Today I’m drawing a galaxy heart using my Prismacolor Premiere pencils. This style of drawing is normally not a drawing at all but a painting, more often than not using watercolor.
I really wanted to recreate this very popular style but using colored pencils.
You can view the full prismacolor coloring process here:
I used Adobe Photoshop to create the heart template and printed it onto strathmore toned tan paper. I really like doing digital designs and then traditionally coloring them, it truly gives you the best of both worlds.
How did I achieve this effect? I’ll list my process below.
- Adobe Photoshop
- Strathmore Toned Tan paper
- Epson XP-960 printer
- Prismacolor Premier pencils
- White water based acrylic paint
- old toothbrush
- White gel pen
With my design transferred to paper I can begin to apply color traditionally using prismacolor pencils. If you would like a step by step beginners tutorial for this method, please watch my YouTube tutorial: How to draw a galaxy using color pencils step by step
I always start with white, laying a very light layer in the pattern I’d like to become the center of the nebula. I then use my 2 lightest tones to apply equally light layers randomly around the edges. Going back to white I lightly blend the light tones into the white to create a smoother transition. This will be done multiple times throughout the process.lightly blend the light tones into the white to create a smoother transition. With Prismacolor Premier pencils you can add many many layers.
At this point I sometimes like to use a very light layer of black to define the areas that are going to be the darkest.
From here will add the mid tones, constantly going back to lighter or darker colors to blend for smooth transitions.
On this particular piece, I decided to try adding a planet as well. to do this I just used the end of a pencil extended as a circle template to draw around in white and then blended various colors of purple using a google image planet reference.
After finishing my colors with pencils I use an old tooth brush dipped into some water based white acrylic paint and gently flick over the entire area to create many small stars.
Once it has dried, I use a white gel pen to add different variations and sizes of stars and go over the linework with a fineliner.
I hope you enjoyed reading through my process or watching the video, the original is for sale on my shop you can find it here.