Color with me – Clock from Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy, part two

So, lets continue coloring the clock! This part is a little longer, shot over two days and will cover the entire background still left to do.

Stuff used on day one:
Derwent Inktense, Kuretake water brushes

  • Sepia Ink 2010
  • Saddle Brown 1740
  • Baked Earth 1800
  • Sicilian Yellow 0220
  • Deep Indigo 1100
  • Iron Blue 0840
  • Navy Blue 0830
  • Crimson 0530
  • Cadmium Yellow 0210
  • Dark Purple 0750
  • Dusky Purple 0730
  • Oak 1730
  • Willow 1900
  • Leaf Green 1600
  • Charcoal Grey 2100

Tips and tricks:

  • Be careful with water, case in point, as you can see in the video, I managed to float one part of the glass on the clock (or well I imagine it to be glass, it can be whatever really) and the paper started disintegrating a bit, leaving a bit of a mess
  • Don’t make the stones look alike, they won’t look natural if they’re all identical. Be messy, be creative, be bold
  • I went with this sort of brownish-greenish stone because I want the glass to be the highlight but you can totally do a more traditional red brick if you want
  • Again, always go from light to dark BUT! If you’re trying to blend dark as a second layer, move out of the dark instead to blend into the background, so start with the darkest and move towards where there is no pigment to blend into the background seamlessly
  • If you want the shadows to look super realistic, don’t do what I did. I just want the figures to pop from the background without creating too much of a distraction with shadows. If you want something truly realistic, I suggest you search online for reference images though and keep in mind where your light source is. Also don’t use Charcoal Grey then, go with Payne’s Grey instead, it’s more blue-toned

End result for day two:
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See you soon for part three! And also coming up, a crazy exciting look of a book that took a real effort to get! Stay tuned 🙂

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – metal parts of the clock, starting the glass
Day two – glass, brick
Day three – children, duck and buckets, finishing touches

Color with me – Clock from Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy, part one

Yay for a new project! The excitement of a fresh book and putting pencil to paper never loses its charm for me. So today, lets start with the brand spanking new Romantic Country: The Second Tale by Eriy. We’ll be using Derwent Inktense for this but you can use any water soluble pencil for this, just find similar colors that work for you if you want to follow this color along.

Stuff used on day one:
Derwent Inktense, Kuretake water brushes

  • Sepia Ink 2010
  • Saddle Brown 1740
  • Baked Earth 1800
  • Sicilian Yellow 0220
  • Deep Indigo 1100
  • Iron Blue 0840
  • Navy Blue 0830
  • Crimson 0530
  • Cadmium Yellow 0210

Tips and tricks:

  • Most important – clean your brush often! Use a scrap piece of paper to clean your brush
  • Keep a piece of paper towel nearby in case you get your brush too wet, you can use it to wipe off the excess
  • Always move from light to dark when wetting, if you go from dark to light, you run the risk of muddying up the colors and losing your lights
  • Don’t do adjacent areas at once, the colors might bleed together, wait a bit until the area dries before moving on to an adjacent block
  • You don’t have to try too hard with the pencils and try to get a perfect result when dry, when wetting, the colors will move and blend anyway
  • If you’re not happy with how something turned out, you can usually add a bit of color to it. Don’t do it too much though, the paper is too thin to take too many layers, try to keep it to two in this book. When working with heavy watercolor paper, doing sketches or what have you, you can do loads of layers and create interest, the ink washes are really magnificent, play with your pencils sometime on thicker paper, you’ll see what I mean
  • Have fun! I know, I always say that but it truly is important. Don’t worry about anything, just go with the flow and have fun

End result of day one:
Or well, a part of it since my scanner didn’t fit it properly and I didn’t want to start matching bits of several images to make one, I will show you the entire thing when we are completely done though, no worries! Not losing much here though 🙂
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So, go! Get your Inktense and have fun with me! We’ll continue this very soon so stay tuned!

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – metal parts of the clock, starting the glass
Day two – glass, brick
Day three – children, duck and buckets, finishing touches

Yay for coloring!

It’s been an insane time, I haven’t had time to pick up my pencils and books in what feels like forever. So yay for finally finishing a WIP I had sitting around for months I think. I didn’t do all that much, just the hair and background to finish it but it was the best feeling ever 🙂
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Book: Portrait of the Mermaid by Sara Burrier
Pencils: Derwent Coloursoft

Anyway I’m trying my darnedest to find a moment to film the Inklings 2 tutorial I promised you ages ago. Plus stay tuned for another really cool interview, I won’t spoil the surprise as to with whom, you’ll have to wait and see!

 

Crowned Owl, Sommarnatt

So, initially I skipped this page from Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon since I was still allergic to owls after the double spread accident. But I made it a mission to do this now. So I did:
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Done with Derwent Inktense and white Posca.

