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Colored Pencil Tips & Techniques:

Vertical Line Technique

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A technique that colored pencil artist Ann Kullberg created, by placing a vertical line stroke next to another continuously and consistently. A great technique for achieving photo realistic skin tones and texture.


Vertical Line example

Vertical Line technique example. The example was created using layers of dark green - light pressure to heavy pressure.


Vertical Line Technique

I completed this portrait at one of Ann Kullberg's workshops. It was my very first attempt at drawing a portrait, using the vertical line technique. I didn't quite get a chance to finish it, but I was able to get more photo realistic than I have ever before. I highly recommend her workshops - you will learn a lot!

Ann also has some great portrait tools and kits to get you started on learning the vertical line technique.

A must have tool is Ann's Portrait Tool Set - Multimedia Instruction

In addition Ann's book Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step is a must have to add to your colored pencil library collection.

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Keep on Creating!

Colored Pencil Artist Carol Moore