Hey Tombow fans! I’m Katie! Today, I am here to show you how to create a colored pencil galaxy! We all know that Tombow’s Dual Brush Pens make for a really easy galaxy (Just check out all of the galaxy tutorials here on the blog). Did you know that you can also draw galaxies with Tombow’s Irojiten Colored Pencils? It’s a little more time consuming, but absolutely worth it!
- Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils – I used colors from volumes: 5, 7, & 8.
- Tombow MONO Drawing Pen 05
- Mixed media paper
- White acrylic paint and tiny paint brush
Sketch out your design. Then, ink it using the MONO Drawing Pens. I like the 05 tip size for a bolder line. I’ll be sketching my galaxy inside this girls hair. You can also just draw a galaxy by itself. Whatever you like!
Start with the lightest colors. I used Cameo Pink and Plastic Pink. We’ll be slowly building up the colors in layers, so color lightly without too much pressure. The Irojiten Colored Pencils are high quality, wax-based and artist grade pencils. So, they layer super smoothly!
Deepen the colors by adding dark shades and layering the colors. Again, still working with light pressure.
Now blend the colors by adding a bit more pressure. I like to use lighter colors over the darker areas to blend them a bit.
Continue until you fill your shape.
Use white acrylic paint and a small paintbrush to add stars. Create crosses for big stars or flick the paint across the page for smaller stars.
What do you think? The Irojiten Colored Pencils layer so beautifully for galaxies! You can also use this technique for abstract designs and backgrounds. If you try this tutorial make sure to tag @tombowusa and @studio.katie so we can see your work!
Check out these posts from the Tombow archives for more colored pencil projects: