17 July, 2018

Colouring Book: Manga Seahorse

I do this thing where I buy books in bunches, usually two or three at a time, especially if they come from far away like Korea. This book, Manga Invasion, I bought with a few others about a year ago and for a few months I had this page pulled out and colour tested. I often plot things out by doing a small area of the page just to see if the colour scheme I'm thinking of will work. I don't get pictures in my head (it's called "aphantasia") so this is a necessary step, but I'm a dork and I usually "test" in the centre of a page so if it's wrong there's no going back really.

It stayed like this for quite a while. I think I worked on it some when in the doctor's office in May and the dentist in June, but that's about it. Then I got some motivation to get it finished since I'd separated out the coloured pencils from their case and I wanted to finish it up and be able to put them away. I got this far just on the way to the movies.

Painting the background with Distress twisted citron paint was pretty much the only option I could think of since I kept looking at the three greens I was using for the water and thinking of all the pencil and time that'd take. I didn't want to waste either so I took a small brush and painted the whole thing. My hands shake a bit, so it's not perfect, but it helped a lot. The nice thing about Distress paint is it doesn't smell like craft paint does so getting in those tiny spots with my nose inches from my brush didn't cause breathing issues.

Once I had the background done it looked like I had so little left before I was finished I just went all day and finished it up. I don't usually colour like that, with as delicate as my hands are it's better to take breaks and do other things. Even something as simple as holding a pen/pencil steady for some reason taxes my biceps. It's ridiculous. But yeah I wanted it done. All in all I'm happy with how it came out and it makes me want to do another soon. There's some holiday type images so perhaps little owls or voodoo dolls for Halloween! 

I hope you like it! Let me know if this is the kind of book that appeals to you or if it's too tiny for your own colouring tastes. What do you like to colour?

01 June, 2018

May Coloured Pages

Here's my monthly picture of the things I coloured. I love doing these things actually. And since I'm terrible at math I had only been counting four when I was working on my last page and nope, it was five! I found myself rushing on a page, trying to get it finished for this photo, and how silly is that? So yeah, I stopped, and I'll probably finish it in June.

29 May, 2018

Colouring Book: The Daily Rainy Day

I got this adorable colouring book, The Daily Colouring Book, and I'd picked out a different image to start with, but I kept going back to this one. I love rain, and I really like the realism mixed with cute in this book, so I figured even if I played around a bit I could do the image justice. Of course, May 21st was when the Summerset expansion for Elder Scrolls Online pre-released and I had a LOT to play and explore and enjoy so I knew I wouldn't  be going very fast on this image. Not that it's a race, but I do like to be productive.

Of course whenever there's something I want to do I end up screwed with my various pain issues. I had several days where all I could do was sit at my desk and stare at Netflix which is incredibly boring (I usually watch and game) and pain sucks. Most of the time my body does one or the other, I can either game or I can colour, but sometimes it takes away both things I love. I did make a bit of progress though so I took a photo, lol.

My spoiled butt got four new colouring books in the mail and I was excited to work on them as I was excited to see this page finished. I knew it was coming along nicely and I love when things go smoothly. The paper is a bit strange, has lines in it, but it took to the Polychromos well. I love my Polychromos.

I'm so happy with how this came out. I used reference photos for the flowers, the rainy sky, the dress, the hat, and the cute little Korean home. I actually really like doing wood, which I didn't think I would but hey. Anyway, I hope you liked seeing the progress of this one. I really love Korean books, they're so imaginative and fun. I'm going to colour another in this soon I bet.