If you have been coloring pictures with colored pencils for a while and think that the colors used appear somewhat dull on the paper, Here’s a simple technique that may help you get better results.
Since I have been coloring for almost 2 years, I have wondered how I can “push the envelope” in terms of discovering new ways to color pictures. I like to do this from time to time to prevent boredom. In my opinion, coloring each picture the same way using the same colors and materials gets boring over time. What I have found out is that if I color pictures using two different materials (markers and pencils, for example) the results are pretty amazing. Here is an illustration of what could happen using two different coloring materials–markers and pencils:
How did I create this picture?
I used markers to trace the outline of the picture. After tracing the outline, I then used the same color pencils to fill in the spaces. For instance, if I used a red marker to outline a portion of the picture, I would then use a red pencil to color within the outlined space. The technique of alternating between markers and pencils was repeated over and over again until the entire picture was completed. For those of you who are more visual, please watch the following video that demonstrates how I colored this picture:
I am by no means an expert in coloring. However, I just like to experiment with colored pencils and markers to see the different types of results I get. If you are just starting out in coloring, I suggest that you do not think too much about what colors to use or whether to color with pencils or markers. As you color, you may find that some pictures may not come out the way you thought it would, or you made a mistake and used the wrong color. The most important thing is to not quit; just keep going–you may be surprised at the result. The hardest part of coloring is just getting started.