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Working On Colored Pencil Drawings

Updated on September 8, 2016

Working on a colored pencil drawing can be quite stimulating for creativity. Taking pictures during the drawing process is one way to document how a drawing evolves from start to finish. Sometimes an unfinished sketch can even be the inspiration for a card or even a design drawn on a t-shirt. A few months ago I used my unfinished giraffe sketch to design t-shirts and hats, so you never know what you can do with those half-way completed sketches. Taking pictures during the sketching process helps you learn new things about your drawing, and to see what effects you might want to create the next time around. All you need to document your drawing is a pencil and some paper, and of course a camera! If you are just learning how to draw, then you can always purchase or check out books from the library that will give you more confidence with your drawing technique.

Sketching out the final details on my nephew before adding the color.
Sketching out the final details on my nephew before adding the color.

I like to work on a sketch until I get it just right. Over the years I have learned to never throw away your artwork, and it is okay to keep sketching on one composition until you are satisfied with it. This sketch is my nephew by large boulders out at The Pinnacles, which are these amazing rock formations up in the San Bernardino Mountains.

In this phase of the sketch I begin adding the color to the boulders.
In this phase of the sketch I begin adding the color to the boulders.
All of the scenery surrounding the subject is first colored in.
All of the scenery surrounding the subject is first colored in.
Adding the color to the stream next to where the subject is crouching down.
Adding the color to the stream next to where the subject is crouching down.
The photograph is interesting because the subject is surrounded by coloring in the sketch, and not yet fully colored in.  It makes for a very interest picture all on its own.
The photograph is interesting because the subject is surrounded by coloring in the sketch, and not yet fully colored in. It makes for a very interest picture all on its own.
Coloring in the mittens and the hat.
Coloring in the mittens and the hat.
Coloring in the subject's shirt with an aquamarine shade of blue.
Coloring in the subject's shirt with an aquamarine shade of blue.
Almost all of the color has been added to the subject.
Almost all of the color has been added to the subject.
The completed sketch of my nephew by the boulders.
The completed sketch of my nephew by the boulders.

Sketching is another way to create artwork for your cards. Your own drawings can be used for Christmas cards, which is what I do each year. Documenting the progress of a sketch is also helpful because sometimes the unfinished sketch can be enhanced with photo editing software, and used for a card.

Here the outline sketch for the cat has been created.
Here the outline sketch for the cat has been created.
Color is added the pot and the sky.
Color is added the pot and the sky.
Now the grass is being colored in behind the cat. I carefully color in between the lines of my sketches, and think of filling in my sketches as a more complex coloring book.
Now the grass is being colored in behind the cat. I carefully color in between the lines of my sketches, and think of filling in my sketches as a more complex coloring book.
The cat now needs to be colored in.
The cat now needs to be colored in.
The cat sketch is now completely colored in.
The cat sketch is now completely colored in.
The complete cat sketched was enhanced with photo editing software to make the colors more vibrant.
The complete cat sketched was enhanced with photo editing software to make the colors more vibrant.

Pencils and colored pencils are the only supplies you truly need to get started with sketching. Let your creativity flow as you explore the world via your sketch book.

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    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi Woody Marx,

      Thanks for the observation about the cat whiskers, I see that!

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      Woody Marx 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like your cat's whiskers--just like an English Military Colonel's mustache!

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Thank you c-bless and BailUp!

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      Bail Up ! 

      7 years ago

      I thougt the sketching process very interesting. Very creative hub, rated up!

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      c-bless 

      7 years ago

      Your "how to sketch" process is always lovely to view. Thank you for continuing to share with us.

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      d-richie93,

      I appreciate your comments.

      Agvulpes,

      Yes, when I write art tutorial hubs, I always include photographs that document the process. The point of this hub was to illustrate that. I hope you enjoy getting back into your own sketching. Thank your for promoting my hub!

      daryl2007,

      I appreciate your stopping by to read.

      Peggy W,

      My niece and nephew always love how I make cards for them, and so do my friends. I think anyone can do this, even if they do not like drawing. With printers you can always find a picture you like, and print it out.

      Movie Master,

      You can always write hubs about art, which is a great way to merge Hubpage addiction and sketching!

      Truckstop Sally,

      Yes, my nephew did like the drawing.

      Wayne Tully,

      You always have good art tips to share, so I am sure many will try this idea regarding lightly shading with the colored pencils.

      WastedDelusion,

      I appreciate your comments.

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      WastedDelusion 

      7 years ago

      Very cool to watch....Good job!!!

    • Wayne Tully profile image

      Wayne Tully 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice one! When at art college I used to press quite hard on those colored pencils and lately I've realised the advantages of lightly coloring in areas as it looks more artistic with white showing through.

      I like that cat too!

    • Truckstop Sally profile image

      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      I'm sure you AND the picture were a big hit with your nephew. Fun hub!

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      Movie Master 

      7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi SweetiePie, I haven't done any sketching for ages, I think HP has taken over! your pictures are excellent and your hub so inspirational thank you!

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Never thought about taking photos of artwork as it progresses. Good idea! Thanks! I'll just bet that your friends and family look forward to receiving your original artwork on their Christmas cards each year!

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      daryl2007 

      7 years ago

      Great hub...cool everybody loves this article...you have shared a good information to us!

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      Peter 

      7 years ago from Australia

      Great idea SweetiePie! I think the idea what apply equally to any piece of Artwork? In fact you have motivated me to start doing it straight away.

      Thanks for your great tips :-)

      Rated up and twittered out!

    • d-richie93 profile image

      d-richie93 

      7 years ago

      You are good and the pictures are beautiful

      Please visit one of my hubs and tell me what you think

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Hi PetMemorialWorld,

      It is always nice to read comments from you as well. I will have to check out your recent hubs.

      Paradise,

      Yes, the evolution of sketching can be fun. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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      Paradise7 

      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      It was interesting to see the evolution of the artwork from a sketch to finish. Thanks!

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      Dean 

      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Very clever use of photo editing software to enhance your sketches. Always love your hubs :)

    • SweetiePie profile imageAUTHOR

      SweetiePie 

      7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Glad you enjoyed it princesswithapen! Taking pictures of a the phases of sketching can be very helfpul.

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      princesswithapen 

      7 years ago

      Loved going through the phases of sketching. Great hub, sweetiepie.

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