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Drawing the Clothes with Color Pencils

 

Drawing the clothes with color pencil.
Drawing the clothes with color pencil.

The clothes in our color pencil portrait are created with a simple step by step drawing technique. They are initially shaded with flat colors which are then modified with light and dark tones to create the folds of their fabrics.

Please follow the steps below to explore the process and techniques used to build up our color pencil drawing of the clothes.

Step 1

Draw All the Details in Line

 

Drawing the Clothes with Color Pencils - Step 1

 

  • We begin by drawing the clothes in line alone to establish any folds and patterns that we see in the fabrics.
  • This gives us a simple framework upon which we can build up color and tone to shape their form.

 

Step 2

Shade the Dress Pattern with Flat Colors

 

Drawing the Clothes with Color Pencils - Step 2

 

  • Next we shade in the two color dress pattern with flat even colors: a mid-grey and a light blue. These will provide the foundation for the form of this fabric.

 

Step 3

Add Dark and Light tones to Form the Folds

 

Drawing the Clothes with Color Pencils - Step 3

 

  • When we start to build up the shading of our two color surface we have four things to consider:
  1. A suitable dark tone for the mid-grey color of the pattern.
  2. A suitable light tone for the mid-grey color of the pattern.
  3. A suitable dark tone for the light blue color of the pattern.
  4. A suitable light tone for the light blue color of the pattern
  • In this drawing we have taken advantage of the transparent qualities of color pencil pigments to help us with our shading. We have used a single tone (a graduating blend of ultramarine and black) to darken both colors of the pattern at the same time.
  • For the highlighted sections of both colors, we have used an eraser to carefully remove pigment and let the white surface of the paper shine through.
  • By treating both colors of the pattern with single dark and light tones, you naturally create a more unified surface across the fabric.

 

Step 4

Shade the Cardigan with a Flat Color

 

Drawing the Clothes with Color Pencils - Step 4

 

  • The coloring of the cardigan begins with a layer of ultramarine which provides a flat mid-tone.
  • This cardigan was shaded using the side of the color pencil core rather than the point. This technique lets you to pick up the natural texture of the paper which replicates the soft feel of the wool fabric.

 

Step 5

Add Dark and Light tones to Form the Folds and Texture

 

Drawing the Clothes with Color Pencils - Step 5

 

  • Unlike the pattern on the dress, the light and dark tones of the cardigan are both shaded with color pencils, light blue and Prussian blue respectively.
  • In order to increase their level of contrast, some of the darkest areas are deepened with a hint of black, while the lightest are highlighted with a tint of white.
  • Black was also useful in creating the soft 'sfumato' edge between the cardigan and the dress.

 

Drawing the Clothes with Color Pencils - Step 6

 

  • Earlier, and in other areas of this lesson, we have mentioned the benefits of using an eraser to establish the light tones in a color pencil drawing. In this case the amount of stitching detail that we had to draw exceeded the drawing capabilities of even the sharpest eraser and had to be done with a pencil.
  • There are, however, some fine lines in the middle of the ribbed edge which have been scratched in using a very sharp craft blade.

 

Drawing the Clothes with Color Pencils
A Step by Step Summary

 

Drawing the Clothes with Color Pencils

 

  • In our illustration above you can see how our color pencil drawing is built up in a series of layers that gradually refine the line, color, tone and texture of the image to create an effective representation of the clothes.
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