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Art Media: A Pencil Scene
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Art Media: A Pencil Scene
Created by: Prof

In this tutorial I am going to illustrate some Art Media Colored Pencil techniques to draw a winter scene. As a rule one colors with black on white. In this tutorial I am going to use the technique of white on black.

Introductory Remarks

As I have said in my earlier tutorials on using the Art Media tools, one will initially need to practice and practice and practice to develop techniques for drawing. Thus, there are no simple steps that one follows to produce a picture. The real fun of using Art Media and developing a technique is that what is created is truly one's own great artwork. In this tutorial I will describe the steps I took for creating a winter scene. Although one can use a mouse, I use a tablet and stylus for greater control of the strokes.

New Image     Materials Palette - Materials Box  Materials Solid Color Option

Art-Media Colored Pencil Tool (PSP 9)

Canvas and Background

I began with a 300 x 300 pixel Art Media Canvas using the 'Paper Fine' canvas texture and enabling the fill color set to White. I found that when I wanted to draw white on black starting with a white canvas and then filling it with a black pencil edge produced some interesting textured results.

I set the Foreground Material in the Materials palette to Solid Color = Black and used the Art Media Colored Pencil tool. I used these values to draw the background which was done by dragging softly and slowly across the canvas first at the top, then at the bottom. I repeated the strokes until I achieved a background look I wanted:
– Shape = Round
– Size = 200
– Thickness = 1
– Rotation = 0
– Head tracking = Fixed angle
– Style = Edge
– Softness = 0
– Trace = unchecked

Hint: After setting the new canvas, drag the corners out to have transparent sides surrounding the canvas. Using a Thickness of 1 and a Brush Size of 200 is much easier to do with the image window larger than the painting canvas. Also, starting with light strokes and building up the color allows for better determining results.


Art-Media Colored Pencil Tool (PSP 9)     Art-Media Smear Tool (PSP 9)     Art-Media Art Eraser Tool (PSP 9)

Snow Scape

Hint: Although one can draw everything on a single layer, I found using separate layers for specific parts of the scene helpful since I am not a real artist. When I make mistakes that need to be undone it is easier on a separate layer since I can always delete what I was doing and then start drawing again.

I continued with the same settings except I lowered the Size to about 50. I also set the Foreground Materials to White. Although one could also set Textures in the Materials Palette, I wanted just a Solid Color.

I started drawing with an arc stroke to get snow drifting and drew with a very light stroke to allow some of the black background to show through (top illustration on the left). I then used the Smear Brush with Shape set to Round, Size set to about 50 and Thickness set to 100 to smooth out the shading of the snow scape.

I then used the Eraser tool with the Size set to 1 and made eraser lines in the snow scape to give it some dimension. I finished up using the Smear Brush again, this time Size set to 200, Thickness set to 1, and quickly dragged the brush once from side to side (lower illustration on the left).

Hint: One can repeat any of these steps to create a snow scape: Use the Colored Pencil set to white to draw the snow, Smear Brush to soften it and Eraser tool to get some dimension by allowing the lower layer to show through.


Fir Trees

I wanted a fairly large fir tree which would appear as fairly close to the front of the drawing and a number of small fir trees in the background area of the snow scape to give a bit of depth to the drawing.

The values I used for my Colored Pencil are:
– Size = 1
– Head tracking = Track path
– Style = Tip
– Softness = 100

For all trees I started at the top. The stroke basically is a single line from the tree center to its edge. On some occassions I would draw from the edge back to the center to create a triangle-like stroke area. I worked from top to bottom center to one side, then center to other side and finished with strokes slanting down center down and slightly to either side.

I started with the Foreground Material set to Solid Color = Black. I then set the Foreground Material to Color = White and used small strokes again in a similar fashion as I did with the black pencil. I finished up by again setting the Foreground Material to Color = Black and touched up the trees.

Again, I made one tree large and near the foreground of the canvas and the set of fir trees very small as a backdrop. The illustrations show the three steps I used to get the trees.



I then drew a snowman in the foreground. I initially used white, then shaded the body and head with a very light black stroke, using the Edge Style, then smudged the body and head. I went over the snowman body with white, black and smudging until I achieved the look I wanted.

Then I drew the hat, eyes and nose, buttons, arms (as sticks), and the scarf. For these features I used a Size of 1, Style = Tip and a Softness of 100. Whenever I made mistakes in a feature I used the Art Media Eraser and re-did the feature.



I wanted to get an effect of falling snow. Even though the canvas texture has an appearance of snow itself, by using the Edge Style I created a top layer for the snow. I then set the Size = 3, Head Tracking = Track Path, Style = Tip and Softness = 100. I used a white foreground color. Then I just tapped the canvas to create snow flakes. I did this all over the canvas so that snow would appear to be falling on the trees and the snowman.

I finished up by signing my drawing on a separate layer. I used the Colored Pencil with a Size of 1 and a Softness of 100. When finished I ultimately lowered the layer opacity to blend the signature into the drawing.


The final illustration is an initial black-and-white drawing which I then colored with the Pencil tool. Although it is slightly different than the black-and-white rendition (I drew the scene again) it will show how a drawing can't be truly duplicated, just created.

Enjoy. – Prof –