Hi everyone, back with another post. I’ve had a busy few weeks working on my Youtube channel with the help of my beloved husband who has taken on the role of video editor and web master. But I have also found time to do some more colouring. Since my last Enchanted Forest update I have completed two new pictures. As I’m working (mostly) in order these two are the very popular Owl and the squirrel. At first i thought about using matching colours for the background as the two pictures are obviously meant to be a pair. But then I decided to do an Autumn and Winter theme using cool colours for the owl and warm for the squirrel.
Both pictures are coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils and Derwent Artist pencils. I used reference photographs of red squirrels to approximate the squirrels colours and played around with the pattern in a way that would not overwhelm her oranges and browns. I particularly like how the ivy at the bottom of the picture came out and will be using that idea again for other ivy in this book.
I’m also enjoying my new ‘toy’ recommended to me by a friend in my colouring group. This is a Derwent electric eraser. It is loaded with replaceable eraser sections. Holding down a button on its shaft causes the eraser to vibrate making rubbing out of small details much easier. It’s pretty effective at removing most of the coloured pencil I want to get rid of, as much as any standard eraser can manage in any case. I’m very glad I’ve bought it and use it almost exclusively now for erasing and i recommend it if you are having difficulty with getting rid of fiddly little bits.