Happy New Year everyone. I hope you haven’t broken too many of your new year resolutions yet. 🙂 Hope you all had a very arty holiday season.
I had a great arting day yesterday. The weather was less than roasting. I holed up under the air con at my desk and got a few pictures completed. Feeling accomplished!
First off was the deer head double spread from Enchanted Forest. This picture was a bit of road block for me. I chose to colour Enchanted Forest in sequence from cover to cover without skipping a picture (or rarely skipping a picture… okay so I broke that already) and I was determined to finish this one before moving on. My problem was that I could not settle on a colour scheme and, quite frankly, the picture didn’t motivate me. At one stage I was going to make it completely monochrome in browns. Then I though Chrismassy in deep reds and dark greens. Finally a couple of days ago I decided to just wing it and see what happened. I’m glad I did. I surprised myself by REALLY enjoying colouring this one. I rarely got stuck on a colour choice as there was always an idea for what to colour next while I was working on it… a rare thing for me. I could just get into it and enjoy colouring it.
In the end I decided to stay away from blues with the exception of the cool greens to make the picture pop. I experimented with some new colour combinations which I’ll use in future pictures. The deer was a bit of a hassle… in fact the whole centre line proved very difficult to work with. I had to have my pencils very sharp to get into the dip between the pages. That poor deer head. There was nothing I could do about him disappearing into the fold so I did my best to make him look good with a natural fur texture.
Once coloured I finished off the white space surrounding the spread with some muted brown pastels rubbed in with a makeup remover pad.
My favourite parts of this picture would have to be the colour choice of black thorns contrasting with the reds and the oranges at the base of the deer and the little bird.
The next picture I want to attempt in this book is the next double spread forest scene. I have only the deer and the birds on the next page not done so far but I might leave that as i want to design a background for it first.