Follow along with award-winning colored pencil artist Cynthia Knox as she guides you step by step to create a refined floral still life–bright yellow roses against a dramatic black background. Along the way, master highlighting, shading and blending techniques to seamlessly create form and realism in your work. Plus learn to use pan pastels to speed up the process and make your drawing look like a painting.
Meet artist Cynthia Knox and start with an overview of your project: a still life of bright yellow roses against a dramatic black background. Cynthia goes over the tools and materials you’ll need to get started, then demos color matching and creating swatches.
Colored pencil work is known to be notoriously slow. Speed up the process by learning how to fill in large areas quickly with pen pastels. From there, work on a highlighted petal in colored pencil using a technique called burnishing to create a sleek, polished look.
Next, move on to the other flower petals. Start your first petal by creating graduated midtones, then the next one with graduated darks. See how to layer colors and create luminous values to make your flower look more realistic.
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