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Realistic Textures in Colored Pencil

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Draw textures so lifelike, you can feel them! Recreate the appearance of fruit skins, metallic surfaces, woodgrain, fur, fabric and more.

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What You Get

  • 6 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Cynthia Knox
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Learn how to draw textures that will expand your artistic repertoire and elevate the realism of your work! With award-winning colored pencil artist Cynthia Knox as your guide, you'll begin by covering how to apply the different pencil pressures, strokes and layering techniques you need to tame all kinds of textures. Next, discover how to create both smooth and uneven textures as you draw different fruits. Move on to metallic surfaces and find out how to capture the look of silver, brass and even glass! Ready to improve your outdoor drawings and still lifes? Get Cynthia's tips for drawing woodgrain and knots in branches or tree trunks. Then, improve your animal drawings with a lesson on drawing different types of fur and feathers with lifelike depth. In her last lesson, Cynthia will show you to how mimic the look of leather, denim and even lace.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Organic Textures
Start things off by learning the essential colored pencil techniques you'll use to create all of the textures in class. Cynthia will cover techniques for varying pencil pressure, burnishing and layering values. Then render the surfaces of fruits to practice achieving shiny and dull textures and a range of values and tones.
2. Uneven Surfaces & Markings
3. Metallic Textures
4. Woodgrain & Branches
5. Fur & Feathers
6. Fabric & Leather

Recommended with this class

  • Standard art supplies: pencils, pens, surfaces, kneaded eraser, craft knife
  • Colored pencils

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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