Blending Faber-Castell Oil Base Color Pencils
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Blending Faber-Castell Oil Base Color Pencils

Use Oil Base color pencils to blend new colors and color in a juicy red pepper.
Craft Time: 30-60 minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Faber Castell Art Grip Color Pencils Tin of 12
  • Smooth Drawing Paper
  • Sharpener
  • Eraser
  • Pepper Image

Project Instructions

Lightly draw the outline of the pepper with the brown pencil.

Continue to shade in the parts of the pepper that are in shadow. In this example we used strokes that all go in the same direction. These straight parallel lines are called “hatching”, which is one of the basic techniques of color pencil. You can also “cross-hatch” to build up volume and color. With cross-hatching you place other parallel lines at different angles overlapping the first set of lines. This can be done with one or more colors. Leave the lighter parts of the object uncolored.

Starting with the lighter colors, #104, #109 and #187 add more strokes to the pepper, overlapping the original lines and filling in new areas.

Use the two red pencils #126 and #118 to develop the dominant color of the pepper.

Add in strokes of the blues, # 147 and #151 to create depth and shadow.

For the pepper stem, use the green and yellow pencils # 104, #162 and #166.

Accent the shadow of the pepper on the table surface using the blue #151 and dark red #126 pencils.

You can continue to add more color to deepen and enrich the drawing.

Burnish the color by rubbing it with a soft cloth or tissue. This pushes the color into the paper and allows you to add even more layers of color.

Erase areas that you want to lighten.

Darken the shadows on the pepper and stem with the brown # 176 and black #199 pencils.

Selectively outline parts of the pepper and stem that you want to accent and emphasize.

Fill in the backdrop to show the line between the table and the wall behind it. This will situate the pepper in space and ground it so it is not floating in the air.


In this lesson we illustrated a bright red pepper but you can use apples, pears and other fruit or simple objects like pots, boxes or jars.


We placed it at eye level with the light source coming from above. Notice how the shadow falls and the top of the pepper has strong highlights. You can vary the vantage point by placing the object higher, lower, etc. so you see it from above, below, or sideways.