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Painting with Pencils: a Tut by Lusc-Fire Painting with Pencils: a Tut by Lusc-Fire
When I posted my illustration for my 2010 Christmas card quite a few of you asked if I would do a colored pencil tutorial. I am looooooong overdue in submitting this...but look! here it is!...finally lol.

Just a disclaimer: there's nothing in here about color theory. Tried to stay away from that cause it's so complex it just would have been confusing to add. Not to mention I barely understand it myself to be able to give you guys any smart insight on it...I'll leave that to more talented artists then I. So if you're also looking for thoughts on color theory I recommend these tutorials: [link] and [link] . And even if you weren't thinking about color theory I'd recommend any artist to check those out anyway for future reference...they really have some great and helpful hints.

Everyone works with colored pencils differently and this is just one of the ways you can work with them. Explore, experiment, find what works for you. This is my first tutorial so I hope I covered everything and was able to answer some questions about working with colored pencils and about my own technique. Feel free to ask questions and let me know if I left anything out. :)
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PhontomAlpha Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing! +fav 
areemus Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so lovely...i love the shades of hair!
Lusc-Fire Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! Hair always seem to be a trouble for me so I'm so happy this turned out the way it did :)
TeenyRaven Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I was wondering if you still knew the colors of the colored pencils you used for the skin tone? I have trouble picking out colors for tan skin so I wondering if you could help me out in telling me the ones you used?
Lusc-Fire Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Sorry, Sorry, sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. Yes, I still know the colors! I used Light Peach, Beige, Dark Umber, and Burnt Ochre. Not sure if it's relevant to you, but I used Light Peach in marker as well. Hope that's helpful. :)
TeenyRaven Featured By Owner May 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Omg thank you sooooo much!I don't care how long it took you to get back, you helped me out a bunch!
Whisperwings Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow...this actually makes me want to attempt traditional coloring again! I may have to try it :P
golddiggerbaby Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great job, especially on the hair.
AmandaDely Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Very helpful! Thank you for taking the time out to make this for everyone :)
Gralshnak Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Amazing tutorial :) will have to refer back to this when I decide to get my pencils out :D
thing1thatiam Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE, Brandy! The amount of detail and description is incredibly helpful! :D I totally almost bought some Prismacolor pencils (half off at Michaels, $25 for a whole load of them), I should have done so! I may just have to go back. ;)

Anyway, thank you for the amount of time and effort you put into this tutorial, you have no idea how much it helps!!
Lusc-Fire Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
YES! go back and grab those suckers! lol. I'd highly recommend investing in Prismacolor pencils, they really are the best to work with. You're welcome, I'm glad it helped. :D
thing1thatiam Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LOL, Done and done! xD I had a 40% off coupon I intended to use for them, but since they were clearance I couldn't use it. TT__TT No biggie, because if I would have bought them regularly with the coupon I wouldn't have gotten as nearly good a deal. Woo!!! I've always wanted Prismacolors, I'm so excited! ^_^

Keep being awesome! :D
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