Colored Pencil Drawing: Tea & Scones

See colored pencil techniques for drawing a scene of tea and scones. Techniques shown in colored pencil include how to layer colors, how to create gradients and blend to get specific colors, and how to create a balance of saturated and muted colors, and more.

78 minute video

Demo led by Art Prof Clara Lieu.

Video Walkthrough

  • Being selective about what you choose to bring out in your drawing.
  • Layering techniques with colored pencil.
  • How to sharpen a colored pencil with a utility knife
  • Keeping the colored pencil blunt to cover large areas faster.
  • Squinting at the reference photo before you start drawing.
  • Starting out by blocking in the negative space.
  • Creating a solid line sketch so you can confidently block in colors.
  • Drawing the pattern and then building up the form and lighting.
  • White colored pencil can be effective for adjusting colors.
  • Varying the physical pressure with the colored pencil.
  • Using shapes and colors around an object to define the edge.
  • Changing the placement of the objects from the reference photo.
Bread Fairy Drawing, Clara Lieu

Reference Photos

Tea & Scones Reference #3
Tea & Scones Reference #20

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