I have spent most of this week working on a new tutorial series for my colouring channel on YouTube. Unlike the duck pond series which I filmed at a rate of one update a week, I decided to film all of the episodes over five days. I wanted series to be complete before the first episode aired. This time I decided to grant the numerous requests I have had for a Derwent Inktense pencil based colour along. And there have been many people asking me for one. And I understand why. While there are quite a few Inktense tutorials online most of the ones I’ve found seem to relate more to colouring stamped work or a few lovely floral paintings. There is so much more that these amazing pencils can do. As you can see by my previous pictures from The Magical City, these pencils really shine in colouring books. I’ve been really stoked to see quite a number of other colourists jump on board with using Inktense in The Magical City with wonderful results. 🙂 Now I know some of you have bought a set… maybe played with it a little and then left them on the shelf as they’re a bit of a puzzle to figure out how to use. Well now it’s time to drag them out and give these little beauties a really good work out!
This three part tutorial will go through the basics of how I apply the colours, how I mix them on the colouring page and my thought process on how I go about choosing what colours to use. I talk about light and shadow and how to place them to give your picture that wonderful three dimensional look. In part one we will colour the back ground: the sky with it’s swirly clouds and the tree on the left of the page.
Part two will concentrate on the building itself. I explain how I went about researching the building and how I chose the colours based on photographs of it. The lessons here should help you with colouring other buildings in the book. Part three completes the foreground elements. I talk about ‘Chromatic Perspective’: the art of using colour to give the illusion of depth. And finally those fun sparkling touches with a white gel pen.
We hope you will enjoy this series. It is currently being edited (right as I type, our rendering computer behind me is halfway through the second rendering of the first episode.) If all goes to plan it will uploaded onto YouTube in the next couple of days.