Taking a break from some of my more time intensive pieces I decided to flick through some of my other books. I came across this picture of an elephant in Millie Marotta’s ‘Animal Kingdom that I had started in September last year but only got about 10% of the way through. Animal Kingdom is, I think, the forth book I got for my colouring collection. My husband brought it home along with ‘Enchanted Forest’ as a surprise not long after I started my YouTube channel. I have completed four pictures in it already which I had forgotten about… so expect to see them uploaded here soon. I really like Millie’s work. Her line work provides great texture for colouring over and her style is very distinctive. I feel the pull to colour more of it.
I couldn’t remember which pencils I had used before on this picture (I suspect Polychromos) so I stuck with the same colour scheme I had apparently already selected (the deep purple, yellow, cream and rose carmine) but I grabbed out my budget pencils instead of my expensive artist ones… just because! 🙂 My budget pencils need some love too.
The pencils I used on this one were:
Faber Castell Classics (48 pack): purple, teal and gold.
Micador ColouRush: pink, yellow, red and carmine (the orange tones were made by blending either the pink or the red with yellow.). I LOVE the bright pink in this set.
Marco Raffine: cream
Fun Stuff: dark blue, dark green. (To shade the purple and the teal.) Note: Fun Stuff is another Australian children’s brand. I paid $3 for a pack of 26 at a department store about 10 years ago. They’re not like any other pencil I have and quite a joy to use: Really smooth with rich colour and some unusual colours I haven’t been able to get with anything else. I use them very conservatively as I can’t replace them.
I also used a Uniball Signo white gel pen to pick out the dots on all the pink and purple areas.
As you can see these budget priced pencils worked perfectly well in this book and easily rendered bright, beautiful colours. You know I love my Polychromos but, seriously, you don’t need them to have fun and create beautiful art. If budget priced pencils are all you want or can afford then go for it, they’re great too.
This was a a very fun and relatively quick picture to colour… it took me about 2 and a half hours instead of my usual 6 to 20 hours plus. Really enjoyed the process. I will be revisited this book with my budget pencils very soon.