Coloured pencil drawing step-by-step

Imagine you could watch Peter and Carol drawing step by step and learn their thought processes as an image progresses. Well, you can by checking out these step-by-step articles!

We also link the drawing step-by-step pages from various other sections of the site, but this page draws them altogether so that you can find them easily. 

Dry Coloured Pencil Tutorials

The fruit bowl

A still life fruit bowl - Peter leads you through this drawing step-by-step, a tutorial ideal for beginners to coloured pencils

The Sweet Jar

A lesson on using black paper and coloured pencils. Learn to draw glass with Peter.

Rectory Garden

Draw a garden view with a brick archway

Wild Cat NEW!

Learn how to draw fur textures in this realistic drawing of a cat.

The Bowerman Stone

Two drawings from the same image of the Bowerman Stone on Dartmoor, Devon. Guidelines for drawing the texture of weathered rocks along with a moorland background are shown. Watercolour pencils were used for the early stages of the landscape with the stones worked in wax based pencils. 

Tavy Rocks

A rural English landscape, again from Devon, this time in the Peter Tavy/Mary Tavy area. This project shows a river scene with a large tree with overhanging branches. It is worked in polychromos pencils. 

Watercolour pencil tutorials

Grand Union Canal

Grand Union Canal - an exercise using watercolour pencils and then dry colour on top. It shows a scene with a bridge, a traditional narrow boat and water reflections. PDF file available to download. 

Coventry Canal

Coventry Canal - another image using watercolour pencils to develop this rural scene of trees, grasses and water as the canal winds through Staffordshire. PDF file available to download. 

Polperro Harbour

An exercise in line and wash with watercolour pencils. The drawing step by step covers trees, buildings and boats in this Cornish harbour.

Cours Mirabeau, Aix En Provence 

A busy French street scene in watercolour pencils, first published on the Pencil Topics forum.

Italian Street Scene

This watercolour pencil tutorial features an Italian street scene

Scottish hillside

A quick demonstration using watercolour pencils to create a soft background to this rural Scottish landscape.

Brokken Bridge

A scene from Yorkshire of an old packhorse bridge worked in watercolour pencils. 

Country Lane

This country lane tutorial illustrates an underpainting in wet watercolour pencil with the same pencils, used dry, worked over the top. 

Venice Grand Canal

Another drawing step by step completed in the early part of 2017. This view of the Rialto Fish Market in Venice from the Grand Canal was completed three times, using different pencils on the same type of cold pressed watercolour paper. PDF files of the references are available to download and the page summarises the work completed with Derwent Watercolour Pencils. 

Pastel Pencil Drawing step by step

Pastel pencil beginners tutorial

A simple vase makes a great beginners tutorial illustrating the use of pastel pencils.

Annecy Reflections

A canal drawing step by step in pastel pencil, commissioned by Caran d'Ache. 

Mixed Media Tutorials

Cottage Entrance

A mixed media exercise on black paper using pastel and coloured pencils. 


Abbey of Bellapais mixed media drawing using coloured pencil and pastel pencil. 


An extended illustration of the development of a landscape drawing step by step involving buildings and trees worked in both coloured pencil and watercolour pencils. 

This was originally worked by an online group over several months and the notes are a summary of the pages of record of the online discussion. PDF files are available should you wish to work along with this drawing step by step. A shortened set of notes in a pdf file can be downloaded and printed off to assist you. 

Peters finished drawing of Allerford

Student step by steps by Daryl Cogavin


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