Mixing different colouring techniques
The combination of different pens can produce awesome painting results.
When you’re colouring you often choose a technique or a pencil that you want to use for the whole picture. Perhaps for convenience, because it’s easier to stick to one technique. But if you’re looking for a bit of a challenge or just a change, there’s always the option of completing the design with different pencils. The first and most obvious approach would be to combine coloured pencils with graphite pencils, because these are similar to handle and have a comparable stroke style. But it does take a little planning to decide where to use monochrome, i.e. grey, and where to use colours. Tip: choose one type of pencil as the dominant one, and use the other as a kind of effect.
Graphite pencils offer many different modes of expression and options for creating a design. Pencils with softer leads (B, 2B, 4B etc.) can generate a wider range of greys and are therefore particularly good for shading and hatching.
Hatching works the same way as for coloured pencils. However, working with greys can often produce an impression of light and shade, and you should keep that in mind when using graphite pencils.
Graphite pencils allow you to modulate areas very easily, and so light and shade effects should be used selectively. To apply this technique correctly, imagine a light source in the picture and then think about where it throws light and about which areas will have to be in shadow, for instance because they are behind other Areas.
If you are combining coloured and graphite pencils you should consider in advance how to balance the two techniques in your picture.
If you want the picture to be mostly in colour, with graphite elements simply used for emphasis or to support your overall effect, you should plan which techniques to use in which areas when composing your image so as to produce the most striking effect.
Look carefully at your design and try to imagine, for instance, which parts of it will be effective done in grey. There are no rules for this – go with your instincts and you’ll be spot on!