Drawing With Prismacolor Pencils
As an artist, I really enjoy drawing with Prismacolor Pencils. One of the best things that I like about using colored pencils is their portability. If I am going on a trip, or just taking a walk, I can put a box of pencils and a pad in a backpack and just go! Unlike other medium such as paint or clay, there is little or no mess involved with pencil drawing. All I need to do is to throw into a canvas bag a good set of pencils, a kneaded eraser, and of course – paper! Well, sometimes I prefer using cold press illustration board, especially if I am also using Prismacolor watercolor pencils. However, when on the run, I don’t usually apply water to my drawing until I am in the safety of my studio.
The main reason is if I apply water to either board or paper, it will buckle or wrinkle if not securely taped down. Also, a wet surface is much more vulnerable to tears, scratches, and foreign particles adhering to the moist area. Yet, if you’re lucky to be drawing outdoors near a water fountain, and plan to stay several hours, then go ahead and apply water – and have fun!
Why do I choose Prismacolor Pencils? In the long run, drawing is much more challenging than painting, because the artist has to account for every stroke of their pencil. Keeping that in mind, I like the feel, texture, and rich pigments of Prismacolor Pencils better than any other that I’ve tried. In other words, a skilled painter must also be a good draftsman. When using oil paint, it’s pretty easy to fix mistakes even after they have dried. On the other hand, traditional watercolor painting is particularly challenging, especially when using a wash technique. Once a wet brush is put to paper, it is difficult to correct mistakes. Nonetheless, I have sometimes produced some of my finest pieces of art with these so-called mistakes. Little foibles can contribute to developing new drawing techniques. Once you can accept this concept, then pencil drawing won’t seem so daunting. I recommend starting with a set of at least 48, such as Prismacolor® Scholar Colored Pencils/set, which come in a durable wooden box.
If you do have kids at home, creating art together is a great way to strengthen relationships – even with those difficult teens! Some of my fondest childhood memories are of drawing or coloring with a parent, grandparent, and my favorite cousin. Unfortunately, in those days, I didn’t know about Prismacolor Colored Pencils. Okay, I’ll admit that my mother was a professional artist, who designed packages for Revlon, but it was not her skill that brought me the enjoyment. It was her company and collaboration. My cousin, on the other hand, was a competent colorer, but no gifted artist. However, my fondest memories are with her because I felt happy and at ease. It was all about fun – not judgment. Therefore, when drawing alone, in a class, with friends or family members, remember not to judge yourself, but just enjoy!
The key to becoming a competent artist is to learn to relax and enjoy the drawing process. If you are too concerned about ruining your drawing, then you will never enjoy what you are doing and probably will eventually quit altogether. Drawing, like almost any other skill, takes time, practice, and patience. However, drawing with Prismacolor Colored Pencils makes drawing that much more fun – even at the beginning! Recall, if you can, when you first started to learn how to write. It took rows and rows of practice to perfect the technique of forming letters and numerals. Once your hand memorized the shapes, overtime your handwriting improved. If you still have any of your old penmanship sheets, take a look and compare it to how you write now. I think that may help you gain perspective (pardon the pun!) on your drawing. Or, if you have young children at home who are now just learning to write, that will work just as well.
One more tip about Prismacolor Pencils – depending on what you plan to draw, depends on what assortment of you will want to purchase. If you are planning on concentrating on landscapes, Prismacolor has a special box of colors specially made for landscape drawing. If you are going to concentrate more on the figure, then choose one Prismacolor’s portrait sets. For overall pencil drawing, then any Prismacolor Pencil Set will compliment your artistic needs!
Written by Brenne Meirowitz, BA, MA, MS
© 2010-2011 Brenne Meirowitz & PrismacolorPencils.net. All Rights Reserved.