Vivian shares her love of colored pencils and explains that one way "baby-artists" learn to be better is by copying what they see. Love Colored Pencils is designed to enable exactly this. On one side of each spread, Vivian demonstrates a technique or she colors in a subject, and on the opposite page or the next spread, the reader is encouraged to copy what they see, drawing directly in the book. Exercises throughout offer fun ways to explore drawing while being inspired by Vivian Wong's popular and colorful drawing style. This is a book for all levels of artist who want to explore this versatile and fun medium with a colorful and talented artist baby step by baby step.
C H A P T E R O N E / B A S I C T E C H N I Q U E S
• Holding your pencil (it might seem obvious but how you hold your pencil can influence the effect you are trying
• Pressure. Controlling lightness/darkness of color
• Back and forth strokes (most commonly used technique)
• Blending colors. Using white colored pencil or blending with a stump or cotton tip
• Filling in
KNOWING THE COLOR SPECTRUM
Why it is important to understand the color spectrum and how it will help you when you color in different subjects.
• The artist's color wheel. Primary and secondary colors
• Complementary colors and how to use them in your work
• My favorite color palette. Vivian's "go-to colors"
• Color mixes. Color pencils come in a myriad colors, but knowing how to mix your pencils expands your potential
palette and what you can create with it. Examples of which colors to mix to create a specific color (i.e. blue + dark
brown = dark blue), and techniques for mixing colors (overlaying, hatching, or "dots")
WHAT IS TONING?
• What is tone? Tone describes the lightness or darkness of a basic color
• Tonal gradient. How to create different tones from one color. How to create different colorful gradients
WHAT IS SHADING?
Using basic 3D shapes to illustrate.
• Tint and shade. What are they? Know the difference
• Identifying the light source and shadow. First, decide where the light source and shadow are, then base the rest of
the drawing on that
• Coloring techniques to illustrate light source and shadow. Back and forth strokes. Layering/hatching.
Highlights: Leaving areas uncolored to show the light source
C H A P T E R T W O / H O W T O CO LO R
The following subjects are demonstrated in step-by-step sequences, followed by a page or two for the reader to
practice coloring in the artwork provided.
• Faces (skin)
• Aluminum cans
• Animal fur and feathers
• Spherical objects
• Lettering (making it look 3D)
• Colorful doodles and patterns
REVIEW YOUR OWN WORK