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Guide to sketching a cold drink can using colour pencil

Updated: Feb 14, 2022

Rad Educators is a 1-year program intended to help beginner artists learn step-by-step techniques from professional artists across different mediums. This is in no way sponsored or promoted by any particular Art Brand.

Heet Bhavsar is Rad Educator for Colour Pencil Sketching.

Step 1: Understanding material and object you want to draw

The purpose of using a grey-toned sheet for realistic colour pencil work is that it creates a perfect base for light and shadow effects.

For understanding the object, you need to study the material, texture, parts and layers of the object.

The next step after choosing the object is to create a good reference. For this, click multiple pictures of the object from different angles. Change the composition and try several frames. Now, choose the image that shows the best view of the object and has a balanced light and shadow play. Always put a light above the object to get proper highlights and shadows.

Step 2 : Draw the Object

I use the grid method to draw the object. For this, you need to draw a grid on your reference picture. There are many mobile applications or drawing grid makers that you can use to draw a grid on your reference too.

Grid Method minimises the errors. Count the number of boxes on your reference and draw an equal number of boxes on your drawing sheet. Number the boxes, so it is easy for you to start drawing.

Draw the object by following the boxes.

Step 3: Sketching the base layer

To draw a realistic metal surface, the base layer is very important. Base layers can be done by alcohol touch markers and watercolours too.

In this work, I've given a base with watercolour using shades of red and green. You can use alcohol ink markers or colour pencils with a light hand to create the base layer.

Not all details can be added in the base layer, but try to add details right from the first stage to get a realistic sketch at the end.

Step 4 : Adding Details for a Realistic Effect

Now its time to move forward from the base layer.

In this step, patiently observe the sketch for a few minutes and note the details in every part. Don't try to do all the details together, go part by part.

First, we begin by writing the BECK'S. Try to get the font as it is in your drawing. Fill the logo with black, grey, and silver-grey tones.

Since this is a crushed can, we have many metal folds here. For every metal fold, the topmost part reflects the very bright shade and of course, a white highlighted small curvy light. Use, a white gel pen to create that highlight.