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The Versatility of the Colored Pencil

Posted by Koosje Koene in Draw Tip, Draw Tip Tuesday, sketchbook on April 20, 2021

Welcome to Draw Tip Tuesday!

Last week I showed you one of my favorite pens, and I realize that drawing with pen and ink takes confidence in your line – it might feel a bit daunting. So today I’ll show you another favorite tool: the colored pencil.

Drawing with it is completely different than with a pen because by changing the pressure on the pencil, you can control the softness or hardness of your lines. The colored pencil is also a little more forgiving when it comes to wobbly lines or “mistakes” that you feel need to be fixed.

Let’s draw!


Materials used in this video:
-Hahnemühle Nostalgie A6 sketchbook
-Caran d’Ache Luminance colored pencil, Prussian Blue
-Daniel Smith Watercolors
-Pentel Aquash waterbrushpen

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Koosje Koene

Hi I'm Koosje. I'm an illustrator and art teacher in Amsterdam, where I was born and raised. I went to school to study graphic design, then worked for ten years as an award-winning professional photographer. But eventually my love of drawing and painting took over and I became an illustrator. My illustrations have been published in many Dutch magazines and in 2011, I began blogging and started developing and teaching online art classes. In 2014 I founded Sketchbook Skool, which is a flourishing community of artists from around the world of all skill levels.