Reducing the fresh colours of the landscape to monochrome seems a travesty, so this is where coloured pencils come in. You don’t need one to correspond to every colour

you see – you can mix by layering. First pick the brightest colours in
your scene because these will be difficult to mix. Secondly, pick pencils that mix to achieve the most prevalent

colours. Finally, think about dark, dull colours – you
can achieve a dark brown and greys by mixing brighter colours.

Brown Ochre

Each manufacturer produces pencils with different names for colours. I sketched out this rural scene – a pond seen from my favorite path to the beach near Mevagissey in Cornwall – in an earthy yellow Brown Ochre, the lightest and least overpowering colour in my set of four.

Mineral Green

Using a combination of quick hatching and heavier textural marks, I added the most prevalent colour – green – to the drawing. In some areas, I layered green over yellow for a lighter colour and, in others, I made heavy marks that would later be layered with magenta for the darkest shadows.

Oriental Blue

I drew in the blue of the sky with broad horizontal strokes, leaving negative spaces for the clouds –
I also added a little blue over the green of the foliage for variety.


I added the magenta of foxgloves and grasses, working over negative spaces I left light. I layered the magenta over green to darken it, creating chromatic shadows without a black or brown. Jake’s You Will Be Able to Draw by the End of This.

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