Colored pencils are an excellent medium with which to begin to explore color mixing and color relationships. The medium is clean, portable, and naturally intuitive to use for anyone who has ever held a pencil. Dozens of different hues are readily available and, compared to watercolor or gouache paints, are relatively inexpensive. By varying the pressure of pencil on paper, the value of each pencil’s hue can easily be manipulated, and color mixing is as easy as layering one color on top of another.
For designers the one big drawback in using colored pencils is the time required to complete a drawing. A costume rendering may take three or four hours to complete, and a set rendering much longer. The tiny size of the pencil ...