Margaret writes: how do you get your blacks to be really black with colored pencils thank you.

The simple answer may seem to be “use a black pencil” but there is so much more than that!

There are two ways to make your blacks even darker.  First is by mixing other colors with it. I mix various blues and reds with my black layers. This makes them much darker and not flat like they would otherwise look.

The second is by the colors I put next to the darkest areas. If you have a very light area next to your dark, your darks will appear darker. Look at the difference between both of these blacks. They are the exact same shade. The only difference is the color around them.