I've noticed a lot of artists I follow on Instagram use red pencil when they make sketches. Can anyone fill me in on the reason for this? I think it looks great - just wondering where this idea came from and why it's a thing. Have tried looking around on google for answers but there seem to be a lot of conflicting opinions. Here are some examples from artist Rik Lee: Thanks!
Well, I assume that trend of using red, or blue, started from people who uses colored pencils in initial, rough sketch drawings. When you use it in combination with graphite pencils, it’s easier to distinct refined graphite lines, when you draw them upon rough sketches done with (not so prominent) red. Practically, it’s simulating layers of Photoshop. 😊 Digitally, I would simply drop opacity of rough sketch, and draw more prominent lines in layer above. Why people using just the reds? It looks good. 😊 I’m not sure, I rarely do that. But, I assume that is because colored pencils preforming similarly to graphite pencils, in the way of gradation, layering, range of values, they smudge less in compare to graphite. Also, they don’t have that “graphite shine” so expressed. I mean that reflection which graphite leaves when you press hard soft graphite pen and fill the area with it. These are my assumptions, maybe someone more experienced with colored pencils would give you better answer…. :)