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Color Like A Pro – A Beginner’s Guide

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Color Like A Pro – A Beginner’s Guide

Are you someone who enjoys adding color to different pictures and patterns? Do you love to see the result of blending two different tones? Coloring books are a sure way to relieve stress and wake up your inner artist. However, the influx of information available may confuse some beginners.
There is an abundant amount of pencil techniques and coloring skills that you can learn from and be a pro in no time. Luckily, you have landed at the right place. We will unravel some amazing tips and tricks which will polish your skills to a whole new level. So without further ado, let’s get started.

Vast Options

Before starting, let’s look at a few options that are easily available in the market.
➢ Alcohol markers: These are famous for their wide color range and excellent blending capability. Make sure you use them on an appropriate paper as their ink bleeds through.
➢ Fine liners: As the name suggests, they have a very fine tip. They are used for coloring very small spaces and patterns.
➢ Watercolor pencils: You can create a watercolor effect by adding water to these pencils. You can either use a paintbrush or dip these pencils directly in water.
➢ Gel pens: These contain gel ink. You need to let the ink dry otherwise it will smudge. There is a wide range of gel inks that are easily available in the market.

Make pencils your best friend

Pencils are a top favorite among many artists and are a go-to for most beginners. You can effortlessly blend different colors. From one blue pencil, you can get about 20 different shades.
You can’t achieve the same finesse with watercolors or markers. So if you’re a beginner, make pencils your best friend.

Choose Your Color Palette

You don’t need to be rigid while choosing your colors. Once you have settled on a page, observe it closely. Make a note of what colors you want to assign different objects, people, and patterns. If you have made up your mind on using ‘blues’ and ‘greens,’ think of them as your base and, you can build the rest of the colors off of these.

Pressure

Pressure plays a crucial role in determining the final outlook of your shades. You need to have an idea about when to be light-handed and where to be heavy-handed. Don’t add unnecessary pressure that you will regret later. If you’re light-handed with the pressure, you can always add on more layers later on.

Blending

Layering and blending color pencils can give your drawing new depth and dimensions. It can make a single dimension drawing appear more vibrant and multidimensional. You can layer up as many colors as you want regardless of the type of coloring pencil that you are using.
You can take notes from nature that is filled with vibrant colors and hues; you would want your drawings to depict that.
Mentioned above are the traditional methods of coloring. Now let’s look at the digital medium.

Digital Art

Digital art is taking the world by storm, and if it sparks your interest, there is no harm in exploring it. If you’re a beginner and seem confused about how to go about this, let us help you with how to get started.
You will either need a computer or laptop. You can even use your Smartphone with the aid of a stylus, but that will give you limited options.

In Summary:

We hope these tips come in handy when you plan on starting your beginner’s coloring project.

Both traditional and digital ways of coloring have their own pros and cons. Original Physical Artwork is usually considered worth more than a digital file. At the same time, when you are drawing or coloring in a traditional manner, your supplies might run out quickly. Whereas, in a digital environment, your equipment doesn’t need to be regularly replaced, making it a better investment in the long run. As you start your artistic path, you have to explore what works best for you.

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