The funny thing about washes, and this is one of the first ones I did fully in water based marker, is that they really look horrible. NO offense meant to those that do flat colouring and love it, but I am *not* a lover of it in my own work and this stage is so ugly it's sometimes the stage I just stop because "ew, this is a wreck!" PUSH THROUGH this moment where things are ugly. Especially if, like me, you're confident in your colouring skill that you can get it *out* of this stage.
I'm always trying new things in my colouring and if it doesn't work out, well, we've learned for next time. Usually if I mess something up I can salvage it. Now, this sky is nothing like the picture I was going for, that's just how things work out, BUT this is salvaged into something that I think works and looks pretty cool. And in fixing it I learned things and also now have a new technique that I'd like to do on purpose another time. It's paint, and paint works, as long as I don't have to colour on it with coloured pencils, which I just plain dislike.
I love the doodles in this book and their personalities.
I have so many pain issues in colouring and anything with micro movements, but I had an amazing time with this page. I've been all over the American south west and it's not normally a place I like much, but this reminded me so much of Arches National Park I was really inspired to take this out and get it finished.
The details really are what makes this book and all the little bits you sit and put shading on. I admit, I'm one of those that gets REALLY painful pushing myself through mountains of detail, but I find if I take breaks, if I go with pieces of a page, that really helps. When I'm starting to get impatient I challenge myself to finish sections, no matter what's in it, instead of "all the aliens" or "all the foliage", and I find that helps.