Shrooms in Blue, Sommarnatt

Blue is my color for I-feel-like-crap. I went all out with blue on this shroom picture from Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon, hoping to feel better at the end of it and frankly, I do a bit. Enough to start the next project with reds instead. But anyway, here goes:
shrooms
Done with Caran D’Ache Pablo and a bit of white Posca.

I’ll try to get back on the horse with color alongs and book tutorials soon, been feeling well.. blue, as you can see 😀 So I’ll fiddle on Sommarnatt a tiny bit more and then we’ll continue with everything fun, promise.

Color with me – Clock from Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy, part three, finishing

And now, the final part of the clock from Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy. Lets get straight to it!


Stuff used on day one:
Derwent Inktense, Kuretake water brushes, Signo Uniball white gel pen

  • Sepia Ink 2010
  • Saddle Brown 1740
  • Baked Earth 1800
  • Sicilian Yellow 0220
  • Deep Indigo 1100
  • Navy Blue 0830
  • Crimson 0530
  • Shiraz 0600
  • Oak 1730
  • Willow 1900
  • Leaf Green 1600
  • Fern 1560
  • Charcoal Grey 2100

Tips and tricks:

  • See, again, I managed to screw things up with too much water. With this book, you do have to be careful, the paper REALLY wants to disintegrate when too wet. Check your brush often!
  • You can go over the shadows to make them a bit more unified and more realistic if you so choose
  • When doing this kind of detailed image, it’s good to keep the colors unified and not overdo the variety, if you go with too many different shades, it’ll get crazy
  • And what I always say, just have fun! Don’t worry if you make mistakes, see I made quite a few and so what, I learned something in the process and so will you 🙂

End result:
romp3result

Hope you had fun! Next time, reader request, Dagdrömmar 🙂

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – metal parts of the clock, starting the glass
Day two – glass, brick
Day three – children, duck and buckets, finishing touches

Color with me – Clock from Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy, part two

So, lets continue coloring the clock! This part is a little longer, shot over two days and will cover the entire background still left to do.

Stuff used on day one:
Derwent Inktense, Kuretake water brushes

  • Sepia Ink 2010
  • Saddle Brown 1740
  • Baked Earth 1800
  • Sicilian Yellow 0220
  • Deep Indigo 1100
  • Iron Blue 0840
  • Navy Blue 0830
  • Crimson 0530
  • Cadmium Yellow 0210
  • Dark Purple 0750
  • Dusky Purple 0730
  • Oak 1730
  • Willow 1900
  • Leaf Green 1600
  • Charcoal Grey 2100

Tips and tricks:

  • Be careful with water, case in point, as you can see in the video, I managed to float one part of the glass on the clock (or well I imagine it to be glass, it can be whatever really) and the paper started disintegrating a bit, leaving a bit of a mess
  • Don’t make the stones look alike, they won’t look natural if they’re all identical. Be messy, be creative, be bold
  • I went with this sort of brownish-greenish stone because I want the glass to be the highlight but you can totally do a more traditional red brick if you want
  • Again, always go from light to dark BUT! If you’re trying to blend dark as a second layer, move out of the dark instead to blend into the background, so start with the darkest and move towards where there is no pigment to blend into the background seamlessly
  • If you want the shadows to look super realistic, don’t do what I did. I just want the figures to pop from the background without creating too much of a distraction with shadows. If you want something truly realistic, I suggest you search online for reference images though and keep in mind where your light source is. Also don’t use Charcoal Grey then, go with Payne’s Grey instead, it’s more blue-toned

End result for day two:
rcp2result

See you soon for part three! And also coming up, a crazy exciting look of a book that took a real effort to get! Stay tuned 🙂

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – metal parts of the clock, starting the glass
Day two – glass, brick
Day three – children, duck and buckets, finishing touches

Color with me – Clock from Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy, part one

Yay for a new project! The excitement of a fresh book and putting pencil to paper never loses its charm for me. So today, lets start with the brand spanking new Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy. We’ll be using Derwent Inktense for this but you can use any water soluble pencil for this, just find similar colors that work for you if you want to follow this color along.

Stuff used on day one:
Derwent Inktense, Kuretake water brushes

  • Sepia Ink 2010
  • Saddle Brown 1740
  • Baked Earth 1800
  • Sicilian Yellow 0220
  • Deep Indigo 1100
  • Iron Blue 0840
  • Navy Blue 0830
  • Crimson 0530
  • Cadmium Yellow 0210

Tips and tricks:

  • Most important – clean your brush often! Use a scrap piece of paper to clean your brush
  • Keep a piece of paper towel nearby in case you get your brush too wet, you can use it to wipe off the excess
  • Always move from light to dark when wetting, if you go from dark to light, you run the risk of muddying up the colors and losing your lights
  • Don’t do adjacent areas at once, the colors might bleed together, wait a bit until the area dries before moving on to an adjacent block
  • You don’t have to try too hard with the pencils and try to get a perfect result when dry, when wetting, the colors will move and blend anyway
  • If you’re not happy with how something turned out, you can usually add a bit of color to it. Don’t do it too much though, the paper is too thin to take too many layers, try to keep it to two in this book. When working with heavy watercolor paper, doing sketches or what have you, you can do loads of layers and create interest, the ink washes are really magnificent, play with your pencils sometime on thicker paper, you’ll see what I mean
  • Have fun! I know, I always say that but it truly is important. Don’t worry about anything, just go with the flow and have fun

End result of day one:
Or well, a part of it since my scanner didn’t fit it properly and I didn’t want to start matching bits of several images to make one, I will show you the entire thing when we are completely done though, no worries! Not losing much here though 🙂
romsecond

So, go! Get your Inktense and have fun with me! We’ll continue this very soon so stay tuned!

