How to speed up your coloring process?


Barn Owl-Fine Art Anne
Barn Owl with colored pencils

This is a technique I have not seen other artist using, even though it speeds up the coloring process a lot, when working with Colored Pencils.
Keep in mind, that this may take time to master.

What I do is,  I scratch my pencil on sand paper, then dip my brush on OMS and then I mix that OMS to the pencil dust and make a kind of paint that I use for painting those base colors. After that I go everything over with pencils. This saves me so much time because I can get close enough colors in the base layers, I get that white of the paper covered quickly and the tooth of the paper does not be damaged at all.

What you need:

  •  Your good quality drawing paper. I use Fabriano Artistico Hot Pressed watercolor paper that is heavy weight.
  • You also need Sand paper, either regular from hardware store or some Artist quality sanded paper like Fisher 400 or UART, to make your colored pencil powder
  • Some paint thinner or mineral spirit to dissolve your colored pencil powder to this paint kind of pigment. (I use Beckers A Odourless, but you can get what ever artist quality odourless paint thinner you find.)
  • Stiff brush to paint / blend your colored pencils
  • And of course your colored pencils. I use here Polychromos and Luminance pencils.


How to do colored pencil faster

I made this video to show how I use this technique. This video is a speeded up a lot, but this whole drawing (size A4 21 x 29,7 cm) took me only about 5-6 hours to complete.

Reference photo: Pixabay

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