Challenge time! I recently downloaded an app for my Computer created by YouTubist Jazza. It’s a art game app called, appropriately ‘Arty Games’. the purpose of the game is to give you random prompts to get your creative juices flowing in time limited sketches. But for the purpose of colouring I’m mentioning the app here because of one of it’s interesting functions, namely it’s random colour picker.
When you open the app you have the option of ticking the boxes of the colours you have. At present it is limited to Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils and I don’t know if there are plans to extend that range. Still, that is good enough for me as I have a good range of both of these items. Now the fun bit begins. Selecting either the markers or the pencils you can elect the app to randomly choose between one and five colours for you to use. What a great way to get out of the trap of using only a small range of familiar colours and forcing you to become creative with unfamiliar colours!
I was after a challenge so I decided to use the app to pick my colours for me and match them as closely as I could to my range of Derwent Inktense pencils. I made a vow that whatever colours it threw at me I would stick with them. I did allow one concession for myself. I would let the app pick four of the colours and I would personally select the fifth as the best one to go with them. I figured that way if I had a really unbalanced set to deal with I could even it up a little. I also chose the picture before hand: one of the mechs in Imagimorphia.
With great anticipation i hit the ‘go’ button and watched my colours emerge. The colours were selected from the Copic mark range so i matched the results as closely as I could and I got:
Eep… all really strong colours. Buuuut they should work fine with this picture. For the final colour I picked a warm one to contrast with all those cold colours: a bright sun yellow which I would apply with a Prismacolor pencil and a Micador Aquamarker. I decided to use a white gel pen and a white Luminance pencil for highlights. Armed with only these I got stuck into my mech creation.
Payne’s grey turned out to be an excellent colour for metal as I happily anticipated. I merged the two brightest colours: the violet and the green aquamarine for the shiny armour plates and the Tuscan red for the other bits and bobs. I used the yellow pencil to create a glow around the yellow lights and the aquamarker to dot them. As I went along I added white gel pen for all the shiny bits and the white pencil to lighten areas i had gone to dark in.
The mech took around 4 hours to finish but it didn’t feel finished. After some debate I added a colour gradient background in yellows and oranges with polychromos pencils to make my mech man pop. I know that wasn’t strictly within the rules of my challenge buuut I am the artist here and I wanted to. 🙂 (Just imagine i mixed the Tuscan red and the yellow… I didn’t but just pretend I did. 😛 )
I am VERY pleased with the outcome. It was great to play with colours I would never have naturally chosen and I will certainly be doing this again. If you are interested in taking a look at Jazza’s app, it is available for a modest price for PC, Android and iOS and you can find it here: