So, I've been posting some WIPS of a piece that I'm working on currently. At first I was taking pics after every single layer of color and it was getting to be frustrating. It was eating up a lot of time, not to mention the fact that these are supposed to be WIPS, not a tutorial. *sheepish grin* Now I won't be taking as many pics and the differences should be more readily apparent.
Colored pencils are an area that I'm very comfortable with and I'll admit a bit of snobbery when it comes to them. I prefer wax based pencils. I detest colored pencils that erase. They feel chalky as they lay down color on the paper and I haven't found them to be nearly as transparent as wax based ones. I can get some really rich colors with wax based pencils that I haven't gotten with other pencils.
There are also other methods of laying down the color. Unless I am really going for a texture where direction of fiber or fur, or feathers, are specific and obvious, I prefer to layer by using circular strokes. I found that helps the colors and layers blend better and really gives a smoother, more uniform color. Finicky is a good example of that smoothness.
I don't always use a colorless blender pencil either. I know they make blending markers for colored pencils, but I found them messy (smelly too) with a tendency to look smeary. Often times I will just use the base color to blend the other colors together. That lets me build up more color layers if I want them and I usually do. I prefer going for photographic quality with my pencils instead of impressionistic or sketchy. (Sketchy meaning unfinished, not shady or questionable.)
Anyway, I should be posting more WIPS as I go along. It should be interesting to see how it all comes together.
"Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures." -Henry Ward Beecher