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About Digital Art / Hobbyist Tennyson WuMale/Taiwan Recent Activity
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Cute Princess v2 by tennysonwu Cute Princess v2 :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 1 2 Cute Princess by tennysonwu Cute Princess :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 2 0 Cute Style Experiment by tennysonwu Cute Style Experiment :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 4 0 20170311 Face by tennysonwu 20170311 Face :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 2 0 Colour Sketch - The Trap by tennysonwu Colour Sketch - The Trap :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 1 0 BW sketch - The trap by tennysonwu BW sketch - The trap :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 1 2 Colour sketch - The promise by tennysonwu Colour sketch - The promise :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 6 5 BW sketch - The promise by tennysonwu BW sketch - The promise :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 2 0 Colour sketch - Blessing ammo by tennysonwu Colour sketch - Blessing ammo :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 3 0 BW sketch - Blessing ammo by tennysonwu BW sketch - Blessing ammo :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 2 0 Colour sketch - Princess and the sword by tennysonwu Colour sketch - Princess and the sword :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 1 0 BW sketch - Princess and the sword by tennysonwu BW sketch - Princess and the sword :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 2 2 20170219 Chibi Practice by tennysonwu 20170219 Chibi Practice :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 2 0 20170219 Random Sketch by tennysonwu 20170219 Random Sketch :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 3 0 20170215 Faces Practice by tennysonwu 20170215 Faces Practice :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 1 0 20170215 Coloured Sketch by tennysonwu 20170215 Coloured Sketch :icontennysonwu:tennysonwu 3 3
I was on holiday for about 10 days, and therefore didn't have access to my digital tablet. Instead, I decided to practice drawing using more traditional means. Specifically I practiced using a pencil, fine-liner and coloured pencils.

So I went and bought the cheapest fine-liner and coloured pencils I could find. The fine-liner seemed fine, but the pencils... not so much ^^;.

Learning to colour

I actually made a thread to ask for help from more experienced deviants.
The key lesson I received from the thread was:

Do not use cheap pencils!

Using low quality pencils was very difficult due to them giving off less pigment when used. I found I had to apply 2-3 layers of colour before it was noticeable. Eventually I ended up simply pressing harder while applying the layers (which possibly led to RSI for my wrist). In the end, after applying as many layers as the paper could take, the overall colour saturation was not very high.
Also, most of the pencils had many breaks in the core so I ended running through many of them very quickly while trying to sharpen them.

I found switching to a better pencil brand to be relieving. Personally I bought Faber-Castell coloured pencils and loved them. :)
Based on the advice of artists on the thread, the following brands were also recommended:
  • Crayola
  • Koh-I-Noor Mondeluz
  • brunzyeel
  • prismacolours
  • Cra-Z-Art
  • Caran D'ache
  • Derwent
Other key advice I picked up from the helpful artists included:
  • layer your colours - go over the same spot multiple time to add more colour; this also helps with blending colours
  • sharpen your pencils - gives more colour
  • using circular motions - this is slower, but gives more even colour and more colour in general
Other advice can be found in the thread:…

Links provided by artists include:

Learning to colour inside the lines gallery
I've started uploading the results of my practice with traditional media in this gallery:…
Colouring inside the lines 2 by tennysonwu Colouring inside the lines 1 by tennysonwu Colouring inside the lines 3 by tennysonwu Colouring inside the lines 4 by tennysonwu Colouring inside the lines 5 by tennysonwu Colouring inside the lines 6 by tennysonwu

Thanks to all the artists who responded to my thread and gave advice! :D
If you're interested in traditional art (or interesting art in general), have a look at their galleries. :D


Tennyson Wu
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
I'm mostly into digital art, trying to improve my skills. One day, hopefully I 'm good enough to start telling stories through art.


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DecorativeDoodle Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Tenny!!! What's up??
Haven't seen you for a long time. .
tennysonwu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hi :wave:

Been away from the drawing for a while, but plan on playing around with traditional mediums next :D.
Jompie Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2016
Thank you by Jompie
tennysonwu Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :D.
DecorativeDoodle Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been hugged!  

Just wanted to say that you are an amazing deviant and you shine like a star in every way! 

Pass on the dA love and remind deviants that every artist matters in this community, including you! Stay strong and keep shining! 

One of my friend sent me this and told me to spread the love around!! I am doing so and you do so too my dear friend!!

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