your pencils very hard to cover white paper space [look at that teddy :o]

if you use student grade pencil, it might be pretty difficult to make thick coloring like that, have you ever tried Fabercastell PolyChromos? or Derwent colorsoft? [but I recommend polychromos because of less waxbloom]

If you take a look at my 2 drawings , you may noticed that I didnt put too much pressure on my drawings , and small white paper texture can be seen allover the pictures, with this coloring technique it seems easier for me to control colored pencil, more than making it really thick. [If I want to cover all paper space with color, I will use watercolor, copic or acrylic colors instead, but these medias are a bit more difficult to master than colored pencil.
Silvextris Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup that is my problem, dark colors. I can control the light one, because the light colors is not too contrast with paper texture.
Different with dark colors, e.g:  If I didn't press that pencil hardly, I didn't get that brown color and all the  paper texture would not get covered. But if I press it hardly I got the good brown color for my Teddy and most of the paper textre are covered, but the texture will be ...ta-da... road asphalt... bit frustrated.

I think Polychromos and some Copic Markers will improve my drawing, but is a bit expensive than student grade tools. I have to think twice if I want to buy them ^^; That is the reason I ask you this question at first: "It is possible to get smoother texture with ONLY student grade color pencil, WITHOUT any additional tool or special technique (e.g. dussel, etc)?".
I just want to know your opinion about this, because you are more experienced than me. Cause I am only a student - not art student and not taking a special course about drawing - I'm an IT student, my mind is 'blank' about drawing, art, tool, technique, etc :D but I like to draw, and want to make a good drawing :D

It will be pretty hard to get the a 'vision' when I learn all about drawing with just by myself - I need advice-
At the end I got a conclusion that using only student grade color pencil would not get smoother texture when coloring :D and I need those more expensive tools for better drawing :) 

Yup, thank you for sharing the opinions with me and give me those advice :heart:
It is a very precious to have chat with you :hug:

-Long Live Emperor Penguin- La la la la La la la la La la la la 
Junified Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015  Student General Artist
Sempai QQ I love you!
Chibiroid Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Can I only use one coloring material? I only have copy paper and Faber-Castell. 
emperpep Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015   General Artist
yes you can
Innocent-Beauty Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional 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.
emperpep Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015   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


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


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  

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.
jincy Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
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.
FireAhoge Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Is STABILO SWANS also effective with this?
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.
FireAhoge Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Student Digital Artist
KazeSkyfox Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
colored pencils are fun. I should dig mine out.
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 :)
AnaeleConde Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014
How  do you blend the hair so nicely?
emperpep Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2014   General Artist
I used low hand pressure for smooth blending
Miii-tan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Student Interface Designer
amazing ;;___;; thanks you !
NanamiRima8 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is Faber castell also effective like this?
emperpep Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014   General Artist
Yes it is 
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 ~

AVO-GSY Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you! i've always messed on my colorings and now i know how to do it. Thank you very much!
SidMaron Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Beautiful colours! <3
DylanTrixieUly Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Eymixx Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014
Really interesting, thanks you for the tutorial! :D
Darkreveria Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
This is amazing... 
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.  
Sirsky7 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2014
thanks, I will try this one day.
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 ^^
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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emperpep Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2014   General Artist
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emperpep Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2014   General Artist
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? 
KawaiiTsuyu Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2014
Sorry the link changed. I used this here:…
KawaiiTsuyu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
This tutorial is awesome!I used it here:…

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 
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
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?
Silvextris Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
it means coloring on copy paper is better than coloring on sketchbook paper?
Ravetta Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Your tutorials are helpful and inspiring, thank you c:
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