Hey crafters! I thought it was time again to challenge myself, and so I went for the hardest technique I know: no-line coloring. While I understand the principle of it, I always struggle with separating shadow areas that border on each other so they don’t just look … ugly. I think I might finally have found out how to do that, and I wanted to share my process in today’s video with you.
As you can see, leaving a tiny space of highlight (even if you might not see something like it in real life) where one shadow area borders on another helps to separate them and retain detail in your image. It also requires you to think about your image before you start coloring. If you have trouble visualizing what is in front, and what is in the back (and therefore in the shadow), why not stamp the image on a piece of scrap paper first, and sketch in the shadow areas with a pencil?
I also like to make use of my colored pencils to enhance the details. My Copic markers are great for the first layer of color: you can easily cover a larger area, and they blend easily. But to me, no-line coloring really requires sharp, dark shadows as they are what gives the image shape. If you don’t dare to go dark in certain places and very light in others, your coloring will not come to life. With pencils, I can go into those very small areas and enhance some borders that I couldn’t touch up with my markers (my hand-eye coordination isn’t good enough for that, I admit that freely).
Last but not least, Versamark + Ranger Perfect Pearls powder is a great way to create your own shimmery, but very subtle background. I don’t remember often enough to use this technique, but it’s easy and really adds some ompf to your project.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired!