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Painting with Colored Pencils: A Beginner's Guide

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Colored pencils are a versatile addition to your creative repertoire, and can be used to create beautiful paintings. Working in layers with various blending techniques, you can transcend the medium of paper and pencil and create artwork that moves beyond the realm of drawing and illustration. In this 50 minute class, you’ll learn how artist Kendyll Hillegas works with colored pencils to create vibrant, realistic artwork, using techniques borrowed from classical oil painting.


  1. To build a palette with colored pencils
  2. To identify your unique colored pencil handwriting
  3. To create an underpainting using watercolor pencils
  4. To layer colored pencils
  5. To blend using solvents and burnishing
  6. To create vibrant color, interesting texture and detail

This class is perfect for artists, illustrators or anyone who wants to learn how to use their colored pencils to their fullest potential. No prior experience necessary. After completing this course, you’ll be familiar with the foundational principles for using colored pencils, and will be able to confidently translate those to create your own beautiful paintings.

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Painting with Colored Pencils: A Beginner's Guide
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