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Light & Shading With Colored Pencils

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Sharpen your drawing skills and create a breathtaking floral composition.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Downloadable class resources, including Colored Pencil Conversion and Colour Reference Charts and a printable supply list
  • Detailed instruction, explanation and demonstration
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Cynthia Knox

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

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.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Introduction & Color Swatches
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.
2. Steps 1 & 2: Pan Pastel Layer & Highlight Petal
3. Steps 3 & 4: Midtone & Dark Petals
4. Steps 5 & 6: Color Transitions & Depth
5. Steps 7 & 8: Establishing Detail & Texture
6. Steps 9 & 10: Background & Finishing

Recommended with this class

  • Strathmore Series 300, Smooth Bristol Paper, 9 x 12”
  • Pastel soft applicators
  • Removable mounting putty

Taught by

Cynthia Knox
Cynthia Knox
Cynthia Knox is a professional colored pencil and graphite artist whose work has received numerous awards at national and international juried exhibitions. Along with creating commissioned work and being featured in art magazines and websites, Cynthia teaches art techniques to individuals and large groups. She's also published a number of instructional art books, including The Art of Colored Pencil Drawing, Flowers in Colored Pencil, Pencil Drawing Step by Step and more.

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