Book review – Coloriage Wild by Emmanuelle Colin

What better way to resurrect from the killer flu then something French? Lets look at Coloriage Wild by Emmanuelle Colin today, shall we? This book is a rising star and spoiler alert, well worth it.

Details: Spiral-bound, Avenue Mandarin
Pages: 2.5 x 20 x 1.5 cm, 28 pages (14 images, twice), thick slightly textured 250gsm paper, single-sided
ISBN13: –
Get it: Amazon France

Now first, let me get this out there, this paper is thick! I mean 250gsm thick. However, due to the slight texture, it will take a bit of elbow grease to get a smooth end result with pencils but it’s definitely doable. As for water mediums, be very careful. I tested a few pages and the paper starts disintegrating pretty fast when it gets wet, it can’t deal with it well.
There are 14 images in this book, all printed twice so you get 28 pages. The pages are perforated, you can take them out, which is a great feature.
So back to the book. The images are all so cute, it’s unbelievable. The moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it. That doesn’t happen all too much lately.
The images are grayscale so you’ll need to be less artsy to get a shaded look which is definitely a good thing most of the time. The images are only printed on one side so you’re good to go with markers as well (though put a sheet of paper between the pages just in case to protect the drawing below).
Also worth mentioning that the back of this book is very thick cardboard, which makes it a breeze to color in your lap. The book is not tiny but smaller then your average coloring book, it would fit in most bags and thanks to the stiff backing and convenient spiral binding, it’d make a great carry-along coloring book.

As for example images, I’m buried under projects and from now on, I won’t attempt to do an example from every book simply because I want to focus on color along videos instead.

Overall, I’m loving this book to bits, I even like the double printing, which I normally don’t really care for but since they’re all so cute, I could in theory see myself doing the same image twice. In theory because in practice I simply don’t have the time for it 😀

Mermaid, Ticket to Dreams

Yeah so this was an experimental page so I didn’t film it but it turned out pretty darn cool. Even though I think it’s really hard to mess it up in this book, the illustrations themselves do most of the work for you already.
From Ticket to Dreams by Karolina Kubikowska, done with Derwent Inktense:

I’m sick as a dog with some sort of evil kid virus so taking a few days off from filming. But I’ll tell you about a book tomorrow so stay tuned 🙂 A new color along will start next week.

Color with me – Dryad from Ticket to Dreams, part two

Well, it seems this was a two-part project 🙂 So lets finish this! We’ll switch tactics here a bit, going from pencil to paper to brush to pencil to paper. Yeah, it’ll make sense soon.

Stuff used on day two:
Derwent Inktense (set of 72), Kuretake water brushes in sizes S and M, white Posca in size 3M
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Shiraz
  • Carmine Pink
  • Sicilian Yellow
  • Deep Indigo
  • Kuretake water brush size M
  • Bark
  • Sepia Ink
  • Baked Earth
  • Spring Green
  • Red Oxide
  • Saddle Brown
  • Payne’s Grey
  • Light Olive
  • Iron Green
  • Ink Black
  • Kuretake water brush size S
  • White Posca, size 3M

When doing the skin, make sure you keep the brush REALLY wet. What I did here was drip the brush and catch the drips on the back of my hand so I can wet the brush with the drop as well when needed. You can also just use a regular brush and wet it since these water brushes don’t really like to stay as wet as we want them to for this technique. For hair, it’s good just damp since that way we’ll get a crisper more exact line but we’ll want to blend the skin out so wet is the way to go.
With skin, work fast and work in layers. Let the last layer dry and then add the next one.
I am jumping around from area to area to let the previous area dry before I add the next layer. If you do that, be careful not to accidentally smudge the previous wet area with your hand. That is also why I turn the page for the hair so my hand rests on the top part that is dry.
Before adding Posca, let the page dry for a few minutes at least. It doesn’t have to be 100% dry but dry to the touch would be necessary. Posca is acrylic paint in the form of a marker, acrylics are water soluble so if you tap over a wet surface, it will bleed and you won’t get a nice sharp dot. Which can be desirable at times but not this time.

Thank you all for playing along and do tag your works in Instagram with #colorwithiris so I can find, like and share them!

End result:

I must say I love this book so much that I’ve been working on another image with Inktense at nights. Haven’t filmed that since it started out as an experiment and well, anyway. I’ll show that to you tomorrow 🙂

Next project will be another portrait from somewhere that can handle water, we’ll explore this technique for water solubles further, with using the paint straight from the pencil instead of coloring with pencils first. I also have another neat technique to show you at a later date with Inktense that I think you’ll like 🙂 But yes, next project coming soon!

All parts of this tutorial series:
Day one – background, tree and leafy bits
Day two – skin, hair, flowers, finishing touches

Color with me – Dryad from Ticket to Dreams, part one

Yay, finally a new color along! I know you’ve been waiting, sorry! Today we’ll color in the new Ticket to Dreams by Karolina Kubikowska, review and flip through HERE if you haven’t seen it yet. We’ll start with Derwent Inktense and maybe add some other stuff along the way, maybe not. We’ll see!

Stuff used on day one:
Derwent Inktense (set of 72), Kuretake water brushes in sizes S, M and L
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Dark Purple
  • Mauve
  • Thistle
  • Fuchsia
  • Kuretake water brush, size L
  • Cherry
  • Sicilian Yellow
  • Shiraz
  • Deep Indigo
  • Bark
  • Oak
  • Mustard
  • Kuretake water brush, size S
  • Light Olive
  • Spring Green
  • Red Oxide
  • Payne’s Grey
  • Kuretake water brush, size M
  • Baked Earth

Today we did the background and the tree bits. With Inktense, you can do layers but since coloring book paper isn’t normally really all THAT thick and meant for flooding, try to do just one layer in normal books and this book can take two since it’s a lot thicker. Third one would be risking it but you can try.
With Inktense, move from light to dark when wetting or you’ll lose your light colors.
Don’t worry about it being loose and messy, that’s what we want since this book looks like a sketchbook, it’s better if we keep the coloring loose as well, otherwise it’ll look a bit odd if you polish it too much.

