Colored Pencil Portraits

Embark on a vibrant journey to art with our exclusive collection of books, designed to hone your drawing and coloring skills. This unique series, with illustrations using lighting secrets from the great classical masters, invites you into a universe of creative illustration, offering a new perspective on artistic expression. Learn how to master the interplay of hues and textures with colored pencils, and how subtle plays of light and shadow can bring captivating images to life. As you immerse yourself in the exploration of volume and shading, you’ll find a valuable opportunity to polish and refine your artistic style, taking your art to uncharted heights. Embark on this adventure and unleash the full potential of your creativity.

This is not a book to obtain final works nor is it a manual of artistic techniques step by step, for that there are already other extraordinary books, this book is a collection of 60 exercises to learn, from an already resolved work and relying on grisailles, to see and use colors, textures, the values… with entertaining and engaging exercises. It is another way of approaching, through experience and drawing from the first moment, models specially made to facilitate learning.

Great artists such as Pablo Picasso, Vincent van Gogh, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and Dalí, for example, have learned by copying works of art by Velázquez, Goya, Cézanne… Copying art is another way to learn and very stimulating.

Recommended Materials

There are two types of colored pencils, greasy pencils and lean pencils. The former use waxes or oils as binders (“glue”) of the pigment. The latter use lean binders, within this group are watercolor pencils that use water-soluble gum arabic.
Oily colors can be diluted with oils or solvents. Watercolor colors are soluble in water.
In some exercises in the book you may be interested in experimenting with diluting some area a little, not too much because the paper is not very resistant. You can thin with a damp cotton ball or brush and dry right away.
If you were to dissolve a greasy color with oil as a blender, you would stain the paper on the back because it smudges and does not dry out. That’s why we recommend lean (watercolorable) instead of fatty.
In any case, you can make the drawings without diluting them at all and with any type of pencil. You can also use the drawings as a model and make them on a separate watercolor paper.

So, although we recommend watercolor pencils so as not to penetrate the paper if you are going to dilute a tone for expressive purposes, you can use any type of pencil if you do not plan to dilute it.

Color Palette

Most of the illustrations you’ll find here use Zorm’s limited palette: yellow ochre, vermilion or cadmium red, ivory black, and the white of the paper. Occasionally, we incorporate indigo blue and other shades to give you a wider range. This palette not only simplifies the choice of colors, but also invites you to delve deeper into the relationship between them and discover their potential.