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how to draw

Step by Step Drawing Tutorials

My step-by-step drawing tutorials allow artists to see how to draw or paint a single subject from start to finish. Every step-by-step demonstration includes the art supplies list, color chart, and images to complete the exercise. A student will benefit from these colored pencil demonstrations, if he already has some experience drawing in pencil, because it’s a step up from black-and-white drawing.

Have fun drawing, guys!

Click on a circle to go to a specific drawing or painting demonstration, or to download a bundle at a special price!

Art Instruction Videos

 

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Colored Pencil Portrait Drawing

I love to draw in colored pencil! In the following galleries you’ll see some of my pencil drawings that are inspired by personalities. In my surreal colored pencil portraits I enjoy capturing the character of each person through expressive eyes. I often add a mythic landscape or symbols to create a story. I plan out my drawings around a specific color scheme, and know how it’s going to look like finished before I even begin drawing.

My colored pencil artwork has been featured in many publications, including several issues of Leisure Painter, Colored Pencil Student, Colored Pencil magazine, and Artists & Illustrators magazines, Women Artists 2004 and 2013 calendars, in two CP treasures books, Draw portraits in colored pencil book, Flowers in art, Strokes of Genius 8 & Strokes of Genius 9 art books, as well as in Dick Blick’s national ad campaigns.

To buy a colored pencil drawing:

If you’d like to buy any of these drawings, please email me for details. nika@veronicasart.com   .

9 x 12″ unframed, graphite drawing – $249-349+ Priority Mail shipping

9 x 12″ unframed, colored pencil drawing – $449-499 + shipping.

You will love how the colored pencil artwork looks up on your wall once it’s framed!

Payment is expected in full once I email you the bill via PayPal. The check out is secure and you can use the service with your major credit card even if you don’t have the paypal account.

Step-by-step drawing:

I usually draw on colored paper using professional, lightfast colored pencils. In the following images you can see the drawing sequence. I always begin drawing in one dominant color, and then slowly add the additional colors one by one. This way I have a full control over my values and color.

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“Eleven” from the TV series The Stranger Things | photo credit Beat productions

 

 

Tutorials:

If you are interested in step-by-step drawing tutorials, you can purchase them here.

My thoughts on the art of drawing:

This is my most recent interview for CPSA chapter

 

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the best colored pencils

The best professional colored pencils and graphite pencils for artists

 

Would you like to know what makes a big difference in your drawing? Yep, you guessed it, it’s the colored pencils you use! Ditch your Crayola and pick one of the brands listed here. You won’t be disappointed. And to make sure of that, here is a short video explaining you the difference between a good pencil and a bad one.

The video

 

What makes the professional colored pencils different?

  • lightfastness
  • lead’s softness
  • durability (breakage of its core)

Brands worth your buck:

 

 

  • The absolute best are Swiss made Caran d’Ache Luminance. They have the best lightfastness rating, the strongest core and the softest lead to produce professional colored pencil drawings. They are the most expensive ones too, sold at $4 per pencil.
  • Prismacolor Premier colored pencils have a very soft core and nice coverage, but not all of them are lightfast. You should download their lightfastness chart to see the rating of every pencil they have. LF-1 and LF-2 are good to go, but avoid using pencils with the # III and # IV ratings. They fade from your page within 2 years. Literally.
  • Swiss made, Pablo colored pencils is a cheaper alternative to the Luminance manufactured by the same company. These have a very strong core that resists breakage, but they are not as soft and don’t have as much pigment as other pencils listed here. These are great for developing details in my work. The lightfastness star rating is written on them.
  • Coming from Germany, The Faber-Castell Polychromos colored pencils are different from the brands mentioned above, because they don’t have the wax in them and behave more like soft pastels when you start blending them. Therefore, solvents don’t work on them as well as on wax-based colored pencils. They have a very strong lead with the lightfastness rating written on every pencil.

 

 Some of the tutorials available for download:

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http://veronicasart.com/step-step-drawing-tutorials/

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What makes the professional graphite pencils stand out from the rest?

  • High quality of the lead
  • Resistance to breakage
  • Consistent coverage
  • Various degrees of softness and hardness. (9H is the hardest pencil for the lightest shading, and 9B is the softest pencil for the creation of the darkest values).

The best graphite pencils:

  • Coming from Japan, the Tombow Mono graphite pencils are the top of the line for professional drawing.
  • The Cretacolor Monolith woodless pencils
  • Prismacolor ebony graphite pencils are great for beginners in art that don’t need to sacrifice quality over the money spent on art supplies.
  • The Faber-Castell 9000 graphite pencils

Of course, there are many more brands and pencils. Instead of buying a box, buy them separately at a local store or online. Work with them and then invest into the professional box of colored pencils you like best! 🙂