31 August, 2018

Colouring Book: Lost You Forever - Fire Moon

Not much to say about this one. It's one of those pages that worked right from start to finish. Everything I tried just worked out so I just plain had fun the whole time, haha. This is my second Chinese book and doing this one and the previous one makes it really hard for me not to buy just every single Chinese book in this style available!

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I don't usually do close ups and stuff, but I honestly hate how most of the details that I painstakingly put into my images just disappear on photos.

30 August, 2018

Colouring Book: Dr Seuss - Ticky Tacky Houses

This was one of those spreads that I got 95% finished and then set aside. Why? No clue. Honestly, why do I spend a ton of time and then not go that extra 5%? If nothing else it made it simple to pick up this double page in my Dr Seuss book and finish it off. It's a nice book to just go full "kid" and use crayons on. I thought about blending the crayons with gamsol, and you can totally do that, but I like the idea of it really looking childish and free.

29 August, 2018

Colouring Book: Portrait of the Mermaid - Teal Mermaid

This was another one I left for an inordinately long for no discernable reason. I started this on a car ride in South Carolina the previous year and somehow never picked it back up. I even ripped it out of the book so I'd see it more and maybe finish it. Nope.

28 August, 2018

Colouring Book: Doctor Who - Missy & Masters

I wanted to try and see how my Copics would work in a one-sided colouring book since most of them are not great paper (I prefer Copic XPress It, obviously) and I wanted to see how I'd do with more realistic faces. I'm not a fan of Missy in any way and I figured I'd try experimenting on something I didn't mind if it came out or not. I think this ended up pretty good, the Copics did well enough I started using them in other one-sided books, and I'm more confident with realistic faces vs cartoon faces so that worked out.

27 August, 2018

Colouring Book: Secret Village - Flower Pot House

This is one of those books I got early on in my delve into adult colouring books and of course now there's options I like much better but... if you've got a book you should use it, know what I mean? So I figured since this book is one sided, printed on Create Space, I'd use my Copics and knock out a page quickly. Much of it is repeats and more focused in shots of the same picture, but I did like this little house built under a broken flower pot. A little bit of pencil detail after the Copics and I was done, nice and quick.

24 August, 2018

Colour Explosion #28: Copic Colouring in the Witcher Colouring Book

I love this Witcher colouring book so much I had absolutely no problem filming some colouring of it. I don't enjoy colouring *everything* for video, especially since speed videos aren't that popular with a large section of my target audience, but little bits like this is pretty easy for me to film, enjoy colouring, and voice over later.

Since this is actually the first page in the book, and my first time colouring a book like this where I cared about the outcome, I made sure I had a ton of reference photos from the game. My game's exceptionally dark, but I did my best haha.

I made a few mistakes on Geralt, but I kept them in the video because, honestly, mistakes and how to deal with them are part of learning art. I'm not going to be tracing the lines of Geralt's hair again, and I'll use different pencils so he doesn't look so grey. His hair's got like no pigment so it's more like a polar bear, not an elderly person.

Dandelion, true to his personality, was the most difficult to do because of how fancy he is. The detail on his outfit, even dulled down for a colouring book, is intense and took the most time getting correct to how he looks in Witcher 3. They all look a bit different from game to game, but W3 is the only one I've played and it seems on-model for this picture. 

I'm really happy with how this one worked out. I practised on a Doctor Who page beforehand, making sure I could do realistic faces to my liking, so I didn't ruin the book and I have to say this is definitely one of those books I want to finish every picture in. As colouring books get better quality I'm saying that about more and more of them, but Dark Horse is just really great at making colouring books, especially if you like Copics because they're single sided with a quote on the back. No worries about ruining another picture and you can mostly read the quotes when you're done anyway, haha.

20 August, 2018

Colouring Book: Dream of Deities - Palm of Your Hand

I have to say, I adore the Copic Sketch fine nibs they came out with like last year or something? I dunno, I bought about 30 of them, trying to decide which of my markers gets the favour of having them instead of the chisel I never use, but I honestly want to replace every single one. I'd been considering buying a different brand of markers, just for a different nib, and boom Copic fulfills the wish themselves!

So I got this Chinese book from Amazon and I wanted to test out the paper on something I'd like if it worked out, but wouldn't be too fussed about losing. That's where this page came in. There's similar themes in the book, but there's not like a face or anything in this page that I'd been worried about losing if it didn't come out. Thankfully, and not surprisingly, it did so yeah. Crisis averted.

I also threw a bunch of paint at this page, just to see, but also to add in that elegant Asian embroidery type touch to the page. It's nearly impossible to show in the photos so I took a tiny video.