Pencil & colour

Pencil & Colour style: illustration for educational material

pencil crayon pencil & colour pure pencil | tinted strokes

Pencil & Colour is one of five Pencil styles well-suited for new readers.



Pencil & colour can be fairly realistic. It also lends itself to more serious, gritty stories. The samples shown will bear this out. Sometimes the budget allows one to add colour. The beauty of a pencil drawing is not lost by adding colour. Kokis and a bit of pencil crayon add their own mood by means of strokes and dramatic contrast.

Where pencil drawings have had kokis added to them, it’s a traditional way of drawing, not computer-based. This is a very different process to the one used for Tinted Strokes, although some of those subjects can also be a bit dark. Sweeping or radiating pencil strokes in the background can bring movement, drama, and emotion. And all this just from the pressure or direction of the pencil. So for emotional stories, Pencil & Colour is a reliable tool. Colour adds an extra dimension, either with bright colours showing contrasting situations (shopkeeper and streetchild), or adding to the subdued mood. (AIDS orphan)

Other styles in this family are: Pencil CrayonPure Pencil and Tinted Strokes

Clients whose work appears here include Cambridge University Press and Shuter & Shooter Publishers.

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