I want to thank everyone for your lovely comments about our latest book. We are really excited and can't wait to hear what people think. The 4 book series has been a labor of love for me... and while we decided this would be the last book in the series, I'm pretty sure it's not the last publication you will see from me. (I have ideas people...ideas!)
Anyway, I wanted to share a little love with my readers today since you all shared a little love with me over the last week. Here's a quick "mini-tutorial" of one of the topics that is covered in Copic Coloring Guide Level 4: Fine Details.
Coloring No Line Images:
I was introduced to these GORGEOUS stamps when I was teaching with Sherrie Siemens at a workshop in Toronto recently. I knew right away that they were perfect for this technique and I finally had a chance to get them inky. (Mixed Media Doll - by Prima)
Step 1: Stamp image with light colored ink. Here I used Memento Angel Pink. As you can see (or not)... it's REALLY light.
Step 2: Begin by coloring in the skin tones first. Since there are no visible stamped lines, you need to make sure not to over-blend the dark colors. They allow for the depth and division of areas. The color on her arm got wonky... I need to go back and re-blend gently now that it's dry. (E50/E00/E21/E04)
Step 3: Base the hair color and let dry. (Y11) I also planned out the folds in her dress at this stage. With the lightest color, decide where the darkest shading will go... (BG000).
Step 4: Darken hair with flicks of Y21. Add darker color to shading on dress. (BG01) Notice I haven't blended yet.
Step 5: Add darkest shading to the shadows on the dress and to help separate areas. (BG45) And add more depth to the hair with flicks of YR24.
Step 7: Add more definition to the hair with flicks of YR15. Start blending out the fabric folds on her dress with BG01 and BG000. Leave the highlights in the dress white.
Step 8: Finish the image by adding strokes of Sepia multiliner to the hair. Smooth out the blends on the dress and go over the highlights with BG0000. Color the shoes with C1/C5/C7/C9 and a black multiliner.
And guess what? I forgot to color in the frills on the bottom of her dress!!! (Yup... better go back and fix that!)
Anyway... that's just a quick "how to" walking you through my coloring process. Hope you enjoyed it!
And now... for the winner of the the Copic Coloring Guide Level 4: Fine Details....(drum roll please......)
Thanks again everyone for the support and friendship - we couldn't do these publications without you - our amazing audience!