Colorful Creations: Exploring Cathy Dement's Use of Colored Pencils

Colorful Creations: Exploring Cathy Dement's Use of Colored Pencils


Colored pencils have always held a special fascination for me as an artist. Their versatility and vibrant colors offer endless possibilities for creative expression. In this blog post, I'll share my approach to using colored pencils in my artwork, showcase some examples of my colored pencil drawings, and offer recommendations for high-quality colored pencil brands and supplies.

Approach to Using Colored Pencils

When it comes to using colored pencils in my artwork, I approach each piece with careful consideration and attention to detail. I start by selecting a high-quality set of colored pencils with a wide range of colors and excellent pigmentation. This allows me to achieve rich, vibrant hues and smooth, even coverage in my drawings.

One of the things I love most about working with colored pencils is the ability to layer and blend colors to create depth and dimension. I often start with a light layer of color as a base and gradually build up layers to intensify the colors and add complexity to the drawing. Blending is key to achieving smooth transitions between colors, and I use a combination of blending tools and techniques to achieve the desired effect.

Recommendations for High-Quality Colored Pencils

For artists looking to invest in high-quality colored pencils, I recommend brands such as Prismacolor, Faber-Castell Polychromos, and Caran d'Ache Luminance. These brands offer a wide range of colors, excellent pigmentation, and smooth, creamy leads that are perfect for layering and blending. Additionally, investing in good quality paper specifically designed for colored pencils can make a significant difference in the final result of your artwork.  I'll so a future post on picking papers that work well for colored pencils....stay tuned!


P.S. The piece in this photo is one that I did my senior year of highschool.  I entered it into the county student art fair and got that pretty blue ribbon!

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