Colored Pencil Tutorials for Beginners

March 19, 2011

Color pencils, paper and a pencil sharpener are all you need to get started in creating artwork with colored pencils. You can certainly build your supplies as you go, but this list will get you going. If you find that you enjoy this media, you can pay a visit to your local art store for advice on improving your technique and to find out about the many tools they have to help you enhance your artwork.


What kind of paper should I use?

Printer paper can work for your first few experimental drawings. If you like it, purchase a pad of student grade drawing paper. The heavier weight will keep the paper from tearing.

What kind of pencils should I buy?

Crayola color pencils work great for kids (and adults too). If you want to spend a little bit more you can try out an artist grade pencil which will most likely give you a richer color.

How do I get started?

The following lessons will help you get down some of the basics. Try them out in order, and then tackle your first project.

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