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How to draw a realistic chocolate bar using pencil colours ?

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Heet Bhavsar is Rad Educator for Colour Pencil Sketching.

This is a simple step by step guide to drawing Fiesta bar using the cheapest material

Materials Required:

• Fabercastell Bi-color pencil color set of 18

• Gelly roll white gel pen

• Grey-toned Sheet

• Apsara white glass marker pencil

Step 1: Understanding the Material and the Object you want to draw

A grey sheet is used for realistic drawing of objects using pencil colours as this gives the perfect base for light and shadow effects. Also, highlights can be created in a better way.

The first step to drawing 3-D objects, is to understand all three dimensions - length, width and height. While drawing 3-D objects, height is created using shadows and highlights. Perspective and proportion also play an important part here.

Selection of reference is a very important part; make sure the angle that you select has a proper, single-directional light on it. There are no rules as such, you can choose any angle; but if you are a beginner, selecting an angle with regular proportions is best.

The light source can be above your object to get good highlights and shadows.

Step 2: Drawing the object

I use the grid method to get the exact proportions for my realistic drawing. You can choose to draw free-hand if you are an expert or want to practice sketching. Draw grid on your reference and drawing sheet both. Number the grid and draw your object accordingly.

Don't shade, but try to draw as many details as you can.

Step 3: Adding the First Layer

My reference was a fiesta chocolate bar.

After completing the drawing of the object, I began working on the base layer. To do that you have to go for grey, light grey, and white normal pencil color and white gel pen.

The edges of the wrapper has different section, fill it patiently with grey colour pencil and blend it with white pencil to bring a glossy effect. The areas with maximum highlight can be done directly with white colour pencil, without using any grey. Use a white gel pen; to add highlights where ever required.

The base layer of wrapper is done using white colour, glass marker and white gel pen.

Step 4 : Adding Details

When it comes to realistic drawing using colour pencils, the trick is to use layers and then merge. Fill the other parts of the wrapper. Make sure to observe the outlines, highlights and shadows properly and try creating all that you see on your paper.

Give depth to the golden curve by using chocolate brown color and small line from a white gel pen. Also notice the thickness and thinness of every line.

Using different shades of brown, add details in the bar. Use light brown colour pencil to blend and dark brown to add shadows. For highlights use white gel pen.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

Now, we need to add shadows and little details that we might have missed.

The trick is simple, white colour pencil for basic highlights, glass marker for more and white gel pen to create focus points.

For the text part, fill it with red and black colour pencil and use white gel pen for the highlights on the border of the text. For every part, fill the base layer with the colour, then use a darker shade for shadows and details, and add highlights with different tools that are already mentioned. Completed the lemon and wheat, added highlights and shadows.

For the shadows, I use a charcoal pencil and graphite pencil. Blend it completely. Here, I've retained the texture of the paper in the shadow as I liked its effect.

After completing the drawing, crosscheck with your reference and make sure you haven't left any details.

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