During the pandemic closure I started posting coloring pages on my website. It was a way for me to give something to other people who were shut in, and it was a way to steady myself. I wrote about it here.
Three years later, I am still adding a couple of coloring pages every week. Now there are more than 425 pages to choose from (click HERE). I keep doing it because I enjoy doodling. Some of the pages are very quickly drawn.
Others are more elaborate. These are usually drawn when I am stuck on hold on the telephone, or on an airplane.
You can color in these pages with anything – markers, paints, crayons or pencils. Today I am talking about how to use colored pencils to draw from scratch, or to color in line drawings.
Colored pencils reward slowness. You can start by drawing a line, or several.
But the true beauty of colored pencils comes when you slow down. The colors glow if you take your time and draw over and over an area with a pencil.
You can create shading and volume.
Here is a sequence of a drawing in progress. I did this using one multi-colored pencil and one yellow pencil.
Colored pencils are more vibrant if you use them on a soft paper. A paper with some texture in it is sometimes called “toothy”. Those teeth hold onto the colors.
If you draw a hard line on soft paper with a light-colored pencil, and then shade over with a darker colored pencil you can create a layered look, like the wax resist lines in batik or pysanky.
Colored pencils can create a soft glow.
Sometimes that glow is unearthly! These drawings are by Edward Deeds from his book, the Electric Pencil.
Sometimes I color in some of my own pages that I have posted.
I hope you will dip your toes into the world of coloring – either starting from scratch, or coloring in my pages or anyone’s pages.
I would love to see your drawings – please send them to email@example.com. Thank you!
Don’t worry about coloring inside the lines.