This is a fun project to draw in colored pencil with kids and adults alike.
* Canson’s Mi-Teintes pastel paper, beige (smooth side)
* Prismacolor Premier colored pencils (colors listed in steps); they can be replaced with other soft, colored pencils
* Turpanoid/Gamsol and a small brush for burnishing (blending)
* General’s pencil sharpener
* Transfer paper, sketch paper
* Kneaded eraser
* Fixative: Krylon UV Resistant Clear Gloss
Step 1: After the basic drawing is completed on sketch paper, transfer it to your color paper. I almost always make my preliminary drawing on sketch paper to keep it clean. The accuracy of the outline is vital to creating realist drawings.
I transfer the outlines using white transfer paper. Its lines are easy to erase, leaving no residue.
Then, I strengthen some lines in colored pencil to separate shapes.
MAKE SURE YOU USE THE SMOOTH SIDE OF YOUR DRAWING PAPER!
Here I used dark brown (substitute with any dark brown pencil, like raw umber) and dark green to map out the dark spots on lizard’s skin and the cast shadow.
Step2: I blocked in the background with indigo blue and the same dark brown (a combination of any dark colors will work well). I added grass green and apple green in the background’s middle tones, and spring green in the light.
To strengthen the pattern on the skin, I added a combination of violet, indigo blue, and dark green.
For the eye, I used indigo blue and dark brown to outline it and draw the iris in. I drew darker values (tones) on the left side of the eye, while deliberately using lighter tones on the right.
Notice that all colors look a lot more vibrant on color paper (Canson’s Mi-Teintes pastel paper, beige, smooth side).
Step3: I used turpenoid to blend the background colors and a few spots present on the skin. I let it dry completely. Make sure you use a small brush for your blending with solvents that is not used for anything else. Solvents melt wax in wax-based pencils.
Step4: Essentially I layered the same colors in the background and added a few more that included poppy red, aquamarine, light aqua, and limepeel. For the light values of the skin, I introduced parma violet and cloud blue drawing with heavy pencil pressure.
What’s important to understand drawing gecko is to see how the skin pattern is shaped around its body’s gesture or movement. Pay attention to NOT creating straight lines and repetitive shapes. Create volume and dimension by curving the uneven lines around its arms and feet.
Step5: I used a little bit of canary yellow and light pink to put the reflected light onto the gecko. I applied background colors again with heavy pencil pressure. I stepped back to see the drawing from the distance checking values and edges.
Outline a few edges with sharp pencils if necessary.
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A few photos to practice drawing:
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