What to draw?
What to draw? You may be full of ideas or you may find it difficult. The simplest answer is to draw what YOU love. Don't try to copy anyone else, (unless you absolutely love their style or want to learn from them - and I will be adding a page about the do's and don'ts of copying, but basically don't share in public or sell anything you have copied without permission from the original artist or photographer), don't feel that you have to wade through hours of practising cross hatching or drawings apples or spheres - unless you want to - in which case jump right in, don't spend hours trying to draw cars if you love birds, or trying to draw cats if you love landscapes. Colored pencil work is slow, very slow, it is vital that you love what you are working on. When I began seriously looking into working with colored pencil I felt totally deflated by the insistence of nearly every book and article that I start off by drawing a sphere. I understand where they are coming from, but it is soooo boring.
I read a lot of books, I watched some videos, but really you learn through doing and practise. The best advice I could give is this:
1. Draw what you love
2. Start small, because colored pencil is so slow a piece 8x10" could take easily forty hours, go smaller, perhaps 6x6". But.....
3. DON'T try to fit lots into a small space. If you want to draw faces, draw just an eye or a mouth, if you love cars, draw just a wheel or a grill, if you love nature don't draw a tree, make it a leaf. That way you get the pleasure of working all the detail without the pain of watching a picture take weeks to complete. You need to give yourself incentive. With small pictures you quickly see your progress from one piece to the next. You have a small, but beautiful finished piece you can show to your friends. And the details that you pick up and learn from make it so much easier when you start to work larger pieces.
4. Above all else ENJOY IT! If you are getting tired or bored, stop. Come back to it when you are in the right frame of mind. You will never love a piece that you rushed through.