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:

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:


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 VÀn. 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 LidehĂ€ll Öberg. I really must move to Sweden, it seems!