Color with me – The Lake from Skymnings Timman, day one

Lets try out Derwent Procolours live this time! You’ll get my impressions as we go along but feel free to use other brands, just aim for similar shades, the exact shade really doesn’t matter. Anyway the plan is to try out Derwent Procolours and also in the end see how blender markers work on them (or work in general). So if that’s something you’re interested in, stay tuned! We’ll work in Skymnings Timman by Maria Trolle this time. By the way, feel free to request books you’d like me to visit and pencils as well, we’re not stuck with Prismas as mandatory pencils at all 🙂

Stuff used on day one:
Derwent Procolour (set of 72)
Pencils listed in order of appearance (note, no repeats in the list). Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Copper Beech
  • Burnt Yellow Ochre
  • Champagne
  • Chocolate
  • Sunset Gold
  • Cedar Green
  • Moss Green
  • Light Moss
  • Midnight Blue
  • Blue Grey
  • Spruce Green
  • Distant Green
  • Turquoise Green
  • Mineral Green
  • Nutmeg
  • Vandyke Brown
  • Sepia
  • Felt Grey
  • Sky Blue
  • Sap Green

To begin with, these pencils are much harder then Prismas, which I’ve grown very used to since I use those mainly for videos (due to the fact that most of you have Prismas). Anyway, these are a lot harder. They’re softer then Derwent Artists but definitely harder then Faber-Castell Polychromos, which they are constantly compared to. They are definitely more for people with a very light hand, which I’m not 😀 I can be but I prefer faster work when coloring, I’m not the person to spend seven hours on a background. Which is absolutely fine and dandy if you do, I just think that there’s no need to do anything I don’t really enjoy since this is a hobby and real life has those MUST-DO-THIS things way too much anyway.

Anyway. Just a little first impression of the pencils. As for the image itself, it’s a good idea to do warmer tones on the foreground tree and cooler on the back since cool shades recede and it helps to communicate that the tree on the back is farther away. Also you can totally add other shades to the leaves so they’re not really just a patch of boring green. Go even more nuts then I did, I just added a mild touch of blue and yellow but you can totally do anything you want, pink, red, purple, sky is the limit here. Trust me, they will benefit from it.

End result of day one:
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Next week we’ll continue with this and impressions of Derwent pencils. And I also have a book review in the works so see you soon!

Blending review, Letraset Promarker Blender

I’ve been working on this picture, squeezing in ten minutes here, ten there to test out how blending with a marker works. I tried a Letraset Promarker Blender here, it’s a dual tip blender, one end is a bullet point, the other an angled one. I’ll show you the result first and then I’ll tell you more about how I think it went:

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Image from Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon. The main part of the image is done with Caran D’Ache Luminance pencils and the background with Derwent Drawing in the color Chocolate.

A blender marker turned out to be quite fun. It’s different from a blender pencil in a lot of ways but at places it definitely beats the pencil. There’s a lot less elbow grease involved since you’re not blending by physically scrubbing. It also creates an effortless no-white-showing smooth look. You still have to be careful, it won’t move around the pigment all THAT much, don’t expect smooth results if you’ve been messy to begin with.

On the Caran D’Ache bit it worked a LOT better then on Derwent Drawing, probably has to do with the wax content. The more layers and buildup there is, the streakier it gets. The marker works best on lighter layers, if you get too much on the paper and try to blend it, the result is streaky. The Drawing pencils are so waxy and soft that there is only the setting of “too much” for the markers, thus the background is a miserable failure as you can see. The marker skids around and creates a streaky mess, specially on the left side where there’s more pencil laid down.

If you do a really really light layer and blend with a light hand, you can totally work more layers on top so in very specific cases, that is indeed an advantage over a blender pencil that flattens the tooth and you can’t add more. But yes, I couldn’t really work in a successful third layer, maybe you can.

Overall, marker blending is fun! I will definitely keep this handy little tool in my repertoire, it has its definite bonuses for sure but I do recommend adding a blender pencil for heavier layers and bigger areas.

Book review – Skymnings Timman by Maria Trolle

Later then I would have liked but at last I have a book review for you! Lets look at another one of the Swedish miracle artists, Maria Trolle and her new book, Skymnings Timman.

Details: Hardback, Pagina Förlag, 2017
Pages: 21.6 x 1.5 x 25.1 cm, 96 pages, nice and thick paper, double-sided
ISBN13: 9789163613685
Buy from: Printworks

This is the fourth coloring book from Maria Trolle, previous three being Blomstermandala, another Blomstermandala and Vivi Söker en Vän. While Vivi was a paperback and looked different due to it being a coloring book version to the original storybook, Skymnings Timman returns to Blomstermandala in terms of its looks with the hardback cover with gold lettering.

