31 December, 2018

Colouring Book: Rhapsody in the Forest - Holiday Tree

I started this page back in December 2016 when I got the book, but it was so close to the holiday that I only had a few days to work on it and quickly lost interest. I only finished the tree in polychromos and the bow in Prismas. I figured 2018, it was high time I finished the page. I don't have Prismas anymore (having given them away to my mother), but I could mimic the blue just fine with Polychromos. I decided to speed the process more by using my Tombow Dual Brush Pens to do a marker base on the entire image. I find that these pens work fantastic on the paper of the two books by Kanoko Egusa and I got a very cool look on the background especially.

With my physical issues I have to work on my projects in an odd sort of way, taking not only frequent breaks but working on different parts or even different books with various mediums just because I cannot handle one or another. With this one I had to go back and forth between the tiny details of the items in the background and the larger, sweeping motions of the background frames themselves. It seemed like forever just to get a third of the page done, even with the marker base cutting down the number of pencil layers I needed. 

By the time I got to focusing on the bows my hands were pretty achy. I had to take them one or two at a time because I felt they were the real feature of this page. With the bold blue and the improvised curves and folds I had to make sure they looked reasonably good which meant a lot of time and detail. But with so many on the page I quickly got bored of doing them, especially since I couldn't half-ass the process.

The last thing I finished of the year, I still managed to get this one done under the wire of 2018 and I was really happy with that. The marker base made my pencil work faster and I think the colour ended up nice and vibrant. I ended up doing gel pens on the actual blue frames instead of just the marker, adding glitter to the page itself. Mike also suggested clear glitter gel pen on the tiny crowns so they could be shaded and shadowed instead of just flat silver gel pen. 

I did a tiny quick video of the shine the gel pens added to the picture.

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