14 May, 2018

A Light Sleeper but a Heavy Dreamer

One of the first things I wanted to try when opening the box of Caran d'Ache Luminance was skin because of the pale colours. It has like brown ochre 10% and 50% kind of colours and I had to play with that right away. I'd picked out this picture in Forest Girl by Aeppol to colour right when I got it and such a large face was pretty perfect. The colours went on *so* smooth it was great to colour and so easy to get a nice blend that I usually do.

For the hair I wanted her a redhead, but a bit on the blond side. I wanted to do individual strands instead of a wash and then a bit of detail so I switched to Polychromos because their points hold so well and you need a nice sharp pencil for all those strands.

I started her sweater in Luminance and I realised quickly that when doing something like this I don't think the Luminance goes well on this particular paper. It took way more work than I thought it should to get a nice smooth coverage. It worked, and it looks fine, but yeah. This was kinda like one of those "I got this far yesterday" shots, except for the bit of watercolour in the background which I'd just started on the 12th. Since Aeppol is a watercolour artist her images have watery backgrounds and I figured it'd be nice to match that. I just took a brush to my Neocolour 2 in their case and tap tap tapped the colour on.

Another "this is how far I got yesterday" shot and I did indeed finish it on the 13th as I predicted. I only had flowers to do and unfortunately I found I didn't enjoy doing the purple flowers. I, in my own feeling, half-assed it and just skipped most of the blending and detail that *could* be applied if someone had enjoyed doing it. Since I didn't I just went straight through and made them look presentable while still being quick about it.

Here's the finished photo of the whole thing. I added a quote because I didn't like the empty space and I wanted to leave white space so I didn't watercolour the entire background either. Once I'd finished her sweater I moved back to Polychromos for the rest of the image and I think that not only do they blend well together when colouring the same thing, but they work nicely on the same page together too.

Lastly just a bit of a close up on the detail that I did and I really like her hair so you can see more of that here too. The polychromos are so great for hair and I had a great time doing the little flyaway hairs as well as just a touch of eyeshadow as I figured she's a little girl and maybe she has one of those playsets without a lot of pigment in it so just a dusting of  blush and shadow.

Anyway I hope you like it, I had a great time doing this one and I'm  happy with how it came out so that's a good thing too! 

Book: Forest Girl by Aeppol (etsy import)
hair: black, burnt umber, burnt sienna, terracotta, burnt ochre, cream
leaves: pine green, juniper green, earth green
sweater: violet, ice blue, middle cobalt blue, turquoise blue

(note: I don't record colours as I go, I provide colours as a courtesy if they're in my colour notebook and easy to share with you, but am not a stickler about recording during my process. If you don't see a combo here 100% guarantee I do not remember what I used)

10 May, 2018

Early Birthday Present!

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Look what came yesterday!!! I'm so excited. When I first got into combining my Copics with coloured pencils I spent MONTHS researching pencils, literally months. I looked at our budget, my skill level, and reliability of the product. Eventually I decided on Faber-Castell Polychromos and those I've had the longest (4/2012), then for christmas in 2014 I got my Caran d'Ache Pablos, last year I got the Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer pencils for my birthday, and this year I get..... Caran d'Ache LUMINANCE! 

Officially the fanciest of the pencils on the market because they're the most lightfast out there (keeping your wall art safe!), they have minimal binders and that makes them soft and smooth as you work with more pigment instead. They come with an all-wax blender pencil to help move the pigment around if you wish, and of course they blend great with just each other. They're similarly soft to Prismas, but since you're working with more pigment than wax they're not slippery and they don't have near instant wax bloom that Prismas do. Since they are softer than the oil-based Polychromos or their wax counterparts Pablos, they do need sharpening more often but they don't break or chip when you do so so that's fine by me.

I also used them (and the blender) with the Polychromos I already had on my current colouring page and oh it's so fun! I've only used them a few hours so far so I'm obviously not an expert, but I'm liking how they fit with my colouring style. And really, that's all that matters, right? 

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The first thing I did was fill out the colour chart we got from the internet and place them in their BTSKY 72 slot case. I don't use my pencils when they're in big bulky cases and honestly there's no room for them anyway, so all that foam and whatnot had to go so I could work. Took about an hour because the list is not how they were laid out in the box, but I actually prefer this so that's fine. I just had to be really careful to get the numbers right. I'm one of the (apparently few) that hate, hate, HATE doing colour charts but I do find that I like having one. I also kinda want to make an "all inclusive" colour chart. A tiny (4x6 maybe?) ring binder with charts from all my colouring mediums on their proper paper. So like a Copic marker chart on Copic paper, an Inktense chart on watercolour, and pencil charts on cardstock. Right now the charts I have are just printed at my husband's work on their copier/printer beast.

Anyway, I'm off to play, I just wanted to share. And yeah, these weren't cheap, we got a great deal so they were $180 from Cheap Joe's but these are 100% luxury items. I mostly only splurge like this for birthdays because with Cystic Fibrosis every year is truly something to celebrate. June 24th I'll be 35 so it's a big one!!! Have a great day :)

Stay Crafty,

07 May, 2018

Live Simply... Give Generously

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Since I have such nicely organised magazine pieces now I picked out a nature background and a guy from my files, I added a piece I gelli printed, and some paint to make this. I didn't really have a specific direction, but I don't need one sometimes, yeah. I like to just let things develop and I think it worked out okay.