How to Draw


How to Add Color to Drawings
A kick of color makes this little red caboose drawing look polished.
A kick of color makes this little red caboose drawing look polished.
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The last step in learning how to draw is adding color.

Use the first illustration in each article as your guide. Feel free to use crayons, colored pencils or markers. If you're feeling especially creative, you can even try watercolors or chalk.

Start by adding the main color, gently adding darker colors to areas that would be in shadows or less light (generally toward the bottom or underneath the shapes). This is called shading.

After shading is complete, add lighter colors where more light would be (usually on the top areas of the shapes, where sunlight would naturally hit them). This is called highlighting. Shading and highlighting help the drawing look more realistic.

Once you fill in all the colors and are pleased with your drawing, you're finished. Way to go!­

Now that you know the basics, you're ready to try your hand at drawing. We've assembled a list of our most popular drawing topics on the next page to get you started.­

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