Hi crafty friends! I am back with a Mini Coloring Class, but a bit different this time. I want to show you how to color the same image with different mediums, specifically Copics (alcohol markers), Inktense (watercolor (sort of)), and Polychromos (colored pencils). To get the same or similar look, you need to use different techniques with each medium which I want to point out to you.
I’m going to be using a wonderful digi stamp by Bloobel Stamps, a designer on Etsy which I have only recently discovered thanks to Jennifer Dove. The images are quirky, have lots of character, and are so much fun. In addition, by not being “realistic”, I feel they also give us a lot of creative license – you don’t have to have a real-life skin tone etc. with these images. Just use whatever you feel is best! For this image, also check out the coloration which the artist has done herself. It helps a lot to get a feel for the image.
In this first video, I’ll do the easiest process which is coloring the image with Copic markers. If you have Spectrum Noir or any other kind of alcohol markers, you can do this too. The coloring of her skin and clothes is something I learned over at Kit and Clowder’s Skin & Hair class and the Clothes class. The techniques I am using here can be applied to other coloring mediums as well, which we will take a look at a in subsequent videos.
I actually re-shot the video. I felt that my original coloring did not show the folds in her shirt properly, and I also thought the pants had too little contrast. But remember one thing: have fun! Yes, you can worry all about light-sources, and dimension, and texture (like I obsess about this stuff). But if you are just starting out with coloring, focus on just one of them until you feel comfortable with it, then move on to another thing. If you try to do too much at once, you will get frustrated and that’s not what coloring is about. I looked at my own progress and decided I could do better, so I re-did it. I try to only compare my coloring to myself, otherwise I’ll get depressed 😉
Bloobel Stamps have very generously offered one digital stamp of your choice to give away. All you need to do is comment here on my blog by 25 April 2016 to be eligible to enter the drawing. There will be giveaways for the other parts of the series as well, so you’ll have ample opportunity to win one of these gorgeous digital images. Good luck!