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Published on Dec. 1st 2015

At EmptyEasel our goal is to publish helpful tutorials for both new and professional artists—without any of the vague or confusing "artspeak" common to the art world.

Sounds nice, right? :)

Even better, our writers are all talented artists themselves, and often include their own step-by-step images for each tutorial. If you're an artist looking to improve your craft, feel free to explore. I guarantee you'll get something great out of EE!

How do you know which colors to use for colored pencil drawings?

More specifically, how do you know which colors make the best underdrawings? There are probably many different answers to this question, but today I'll be sharing my own simple, fun solution that should help in almost any situation.

First, though, here's an explanation of underdrawings.

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Each of these services make it simpler for artists to display, promote, and sell art online, and we're working on doing even more in the coming year (so stay tuned!)

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In the following video, Dianne Mize demonstrates how to paint those important changes in contrast between the foreground and background of a landscape, to give an impression of distance. Take a look!

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