Introduction: Creating a Water Background With Coloured Pencils
How do you Colour a water background?
Have no fear, I'II show you some simple tips!
Step 1: Equipment
You'll need sharp Pencil Crayons.
I have used theDerwent Colour Collection 24 featuring Colour Soft , Studio & Metallic Pencils, Derwent Studio Pencils 12 Set, Derwent Academy Flip 24 Colouring Pencils, Staedtler Ergo Soft 12 Set, a Derwent Rubber & a Derwent Sharpener.
Step 2: Protect the Bubbles
Using the Derwent Academy Flip light blue pencil draw an outline around each bubble to make them standout.
Step 3: Fill in the Background Lightly
Then using the Staedtler Light blue pencil lightly to colour all of the background.
Step 4: Select, Sharpen and Adding More Blue
1st Select all the Blue Pencils
2nd Sharpener them and check pigment sticks for cracks & looseness
3rd Take the light blue Derwent Colour Soft pencil and Colour around the bubbles.
Step 5: Adding More Blue for Depth
Using the 4 blue shades from thr Derwent Studio Pencils Colour set and colour parts of the background blue making sure you blend in the colours.
Don't worry if it looks messy at this stage.
Step 6: Using the Easer/Rubber
Use the Easer/Rubber to remove some of the Colour diagonally leaving near white or fade blue behide. This gives you the begins of sunlight in the water.
Step 7: Using the Metallic Pencil
Using the Derwent Metallic Pencil outline the fishes body to give your work depth.
Step 8: Yellow for Light
Using the Staedtler Yellow, Derwent Academy Flip Dark /light yellow and Derwent Studio golden yellow plus Light blue Staedtler Pencil begin to add yellow to the background to create sunlight effect. Do not panic if it looks messy.
Step 9: Add Sea Green Colour
Take the Derwent Academy Flip Sea green Colour and add a little to the background.
Step 10: Easer/Rubber Again
Using the Easer/Rubber do diagonal rubs to knock back the colour and to help blend the background together. At this time remove any Colour accidently put on the fish bodies. Do worry if your background has white bits in it.
Step 11: Admire Your Background
Take Time to admire you Completed Water Background. Do not Colour the Fish yet. Leave your work. Start planning the Colourline for the fishes bodies but don't colour them. See you all in my next 'How 2 Colour Fish'!