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Startup Library: Colored Pencil

$49.99$69.99

Master the basics of drawing with colored pencils.

Skill Level

Beginner

What You Get

  • 13 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including a printable supply list, guide to pencil strokes and pressure, worksheets and reference images
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Susan Rubin

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

Completely new to colored pencils? Join illustrator Susan Rubin as she helps you navigate the basics from choosing the best beginner-friendly supplies to completing four drawing projects: a pear, leaf, persimmon and tulip. With Susan’s techniques and step-by-step guidance, you’ll soon be creating your own colored pencil drawings with confidence!

Lesson Breakdown

1. What You Need: Colored Pencils
12:51
Get started with a colored pencil primer as Susan explains the history behind colored pencils as well as the various types available, including which brands and palettes are best suited for beginners.
2. What You Need: Paper
03:49
3. What You Need: Other Tools
08:37
4. Method: Mark-Making Basics
12:37
5. Method: Layering & Edges
12:22
6. Method: Reference Tips
10:21
7. Method: Color Basics
24:32
8. Method: Next Steps With Color
12:28
9. Make It: Pear Part One
17:02
10. Make It: Pear Part Two
20:48
11. Make It: Leafy Greens
22:05
12. Make It: Persimmon
58:21
13. Make It: Tulip
41:44

Recommended with this class

  • Colored pencils, preferably artist grade. (Susan recommends watching the lessons on supplies before investing in materials)
  • 9" x 12" acid-free paper, vellum and tracing paper
  • Graphite pencils

Taught by

Susan  Rubin
Susan Rubin
Susan Rubin'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, she discovered colored pencil botanical illustration at the Denver Botanic Gardens, where she’s been teaching for more than 15 years. Her work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibits. Susan is represented by Spark Gallery in Denver.

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