The paper is still the same smooth goodness Pagina always gives us, you really can’t find better paper anywhere. The images are double-sided but I haven’t experienced any issues with it, maybe you would get some bleeding with alcohol markers but those bleed through anything, care is required regardless of the paper.

This I want to say right off the bat, I LOVE that there are latin names for the flowers in the end of the book, making it really easy to Google for images of the flowers, to see what they should look like. I mean it’s no crime if you want a blue tulip for instance, go right ahead. But if you do aim for a slightly more realistic result, you might Google to find tulips aren’t usually blue 😛

The images themselves are very very sweet, I specially love the ones with hedgehogs, I have a soft spot for them. Seriously, I squealed with joy when I found out we have a hedgehog family in our yard this year 🙂 Much happiness!

Overall, I think it’s yet another winner from Maria Trolle, the cuteness factor is too much, I love it. I must say, Maria Trolle is still in my holy trinity of artists along with Hanna Karlzon and Emelie Lidehäll Öberg. I really must move to Sweden, it seems!

Color with me – Mermaid from Sagor och Sägner, day three, finishing

Yay, time to finish the Mermaid girl! Today we’ll work on the fish, the background and bubbles and finishing touches, yep, tons of white dots again. Honestly, feel free to skip them if you don’t like them, I just tend to go a bit overboard with them just cause.

Stuff used on day one:
Prismacolor Premier (set of 150)
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • 70% Cool Grey
  • 30% Cool Grey
  • 10% Cool Grey
  • Pomegranate
  • Carmine Red
  • Pink
  • Deco Pink
  • Cream
  • Dark Green
  • Kelly Green
  • Pale Sage
  • Aquamarine
  • Deco Yellow
  • Orange
  • 90% Cool Grey
  • Black
  • Copenhagen Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • True Blue
  • Non-photo Blue
  • Sky Blue Light
  • White
  • Colorless blender
  • Signo Uniball white gel pen (feel free to use just Posca or just Signo, mine just wasn’t working well so switched to Posca)
  • White Posca, size 3M

So here you have a chance to do a much better job at the background then I did. I don’t like to polish backgrounds too much, not my cup of tea and I think MY life is better spent coloring other things so I tend to like these rustic solutions. But seriously, if you like fiddling with backgrounds, do a smoother job if you prefer.

From one of the coloring groups I read a comment that sort of stuck with me. I don’t recall who it was or in which group but the gist of it was that this person wants to often quit coloring because he/she feels you have to be an artist and create super realistic results because everyone just keeps posting better and better images and you can’t just have fun. I understand the sentiment. But the more I thought about it, the more I’m convinced that my videos will remain as they are, I am not perfect, I’m not an artist and so what. I’m having fun being sloppy and careless here and there and not the most realistic apple on the tree, I hope you guys have fun as well, following along and not worrying about mistakes or what-have-you. It’s not about that, not at all. To me, this hobby is about having fun, not about creating great art that should be spotless and perfect. I hope I can get that across to you as well and not add to the pressure and stress all around.

Anyway. That aside, there are things in this image I’d work on some more, the teeth could use more contrast, deepen the black for instance and the bubbles could be better, you have the chance to polish and work on them more if you wish, I didn’t, I’m quite okay with the result as is. If you want the eyes to pop more, add some more orange and yellow to them, I liked the more subdued look this time.

And the end result:
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Hope you guys had a good time, I know I had a blast 🙂 I’ll see you next week with the next color along but I also have a book review for you before we do that so yay, stuff to wait for!


All parts of this tutorial:
Day one – skin, hair
Day two – leaves, water lilies, first fish
Day three – fish, water, bubbles, finishing touches

Book review – Absolutely Amazing Stress Relieving Wild Animals, Vivid Publishers

Today, something for those of you who love to color animals! Absolutely Amazing Stress Relieving Wild Animals by Chinthaka Herath, Vivid Publishers.

Details: Paperback, Vivid Publishers, 2017
Pages: 216 x 280 mm, 96 pages, standard Amazon paper, single-sided
ISBN10: 1546763600
ISBN13: 9781546763604
Buy from: Amazon

This is a book filled with animals of all kinds, it has 40 illustrations for you to color, all single-sided on standard Amazon paper. There is a dotted line on each page to guide you to cut out the page if are so inclined. There’s a nameplate page as well which I quite like, I rarely ever color them but I like that they’re there, color me odd. All the pages are numbered and there’s an index as well which makes it easier to find what you’re looking for, plus if you don’t know the name of a creature, you can look it up from the index. The end also has a few blank pages where you can test your mediums.

