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Coloured pencils without the "scratchiness" ??

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Maveroux Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So I've tried many types of coloured pencils, all different brands, on both regular paper and fine tooth paper. Whenever I shade with the pencils it doesn't ever really look smooth. Like this [link] . Is there some way to blend this or what? I hate all the tiny gaps
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:iconnarutokunobessed:
narutokunobessed Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student General Artist
You can try using a sanding board, and make the surface flat. That will not only be smooth but cover a bigger area. Also, a white crayon/white color pencil/blending stump would work too.

Although, you should actually be slow, and layer your colored pencils. Do cross hatching, and hatching practice too.
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Kalmek182 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
press really hard?
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Yellowmelle Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I used to use pencil crayons all the time and would use lots of hard layers to get it all as smooth as possible. I kind of regret it, actually, because I'm sure it did damage to my fingers pressing that hard. Plus, the smoother I got the surface, the more waxy buildup that appeared after a while. The wax just rises to the surface and leaves an icky wax skin on top.

If you want to be daring, I'll second Raerae's suggestion to use rubbing alcohol afterward. I once dipped a q-tip in and rubbed the surface with it and it really spread the colour around. But it does sort of soak through and I'm sure there is some archival issues involved.
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Gwendolyn12 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Try Uni Mitsubishi colorpencils. They solve your problem, but... they're absurdly expensive.:XD:
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raerae Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
You might look into soft chalk or pastel colored pencils I've started to see around.

Usually I just work on colored paper to give an overall tone to my picture. I've never been much one for burnishing. You can also lay a 'base coat' of colored pencil underneath and lay down a light wash of alcohol over the pigment...it works somewhat akin to watercolor pencils.
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Tales-of-Haven Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I see that blending is coming up a lot, and if you don't want to go out and buy expensive blending pens/markers/pencils, using an unsharp white crayola works fairly well. :shrug:
It may not work for large white spots, though. Maybe you should try be very careful when you colour and make sure there are no gaps?
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HopelessPandora Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
I saw an interesting video on Youtube about using baby oil to blend colored pencil just recently. It worked out well for me. Unfortunately, I don't have any deviations up as an example though.
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flameguitarcody Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
as others have stated when doing color you want to wax on wax off young grasshopper excuse my nerdyness for the karate kid ref lol but yeah small circles blends in the pits because the color pigment makes it thicker than what a ordinary pencil is.
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Sabhira Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Try filling in color using tiny circles instead of straight lines. Also, getting a colorless blender, either a marker or pencil kind, will help push pigment into the crevices. Burnishing helps too, especially if you burnish with a color that's slightly lighter than your base color. What brand do you use?
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opiumtraum Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
You can also use turpenoid & a brush to get the same effect as the color marker- same principle- it's solvent breaking down the binder...you get a little bit of a wash that fills the holes. The danger is- if the color is already heavily applied...the solvent will break the binder down- you risk pushing color around- like there was a fine layer of mud on your work. I use the turpenoid technique a lot...I've had success & plenty of "oh shit" moments.
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Sabhira Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
True. I've used that technique before, and I even have a bit of turpenoid available if I need it again. I find it a little unwieldy, especially if I just have a small spot that needs blended.
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BobaTeaAddict Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Have you tried Prismacolors? Those are probably the best color pencils I've used so far.
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:iconmaveroux:
Maveroux Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Tbh I actually hate Prismacolor pencils. I'm getting along a lot better with Derwent
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BobaTeaAddict Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I can understand that.
I've never heard of Derwent... o-o"
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Vineris Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
You can get more solid colour by grinding the pigment into the gaps (burnishing, as someone else already pointed out). But every medium and tool that you use has a certain nature and you are only going to get so far in fighting that nature. If you OMG totally absolutely holy crap need perfectly smooth colour, just go and get markers or paints or a digital program or something. I mean, you can pound nails in with the end of a screwdriver and complain the whole time, or you can go out and get a hammer.
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Mercury-Crowe Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
Smoother paper and softer pencils.

But you're going to have those gaps with colored pencils. It's just part of the media.
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Neywa Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student
HUm I personally don't understand about colour pencils but I understand about photoshop. If you use photoshop, after scaning your work, you can use Topaz filter, it's a filter out from photoshop, I mean, it's like a nother program but you can easily... if you know what I mean... xD Just make sure you didn't let many blank spaces in your paper work and that filter will work amazing. It works really really well with sketches to clean up the lines.

I also remember having a white pencil, it had a very big tip which didn't paint any colour and I remember my Grandfather who paints, told me it was some sort of blender for pencils, what I don't remember is it was exactly for coloured pencils. I hope it helps!
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Cynicrylle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Like most would say, you can get a colorless blender or a stump/tortillion.

But in my case, I just use the lighter color as a 'blender'. If you want to color something green, color it and blend it with the lightest green you have. Prismacolor, by my experience, is really smooth and blends well.Sorry if I wan't helpful. =_=
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Cynicrylle Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Err... ". Sorry if I wasn't helpful."
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nelchee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
You can avoid the scratchy look by shading in tiny circles instead of lines.
Color pencils will always have tiny white gaps, unless you're pressing really hard and burnishing.
For burnishing you can use a white pencil, or a special "blending" pencil, or other type of tools. Read more here: [link]
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:iconmaveroux:
Maveroux Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If I use a blending pencil, will the white gaps go away?
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:iconnelchee:
nelchee Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Check the link I gave you, everything is explained there. The point of burnishing (with any tool, you don't need a special "blending" pencil) is to melt the wax and push the pigment around.
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290Pika Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Student Filmographer
Somtimes it's just the nature of the beast, too, kinda like how it is with graphite or charcoal. Since it's not wet like ink, paint, or marker, it won't always fill in everything. Even in that fox picture, you can still tell it's pencil. A few examples:



However, there are ways to blend out pencils to some degree. You can get a colorless blender (either a marker type or a pencil type works), you can use your finger or a tissue... I'm not that great with colored pencils though so I don't really know other tips. =P
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