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

Color with me – Nested from Tidevarv, day three

Sorry for making you wait for this, had a few days good for gardening 🙂 Now the weather is back to its horrifying winter-is-coming self that is the norm this year here. On the upside, more videos this way! So part three!

Stuff used on day three:
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 Umber
  • Light Umber
  • Terra Cotta
  • Sienna Brown
  • Putty Beige
  • 70% Cool Grey
  • Limepeel
  • Pale Sage
  • Jade Green
  • Muted Turquoise
  • Cream
  • Grey Green Light
  • Deco Pink
  • Sand
  • Indigo Blue
  • Denim Blue
  • China Blue
  • Light Cerulean Blue
  • Powder Blue
  • Indianthrene Blue
  • Blush Pink
  • 10% Cool Grey
  • Dark Green
  • Kelly Green
  • Sap Green Light
  • Apple Green
  • Grass Green
  • True Green
  • Peacock Green
  • Burnt Ochre
  • Dioxazine Purple Hue
  • Violet
  • 10% French Grey
  • Crimson Lake
  • Sepia
  • Yellow Ochre
  • 90% French Grey
  • 20% French Grey
  • Eggshell
  • Rosy Beige
  • Light Peach
  • Greyed Lavender

I know, an incredibly long list. Feel free to skip any of these or replace them with something else if you don’t have the pencils listed or just don’t like the shades or result. Do what makes you happy 🙂

Not sure if this tips section is actually useful to anyone and worth writing, most people just watch the video, I find. So I’m less and less motivated to write long epic speeches about how to do stuff. So if you do like and need the commentary, do let me know, otherwise I’ll just skip that and do more coloring instead.

End result of day three:
tidevarvp3end

Got a bit less done than I anticipated but this is hands down the longest editing session (and I think one of the shortest videos so it’s intensely packed) so I stopped it where I wouldn’t have a nervous breakdown editing it all later. So we’ll see if we’ll make it through to the end with the next video, hope so!


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

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:
tidevarvp2end

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.


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

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:
tidevarvp1end

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!


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

Book review – Sagor och Sägner by Emelie Lidehäll Ã–berg

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!