Color with me – Nested from Tidevarv, day two

So, flowers and leaves await us in our work in progress from Tidevarv by Hanna Karlzon. Without further ado, lets get to it!

Stuff used on day two:
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

  • Greyed Lavender
  • Dark Green
  • Kelly Green
  • Pale Sage
  • Peacock Green
  • Parrot Green
  • Light Green
  • Sepia
  • Henna
  • Sand
  • Peacock Blue
  • Apple Green
  • Dioxazine Purple Hue
  • Sienna Brown
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Violet
  • Blush Pink
  • 10% French Grey
  • Crimson Lake
  • Black Cherry
  • Permanent Red
  • 70% Cool Grey
  • Cream
  • Deco Pink

I tried to leave my comfort zone and use colors I don’t really use a lot, specifically the greens, I tend to veer towards warm greens a lot so these are quite strange to me. I’m not sure I like it but we’ll see how it all pulls together in the end. On the berries I was debating whether they’re cranberries or blueberries and for the sake of a more dramatic pop, cranberries it was. Or something of that reddish nature anyway.

End result of day two:

We’ll work on the nest and bird in part three and hopefully we’ll also do a bit of the clothing. Part four will cover the background and whatever else is left.

Color with me – Nested from Tidevarv, day one

I promised you Tidevarv and here, Tidevarv!

Due to technical issues I was trying out a simpler setup with my drawing table but it’s angled and at a window which caused several interesting issues.
For one, the angle might seem a bit odd (though might not, depends on the person I suppose). Then there’s the fun fact that the camera shakes a bit since I’m sitting under the tripod and accidentally bumping into it occasionally. And last, the daylight changed midway through this so in the end, you have a LOT of sun to look at, sorry about that.
Anyway I don’t think I can do it this way, which saddens me since it was truly a lot easier to do then my usual setup, plus I got to listen to Critical Role while coloring. No idea what I’m talking about? No worries, you don’t have to, it’s not a coloring thing.

Anyway on to business!

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 Peach
  • Nectar
  • Sepia
  • Blush Pink
  • Pink
  • Slate Grey
  • Cream
  • Dahlia Purple
  • Hot Pink
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Deco Pink
  • Colorless blender
  • Sandbar Brown
  • Sand
  • Dark Purple

Don’t be afraid to add more color to the face and hair, it’s not supposed to be 100% realistic, you can add whatever you want to the image and have it come out looking super cool.

End result of day one:

Next time we might take a second look at the hair (or might not, we’ll see) and we’ll start working on all the stuff in her hair so stay tuned!

Book review – Sagor och Sägner by Emelie Lidehäll Öberg

I love Emelie Lidehäll Öberg. Lets just make that much clear right away. And it makes me so happy that she has a new book, Sagor och Sägner. Not only is it awesome, it’s hardback this time, just like Hanna’s books. Lets take a look, shall we!

Details: Hardcover, Pagina Förlags, 2017
Pages: 255 x 215 mm, 96 pages, good smooth paper, double-sided
ISBN13: 9789163613036
Get it: Printworks

This is Emelie Lidehäll Öberg’s second full coloring book, she also has a few postcard books. I loved her work right off the bat, I think it looks refreshing and different, sort of fairytale-y and beautifully stress-free, you don’t have to be hyper realistic when coloring these images. This book is no exception. And I honestly can say I had high expectations when opening it but it surprised me in a very positive way by being even more awesome then I hoped. She’s definitely getting better and better. No pressure there, Emelie.
The paper is the same goodness as Hanna’s books get, thick and gorgeous, takes a bit of water and loves pencils. I wish all coloring books would have this paper. There’d be no wars in this world.
As you can see in the flip through, the images range from flora to fauna to people. I again am partial to girls and this book gives me plenty of images I really want to start with right now. I love the dreamy quality of them and again, the freedom of not having to be perfect. They are child-like but not childish. I wish my childhood would have been filled with books with illustrations like this.

Overall, it’s a beautiful book and I would absolutely recommend it! I’m not buying books en masse lately, actually I buy them quite rarely but this one I’d buy three of. That’s how much I like it. And yes, we’ll do a color along from this book as well!

