Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login


Submitted on
April 26, 2012
Image Size
3.4 MB


8,392 (2 today)
305 (who?)
Colored Pencil Tutorial Thing by EatToast Colored Pencil Tutorial Thing by EatToast
Hey Everyone! I've been getting a lot of questions on my colored pencil work lately, so I put together this WIP Progress thing for this drawing [link] some time ago, put it on Tumblr, and then promptly forgot about it.

So I'm uploading it here now, for those of you interested. It's not the best of tutorials or anything, but it's how I go about doing things via colored pencils.

1) Start out with a basic sketch; this is my least favorite part because I'm terribly messy with graphite pencils and make a big smeary mess before I get anything useful. I usually just use a mechanical pencil, a tissue for blending, and a kneaded eraser for this

2) Start an outline and figure out my color palette. For this I wanted a super colorful drawing. I usually outline pencils in either an orange or a blue pencil first; partly because they're colors I always end up using in the final product, partly because they're some of my favorite colors

3) Begin to sketch out where the most saturated points of color will go, or where certain colors will end up. Like a color base sketch, if that makes any sense at all. All the while I'm doing this, I start to erase all that mechanical pencil work I did before (it will muddy the colored pencil colors if I don't). The main color here is going to be yellow, so I start those highlights first, along with a preliminary background color palette.

4) Now that I have my colors mapped out in my head I can start adding some kind of depth and I begin to properly blend in things and add really basic shadows and contrast.

5) Adding more color, the drawing still looks fairly flat at this stage. Up until now it's all about getting a base to work off of for when I can put in detail work. Basic hair is started, starting with the darker stuff first.

6) Base layer of color down, I can add the final shadows, hair, stubble, and begin doing final details which are the most fun. They bring the whole drawing together

7) I don't know why, but ears I always do last. After I add in lots of final details like pores, arrant hairs, catchlights, folds, wrinkles and all those other fun things, I add in the background colors that I decided on way back in the beginning of the drawing. It's basic coloring at this point and tedious detail work. I add in the final lighting effects and color reflections, and with a few blops of white out, I add in little highlights, and then I'm done.

The whole thing takes about 3 hours give or take.

Add a Comment:
Artworkbymose Featured By Owner 11 hours ago
I just love the colors you use in your colored pencil work. Do you take comissions? I would love to own on of your pieces.

just found your work today and im already your biggest fan just adore your work
kat1004 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2014  Student Filmographer
Well, I hate my life lol

You are a great artist, but this tutorial could do with a few more steps in it.
BTW, kudos for using a 10th Doctor pic as the tutorial piece :D
Cymbaline1988 Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Hobbyist
This is great! Thanks for the tutorial, now to practice :3
ImagineCorgis Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
May I ask, which brand of colored pencils did you used? :)
EatToast Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Prismacolor brand.
miamary123456 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Bravo! Beautiful job! You are truly blessed with a wonderful gift! :heart: How old are you?
EatToast Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much! I'm currently 23.
miamary123456 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
You're quite welcome! I really love see WIP's and your is SUPER amazing!!! You have inspired me so much!!!! The coloration on your piece is GORGEOUS!! :iconluvluvplz:

Could you possible take a peek at my artwork? It's not that great, I turned 13 in late February (as if my age should be an excuse for the poor quality!) Oh well.
Thanks so very much! :painter: :love:
MOVEDTOnyxxiis Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hell yes! This is fantastic! Tennant certainly looks himself in this;)
EatToast Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Add a Comment: