Koh-I-Noor Polycolour Artists Coloured Pencils are designed to include all the pencils you need to draw fine-art portraits. Each set contains shades of artist quality, water-resistant coloured pencils, all of which have an excellent to very good lightfastness rating.

The top quality colours contain dense and evenly dispersed pigments that are carefully selected from renowned producers across the globe. They make unique marks beautifully on paper (or on any other another medium) and can be used to build up delicate layers (moving from light to dark) without the necessity of high pressure. Additionally, they can be blended with a tortillon or colourless blender to create a range of effects.

With 3.8 mm leads, the pencils boast longevity that makes them great value for money and because they are made from noble fir wood they are easy to sharpen.

Follow the tips below to expirement with these beautiful pencils and learn some techniques.

You'll need:


  • Koh-I-Noor Polycolour Arists Coloured Pencils (we used the tin of 24)
  • Micador For Artists Rains Watercolour Paper  


  • Continue adding darks to help describe the form more (blue and purple in the bottom layers and for the shadows where the pieces overlapped, causing shadow).
  • Add directional lines to help the coloured drawing appear 3 dimensional.
  • Lighten the green with yellow on the left hand side towards the top.

Sketch the subject

First you must sketch your subject. We sketched an artichoke on Micador For Artists Rains Watercolour Paper (300gms). You will have the opportunity to still correct your drawing in Step 2.

Start to add colour

We started with purple (3800/13). Make sure your pencils are sharp and work on the appropriate areas. Apply colour lightly in small circles. I also tried to be sympathetic to the form of the object.

Add the green tones

After we finished with the purple areas, we started to work back over those areas adding more tone and detail. Following thisweI started to work on the green areas using the 3800/22.

Add the blue tones

Start to introduce blue 3800/17 to the purple areas to create darker tones and more detail. Continue to work lightly in most areas so as not to fill the tooth of the paper too quickly. Start to introduce some darker green (3800/25) and yellows (3800/3 and 3800/4).
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