detail of the colored pencil portrait. (Click on image to see
full portrait.) This illustration shows a detail of the edge of
the chin, and the start of the neck.
This is a
good example of color mixing and layering using the colored pencil.
Instead of trying to find a colored pencil with the exact
color you are looking for, (which in some cases may be impossible)
take several different colors of Prismacolor and crosshatch them
one over the other, blending them together to make the desired
if you wanted a light pink, you might use a pink and a white Prismacolor,
and then crosshatch them over each other. You'd "build up"
the color of these two pencils, by gently crosshatching them,
one over the other. The pink and the white colors would blend
together after enough gradual pencil strokes, until eventually,
you'd get the color you were looking for.
In the detail
illustrated here, I was not interested in using a simple brown
color for the shadow at the edge of the chin, and neck. I wanted
some brown, but also a pinky-peachy brown, a deep, rich, darker
brown, a greenish brown, and so forth. I created these colors
by using several different colored pencils and layering and blending
them together, using a crosshatching stroke. Several flesh colors,
green, a dark purple, a dark pink, and a medium terra cotta brown
were used. I gently layered them over each other, back and forth,
until I got the shading and color effects I desired.