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Color Drawing

Drawings are not necessarily always in black and white. Purists often argue whether or not pastels are paintings or drawings. In truth drawing and coloring are very inter-dependent arts. Color drawing requires the artist to have a prior understanding of how different media works. Color drawing is tried on practice sheets with various drawing tools to find the value and texture and the process of applying the medium to produce various effects.

Variations of Color Drawing:

Color drawing can be implemented in various ways. The color strokes can be controlled to bring varied finishings to the painting. Most drawings generally use hatches in coloring. Cross hatching creates dark tones and broken hatches or lines are used to create light tones. Artists control the density of line breaks to get a graduation of color tones while painting color drawings. Drawings are also colored using methods of stippling or placing dots to get textures and shades.

Applying the Colors:

To achieve best results during coloring, artists always follow the contour lines and curves of the drawing surface. This method of applying color gives depth to the pictures. Normally the colors are filled in accordance with the hand that the artist favors. A right handed artist draws from left to right and vice versa. At times artists deliberately leave out a portion of the picture to fill in later on.

Techniques of Color Drawing:

Color drawing involves various techniques that create light and shadow effects to give a realistic effect to drawings. One of these techniques is shading. Shading varies tonal values to resemble the shade of a given material and the positioning of shadows. Another technique is blending. Blending employs moving the material used to draw a color drawing in order to hide the original strokes. Blending is possible only in case of materials that do not stick once they are applied, like graphite or charcoal. Shading and blending on color drawings is done using soft tissues, special putty rubber erasers or a chamois cloth. The chamois cloth is used to create smooth textures and remove excess coloring materials while creating a color drawing.

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