Fearless Friday, Sunflower Scarecrow


How do you feel about colored pencils?

When I first started drawing, I loved to use colored pencils and markers

They are still favorite mediums,

You have great control, and many options to achieve different effects


It was so hot at the beach last week, I couldn’t even paint on the porch 😅

so I stayed inside, watching the US Open tennis tournament

and had  fun drawing this happy scarecrow vignette





I started with a pencil sketch




I looked at fall photos on Pinterest and combined images I liked into this vignette





I don’t always do a pencil sketch, but since this was going to be a complex subject, I wanted to be able to bring things backward or forward as the drawing progressed, by erasing or adding lines





When I was happy with the sketch,

I went over it in ink with a .01 micron pen and then erased the pencil






Then I began coloring the face with orange, light ochre, yellow, salmon, and terra cotta pencils





I used light strokes in the areas where I wanted to see texture and then in the darker areas and shadows I applied more pressure to create deeper, smoother color





The same colors were used for the straw hair with the addition of a darker brown





The sunflower center is a mixture of smooth and rough blends,

and the petals are blends of several yellows and orange





I used a larger tip black micron pen to add dots to the sunflower center





Next, the darker areas of the hat were colored in, using pressure and layers for smooth color, while the lighter areas are indicated with lighter strokes





The other sunflowers were colored with the same method as on the hat






The leaves were colored with several shades of green

Try creating color gradients by starting with light pressure

then gradually going darker with more pressure or visa versa

Smooth areas are created by scumbling,* pressure, and/or layering colors

*Scumbling is drawing tiny circles next to or on top of each other, creating a solid block of color






The pumpkin got layers of yellow, orange, and brown

 the highlights are emphasized with very light areas






And darker areas form the recesses and shadows




I continued to color in the other pumpkins and leaves in this same method, using a blend of several different colors, and then added a light brown ground, using more pressure on the darker recessed areas




Almost done,

Time for his shirt and kerchief





“Sunflower Scarecrow” 9″ x 12″ colored pencil and ink on mixed media paper



Colored Pencil Tips:

Get a good portable pencil sharpener to keep with your pencils.  I use this Derwent 2-1 sharpener & eraser here

Just like any art supply, try to get artist quality pencils, the difference is so worth the price

I use Primacolor pencils, they come in a wide range of colors and sets, the leads are fairly soft and blend really well

Prismacolor pencils sets available on Amazon here, available on Dick Blick {free shipping over $35} here and Jerry’s Artarama {free shipping over $35} here

You can read more about colored pencil tips and techniques here





Do you like to use colored pencils?

I really enjoy doing this method, very relaxing!

Have fun and Be Fearless!


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26 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Sunflower Scarecrow”
  1. Julie says:

    Hi Jenna, oh your scarecrow pencil drawing is so awesome and perfect for fall. I love how easy you make it all look! Have a nice Friday and weekend.
    Julie xo

  2. Jenna, your vignette of scarecrow, pumpkins, and sunflowers is so adorable. You do make it look easy with your talent. Happy Weekend as we continue to simmer in the South!

  3. This is too adorable for words!

  4. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, my, Jenna! I love this Scarecrow picture. The colors just jump right off the page, and his expression is such a happy one. Bravo! Thank you for the tutorial. I love how you shade and add texture step-by-step. You are truly gifted.

  5. Michelle says:

    That is adorable!!!

  6. pattyanneart says:

    Awesome, Jenna!! 🧡🌻🎃
    I’ve always loved colored pencils. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with them. Happy Friday!

    • thanks Patty Anne, I usually only use them with markers or watercolor but I really enjoyed using them by themselves, they do blend and layer very well, but it does take longer than paint…

  7. He is adorable! I need to dig out my supplies!

  8. lulu says:

    When I was a kid colored pencils were a treasure. I still have some and use them in a variety of ways not including drawing!

  9. Anonymous says:

    This is an adorable Fall scarecrow…and I’m sure it will sell on pillows for sure!

  10. Jill Kuhn says:

    Your scarecrow turned out adorable, Jenna!! Wow! 🍂🌻
    I love color pencils! 😊

  11. Nancy says:

    Wow! Loved how you made this from start to finish!

  12. Mary says:

    Your sunflower scarecrow is just adorable Jenna! Thanks for the smiles this morning! 🌻

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