35 Replies to “Single Biggest Beginner Colored Pencil Mistake – Lachri”

  1. So true, though a more universal observation would be that artists often do not push the value range enough. With colored pencils, this is indeed, putting in more time, since the value ranges are often accomplished by layering. With watercolors, simply getting a higher paint to water ratio can do the trick – and one of the greatest mistakes in watercolors is having nothing but pale, washed out colors. Unfortunately, if you are aiming for photo realism, you canโ€™t simply splash on dark values quickly, but if you are going for something more expressive, more time isnโ€™t necessarily required, just that value range of relative light to dark.

  2. What a huge difference in spending more time! I needed this advice, especially for my graphite headshots. Speaking of headshots, Iโ€™m loving your hair…cut and color! So pretty!

  3. There is a big difference between done and finished.ย  I don't recall when I realized that.ย  I have a lot of trouble with that concept and can't always tell when something is done, but not finished.

  4. Absolutely true. I think there is no such thing as overworking a piece. There is only adding interventions that do no support the outcome of the piece. Most of the time, it is add more detail and depth.

  5. New sub from Lindsay's channel. :o) Your 'finished' cat piece is amazing! I think the biggest mistake pencil artists make is giving up too early, it's a very long process and i've found myself wanting to give up before (i haven't done much so i'm a beginner but it's still true) and that's pretty much what you've said, spend more time, work in layers.

  6. Thank you so much for this video! I have heard you give this advice before and think of it often. But as a beginner, here is my worry: how do I know if a drawing is worth putting more time into? When is something not finished enough, and when is a drawing not good enough because of lack of skill? Arenโ€™t there times I should give up and try again? I just started drawing a few months ago, starting with graphite and now adding in colored pencil. I love it, but I am that person who thought she couldnโ€™t draw her entire life. I never drew because I thought I couldnโ€™t, so I came to this with very low skill levels. I have seen a lot of improvement with practice but I am still very much a beginner. I guess I donโ€™t trust that everything I start will get better with more hours. When I was in 8th grade I had a math teacher who drilled into our heads โ€œonly perfect practice makes perfect.โ€ At the time I hated that saying but now I see the wisdom in it. Unfortunately I donโ€™t know how to tell if my practice is perfect. Or even adequate sometimes. Do you have any advice on evaluating when its time to put more hours in and when itโ€™s time to start over?

  7. Thanks for being part of this collaboration!! I have now watched all the "mistakes" videos and have learned so much! Now to just keep on working on my drawings and really finishing them. I love using colored pencils too. I've watched a few of your videos but this one got me to subscribe! LOL Love it. Thank you for the great advice!

  8. I almost always have 4 to 6 projects going at one time so I can put one away for a few days when it's getting on my last nerve but I know it's not done yet. I just wanted to say thanks Lisa for all you do. I've been following you for a while and what I've learned has been invaluable! I just got juried into a local gallery a couple of weeks ago and I would never have even had the nerve to try had it not been for you and all the other people on YouTube and Patreon and the multitude of art groups on Facebook who so freely give your time and knowledge to those of us just beginning our art journey. A very heartfelt Thank You!!

  9. Great video! I have a question: How exactly do you make yourself take longer on drawings? Usually my portrait work would take 2 or 3 hours at most. Its really interesting to think of it in terms of not being finished. But how do I get past that "finish" point? Is it a case of just slowing myself down? Or just keep doing more and more details?

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  11. Totally get what you're saying Lisa, but how do you balance spending enough time to make it awesome vs continuing to fiddle and overworking it? That's my biggest mistake. ๐Ÿ™

  12. Found you via Mind of Watercolour and MD Campbell. Lovely painting of your cat. I haven't used my coloured pencils yet, but I think this advice also applies to other art forms – knowing when to stop – stop to early and it looks a bit meh and unfinished – or go the other extreme and overworking something.

  13. But, Lisa…I'm impatient. ๐Ÿ˜ Could you do a video on working through impatience and boredom? I love starting projects but once they get half done I want to start something else.

  14. Itโ€™s amazing that you are always so happy!
    This is why your videos entertain me. Most artists are very straight forward on YouTube but your videos are actually fun to watch.
    Thank you ๐Ÿ˜Š I subscribed and liked!!

  15. This is so true Lisa! I am currently drawing a cat in colored pencil, and I recently wanted so bad to see it finished that I almost tried to rush through it before going to bed. Thank God I stopped myself and just went to bed, I totally would have ruined it. I donโ€™t think I am an impatient person, but the thing is I donโ€™t have much time to draw as I am in med school ๐Ÿ™ but Iโ€™m making time every weekend to keep clocking those extra hours of work into it ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿผ

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