If you haven't tried coloring with Prismacolor pencils yet, you should. Now I know what you're thinking. A pencils a pencil. Nope. They are not all the same. I have been using Prismacolor pencils and other pencils for years. And I definitely prefer the quality of Prismacolor pencils when I am doing an illustration. The colors are always vivid. And the layers blend so well together. Some people will say that they don't care for them because the lead is so soft. Actually, IMO, this is one of their strong points. Sure the lead can break off when you sharpen it. But if you use a good quality hand sharpener you tend to not have that problem (Prismacolor actually makes their very own sharpener, and it rocks!)
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Layering with Prismacolor pencils.
Now you are not using Gamsol to spread the lead over the surface of the paper. Instead you are building up layers of color. Always start with your lightlest color. In example A I chose to use yellow as my background color. Since the fish has a rather large area I used SU! Summer Sun pastel and a sponge tip applicator to spread the color on.
You can also use PC916 Canary Yellow pencil. (Apply the color with a soft hand, not too much pressure.)
Now when you are coloring I want you to think of the direction of the light on your image. Where is the light going to hit the fish? Which areas will be in the shadows and which areas will be highlighted? Think of the light coming from one angle and you should be okay.
Example C I've introduced a third color, PC 933 Violet Blue pencil. I want the scale to pop out even more. So now I've added a darker color to the bottom edge.
Experiment with different colors. Don't just stick with grays and blacks for shadows. Use a contrasting color. Have fun!
Remember to use a soft hand when layering the pencil.
(I did this example very quickly. To blend more and see less pencil lines just go lighter on your marks. You can go back over top of the blue in the face with a yellow pencil to blend more.)
Example E introduces the last color, PC929 Pink pencil. The pink pencil is in the warm color family and the blue and greens are in the cool family. What I nice contrast on the fish! How boring he would be if he were only a "cool" fish!
I added some pink to the larger scale example so you can see that you can layer different colors on top of each other. Colors you wouldn't normally think would go together. The pink will take on a purple shade layered over the blue, orangey shade over the yellow. So fun!
Example F closeup of the finished image. You can see the greens, yellows, blues and pinks all working together to make the fish pop off the page.
Take your time layering. Go lightly. Building up as you color.
In areas where you want more intense color you can push harder on your pencil. However, once that area is colored in deeply it is much harder to layer more colors on top of it.
Have fun experimenting with your Prismacolor pencils and layers.