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:
sagorp3end

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:

sagorp2end

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!

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

New color along, anyone? Yes? How about a mermaid this time? YES? Well who am I to resist you 😀 This time we’ll work together on the Mermaid from Sagor och Sägner by the lovely Emelie Lidehäll Öberg (interview with her HERE by the way, if you haven’t read it). So without further ado, sharpen your pencils, ready, set, GO!

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

  • Light Aqua
  • Cobalt Turquoise
  • Aquamarine
  • Indigo Blue
  • Light Green
  • Peacock Green
  • Parrot Green
  • Sky Blue Light
  • Peacock Blue
  • Muted Turquoise
  • Deco Pink
  • 70% Cool Grey
  • 30% Cool Grey
  • Deco Yellow
  • Dioxazine Purple Hue
  • Violet
  • Dahlia Purple
  • Lavender
  • Pink
  • Orange
  • Permanent Red
  • Process Red
  • Greyed Lavender (feel free to skip, didn’t do much)
  • 90% Cool Grey
  • Colorless blender

It’s really fun to work on skin tones other than well.. skin tone, specially when it’s as crazy as this one. It’s not harder by any means, I’d say it’s simpler really because you have zero pressure to create a realistic result. As long as you understand the anatomy of a face and how the light and shadow work, you’re good to go in any color. And if you don’t, well, then practice, follow examples and it will become clearer through practice.

So yeah, no real tricks here today, just have fun, splash around some colors, feel free to go even wilder with colors, make her into a little rainbowy iridescent mermaid if you will.

End result of day one:
sagorp1end

Next we’ll tackle the fish and flowers and then the water. This will hopefully be in three parts instead of the usual four but we’ll see how it goes!


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 – Magical Beauties by Cristina McAllister

Time to blow the dust off from the book review section! Lets look at Magical Beauties by Cristina McAllister today, a very interesting portrait book found on Amazon.

Details: Paperback, self-published, 2016
Pages: 21,6×28 cm, 60 pages, thin Amazon standard paper, single-sided
ISBN13: 9781539038535
ISBN10: 153903853X
Get it: Amazon

This is a grayscale portrait book containing 24 images and a tips and tricks portion plus a grayscale testing sheet. All the images are single-sided. The paper is the usual Amazon copy paper, not the best really but not impossible to work with, you just have to be careful and stick to a few layers, it doesn’t have much of a tooth. However since it’s a grayscale book, you don’t need all that many layers anyway.
The portraits are enchanting, I seriously love the imagery here. If you’re into portraits in any shape or form, do check this out. Grayscale takes a bit of getting used to but it’s not too intense in this book and you can totally rock it with ease, it makes life a lot simpler in terms of shading so great for beginners.
Pencils will work great in this, for markers, do put a sheet of paper between the pages to protect the next page, the paper is thin and it will bleed through most likely.

Overall it’s a wonderful book and if you’re in the market for a portrait book, I do recommend trying it out.

Color with me – Nested from Tidevarv, day four

Oh my, look who’s back! Yep. Me. Sorry for going AWOL on you guys with the last bit. Time is a resource that is more and more difficult to find first of all, that also means I won’t be posting nearly every day in the future as well. I am going to continue blogging and doing the videos, they’ll just be spaced apart a bit more. No worries, nowhere near as much as this time 😀 I’m talking more like once a week perhaps. We’ll see how it goes. I have some major life changes ahead which will affect blogging as well but more on that when we get to it.
The second issue was that I wasn’t happy with working on the kitchen table, it took a LOT of time to set everything up and take back down after filming and then set everything up again. But I happily found a temporary solution for that as well, as long as the weather allows, I’ll be working in my unheated uninsulated (that a word?) add-on. Where I can leave all my stuff lying around which makes it SO much easier and more fun to film.

Okay, I know, too much blabber, not enough video. There you go, lets finish this monkey!

Stuff used on day four:
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

  • 90% French Grey
  • 20% French Grey
  • Eggshell
  • Rosy Beige
  • Light Peach
  • Greyed Lavender
  • 10% French Grey
  • Dioxazine Purple Hue
  • Violet
  • Deco Pink
  • Sepia
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Cream
  • Crimson Lake
  • Black
  • 90% Cool Grey
  • 70% Cool Grey
  • 30% Cool Grey
  • 10% Cool Grey
  • Sandbar Brown
  • Indianthrene Blue
  • Denim Blue
  • Light Cerulean Blue
  • Blush Pink
  • Sand
  • Putty Beige
  • Limepeel
  • Green Ochre
  • Colorless blender
  • White Posca, size 3M

I admit, this is not one of my favorite results of all time. Well in fact, part of this long wait was that I was demotivated by how messed up this looks. I think it’s the choice of greens that throws me off, I don’t like greens that are so blue. I do try to push my limits and try out colors I don’t use often, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. This time it really doesn’t do it for me. But regardless, this is it. Everything else is pretty nice.

The tips part is that if you want cohesion in your image, it’s good to pull colors from other areas of the image. Case in point, the bird echoes the colors used for the shirt feathery bit and the eyes mirror the diamonds. Plus the gems on the bird take from the purple of the flowers.

If I’d get to do it again, I’d keep everything the same except the foliage, I’d change the leaves and the flowers too I think. But I have no regrets because I learned something invaluable, thus it was a great success.

End result:
tidevarvp4end

I also have some books I haven’t shown you guys yet, we’ll get to those soon. Next color along will also be up next week, I’ll try to stick to my guns with the once a week at least. It’s a huge lot of work to make like 40-60 minutes of the end product, it’s frankly quite surprising how long it all takes. Anyway I’ll see you soon with a book review!


All parts of this tutorial:
Day one – skin, hair
Day two – flowers, berries, leaves
Day three – nest, eggs, gems, garment
Day four – bird, eyes, background