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – metal parts of the clock, starting the glass
Day two – glass, brick
Day three – children, duck and buckets, finishing touches

Monsieur Puss, Sommarnatt

Over a long time, I got back to fiddling with Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon a bit. This portrait of Monsieur Puss took a really long time, the frame nearly killed me there 😀 But anyway, here he is:
inklings-1
Done with Prismacolor Premier pencils.

I decided to add a stripy wallpaper so the portrait would actually hang on a wall but it might be too much, detracting from the good sir Cat. But anyway, was worth trying.

This coming week we’ll start with a new color along from Romantic Country: The Second Tale so get your books and Inktense pencils ready!

 

Color with me – Rose from Inklings 2, day three, finishing

See, I can do videos more often sometimes 😀 Anyway, lets finish up Rose from Inklings 2 by Tanya Bond, shall we? Today we’ll tackle everything still left, eyes, dress and background. Todays session is a bit shorter, yay! The next color along will also start very soon so stay tuned. More on that in the end of the post. But now, back to the lovely Rose:

Stuff used on day three:
Prismacolor Premier pencils, blender pencil, Sakura 03 liner pen, white gel pen

  • Yellow Ochre PC 942
  • Cream PC 914
  • Sepia PC 948
  • Dahlia Purple PC 1009
  • Indigo Blue PC 901
  • Apple Green PC 912
  • Dark Green PC 908
  • 10% Cool Grey PC 1059
  • 50% Cool Grey PC 1063
  • Light Umber PC 941
  • Dark Umber PC 947

Tips and tricks:

  • If you want this kind of grungy background, messy is just fine as you can see. I don’t particularly like to do smooth backgrounds with pencils, if I want smooth, I go with pastel, with pencils I usually like to do a rougher background, as an effect sort of. If you want, you can totally do a smooth and nicely even background, you don’t have to follow my messy lead
  • With eyes, keep in mind the eyeballs are round, you’ll shade them as if they were a sphere. And they’re never just plain white. You can even go darker then I did with shading if you like
  • Also, add a bit of a shadow on the eyes under the upper lid since the lid casts a shadow, not a crazy dramatic shadow but still, a little
  • I rotated the book at times, you don’t have to if you find it comfortable to keep the book in the same position. Also, you can rotate when I didn’t, if you feel your natural stroke would benefit from it. When not filming, I rotate my books a LOT more. I don’t try to force my best stroke direction, I rather just turn the page to accommodate
  • You don’t have to go over the eyelashes with a pen. If you do, you don’t need to search high and low for the exact same pen. Any black liner of a reasonably fine width will do. Sakuras are just good quality for a ridiculous price (check them out on Ebay), though I generally tend to sway towards Faber-Castell PITT pens but someone in my household has misplaced my S size that I use the most so Sakura it is
  • Experiment with different eye highlights. Depending on how you do them, her expression will change a lot. If you can, you can make copies of the page before adding highlights and test out on the prints, what style you like best, placement and whether you want circles or stripes or what, there are a lot of options, you don’t have to do the same thing I did

And the very last final result:
inklings-1

Hope you had fun, I sure did! I absolutely love coloring girls, there’s nothing quite as satisfying to me.

Next color along won’t have girls though, next time we’ll take on Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy (review posted HERE yesterday) and lets see how it fares with Inktense. Other water solubles can totally play along, just try to find the appropriate colors.
It seems to me that Prismacolor Premier tends to be the most popular choice of a pencil for most of you, thus that’s what we’re using a lot in these color along videos. But you can totally request other pencils and if I have them, we’ll do it 🙂

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – skin, green bits
Day two – hair, petals
Day three – eyes, dress, background

Book review – Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy

Ahh, the preorder of the century just arrived, the Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy, the English version! I preordered a copy of this book in early May and it was published on Dec 20. I think it’s probably the longest I’ve ever waited for a book. Anyway lets jump straight into it and see what it’s like!
By the way, the cover image in the video thumbnail is for the Japanese version, I couldn’t find one for the English version and my scanner is too small for the book to fit in 😀

Details: Paperback, St Martin’s Press, 2016 (for the English version)
Pages: 254 x 254 x 12.7mm, 96 pages, good thick paper, double-sided
ISBN10: 1250117283
ISBN13: 9781250117281
Buy This Book from Book Depository, Free Delivery World Wide

Who hasn’t heard of the Romantic Country series? I don’t see a lot of hands 😛
Eriy is a Japanese artist (who I’ve also interviewed, read that HERE) who draws with ink and.. surprisingly enough, toothpicks. Her books are filled with charm and wonder, the images all positive and happy, like from a childhood dream. I love that quality about her books, they take me away to a better place, in this case, the fantasy land of Cocot.
The paper is fantastic, smooth and strong, can also take a bit of water for sure. Can you imagine these images with Inktense?
The images are on both sides of the paper.
The book is divided into chapters, all following a different area of Cocot, which I think is really fun. You truly do get a sense of the place with these books.
For those who want the third tale as well, that’s only available in Japanese at this point but it’s relatively easy to find online, CDJapan for instance.

As for the example picture, once we’ve finished the Rose project (hopefully tomorrow!), lets do a picture together from this amazing book! And then I’ll add it here as well.

Overall, it is a lovely book, totally worth the loooooong wait I went through for it. I will be happily leafing through it, trying to decide our next color along. Ooh, how about we try those Inktense out in this book?