How to blend coloured pencils

Learning how to blend coloured pencils will help you get more from your tools. Rather than relying on the individual, flat colour of each pencil, we can mix them together to make things more dynamic.

Having some knowledge of colour theory can be useful, but this is also a great opportunity to experiment! In this article, I'll show you how to blend coloured pencils in a drawing of a pear. I'll be using a complementary red applied over greens to darken and slightly neutralise the tone.

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Steven Hughes
Steven is associate professor of illustration at Northern Michigan University. His art has been featured in many exhibitions and publications, including The New York Times.