I wanted to talk a little bit today about the medium of colored pencil. This is one of my very favorite mediums to work in. I love that it offers the precision you expect from a pencil, but with the added benefit of having a wide range of colors to choose from.
There are many good brands out there. My favorite is Prismacolor colored pencils. They have a nice, smooth feeling when you use them, as opposed to the scratchy feeling you may remember from those colored pencils you used in grade school.
What is really nice about colored pencils is that they can be used on colored paper, even black paper. If you’ve ever tried to get graphite pencils to show up on dark paper, you know that it doesn’t turn out too well. But colored pencils offer you a whole new range of possibilities for showcasing the subject of your art using different colored papers as the backdrop. Drawing something colorful on dark paper can be very bold and striking.
I would love to hear your comments on colored pencils. Is this a medium you use or have used? What are your feelings on colored pencils?