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This year, 2018, is the 30th anniversary of the Irojiten Color Dictionaries, Vol 1 was introduced in April of 1988! wow.
Yesterday I took over the Tombow USA instagram account, showing how to use Irojiten colored pencils to color in this cute little Hedgehog doodle, and I wanted to share my tips for working with these colored pencils here!
I like to start with the lighter colors and then layer the colors for more depth and variation as I go. I colored the hedgie belly with a light cream color and then layered on a bit of pink to give him rosy cheeks.
Next I just started adding more and more color to the sketch. For the blue of the cloche, I started out really light, but then layered the pencil a bit more heavily around the edges to darken it, leaving the center pretty light.
For the bottom of the cloche, I lightly colored in the wood, and then used a darker brown to draw the woodgrain pattern on top with a bit of pressure so that it’s embossed into the paper.
I used to shy away from colored pencils because I always had trouble blending them, and the white of the paper would show through no matter what.
I’ve since learned a few tricks. The first being what I said above- work in light layers so that wax doesn’t build up.
My second tip is to use Tombow’s Colorless Blender to blend the pencils. You can use the Colorless Blender over top of the pencils, just like you would use it with Dual Brush Pens. The pencils can stain the tip of the Colorless Blender a little bit, but just rub it off onto a piece of paper and the ink still comes out clear even if it’s stained.
The blending marker helps to “burnish” the pencil, so that the lead is worked into the paper more and less of the white shows. yay!
It’s @studio.katie one last time today! Swipe to see a video of how I blended the colors! My best tip for blending the Irojiten Colored Pencils is to use the Dual Brush Pen Colorless Blender over the top of them, just like you would use it with Dual Brush Pens. The pencils will stain the tip of the Colorless Blender a little bit, but just rub it off onto a piece of paper and the ink still comes out clear even if it’s stained. . After I finished my little hedgie doodle, I mounted it to a piece of paper and turned it into a cute little card for Spring! That’s it from me today. Until next time, – @studio.katie #tombow #tombowusa #tombow2018dt 💗 #illustration #illustrationoftheday #illustrationartist #illustrationdaily #drawing #drawings #draw #drawingaday #sketch #sketchbook #artwork #artist #art #artstagram #arttutorial #artoftheday #artistsoninstagram #artnerd #tombowart
After I finished my little hedgie doodle, I mounted it to a piece of paper and turned it into a cute little card for Spring!
You can grab the products I used for this project on the Tombow website here.