So, I've been getting back into drawing pegasi, lately. It's been a while, and I finally have the time and motivation, which is exciting.
I still like to use, and only use, colored pencils, and I keep realizing I don't actually know how to use the colored pencils in a way that makes the drawing look realistic. And I love realism. Usually I'm great at it if I use a regular graphite pencil. Here's an example:
When I draw the sketch for a drawing I'll later use colored pencils for, it usually turns out great, and mostly realistic. For example:
But then I use colored pencils and it all gets weird. Somehow it looks less realistic, and I can't seem to get the highlights right, and I don't know how to fix it. Here's the colored pencil finish of the sketch:
I don't know what to do. I want to use colored pencils because I want my drawings to be in color, but I don't know how to improve my skills to make it look more realistic.
Does anyone have any tips? Or maybe suggestions for videos/books/websites I could look at that might help me improve?