Monday, February 27, 2017

Bright Books


I used lots of jewel tones in this picture that remind me of a library, but it could be done in mysterious Americana browns, reds, oranges, and blues. The possibilities are endless. Have fun with your picture.



Monday, February 20, 2017

Brown Bear




Here is a traditionally colored brown bear with a rather smudged little green fairy. Maybe you could brighten her up in your effort. Also, if I did this again, I might make the change from a blue side, to a teal side, more green or yellow-green. This could be done beautifully in reds, oranges, and yellows as well. Enjoy!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Fairy and Birdbath




Colorers tell me they have a hard time choosing colors for their pictures. Well, I'm here to tell you, so do I! But I'm used to the fear, since failure is an artist's common fare.

I'm going to post a series of colored pictures for the next 15 weeks from my "Magical Fairies & Flowers" color book, to help inspire my favorite coloring artists in their color choices. (For better or worse). Even if I don't mess up a picture, I always feel like I could do better if I did it again. Maybe you can build on my efforts and mistakes and do better.

Starting with this . . . Here is a possible way of coloring the fairy and birdbath scene using evening colors because of the early night moon. Enjoy your coloring!




Thursday, November 24, 2016

Celtic Sword & Helmet

Celtic Sword & Helmet  

(from "Celtic-Inspired Snowflakes" by Marie Scott & Dawn Andrus)




PENCILS
I used a mix of colored pencils from Prang, Crayola, and Prismacolor. 

COLORS
For this very Celtic picture, I wanted to use good old English/Scottish colors, so I chose a red and green complementary color pattern, with purple and light blue thrown in for good measure, and browns and tans for practical purposes.

TECHNIQUE
I have to admit I spent most of my time trying to salvage this picture because my color choices kept not working. But I have a rule that I will not scrap a picture once started, because I'm sure I would find myself scrapping every picture for one reason or another and never get anything finished. Artists are never satisfied, and even if they think they're finished after the last sitting, they find things they'd like to do better. This picture was a special problem.  So my technique on this one was to keep hammering away with one color after the other until it was so thick with pigment, it sunk on the page. :)  Still, it comes off looking fairly Old English after all, which is to say, plain and serviceable.  The idea here is to let you know you aren't the only one who struggles--and just hang in there and learn by experience.



Thursday, November 17, 2016

Magnolia

Magnolias  

(from "Flower Snowflakes" by Marie Scott & Dawn Andrus)



PENCILS
I used Crayola and Berol Prismacolor pencils, and smoothed them with petroleum jelly.

COLORS
This is a gorgeous Magnolia design, and I had to do it in the pinks and greens I love most. It is a fairly straight forward complementary color scheme, with touches of yellow, lavender, and light teal.

TECHNIQUE
The pinks and dark pinks I laid in with crayola colored pencils. Then I added vibrant Berol Prismacolor colors on top and smoothed it all with petroleum jelly. This can make for very dramatic color. Then I worked in touches of yellow and lavender on the petal edges. I also used a mix of two greens on the leaves, then added teal blue to the stems and leaf centers. I just love to put in as many touches of different color as I can, even in the dark pinks of the border.  After the picture was done, I scanned it into a photo shop program and flood-filled a light teal border as a cool contrast.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Iris Snowflake

Iris Snowflake  

(from "Flower Snowflakes" by Marie Scott & Dawn Andrus)




PENCILS
I used both Berol Prismacolor and Crayola colored pencils to color this picture. 

COLORS
I chose to mix together four different iris colors in each bloom, instead of coloring the flowers each a different color. It serves to make a pattern of lower reddish petals and upper blueish petals. My colors are red-violet, blue, violet, and blue-violet, with varying greens and touches of yellow and orange. It's particularly fun to stick a little orange alongside the long green leaves as a contrast of vibrancy

TECHNIQUE
This was all colored and shaded using the bright softer pencils of the Berol Prismacolor first, and then I burnished each color with a similarly colored Crayola colored pencil. It made for some vibrant color worked into the paper's tooth.


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Green Man

Green Man  (from "Celtic-Inspired Snowflakes" by Marie Scott & Dawn Andrus)



PENCILS
I used mostly Berol Prismacolor pencils in this picture. They are a higher and softer grade of pencil that give great vibrancy of color, and layer well.

COLOR CHOICES
I wanted to do this picture mostly in forest colors rather than fall colors, but I worked in some fall colors simply because I love color. You could call this a kind of neighboring color scheme,(colors beside each other on the color wheel. Greens and neutral browns.), but because of the reds you could also call it a complementary color scheme, (colors across each other on the color wheel. Red & green). I used many colors of green: some layered with blue, some layered with orange or red, and some layered with yellow.

TECHNIQUE
I laid color down in layers, sometimes burnishing with a white pencil in between layers, sometimes not. I also shaded mostly by fading into different colors rather than by shading with one color. That's achieved by shading with one color, then layering with the next being careful to grade in the color gradually. Fun stuff!