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with Susan Rubin
Online Class

Startup Library: Colored Pencil

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Completely new to colored pencils? Join illustrator Susan Rubin as she helps you navigate the basics from choosing the best beginner-friendly supplies to completing four drawing projects: a pear, leaf, persimmon and tulip. With Susan’s techniques and step-by-step guidance, you’ll soon be creating your own colored pencil drawings with confidence!


  • beginner
  • 13 episodes
  • 4h18m

Included in this Class

1. What You Need: Colored Pencils

1. What You Need: Colored Pencils

Get started with a colored pencil primer as Susan explains the history behind colored pencils as well as the various types available, including which brands and palettes are best suited for beginners.

2. What You Need: Paper

2. What You Need: Paper

Follow along as Susan goes over the different types of paper and their various qualities, including the best ones for colored-pencil beginners.

3. What You Need: Other Tools

3. What You Need: Other Tools

Review everything else you need to get started from pencil sharpeners and erasers to blending pens, waxed paper and more.

Recommended with this class

  • Colored pencils, preferably artist grade. (Susan recommends watching the lessons on supplies before investing in materials)
  • 9" x 12" acid-free paper, vellum and tracing paper
  • Graphite pencils
  • Eraser and brush
  • Solvent pen and colorless blending pencil