Basic Coloured Pencil 1

Welcome to Basic Coloured Pencil I the first workshop in my online tuition programme Pencil Potential.

This workshop is aimed at those of you who are complete beginners to my way of working with coloured pencils or those who feel they need a refresher course after an absence from coloured pencil work.

On completion of this workshop I hope you will have gained an understanding of the materials and techniques I use for basic colour layering and you should have an understanding of the following basic skills:

  • How to apply colour smoothly – A CORE SKILL
  • How to choose a basic colour mix and select a suitable shade colour for that mix – A CORE SKILL
  • How to layer up the colours in the right order and amount to achieve a good, smooth density of colour
  • When and how to burnish colour to achieve a paint-like finish
  • Techniques for drawing fronts and backs of leaves, tackling highlights and bloom and simple petals
  • How to approach a simple botanical composition

Five places released at the beginning of each month.
Feedback from Ann during the course after completion of each module.

Equipment needed

Throughout this workshop we will be working with the Ann Swan ‘Special Selection’ of 24 Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. These are as follows:

101 White
103 Ivory
102 Cream
184 Dark Naples Ochre
118 Scarlet Red
142 Madder
123 Fuchsia
133 Magenta
194 Red Violet
193 Burnt Carmine
134 Crimson
138 Violet
139 Light Violet (now replaced with Dark Indigo 157)
172 Earth Green
278 Chrome Green Oxide
174 Chromium Green Opaque
168 Earth Green Yellowish
170 May Green
179 Bistre
178 Nougat
175 Dark Sepia
Cold Grey I 230
Warm Grey IV 275
Warm Grey V 274

  • Blender Pencil – either the Lyra Rembrandt Splender Blender or Prismacolor clear blender pencil
  • Blender Pen – Winsor & Newton Promarker or similar clear solvent marker pen
  • Paper – Good quality, hot pressed (smooth) watercolour paper of at least 250gms weight. Ideally 300gms/140lb and as white as possible.
  • Layout paper – thin paper used for initial drawings often called ‘Marker Paper’. If you prefer you can use tracing paper.
  • Graphite pencils – HB or F
  • Eraser – Battery or plastic eraser plus a kneadable eraser
  • Good quality pencil sharpener – preferably a desktop pencil sharpener such as the Rapesco 64
  • Magnifying glass
  • Pergamano 0.5 embossing tool
How this works

Please note that the course videos are hosted on the Vimeo platform. iOS/iPadOS users can access Vimeo from iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad by using the pre-installed Safari browser running iOS 14, iPadOS 14, or newer.

In each module I will give you clear instructions and/or a video to watch plus an equipment list. Take as long as you like to complete each module and then scan your finished drawing and upload it via the ‘Submit Your Drawing‘ button as a jpeg or pdf file. You can upload images up to 2Mb file size.

I will then look at your work and send you a written assessment of your technique and progress with pointers to ways of improving your work. Once this is completed and you are happy with the comments you can progress to the next module and with your approval I will post your image to our private Facebook gallery so you can share it with other students and receive feedback from them.

Each complete workshop will be available for use for one year from sign up date.

01380 724788
Rowde Court Studio, Marsh Lane, Rowde, Wiltshire, SN10 2NW
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