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6 Tips to Improve Your Coloring Technique




Coloring may look like a simple task and it may seem funny to teach coloring to someone. But the fact is that you can take your coloring technique to the next level with a few tips.

If you want to create an awesome piece of artwork then this article is for you. Let your artwork stand out with the help of these amazing tips.

1. Practice.

As we all know “practice makes a man perfect”. The same rule applies to the coloring. Like all other skills, coloring takes a lot of practices before you can create a masterpiece.

All you need is to get the coloring pages online from the websites like and start practicing. You will see the improvement in your technique as you practice for a while.

2. Color in one direction.

In order to make your picture look more consistent, make sure to color in the same direction so you can’t see your pencil lines. Coloring in the same direction not only makes the picture more consistent but slow your lead will blend together easier.

3. Don’t push too hard.

Always start by slowly building up your colors and do not push hard when you first pass over the spot where you want to color. It will help you to blend your colors and add shading in a professional way. You can simply repeat the spot where you want a darker color.

4. Keep your pencils sharp.

By keeping the colored pencils sharp, it becomes easier to get into the nooks and crannies of the details. You should always try on a scrap paper before starting on the actual coloring paper.

5. Pick a color scheme.

In order to create a stunning drawing, you need to choose a perfect color scheme. If you look around you will find a lot of color schemes. Concentrate on natural color schemes of flowers and plants for better understanding of color schemes.

Here are some of the most commonly used color schemes.

Analogous – Analogous colors are located next to each other on a color wheel. (Example: Yellow, yellow-green, and green. Purple, violet, and magenta)

Monochromatic – As the name tells the story, these colors are different shades of the same color. (Example: Dark blue, blue and light blue. Dark green, bright green and light green.)

Complementary – These are colors that are across from each other on a color wheel. For example, Red and green, orange and blue, violet and yellow.

Triadic – These are evenly spaced around the color wheel… like a triangle. (Red, yellow and blue. Purple, green and yellow.)

Colors can be further divided into cool colors and warm colors. Lots of blues, greens and maybe even some purples are part of the cool color scheme. A warm color scheme includes oranges, yellows, and reds.

6. Consider the light source.

If you are using color pencils then a light source can be very helpful for creating shade. You need to pay attention to the pressure so that you can leave the room for shading. Using lighter and with pressure, you can create a natural shadow.

In other words, whatever is furthest away from a light source would be darker and whatever would be closest would be lighter.

And as we discussed in point 2, the most important part, be consistent with your coloring direction and shading. Choose the direction you want your light source to be when you start coloring and then shade accordingly throughout the picture.

There you have it. 6 tips on how to improve your coloring pages. I hope you can benefit from these tips and tricks. If you know some other tips then don’t forget to let us know in the comments section below.

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