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Signs of Spring Sketching Tutorial

Posted on April 06 2021

Bird house sketch

A sketching tutorial with Goldfaber Color Pencils!

Hi everyone, Mou Saha here with a tutorial for a sketchbook entry creating observational drawing using Pitt Artist Pens and Goldfaber Color Pencils. I have made a complete materials list for you.

Materials:

Grip 2001 Graphite Pencil - HB - #117000

Kneadable Art Eraser - Grey - #127220

Pitt Artist Pen® Extra Superfine - #199 Black - #567099

Goldfaber Color Pencils - Tin of 48 - #214748

Mixed Media paper, cut to 9 x 6 inches

 

A bird house sketch with graphite pencil

For today’s tutorial, I chose to draw a birdhouse hung from a tree branch in front of a forsythia bush, a scene from my walk around my neighborhood.

Start with a basic light sketch of outlines using the Grip pencil.

A bird house sketch with Goldfaber color pencils

Observe the colors of the tree branches. You'll notice that trees are not just shades of brown. Play with various colors. I chose blue and a reddish brown.

A bird house sketch with Goldfaber color pencils

Weathered wood often has very interesting shades. Choose colors based on what you are observing rather than what you think it should be. Use the white Goldfaber pencil to blend the colors.

Bird house sketch with Goldfaber color pencils

Start adding the forsythia blooms to the branches. In peak bloom, these bushes are mostly vibrant yellow with tiny bits of green from the small leaves. Choose several shades of yellow and draw the simple droopy petal shapes with the color pencils.

Bird house sketch with Goldfaber color pencils

Add some foliage to the base of the page with greens. I like to keep these parts undefined but you can create grassy looks if that’s what you see.

Bird house sketch with Pitt Artist Pens

Add a title and some field notes with the black Soft Brush (SB tip) and Extra Superfine (XS Tip) Pitt Artist Pens to finish.

I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial with Pitt Artist Pens and Goldfaber Color Pencils. The more you observe, the more you’ll notice unique play of colors. Capture those colors to create rich

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