Hello everyone. It’s been a long time since I last posted here. There have been a number of personal reasons for my unannounced disappearance. I thank you all for your concern and well wishes… what a fantastic, supportive group of people my fellow colourists are! Thank you everyone for your thoughts and well wishes. I am in the midst of a challenging time at the moment which limits what I can do in regards to colouring. Neither-the-less I haven’t stopped colouring, even though I’ve had to cut back a bit. But I want to share with you what I have been up to in the hobby. Some of you may have seen my recent Instagram post of Johanna Basford’s frog picture from Enchanted Forest. I’ll post that one up here shortly with a bit more of a detailed description of how I went about colouring it.
But for now I want to show you what I am currently working on. This is the Snake Charmer picture from Hanna Karlzon’s classic Dagdrommar book. Dagdrommar is one of those books that I keep returning to. I have Hanna’s Magical Dawn and Sommarnatt books and her next book on order from the Book Depository. But I find myself unwilling to dive into them with my pencils at hand while there are so many gorgeous pictures in this original book begging to be coloured. You may recognize this picture from my face and hair tutorials on YouTube. it was my intention to finish the book under camera so that you could see how I went about the background. Unfortunately that didn’t happen and I’ve decided to finish it off camera, so apologies to anyone waiting for further tutorials. Anyone who has any queries about my colours and techniques leave a message below in the comments section and I’ll try to help.
I have continued to use Faber Castell Polychromos pencils exclusively with this picture with the sparkly bits being rendered with my favourite white gel pen the Uniball Signo. The background that I am currently working on comprises of: violet,light violet, light magenta, crimson, earth green and juniper green. I layer several colours over each other to get that lovely mottled effect and create a gradual ombre effect down the picture. I am a little bit undecided about the rest of the foliage on the facing page at the moment so I will leave the plants until I have an epiphany. I plan to stick to a purple/ green/ orange/ yellow palette but we’ll see.