The imagery itself is something Millie Marotta’s fans might really enjoy, the animals are made of geometrical shapes and the style in general reminds me of Millie. They vary in detail, some are easier, some really detailed. Some have a background as well, some don’t. Some have already filled in black spaces. In any case, if you’re into coloring animals, this is worth a look. The paper will be okay for pencils, for markers you will need to put a sheet between the pages to avoid color bleeding on to the next image below. Water mediums would not be good for this paper.

I wish Amazon would provide better paper through CreativeSpace, it’s a wonderful platform for small publishers and artists to get their work out there but with the market being flooded with tons of books, I fear the standard copy paper puts them at a disadvantage. However even more the reason to support the artists you like!

Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher. All of the above opinions are my own.

In other news, we’ll finish the last bit of the ongoing color along in a few days. I’ve filmed it and now trying to wiggle in time to edit it all together. So yay for those who follow that 🙂 And there will be a steady flow of color along projects from now on, the parts are spaced apart more then they were but at least you can be sure there’s always something to follow along, which should be a good thing I hope.

Color with me – Mermaid from Sagor och Sägner, day two

Mermaid time! Okay, well not technically mermaid but a fish at best. Today we’ll be working on the leaves, water lilies and the first of the fish. Roll up your sleeves and lets get going!

Stuff used on day one:
Prismacolor Premier (set of 150)
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Dark Green
  • Kelly Green
  • Pale Sage
  • Deco Yellow
  • Aquamarine
  • 70% Cool Grey
  • Carmine Red
  • Pink
  • Deco Pink
  • Pomegranate
  • Cream
  • 10% French Grey
  • 90% Cool Grey
  • Sepia
  • Spanish Orange
  • Canary Yellow
  • 30% Cool Grey
  • 10% Cool Grey
  • Dioxazine Purple Hue
  • Violet
  • Process Red
  • Deco Pink
  • Orange
  • Deco Yellow
  • Black

Today it’s all fun sailing, no real pressure or tricky techniques involved. As for the color choices, I chose a relatively cool green for the leaves to be in harmony with the cool shade of her skin. Also, the fish is a reflection of her hair. If you’re trying to repeat colors throughout your image, it’s good to also balance the locations. So if you’re doing a fish like this one, it’s on the bottom part of the page, try and pick up colors from the top of the page, in this case, the hair. You can absolutely disregard this, it’s not an order, just explaining my way of going about color choices.
And you can totally leave some parts of the lilies white as well, I didn’t because as you can see, I’m pretty clumsy and messy, it’s best if they’re covered fully so I don’t create such a mess when it’s time for the background 😀

End result of day two:

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One last part to go! I hope at least 🙂 We’ll see how that goes. It will be up next week. Later this week I’ll have a book review for you, yay!


All parts of this tutorial:
Day one – skin, hair
Day two – leaves, water lilies, first fish
Day three – fish, water, bubbles, finishing touches

Book review – Mythomorphia by Kerby Rosanes

The moment I’ve been waiting since the beginning of February finally arrived, my copy of the UK version of Mythomorphia by Kerby Rosanes landed in my mailbox. Or well, I wish it was so simple but nothing about the Estonian postal service is simple. Anyway, back to the topic at hand, it’s Mythomorphia time, guys!

Details: Paperback, Michael O’Mara Books Ltd, 2017
Pages: 200 x 200 x 12mm, 96 pages, good smooth paper, double-sided
ISBN10: 1910552267
ISBN13: 9781910552261
Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Lets begin with the paper. It’s a very nice paper, thick, smooth and can take a bit of beating. The images are printed on both sides as usual. Some are double spreads and getting into the binding is a bit of a hassle but not the worst I’ve seen.

The imagery is just amazing. It covers all kinds of mythological creatures, dragons, medusa, even a harpy, you name it, it’s here. It’s Kerby Rosanes at his finest, while it’s absolutely clear it’s his work, most of it still feels fresh and new, some images are a bit of a repeat from the past (the horse with the roses for example) but generally they’re all very new and exciting. While the images are still crazy busy, most of them have a different way to create the confusion rather than the tiny funny critters we know from the previous books, that definitely contributes to the fresh feeling.

The images are rather crazy looking and can be intimidating but if you’re scared of the color choices with so many tiny tidbits, start with a limited palette, pick out some pencils and stick to those, it will be SO much easier, trust me. Try it!

Overall, if you’re in any way into Kerby’s work, do get this book for sure, you’ll love it. Hell, I got two! True story. My daughter is a fan of his so the second one is for her.

In other news, I am aiming for at least one video tutorial bit per week plus a book review or some other type of post so at least two per week. We’ll see how well that goes. In any case, the next video tutorial bit on the Mermaid will be up in a few days so stay tuned!