Color Pencil Lesson Two (2) from Home School Arts


    To continue on where we left off so long ago we will accomplish a new illustration piece by piece. I hope that this illustration of the fish will help you learn to control the color pencil.

    We are going to have some fun with color pencil in this lesson. Fish are a source for relaxation in the tank and they can be a great resource for inspiration. They are relatively easy to create and you can be very imaginative in their design. No rules, they can be realistic or just make one up like this one. As usual you will be given a list of the color pencils, paper and supplies used in this lesson. Something new was used in this lesson that HomeSchoolArts has not used before. Sanford Prismacolor has created a colorless blender for the color pencil line and we were happily surprised with the results that we gained using this blender.

Again I used Sanford/Berol Prismacolor pencils in this lesson. All of these pencils are included in the Stanford Prismacolor 24 color set except for the colorless blender.

The pencils I used are:
  • # PC 916 Canary Yellow
  • # PC 937 Tuscan Red
  • # PC 901 Indigo Blue
  • # PC 1077 Colorless Blender (Clean after every use)
  • # PC 1003 Spanish orange
  • # PC 1034 Goldenrod
  • # PC 918 orange
  • # PC 922 Poppy Red
  • # PC 925 Crimson lake
  • # PC 990 Yellow Bice
  • # PC 924 Crimson Red
  • # PC 939 Peach
  • # PC 903 True Blue
  • # PC 904 Light Cerulean Blue
The paper is 80# Bristol Board

In step one I rendered a fish image that just popped into my head. Then some more detail was added in the fin bones. I then lightly tinted the whole drawing with a light wash of PC #916 Canary Yellow except for a highlight in the fish's eye.

Color Pencil Lesson 2 fish drawing one
Color Pencil Lesson 2 fish drawing two
Color Pencil Lesson 2 fish drawing three
We are going to work on the eye next. First the pupil or center of the eye. Using the Indigo Blue and Tuscan Red pencils create a warm black for most of the pupil leaving a little white area near the upper right side of the pupil. This will give the illusion of reflection and add a roundness to the eye when we finish the rest of the iris. Color Pencil Lesson 2 the pupil
Color Pencil Lesson 2 fish drawing four
    Now lets add a little more Canary Yellow in the areas indicated in the illustration above. Add some more color to the iris of the fish's eye using (In order from the lightest to the darkest color) Spanish Orange, Goldenrod, Orange, Poppy Red and Crimson Lake. Notice how the colors are all pulled from the lower left of the iris and blended around to create the illusion of reflection in the top right of the iris.

Color Pencil Lesson 2 fish eye detail
Spanish orange is the most used color over about 66% of the iris the rest of the colors are used sparingly and dispersed throughout the eye. Notice that the Crimson Lake pencil is used very sparingly in the upper left side of the iris. This is done to balance the eye. Practice this on a separate piece of paper you will soon get a feel for blending the color. Start with a light wash and then medium pressure and finally blend with a colorless blender or use a hard paper stomp to blend the colors.

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