When my students start working with coloured pencils they often ask, "what is a good subject to draw/paint?".
My answer is whatever you want BUT! For a beginning coloured pencils artist it can be overwhelming, so I have listed below some pointers which I hope will be useful to anyone thinking of using our wonderful and versatile medium:
- Join the UKCPS, the benefits are too numerous to list here!
- Choose subjects which you are familiar with
- Start simple and build up to more complex subjects,patterns, and shading etc.
- Keep the work down to manageable size to begin with, e.g A5 instead of A4
- Experiment with different papers and surfaces until you find the right one for
- There is no one brand or type of pencils which will do everything you want!
Again, experiment until you find the brand/type which you are happy with their
- Invest in a good pencil sharpener
- Book yourself with one of the UKCPS artists who also teach
- Look at existing works done with coloured pencils, what do you find attracts
you to them, how was the subject handled, what is the focus of the work
- Practice shading with your chosen pencils, this will help you also to get to
know your pencils
- Practice laying down light/thin layers
I am sure there are many other hints and tips, but the most important tip of all
is to practice and practice, there are no short cuts!