Become a Colorist

Coloring is all about God’s light.  Without light there is no color and it changes depending on light conditions.  Coloring is so much more than filling in a shape.  Adult coloring books are a great way to play with color.  Here you’ll find tips and tricks to shape your colors on the way to becoming a true colorist.

Creating 3D Shapes With Colored Pencils

Primary school coloring is all about the ability to fill in shapes with color.  A 2D shape on paper remains 2D when it is filled evenly with color.  More advanced coloring is about making 2D shmotif322apes appear to be 3D.

Colored pencil is an ideal way to do this.  Remember to slow down and use no pressure as you manipulate color into 3D shapes.  The sample shown here contains simple abstract shapes, and can be found here.

Start by filling a shape very lightly with the desired color with soft strokes.  The lightest part of the shape is closest to the viewer, and the darkest are farther away.  Gradually darken the receding edges of the shape using  the same or related colors.

Starting dark and working light just doesn’t seem to work as well.

Colored Pencil Strokes

Smooth Strokes Without Direction

Practically invisible strokes are those that seem to have no beginning or end.  They  overlap in swirling directions giving the illusion of smoothness.  This cay274n be accomplished by remembering to slow down and go dark gradually, and at the same time varying the direction of the strokes so they blend together smoothly.  Inconsistency is a real plus for achieving smoothness, strange as it seems.

Directional Strokes

Stokes that all go in only one direction are also an effective way to fill a shape.  The beginning and end of each stroke can be a bit tricky.  The goal is to see the strokes without seeing ragged ends, very much like having a good haircut.

No Pressure Coloring

No downward pressure when using colored pencils is the key to successful coloring.  When the pencil point just barely touches paper, it leaves a light trace of color and wax.  What it doesn’t leave is ridges in the paper caused by the point of the pencil that are difficult to color evenly.

Starting light and gradually going dark makes a more evenly colored shape.  This is true when using just one color or when layering colors.

The merest whisper of color is also essential in shading and transitioning from one color to another.

It’s so easy and may not look like much at the beginning, but it is the foundation of good coloring.  Remember to Slow Down & Enjoy Coloring!