This colored pencil drawing course is designed for artists who have experience with colored pencil techniques and want to learn an entirely new way to work with the medium. The underpainting colored pencil technique was developed by Gary Greene to provide the ability to create startlingly real textures in colored pencil, as featured in his North Light Book, Creating Textures in Colored Pencil
. Familiarity with the layering and burnishing colored pencil techniques is not mandatory, but will help ensure you have a more fulfilling course experience.
Course registration comes with a digital download of The Ultimate Guide to Colored Pencil
and Painting Flowers in Colored Pencil by Gary Greene.
COURSE BEGINS: July 10, 2012
COURSE MATERIALS (included with tuition): TUITION AND MATERIALS:
$149.99 ($135.00 for VIP
Gary Greene (Bio)
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN:
WHO SHOULD TAKE THIS COURSE:
- Basic colored pencil techniques for those who haven't had previous experience with how to use colored pencils
- Using tools and materials essential to the underpainting technique and colored pencil art in general
- Determining what subjects work best for the underpainting technique
ART SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED:
- Artists with some familiarity with colored pencil techniques, especially layering
- Experienced colored pencil artists who want to learn an entirely new colored pencil technique
- 2B graphite pencil (for layouts)
- Electric or battery operated pencil sharpener (p. 51)
- Kneaded eraser (p. 52) or battery operated eraser (optional p. 54)
- Desk brush (p. 58)
- 2-3 pencil lengtheners (p. 58)
In order to be successful with this course, read assigned pages from The Ultimate Guide to Colored Pencil
. You will get the most out of this course if you have taken Level 1 - Layering
and Level 2 - Burnishing
, but these courses are not required prerequisites.
Assignments should be completed on 8.5 x 11 sheets of 2 or 3-ply Bristol vellum, REGULAR surface (Sessions 1 and 3) and 300 lb. Fabrano Soft-Press watercolor paper (Session 2), then scanned - full size - at 72 dpi, jpeg or tiff.
All assignments must be submitted through the Blackboard system for evaluation. To expedite responses to questions, contact the instructor directly via e-mail.
Minimum tools required for all assignments: 2B graphite pencil (for layouts), electric or battery operated pencil sharpener (p. 51), kneaded eraser (p. 52) or battery operated eraser (optional p. 54), desk brush (p. 58), and 2-3 pencil lengtheners (p. 58).
- Students who have completed Course 1 - Layering, may skip "Getting Started" and go directly to Session 1. Students who have not completed Course 1 - Layering, must read and complete "Getting Started" before starting Session 1
- Students who have not completed Course 1 - Layering, and have no prior colored pencil experience, must read and complete "Getting Started" before attempting Session 1
Session 1: The Underpainting TechniqueHomework assignment:
- Using essential tools and materials. Read pages 14-26; 46-48; 50-55; 58-59
- Basic colored pencil information. Read pages 84-101
- Read pages 102-103, "Layering, the Quintessential Colored Pencil Technique"
- Read "The Layering Technique" on pages 104-105. If you have little or no prior experience with colored pencil, it is recommended you practice this demonstration
Read and complete the Mango on page 114
- All colors Prismacolor Premier, unless otherwise stated. Substitution of brands/colors acceptable: Yellow Ochre, Limepeel, Dark Chrome Yellow (Polychromos), Spanish Orange, Sunburst Yellow, Indian Red (Polychromos), Crimson Lake, Scarlet Lake, Poppy Red, Pale Vermilion, Orange Glaze (aka Light Orange) (Polychromos), Cadmium Orange (aka Tangerine) (Polychromos), Cool Grey 30%, 50%, Burnt Ochre, Light Umber, Dark Chrome Yellow (Polychromos).
- Paper surface - 3-ply Bristol vellum regular surface
- Solvent - Bestine (no substitutions) rubber cement thinner or Turpenoid
- Cotton tipped applicators
Read and complete the Mountain Landscape demonstration on pages 192 -193. Color pallet on page 192 sidebar, “Materials”
Read and complete the Rose demonstration on pages 196-201. Color pallet on page 196 sidebar, “Materials.” NOTE:
This lesson is available on a North Light DVD, Painting Flowers in Colored Pencil