STEP BY STEPSThere are a number of step by step exercises buried in the main section pages here, but I have included one or two more in this section which came from the old web site and have been seen to be helpful
The exercises include wax pencils, watercolour pencils and mixed media. All the notes were written as I went along and what you read is my thinking as I came across minor problems. The photos were also taken at the time and some were not taken in ‘studio’ conditions so there are sometimes variations in colour between stages.There are also several exercises included in the old web site that have NOT been included here. If you want to trawl the other possibles in my Step by Step collection, please go to the old archived web site.
The Step by Steps included here are as follows:Basics : A collection of two simple exercises in wax pencil for relative beginners1. Basic shapes simple spheres and a three dimensional block.The starting point for learning to use wax type pencils2. The fruit Bowl This exercise dates back to the earliest days of my teaching and ‘hands on’ sessions at places like the NEC at Birmingham when we ran a stand for the UKCPS to enable visitors try out different pencils. . A PDF file is included of the drawing and the reference photo ready to print out.Allerford : An extended illustration of the development of a landscape picture involving buildings and trees. This was originally worked by an ‘Online’ group over several months and the notes are a summary of the pages of record of the online discussion. PDF files are available if you wish to work along with this exercise and a shortened set of notes on PDF file can be downloded and printed off to assist you.Rectory Garden This is an old tutorial used for many years on my courses and was most recently used again in 2016. The picture is a small one of a view through a brick archway ionto the garden, and uses wax type pencilsCanal Walks There are two exercises in this section1. Grand Union Canal an exercise using watercolour pencils and then dry colourlooking at a scene with a bridge, a traditional narrow boat and water reflections.2. Coventry Canal another exercise using watercolour pencils to develop this rural scene of trees grasses and water as the canal winds through StaffordshirePDF FILES of each of these exercises are available to downloadCottage Entrance Something a little different. This exercise uses black paper and a mixed media approach with pastel pencils and wax pencils. The use of pastel pencil is not essential, but it does make it easier to get the strong whites of the light coming through the doorway from the gardenVenice Grand Canal Another on line exercise completed in the early part of 2017.This view of the Rialto Fish Market in Venice from the Grand Canal was completed three times using different pencils on the same type of cold pressed watercolour paper. PDF files of the references are available to download and the page here summarises the work completed with Derwent Watercolour Pencils
IF YOU ARE NEW TO ALL THISThere are some notes here from the old web site that you may find helpfulIf you are a total beginner, I suggest that you look at the Fruit Bowl Step by Step for wax pencils as these explain the different strokes required to achieve different results with the same pencils.Most of the Step by step exercises listed here are examples which have been on the site for many years and are tried and tested. Most of these early ones use wax pencilsA couple of years into teaching landscapes with coloured pencils, I realised how much simpler and quicker it would be to use watercolour pencils as a starting point to work a foundation to a picture. This also helps to get around the problems of skies which create difficulties for a landscape artist using wax type pencils.If you haven’t already done so, take a look at the ‘Why Underpainting’ topic in the Aquarelles section - it will give you more comprehensive details of ‘why’ and ‘how’ we use watercolour pencils for early preparation of a picture.The notes on the Step by Step exercises usually tell you what pencils I used and what paper, with some listings of the colours used. It is not essential to use the exact paper - or even the same brand of pencils, though it helps to have approximately the same range of colours. Let me emphasise, though, that it is NOT essential to use the colours I did. Other colours will work - your picture will just not look the same.In each exercise, artist quality pencils are specified, as these behave in the most reliable way. If you DO use the same pencils and paper as I have, the end result will still depend a lot on the line/shading style and pressure you apply on the pencils in completing each stage, so whilst I am sure you will be happy with your result, I cannot guarantee your masterpiece will look exactly like mine. It might even be better !SOME OF THE STEP BY STEP EXAMPLES JUST USE WAX TYPE PENCILSThis will be no problem to a wax pencil user. If you haven’t used wax pencils for artwork before, I suggest you first read the introductory page on wax pencilsSome of the exercises use both wax type pencils and watercolour pencilsThis may give rise to questions if you have only had experience of wax type pencils.Again there are fuller details on the watercolour pencil process in the watercolour pencil section of the site.You don’t need to use watercolour pencils for an aquarelle exercise - in many cases you can use many of the dry pencil techniques and still get an acceptable result. It just won’t be the same result. You can also use watercolour pencils in their dry state to work the wax pencil pictures.In the Step by Step exercises, I talk through the method I used to complete the image.Over the years I have developed the narrative style from the one adopted in the earliest exercises to a more conversational style with more details of what went wrong - and how errors are corrected. I believe that this can be as useful as the details of ‘what to do’ to a beginner.Apart from the long ‘Allerford’ exercise in this section There are two or three other long exercises included, notably the ones of Annecy in the Pastel Pencil section, and the Venice Grand Canal in this section. A very popular exercise to do is the ‘Grand Union’ Step by Step and also one of a scene on the Coventry Canal - both these are listed in ‘Canal Walks’ These use underpainting using watercolour pencils, but both can be done from scratch with wax pencils. Both these exercises are supported by full notes and images on PDF files to download.There is also a Step by Step of an archway in a Rectory garden using purely wax pencils and this is also published here in the shape of a set of PDF files you can download. The Grand Union and Rectory Garden Arch exercises are relatively small ones and will take less time to do than the larger projects (unless you decide to go for fine detail ! )From time to time I add new exercises to my course teaching and may downgrade some of the course studies to the site here.. I had a major prune of ‘old wood’ in September 2017 when this new design of the site was assembled, and many of the original exercises were removed. HOWEVERThose old step by steps are still available on the archived version of the site at www.colouredpenciltopics.co.uk ( after November 2017).I wish you ‘Bon Voyage’ with your explorations