I introduced colour into my drawing class last week. We worked with coloured pencils and soft pastel. In my opinion, it is easiest to start colour in monochromes. I asked everyone to bring a couple of tones of one colour plus white and black. Here are a couple of demos, one in coloured pencil and one in soft pastel.
|coloured pencil||soft pastel|
Here is a short demo explaining each process. When starting with a new material, I like to begin with a simple tonal scale. It allows me to understand how to create gradations and transitions from one tone to the next.
For the coloured pencils, I worked with three tones of blue, a pale, medium and very dark tone as well as white. The drawing is done on smooth bristol. Here is the tonal scale.
Coloured pencil is best work up in many progressive layers, using a constant pressure of application. Since it is not an opaque medium, it is also better to work from progressively lighter to darker. In order to get a smooth gradation of tones, I will apply the lighter tone first, then the darker tone over top. When I want to get a subtle change in tones I will layer the coloured pencils very progressively, interweaving the tones. Here is the pear drawing in its stages:
|The lightest blue is used to block in the large shapes. Attention is paid to the shape of light and shadow.||The light shade of blue is applied in several layers before starting to add the darker blue coloured pencil.|
Soft pastel is worked differently then coloured pencil because it is an opaque drawing medium. This means that I can apply dark over light or light over dark in order to achieve different gradations of tone. I am working with Prismacolor Nupastels using several tones of blue plus white. I am using Canson Mi Teintes paper in a creamy off-white. Here is the tonal scale:
|The drawing is blocked in with white. ||The lights and shadows and blocked in with white and the lightest blue.|