Draw With Colored Pencils

What You Will Need...

A set (at least 12 pencils) good quality colored pencils. I recommend Prismacolor or Derwent.

A 2B drawing pencil (or similar soft lead drawing pencil.)

A spiral-bound 9" x 12" sketch book of good quality paper--preferably 70 lb, acid-free and at least 50 perforated pages.

A pink pearl, white, gum eraser or kneaded eraser

A good quality pencil sharpener, "manual" or electric

A 12" ruler

Easily purchase your sketch book and Prismacolor pencils online at Amazon. Below are sets of 12, 24 and 48. Choose the price that is right for you!

If you think you need more help with drawing, please visit my Learn Basic Drawing link

Here's a recent video I did creating a vintage swim suit cut out drawing with colored pencils. There are plenty of pictures of vintage bathing suits on the Internet that can inspire! Easy and fun!

These videos show you how to layer and shade multiple colors. Colored pencils are semi-transparent which means you can apply several layers of colors to produce custom color or rich color gradations in shading.

Here are my videos showing how you can do still life drawings using colored pencils.

Colored pencils work well with oil pastels. This video shows a fascinating technique using both!

Here are my videos that explore a variety of colored pencil techniques that are easy and fun...

I love finding new ways to use colored pencils!  And if you are interested in finding new ways to use colored pencils or if you want to continue to develop your drawing skills using colored pencils, the Artists Network University has some great drawing and colored pencil drawing courses which will help you!

Check out the Artists Network University Drawing Courses! Drawing Art Courses
Check out the Artists Network University Colored Pencil Course with Gary Greene! Discover Colored Pencil, with Gary Greene at Artists Network University
Check out the Artists Network University Colored Pencil Art Courses! Colored Pencil Art Courses

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Real Feedback

Thanks so much for your website! I enjoy the Drawing Lessons. Lately my two kids got interested. They don't have art at school so this is a plus!



Just retired and looking for drawing class. I'm a fisherman and want to learn how to draw fish. I tried a couple times and they came out not like what I wanted. I'm taking your drawing class and I see what I didn't do. Thanks,

Bill Emerson



Hi Lois, thought I would send you a quick note to tell you how much I appreciate your YouTube videos. I found you last December when I purchased a Breville smart oven. I'd never really used a toaster oven for anything other than toast and since finding you I've been cooking like crazy! My husband thinks that's wonderful.

Also I introduced my daughter to your art lessons and she is delighted, especially with the stencil one of the fishes! You encourage people of all skill levels to feel less intimidated by the thought of actually 'doing' a painting!

Anyway, just saying thank you and to let you know how much we enjoy Charlie as well.

Kindest regards,


Hey lois

I am a emerging artist here in sc I haven't had the opportunity to go to formal art schools I have been drawing all my life as far back as I can remember. I saw your free art classes online and book marked them and when I have more supplies am going back.

I want to be taken seriously, I have started getting my art out there, and have started just recently showing, my art, and sold a total of three works for aprox300.00 a piece

I still don't feel like I am a good enough artists and I desire to learn always learning

I am sending some samples of a small amount of sketches drawings, and paintings

I would love to get feed back from someone in the artworld I have been mistreated by some artist that wouldn't even look at my art \

when they found out I had not took art classes.......I've always wanted to just havent had the opportunitys .

thank you so much.

Elizabeth White


Hello Lois.

Thanks for giving me the opportunity to learn hoy to draw and paint in diferentes styles and techniques. I just started and I've never had taken any classes til now with your tutorial.

I really worldwide appreciate your comments about my still life exercise. I specially have problems with shading the table and painting the wood graining (as you can se in the picture) and also the table cloth. The melon sas difficult too, I feel something is missing there too . (Some things in the picture I didn't want them to apear in my painting)

I'm starting to work with the landscape. As son as I have ir done I'll send you the picture.

Best regards and thank you again.

Andrea Berkefeld (from México)

Watch my video on YouTube "Draw A Horse With Pencil"