Although a graphite pencil portrait certainly can stand on its own as a finished work of art, sometimes it’s nice to introduce color into your drawings of people. Colored pencil is amazingly satisfying to work with, partly because it’s so easy to manipulate and control. The way you sharpen your pencil, the way you hold it, and the amount of pressure you apply all affect the strokes you make.

When working with colored pencils, you can create anything from soft blends to brilliant highlights to realistic textures. Here this versatile medium permits replication of this little girl’s likeness, including her peaches-and-cream complexion and dazzling blue eyes. For more information on drawing in color, see Colored Pencil Step by ...

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