End result of day one:

Next time we’ll start with the flowers and hair and see how far we get with it. This image will likely be three parts of maybe even two. We’ll see!

All parts of this tutorial series:
Day one – background, tree and leafy bits
Day two – skin, hair, flowers, finishing touches

Book review – Beautiful Women by Ikenaga Yasunari

Lets look at something Japanese! Because who doesn’t love Japanese books? Today, Beautiful Women by Ikenaga Yasunari. This book has like a bazillion translations, also with “outline of 100 Full Moons”, just “100 Full Moons” etc in the title, I just couldn’t figure out how to work that in. If anyone here speaks Japanese, please do enlighten me with the correct translation!

Details: Paperback, MdN Corporation, 2016
Pages: 28 cm, 96 pages, thick slightly textured paper, double-sided
ISBN13: 9784844366294
Get it: CDJapan, Amazon Japan

Ikenaga Yasunari is a Japanese artist, born in 1965. He has the most exquisite paintings of women that I’ve seen in a while. While they wear modern clothing, they look timeless thanks to his style. I mean look:

This book is filled with lineart versions of his paintings, tons and tons of women, plus some cats. Because cats are cool, mkay. I would just love to be rich enough to own one of his works but a coloring book is more in my price range and well worth it, it’s gorgeous.
The only gripe I have with the book is the paper. I didn’t find it to be to my liking but I do think it’s a matter of preference. It’s slightly textured and will take seven thousand layers of pencil but also it takes a lot of work to burnish the layers down to not see the white of the paper. Also even Posca managed to bleed through to the other side, which is something I’ve never seen before. So be very careful with markers! And I’m pretty sure watersoluble pencils are not a very good idea here. But you can surely try them out yourself. That said, I will surely revisit this book, I love all the girls, it’s just so my cup of tea.

Example image:
Done with Prismacolor Premier and a bit of Posca.
I really don’t like how this turned out, I overworked the paper and it turned into a giant mess in the end. Plus I got the nose wrong because I suck 😀 But anyway, tested and tried and don’t like the paper. Next time I’ll try a different pencil with it.

Overall, it’s a beautiful book and if girls are your thing, you should definitely check this out!

In other news, sorry that I didn’t manage to film the new color along last week, my youngest got sick and it was pretty insane here for a while. I’ll start filming again tomorrow and soon hope to have the color along up for you!

Book review – Ticket to Dreams by Karolina Kubikowska

Drumroll, yes! I too have finally got my hands on Ticket to Dreams by Karolina Kubikowska! Took a while to land one, it was sold out every time I looked. Anyway before we go any further, pro tip, open the envelope somewhere that is NOT your car. I ripped into it excitedly in my car and turns out they put tiny paper confetti in the envelope and it was all waiting for me to open the door for it to pop out. You can imagine the fun that followed 😀 But anyway, here it is!

Details: Paperback, Karminia, 2017
Pages: 23 x 25 x 1,7 cm, 100 pages, extremely good thick paper, double-sided, spiral-bound
ISBN13: 9788090668607
Get it: Karolina’s web site

Ticket to Dreams is the second book from the amazing Polish artist, Karolina Kubikowska. You can see her first book, Po Drugiej Stronie Snu HERE and read the interview with her HERE if you haven’t yet.
First impressions of this book are wow and more wow. First of all, I absolutely love the spiral binding, it makes it a lot easier to handle. The construction of the spiral is good as well, it won’t start falling apart in two seconds.
Then, there’s the paper. I think I’ve never seen such thick and amazing paper in any book. It truly is amazing, it will be great for wet mediums, which rock with Karolina’s imagery.
The images are very unique, you will recognize Karolina’s work from a mile away. I love the dark and gloomy sketchy style, it’s definitely a standout from the crowd. The images range from flora to fauna to people, there’s something for everyone who likes this style, I’m sure.

Overall, it’s an amazing book, I am absolutely blown away by the quality and images. The price is also very reasonable, considering the paper. I hope Karolina continues to draw these amazing images for us to color!

As for the example image… we’ll do a color along for it! And that will start this week 🙂 So stay tuned and see you soon!

Color with me – Jungle House from the Magical Jungle, part four, the end

House and bird time! Though most importantly, we will color Mister Snail today! Todays session also concludes the Jungle House project 🙂

Stuff used on day four:
Faber-Castell Polychromos (120 set), white Posca in size 3M
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Dark Sepia
  • Burnt Umber
  • Raw Umber
  • Terracotta
  • Ivory
  • Dark Indigo
  • Brown Ochre
  • Burnt Ochre
  • Dark Naples Ochre
  • Earth Green Yellowish
  • Red-Violet
  • Indian Red
  • Light Red-Violet
  • Colorless blender (can skip this)
  • Warm Grey VI
  • Warm Grey IV
  • Warm Grey I
  • Deep Cobalt Green
  • White Posca in size 3M

Today this Basford comes to an end. I am happy we are done with it but I do admit there are things I’d do differently if I’d have to do it again. But overall I had fun and hope you did too!

End result:

Next I’ll have a book review for you that I’m REALLY excited about and then we’ll also do a new color along next week. So stay tuned for more fun times ahead!

All parts of this tutorial:
Day one – background
Day two – grass, loads of leaves
Day three – more leaves!
Day four – house, bird, snail