Color with me – Scarab from Dagdrömmar, part two

Okay so lets get cracking on making this look a bit better, shall we? Today we’ll finish with the vines, leaves and flowers. I am also going to change from labels to text on screen for pencils, this video still has both, next part will only have the text. Hopefully it’s not a distraction and doesn’t cover up anything important.

Stuff used on day one:
Posca, Faber-Castell Polychromos

  • Dark Sepia (Prismacolor equivalent Sepia)
  • Light Yellow Ochre (Prisma Sand or Jasmine)
  • Burnt Umber (no good replacement from PC but you can try with Sienna Brown)
  • Burnt Ochre (again, no good replacement but try Yellow Ochre)
  • Sanguine (again with the replacement issue, maybe try Pumpkin Orange)
  • Terracotta (same as above, Goldenrod would be sort of close)
  • Red-Violet (PC Black Cherry)
  • Olive Green Yellowish (PC Moss Green)
  • Posca white 3M

Tips and tricks:

  • I would actually suggest not doing the white dots just yet because they will make life harder for you in the future but I couldn’t resist, I wanted to see if I’m heading in the right direction
  • I would usually do the shadows in a cool blue-gray tone but here, brown will do for a start, I might go over it with a blue later but at the moment, this will do

End result of day two:

Day three will deal with the scarabs.

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – black Posca background, start of the golden vines
Day two – finishing vines, leaves and flowers, adding a bit of white Posca
Day three – everything else, scarabs, gems, background

Color with me – Scarab from Dagdrömmar, part one

I’ve had several requests for a color along from Dagdrömmar by Hanna Karlzon, so high time to make one! And I’ve also had numerous requests regarding doing a black Posca background. I’ve said it before, I don’t like Posca for backgrounds and you’ll see in the video, why. I suppose my style is just way too messy for it, you can probably get a more even look by being… well… less messy. But yeah, me no likey. Anyway this first part is intensely boring for those not interested in looking at black Posca and more black Posca but there will be a bit of pencil work towards the end as well.

And please excuse my hands, it’s winter and they’re super dry and I’ve now taken up a ceramics class, the clay dries my hands to oblivion, it’s insane.

Stuff used on day one:
Posca, Faber-Castell Polychromos

  • Posca black 3M (the number refers to the size of the nib, the smaller the number, the smaller the nib)
  • Posca black 5M
  • Posca gold 3M
  • FC Dark Sepia (Prismacolor equivalent Sepia)
  • FC Light Yellow Ochre (Prisma Sand or Jasmine)
  • FC Cream (Prisma Cream)

Tips and tricks:

  • Don’t use Posca 😀 Okay, it scans worse then it looks so the finished result scan is pretty bad, I’ll take a photo for you once we finish it all but it just won’t look matte black. I’m yet to figure out what would, once I do, I’ll let you know. But black backgrounds are an issue. If you don’t mind the streaks and patches, black Posca would totally be for you. I might try to do a third layer to even things out a bit but we’ll see, I won’t film that if I do, you’d die of sheer boredom 😀
  • If you DO use Posca, move quick, you will want to work fast and into wet, once it dries, the streak between old and new is remarkably worse then with wet into wet
  • If your marker starts to streak too much, pump more paint out, just push the nib on a scrap piece of paper until it disperses more paint
  • You can easily erase pencil marks that go over Posca later, don’t worry too much about being too messy
  • Wait until Posca dries before continuing or it will be a hot mess
  • You don’t have to use a gold marker for the stems, use whatever you have, white will do as well, whatever will shop up from the black. Or leave them as they are if you don’t mind them just randomly floating in the air

End result of day one:
As said previously, Posca scans horribly so it’s worse then it really is, I’ll take a proper picture for you once we finish so you’ll see how it really is but I decided to also show you the scan since it amplifies the issue and you can see what the problem with Posca is. The thing with Posca is that it photographs so well that you’ll think omg yay, a perfect black background but in person it’s not quite the case

Continuing it soon so stay tuned, I’m hoping to get some filming done today as well.

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – black Posca background, start of the golden vines
Day two – finishing vines, leaves and flowers, adding a bit of white Posca
Day three – everything else, scarabs, gems, background

Interview with Nicholas F. Chandrawienata

Today we’ll have a chat with Nicholas F. Chandrawienata, the author of the incredibly beautiful Fantasia coloring book, the review of that can be read HERE if you missed it. Nicholas is an Indonesian artist and he definitely brings a fresh new look to the coloring book game. You will suffer great pains trying to get the book but it will be so worth it. So while you do that, lets talk with Nicholas a bit!
Iris: How old were you when you started to draw?
Nicholas F. Chandrawienata: I started drawing when I was really young, probably around 5 or 6. My parents have always been supportive of me all my life which is a blessing for me.

I: What was your favorite subject to draw then and what is it now?
NC: My favorite subject to draw has always been people, I like drawing people’s interaction with their surroundings and each person is built in their own unique ways so it keeps me interested and makes me want to explore more.

