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.