Leprechaun Drawing with Colored Pencil Techniques

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Take your leprechaun drawing lesson beyond just a cute leprechaun and turn it into a lesson about shading and creating form. 
 
 

Make a Leprechaun Drawing

 

Add a Base Color to the Skin

Step by step demo on how to draw a leprechaun.
Use your choice of drawing page to draw a leprechaun.  I’m using Expressive Monkey’s Leprchaun Choice Drawing page. Next, I went over the lines of the leprechaun with a Sharpie marker.
 
Color the skin with the skin color of your choice. (More about dark tones below.) Use a darker skin tone to add some shading along the side opposite the light source. The darker color will make the face look more rounded and give it some form.

 

 

 Use a Brown to Add Shading

adding skin tone to the face of the leprechaun drawing
Add shading under the nose and inside the ears.  Add shading under the eyebrow and along the side of the nose opposite the light source.  Add shading under the lower lip.

 

Use a Warm Color, Cool Color, and Eraser

adding warm colors, cool colors, and highlights
 
Warm and cool colors can make the skin tone more interesting.  Use a warm color where the light bounces off skin or orange hair.  For example, use a warm color like red or orange to add some color to the shadows where skin reflects skin (or orange hair). 
 
Use a cool color in shadows.  For this leprechaun, I used blue in the shadows in the remaining areas. 
 
The skin is lightest where the light is hitting it, such as the nose, cheeks, forehead, and chin.  This is called a highlight.  Use an eraser to lighten areas that stick out. 
 
Give the cheeks a glow.  Use a warm color like pink to add some extra color to the cheeks.

 

Layer Greens to Make Clothes

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Start with a light green as a first layer.  Color heaviest on the side nearest the light source (on the right in the example). Then use a darker green for the top layer. Color it heaviest opposite the light source (on the left, in the example).
 
You can get the drawing pages that I used from 

 

Making Darker Skin 

Step by step demo on how to draw a leprechaun.
To make a darker skin color, I like to start with a peach base color and layer yellow ocher (or dark yellow) on top. Layering the colors seems to give the drawing more depth and makes the color more interesting.
 
 
In the second frame, I’m added a light brown over the entire face making it darker in the shadows. As a result, you are starting to see the face look more 3-dimensional. 
 
Then, use a darker brown to achieve the level of darkness that matches your goal by slowly building up the layers of brown.  Make the brown darker inside the ear, under the rim of the hat, and on the side of the face and nose opposite the light source.  Adding more darks on one side gives the leprechaun more form.

 

Adding Warm and Cool Colors

Step by step demo on how to draw a leprechaun.
You can add some pink to the checks to bring your leprechaun to life.  Use some blue in the shadows to give them a cool cast.  In the last frame, you can see all the colors that I used placed in the order I used them.  
 
 
You can get the drawing pages that I used from 
 
I used Prismacolor colored pencils (affiliate link) for this demonstration.  

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A smiling cartoon leprechaun with a big nose, ears sticking out, red curly hair, and a top hat with a buckle. The leprechaun was colored using colored pencils. The text says, "Colored Pencil - Leprechaun Drawing."
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Stacey Peters

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I create engaging drawing resources that help students build confidence and express themselves through art. I'm a former elementary art teacher of 25 years turned business owner. Giving you the tools you need to bring more drawing into your classroom brings me joy.

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