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Practicing with the Pencil

To warm up for sketching, let’s choose a color and draw a variety of practice marks with the Pencil tool. For the look of colored pencil, I used the Pencil with a dark brown color. The Pencil draws natural-looking lines with subtle texture. Choose the Pencil (far left tool) in the Toolbar. Then tap the Color icon to open the Color Themes as shown in Figure 3, and choose a color. For my practice marks, I chose a dark brown.

Figure 3

Figure 3 The Color Themes panel is open. Tap a color to choose it.

Have fun while making expressive marks to get acquainted with the Pencil. Figure 4 shows examples of some of the kinds of marks I used to develop shaded values in my sketch. Practice sketching curved and angled parallel lines; varied hatching; and loose, small squiggles as shown.

Figure 4

Figure 4 Sketching lines, hatching, and squiggles.

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