Book review – Tidevarv by Hanna Karlzon

When the UPS guy turns up at my door, it’s always with the best news ever. Since UPS only comes when Printworks sends me something 😀 Anyway I bought the new fantabulous book Tidevarv by Hanna Karlzon and also the new book from Emelie Lidehäll Öberg, which we’ll take a look at tomorrow. But for now, Tidevarv time!

Details: Hardcover, Pagina Förlags, 2017
Pages: 255 x 215 mm, 96 pages, good smooth paper, double-sided
ISBN13: 9789163612985
Get it: Printworks

Tidevarv is the fourth book of Hanna Karlzon and let me tell you, boy do they get better every time around! It’s just crazy. I really can’t fathom how anyone can churn out ideas at such a pace, let alone draw them. The work behind these books blows my mind. But anyway, I think this one might be my new favorite of her books.
There’s loads of variety here, everything from flowers to girls. Some of my all time favorite portrait images are in this book, I can’t wait to tackle them. This book is inspired by the seasons so it’s like you’re following through a year with it. Often it’s subtle but there are more specific images, such as the Halloween witch and the Christmas imagery in the end. I find that this book is a bit less Sommarnatt then Magysk Gryning was, I think those two were very similar, which is not a bad thing, mind you. However, my point was that Tidevarv is the same style but it takes things further, which I really like. There’s no feeling of repetition, everything feels new and exciting.
The paper is as amazing as always, thick and smooth. I hope they never change it, it’s just perfect. It can take a bit of water but not a lot of flooding. Still, Inktense is completely fine in this book if you don’t float the page with several washes. Pencils just love the paper and you don’t have to work super hard to get it to cooperate, which I appreciate more and more after having experienced paper that really wants to put up a fight.

Overall, it’s yet again one more amazing home run from Hanna. I can’t wait to see what more she has hidden there between her ears, I wish I had her brain. Brain-envy to the max!

We’ll do a video series for one of these images very soon, stay tuned for that and come back tomorrow for Emelie’s lovely new book, Sagor och Sägner.

Color with me – Dreambirds from Sommarnatt

Yay for a color along! And even better, this time it’s in one part so no waiting for part two. Today we’ll tackle birds from Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon, using Derwent Inktense but really, you can use any water soluble pencils you have, Faber-Castell Albrecht Dürer or student grades or anything, just find relatively similar shades. I’m also doing my hated black Posca background which you can skip or do with pencils instead, I’m dangerously low on my black Prisma that I prefer for such works so I grit my teeth and went with Posca. Also I didn’t force you to sit through all the Posca, just know it took two layers.

Anyway, here goes!

Stuff used:
Derwent Inktense (set of 72), Kuretake water brushes in sizes S and L, white Posca in size 3M, black Posca in size 3M and 5M, Faber-Castell Polychromos
Pencils listed in order of appearance. Feel free to use other pencils and/or replace some colorways entirely with something else you like

  • Black Posca, 3M and 5M for background
  • Dark Aquamarine
  • Teal Green
  • Mauve
  • Crimson
  • Cadmium Orange
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Sherbet Lemon
  • Kuretake water brush in size L
  • Kuretake water brush in size S
  • Dark Purple
  • Sepia Ink
  • Mustard
  • Neutral Grey
  • Faber-Castell Polychromos Dark Indigo
  • White Posca, 3M

As always, feel free to substitute anything and add more. I tend to keep to a rather limited palette at times so if you feel you want more, don’t be hindered by the tutorial to add more. You are more then welcome to skip the black background and leave it white or maybe do another color, dark purple would probably look just as amazeballs here.

End result:

Hope you had fun and we’ll meet again very very soon! I also got my Tidevarv today, if so, you’ll get a flip through tomorrow and we’ll definitely take it out for a spin together soon as well.

Mister Frogs

Yes, I know, I’m still MIA, sorry! I won’t even launch into why or what. Just happy that I finally managed to finish this huge double spread from Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon:

I’ve been dreading this page but I think it turned out quite well. Done with Prismacolor Premier and a bit of white Posca here and there.

I also have Tidevarv on the way and I promise I’ll show it to you when it gets here. Hanna draws faster then I can color 😀

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 😀