One Color at A Time: Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

Hello Citizens of The Blogosphere,

Today’s post reveals the process behind my latest creation for my One Color at A Time series. In this series, I magically bring drawings to life one color at a time. This lovely lady is named Sannah.

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This piece actually started out as a sketch for one of the images in my new coloring book.

Here’s a comparison between the sketch and the coloring book illustration.


I personally love both images, but there is a softness to the sketch that is somehow lost in the final illustration. I liked the sketch so much that I decided to copy it and use it for a personal art project.

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I just love how these pinks and blues look together.

Faber- Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils

For this project, I used Faber- Castell Polychromos colored pencils. They are artist grade (expensive, but worth it) colored pencils that come in a variety of vibrant colors.

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Stay Tuned: I will be doing a full review on Polychromos pencils in a future post!

One Color at A Time

For this piece, I used a total of eight colors. As you will see, I tried to stick with variations on two basic colors, pink and blue.

Here are the colors I chose …

One color at a time cotton candy girl colors

It’s really amazing to see the evolution of an image one color at a time. By the power of technology… you don’t just have to take my word for it, you can see it for yourself.  (Oooooohhhhhhhhhh…)

One Color at A Time Cotton Candy Girl

I hope you enjoyed seeing my creative process. If you liked this post and want to see more installments of my One Color at a Time series, please let me know in the comments section.

As always, thanks so much for following my creative journey!


– P.S –

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4 thoughts on “One Color at A Time: Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils

    1. That’s great! Yes, I actually tried using odorless mineral spirits… I found it to be ok, but I prefer using a colorless blending pencil. I also wrote a post about trying these pencils for the first time/ using baby oil to blend. Here it is in case you are interested:
      Happy coloring!

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      1. So true. Each technique can create really different results. I absolutely love blending with a colorless blending pencil. Mostly because I like to bring projects with me everywhere I go and blending pencils are hyper portable. My favorite colorless blending pencils are the ones produced by Prismacolor. I’m thinking of doing an updated blending post soon. Stay tuned and good luck with the blending! -Audrey


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