Artwork by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: How did you come to creating coloring books?
NC: It started a year ago after I made my first artbook Serene, my editor spotted me and thought my style is perfectly suited for coloring books. I took it as a challenge and decided to create one!

I: Do you paint or draw for other projects as well? Can you tell us a bit about it?
NC: I do a lot of illustrations and concept art for games, trading cards, and book/magazine covers to name a few. I did some illustrations for Dungeons and Dragons and Game of Thrones trading card game.

Artwork by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: Which of your creations is your favorite? Why?
There are some haha, especially the one with sentimental value for me as it keeps me looking back and reminding me where I was and where I am now.

I: How do you create a coloring page? What is the process for you?
Before going to the technical, I talked to my editor about the overall concept and each page has to be high quality. After we nailed down the concept, I started to sketch out the rough for each page. After approval, I finish the drawing with ink and edited it in Photoshop for a desirable result.
Detail from Serene by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: How long does it take for you to create a whole book?
It varies from book to book, for Serene, it took months because I did it in my leisure time in between studio work, but for Fantasia, I did the whole book in a whole 1 month! It is really challenging and stressful but when I know a lot of people love the book, it is all worth it in the end.

I: What are the challenges of being an artist for you?
There are a lot to be honest, for example how can we adjust to following the trends, how to make ourself heard by people, etc but for me personally it’s always been how to fight our personal demons, such as depression and laziness.

Artwork by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: Can you describe your day as an artist?
Draw, draw, and draw!

I: What are the tools you can’t live without?
NC: Few years ago I would have said Photoshop and a wacom tablet, but now it’s all about paper and ink!

I: Do you have any tips for complete beginners in coloring?
I am not the best colorist myself haha but from my experience in the industry, I would say learn the basic of colours, such as value, cool and warm, etc but the most important thing is always to have fun with it, the more you have fun the better the result will be!

Artwork by Nicholas Chandrawienata

I: Is there something in the works for the future as well? Can you share a bit about that?
I am currently working on a new artbook, which I give a lot of effort, so I think the result will be very good!

I: Who are the people that inspire you?
There are quite a lot to be honest, but my childhood hero has always been Kobe Bryant, a basketball legend that always tried and gave his best night in night out, on and off the court, and took nothing for granted his whole career.

I: And last, for fun, if you could be any fairytale or fantasy character, who would you be and why?
Probably a dragon haha, because who does not like dragons?

Thank you, Nicholas, for taking the time to chat with us and I for one certainly hope there will be more coloring books in the future as well!

Books by Nicholas reviewed by The Coloring Addict:

Follow Nicholas:

Nicholas’s book Serene is sold out as far as I can tell but you can still get Fantasia here and there. The easiest way is to contact Indo Buku Mania and ask if they ship to your country. There are also group orders to take the edge off from the insane shipping costs, look for those in Facebook groups for coloring.

Images by Nicholas F. Chandrawienata, used with permission.

Book review – Fantasia by Nicholas Chandrawienata

So to start climbing back on the horse of blogging and coloring, lets look at the most exciting book found in my mailbox of late, Fantasia by Nicholas Chandrawienata, one of the most hyped up books lately. Lets see what the fuss is about, shall we?

Details: Paperback, Gramedia Pustaka Utama, 2015
Pages: 64 pages, slightly textured paper, double-sided, perforated pages
ISBN13: 9786020324425
Buy the book: contact Indo Buku Mania to check if they ship to your country

Nicholas Chandrawienata is an Indonesian artist, Fantasia is one of his coloring books. This book is pretty tricky to get if you’re not in Indonesia but as you can see from my example, it can be done. In my case, I lucked out with stumbling into a Romanian group order. Anyway, to the book! The style is very cool, I think the cover is a bit misleading, I wouldn’t have picked it up based on the cover alone. I of course love the ladies the most as usual. And oh my, the kind of ladies found here! Oohs and aahs all around.
The paper is a bit on the meh side, it’s slightly textured so it will take some work to cover all nooks and crannies, a blender pencil will also help. But the pages are perforated, I find that to be a huge plus. The perforation is very strong though, as you can see from the video, it was my very first flip through, I didn’t look at it myself before filming. And it already started falling apart from the perforations. So if that’s a problem for you, here’s a heads up that this will happen.
The images are fantastical creatures, characters and well, girls. I love the style for sure. I would have loved to get his other book, Serene, even more but I couldn’t find access to that one. If you can, pick that one up though, it looks absolutely mindblowing.
I haven’t touched it much yet, I have a work in progress but I decided to show you the book before finishing the WIP since my to do list has buried me alive so I’m giving up hope of finishing it any time soon. I will show you when I ever do though!

Overall, I’m in love with this book, it was worth the trouble of getting it! I only wish the paper was a bit easier to work with but it’s definitely not among the worst I’ve seen so I can live with it. Thumbs up!

In other news, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, just the to do list pile is a bit mindblowing. I will try to get a new color along going within a week and we’ll go from there 🙂