Concentrate on the basics. If you are just starting to color, keep things simple. Forget shading, burnishing, details and texture _ start off by block coloring and concentrating on keeping between the lines. Block coloring is simply the practice of taking your colored pencil and filling an area completely and evenly with that color. Get to know your pencil, feel the weight of it and practice control. Simply filling those spaces with color whilst trying not to go beyond the lines will help you master control and prime you for learning more advanced techniques.
Get even! Producing a nice even color with your coloring pencil is all down to pressure. Push harder on your page for darker coloring, applying little pressure will producer a much lighter color. It is tempting to put lots of pressure on the pencil to produce the darkest color _ don't do it! Too much pressure will likely cause you to break your pencil leads, produce a scratchy finish to your coloring and give you less control. Instead, try applying your pencil with a little less pressure and use small circular motions with the pencil to get an even finish.