| 1. Be ambitious
and try to recreate the pixie in freehand by copying our illustration.
You can increase the size to suit yourself, alternatively use
tracing paper. To transfer the design, simply rub soft black
pencil over the back of the traced outline, then lay the penciled
image into position on the sketchpad and draw over the lines
so that the image is transferred onto the art paper.
2. Applying the ink outline is probably one
of the most difficult parts, as it requires a steady hand.
You need to be sitting comfortably, with good lighting, without
heavy shadows over the pen's point from your head, hand and
finders. Make sure that the pen is in full working order with
sufficient ink. Practice on a spare piece of paper until you
feel confident. If you wear specs, then make sure they're on
the end of your nose! This is very detailed work, especially
so when marking the facial features.
3. When the image outline is inked use
the rubber to gently remove any pencil marks, leaving it
clean and ready to be coloured. If you feel that you want
to produce more than one picture, now is the time of scan
or photocopy it, then you have a back-up, and even the children
can share your colouring fun with you.
4. Start working from the top of the picture
if possible, and move down the paper. That way you are not
likely to damage the drawing that has already been completed
by rubbing over it with your hand, or inadvertently touching
it with another pencil. The colours used here blend easily
and will also build up to a deep and interesting hue.
5. Choose shades which match those shown
in the main body of the illustration. Blend cream, yellow,
orange and umber for the mushrooms, and richer browns and
burnt ochres for the shell. Use flesh tones for the pixie
and colour in the clothing in magenta and fuchsia shades.
Using a good artist rubber you will be able to create patches
of light by erasing little areas of finished colour. Don't
use force, you just need to soften the surface, the colour
will not disappear completely. This is a great trick for
light sourcing and contrast! It pays to practice this technique
first to get it right!
6. To colour the clematis, draw in a pink
outline along the middle of each petal leaving a white line
down the centre (see illustration). Soft shade around the
edges to make a base colour, then add a deeper pink over
the top. Run a violet line along the length of the white
centre - this will create a bending effect and depth in the
Where to buy.
Letraset Bleed proofpads in A2, A3 and A4 sizes
Call 01233 638555 for your nearest stockist.
Staedtler 1.3mm Marsmatic 700 technical
pen priced £18.50, available from good art shops or
go to www.staedtler.com
Berol USA Karismacolour pencils are available
in sets of 24 colours - price £28.45.
Call 01553 761221 for stockist details.
CB says.... Keep a good point on your pencils,
it's worth investing in a battery operated sharpener about £10
from branches of Staples or good stationers.
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