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Information, Choices, Techniques and Advice on all Pencil Matters
COLOURED PENCILS - WATERCOLOUR PENCILS - PASTEL PENCILS - GRAPHITE PENCILS
Over 150 detailed pages of information for beginners and improvers to help you develop your skills
The Techniques section has been split into two parts.
The earlier one dealt with General Techniques applicable to using Coloured Pencils
In General CP Techniques
This second one deals with matters more specialist to working Landscapes
Listed at the outset are the original pages moved from the old layout
Clouds and Skies
Trees 1 (the Structure)
and Trees 2
Bricks Stone & Tiles
There are also a number of tutorials that cover landscape techniques
SEE LANDSCAPE TUTORIALS
for more information
SO YOU ARE INTERESTED IN THE TECHNIQUES FOR LANDSCAPES ?
Some would say that they are not a lot different from the techniques for
any other type of subject in Coloured Pencils.
It does help to see how other people tackle a landscape subject though.
Where do you start ?
Is there an ideal process ?
I believe the best way to understand the answers is to see how an artist thinks through the process.
For this reason, the site here includes a large number of ‘step by step’ examples.
I suggest that you read through some of the exercises listed below.
One or two have involved discussions with outsiders
Some detail the thought process and the choices and decisions taken.
Have a look at the following :
A canal scene which has been used for courses over several years.
The content is not very detailed but the process is explained clearly for building up an underpainting with watercolour pencils
and completing the picture with wax type pencils ( or watercolour pencils used dry )
This is a very detailed exercise and involved discussions over the Internet with a group of students
who worked the picture simultaneously and their debates are included together with images of their finished work
This exercise is spread over many pages of notes
Another canal scene - this time a more open landscape, the picture completed in a more ‘line and wash’ style
An older exercise with less in the way of notes,
but showing how to reduce some of the detail in an involved photo reference.
A scene on a small river on the Devon border
This is a stream picture completed by Daryl Cogavin, a student on several of my courses
It was completed as a series of postings on the Old Topics Blog threads and is now re-posted here
In the ‘Topics Talk’ section. There is another of Daryl’s pictures of Venice shown being completed on the same page
Aix en Provence
Another series of pictures showing the build up of a street scene in Southern France
Trees above the Harbour at Polperro in Cornwall
Buried in the topic on trees, there is a short step by step of some of the work involved in showing
solid areas of trees in the distance. You might find this useful.
Is a recent addition to the site and covers the completion of a river and bridge in Northern England u
Using mainly watercolour pencils
There are several other step by step exercises
which are listed in more detail in the main section on Step by Steps
Using Pastel Pencils,
there is a detailed Step by Step
of Annecy Reflections
I have not listed any more of the Pastel Pencils Step By Steps here, though there are several
which you can find through the Step by Step section above or within the
Pastel Pencil and Mixed Media sections
I hope you found this useful
An Example of a Landscape
Worked in Watercolour and Dry Point pencils.
The original reference was an old black and white photograph taken of the farm in around 1949.
The picture was worked on Fabriano 5
Hot Pressed paper, stretched in a special frame.
The initial drawing was in light colour
using Caran d’Ache Supracolor soft pencils.
The next stage involved working shading layers of dry Supracolor pigment on to the dry paper,
followed by a brushing out of the colour
with a damp Watercolour brush.
Once the surface was dry,
Further layers of colour were worked on to the surface using Faber Castell Polychromos Dry Point pencils
Coloured Pencil Picture dated July 2011
The reference is © Edwin Smith 1950
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