Now I must admit, I’m not a happy bunny with this. I think it’s because of the background, it got a bit too much and distracts from the owl and gems. But hey, learn from my mistakes, guys 😀

And man, I love my scanner ❤ It’s so dark here, it would be downright impossible to get a decent photo of any page.

Goldfish goldfish, grant me a wish…

This fish piece from Sommarnatt by Hanna Karlzon has been a work in progress for a really long time. I’ve nibbled on it here and there (totally reaching for a pun here) but took a while to finish it.
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Done with Caran D’Ache Pablo and Signo Uniball white gel pen.

I learned I can’t do bubbles 😀 Oh well. At least not without reference. I’ve never done bubbles before, I probably should have used a photo or three to study them first.

As for the wish I have for the goldfish, I wish my toddler gets better soon. She’s been sick since Friday, which is why I haven’t continued with the video project, she doesn’t sleep well and wants to be held all the time, I haven’t had time for anything else. She’s getting better slowly, today is a bit better so far but we’ll see. Anyway, please, goldfishies, make her better!

If you haven’t yet, go enter the Christmas giveaway HERE, you can win this very same book among other things (okay, the English version but still).

Color with me – Star Queen from Magisk Gryning by Hanna Karlzon, day two

Today will be the most boring of them all for those who like colors, today is all about grey. Not even fifty shades of it, just four. But we’ll get through this together, I promise! It will not look cheerful in the end, more like the continuation of the Winter Is Coming theme I’m battling with lately. But trust me on this mass of grey, we’ll get past this, soon.

Stuff used on day two:
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor replacements given below as well

  • Cold Grey I 230 (PC 10% Cool Grey)
  • Cold Grey II 231 (PC 20% Cool Grey)
  • Cold Grey IV 233 (PC 50% Cool Grey)
  • Cold Grey VI 235 (PC 70% Cool Grey)

Tips and tricks:

  • Have chocolate around for this grey session, it will make it a lot more cheerful
  • Other than that, work light with the darks and blend in with the lights, using a stronger hand. We’ll add highlights later

Today we end here:
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Next time we’ll finish the metal bits of the headpiece and will start working on the flowers. In color and everything! And I’ll hopefully figure out a way to place my camera a little differently so my hand wouldn’t be in the way so much. If you could see my setup, you’d know it’s not that easy. But eventually I’ll get there, to the land of perfect videos… I hope.

All parts:
Day one – skin
Day two – leaves, start of jewelry
Day three – jewelry, flowers
Day four – background, hair, eyes, lips, finishing touches

Color with me – Star Queen from Magisk Gryning by Hanna Karlzon, day one

Hooray for new beginnings and new books! Today lets eagerly start with Hanna’s new book, Magisk Gryning. If you missed the review yesterday, go check it out HERE! But anyhow, without further ado, lets get started!


Stuff used on day one:
Faber-Castell Polychromos, Prismacolor replacements given below as well

  • Light Flesh 132 (PC Light Peach)
  • Cinnamon 189 (PC Nectar)
  • Dark Sepia 175 (PC Sepia)
  • Dark Indigo 157 (PC Indigo Blue)
  • Alizarin Crimson 226 (PC Scarlet Lake or Crimson Red)
  • Ivory 103 (PC Cream)

Tips and tricks:

  • When doing people, it’s good to always start with the skin. That’s because then you won’t drag particles of the background or hair or something else touching the skin area into the skin, ruining it. In any case, when doing adjacent areas, it’s wise to start with the lightest for the same reason
  • I am keeping this girl very light because I want a wintery snow queen theme here but if you want to go for a warmer palette, I suggest you also do the skin darker
  • When doing first layers, have a very light hand, the last layers with Cinnamon and Light Flesh are heavier and meant to burnish in the previous layers. If you want a more realistic look, do more layers, build up the contours and texture. Here we’re keeping it rather simple because with pencils, the linework will stay there (unlike with markers that can cover them up) and my personal thing is that I think it will look better unified, meaning if it’s slightly cartoonish, very realistic parts like hyperrealistic skin would look a bit out of place. So coloring books are forgiving in that sense, the end result will look a lot better if you don’t overthink and overwork it. That said, you can definitely do more layers, specially if going for darker skin then I did, then you’ll need to build it up more
  • I can’t stress this enough, have fun! Don’t worry, even if you feel you’ve failed. And if you’re seriously scared, make copies of the page, that will take the pressure off, you won’t feel you’re about to ruin the book. Though I seriously think you can do what you want with the book, it’s a coloring book

And today we end up here:
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So stay tuned for the next one coming in a few days. Until then we’ll look at some books and maybe something else as well, we’ll see! Plus I realize I missed the 300 subscriber mark in Youtube, though I promised you a giveaway. But I think I’ll make up for it with a Christmas shabang very soon, I want you to get your Christmas present from me in time so we’ll do it very soon!

All parts:
Day one – skin
Day two – leaves, start of jewelry
Day three – jewelry, flowers
Day four – background, hair, eyes, lips, finishing touches