Fashion Illustration – 2

How to give holographic effect with Staedtler Pencils

When people hear about holographic and iridescence effects it’s often used to describe colour shifting flecks that shine or pick up light.

On sheets, it’s usually done with the help of photo colors or water colors because with great amout of water it mixes gracefully but the drawbacks of doing with them are (I) It’s difficult to set your hand with it (II) Colors which are not complementary to each other can get mixed giving the whole new pattern

With Staedtlers, it’s easy to put different shades in areas we want.

There are 4 basic types of hologram:

1) Standard

2) Peach

3) Neon

4) Rainbow

You drop one color, and it’ll give you a whole different print.


Choose the right colors
– First thing which you should know about hologram is that it’s full of colors and different sets of shades gives a different print.

Start by taking the darkest hue and render anywhere you want. (Not too close, not too far)

Take a complementary(opposite-in this case, Yellow) hue of the above and start mixing with it.

Step 4
Take a monochromatic color(tints-in this case, pink) of Step 2 and fill the void by leaving out some space.

Render the left out places with a color of different family(in this case-green)

The most important step. Take a very less amount of water and smudge the colors by tapping and sliding gently. Do not be harsh otherwise the dominant color will take up rest of the colors.

Let it dry properly, take a white pen and highlight the areas accordingly.

That’s it, your holographic effect is ready. Do not lose hope if it doesn’t come out right at first, keep practicing!

DOs and DON’Ts

– Do not left it without taking the help of water.

– Do not take step7 for granted. Highlighting is important

– Try to smudge everything at one go.

– Pair the hues properly. (Like Pink+Blue)

This is the end result!!

I turned them into bookmarks, haha!

Okayyy, so, Thanks for reading! Hope you’ll learn something from it.

If you’re planning on trying this then do not forget to send me a picture.

📩 or DM me on instagram (_riyanarula_)

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