Online Class

Colored Pencil Essentials

$24.99$39.99
Format

Online Class

$24.99

DVD

$29.99

Improve all of your colored pencil drawings! Learn easy, empowering techniques for color mixing, application and more.

Skill Level

Beginner

What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list, practice sheets and reference images
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Susan Rubin
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Start drawing confidently and beautifully in colored pencil with lessons from artist and instructor Susan Rubin. Get set up for success as you learn to choose the perfect materials for your skill level, budget and preferred subject matter. Put pencil to paper as Susan simplifies color mixing with luminous color "recipes" you can recreate again and again. Then, enhance your drawings with methods for blending colored pencils and using everyday items to add amazing textures and details. Move on to drawing a still life of cherries using techniques for underpainting, drawing shadows, creating an atmospheric background and more. You'll even get step-by-step guidance for drawing a bright and beautiful flower using a new layering method and tips for achieving true-to-life shading.

Lesson Breakdown

1. First Steps
26:23
Meet your instructor, Susan Rubin, and see how to set up a successful workspace for drawing comfortably. Then learn the difference between student-grade and artist-grade colored pencils and why you might use one or the other. Finally, practice controlling your pencils to create color gradients, tones and textures.
2. Color Basics
14:48
3. Luminous Color Layering
20:30
4. Surface Textures in Colored Pencil
26:42
5. Color & Texture Come Together
20:36
6. Background & Atmosphere
14:58
7. Bright & Bold Colors
21:27

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser, craft knife
  • Colored pencils

Taught by

Susan  Rubin
Susan Rubin
Susan's lifelong passion for drawing led her to study art and art history at Colorado College and the University of Exeter in England. After graduating, Susan became a product, interior and set designer for her own firms as well as the Discovery Channel and HGTV. In 1990, Susan discovered botanical illustration in colored pencil at the Denver Botanic Gardens — where she has now taught for more than 15 years! Susan is represented by Spark Gallery in Denver, and her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibits.

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