New Video Tutorial: Colouring the Grasshopper in Sommarnatt.

New Tutorial Series. YAY!  (Link included in this blog post.)

I’ve released the first part of a new series of tutorials on my YouTube Channel.  This time I’ve picked the Grasshopper picture in Hanna Karlzon’s ‘Sommarnatt’ to colour. (Summer Nights’ in English… it doesn’t matter which version you have it will work the same in both.)

The most difficult thing for colourists, outside of choosing the next picture to colour out of all the deliscious range of books you’ve accumulated, is picking the colours.  This can be a huge road block that interferes with the pure enjoyment of the process of colouring.  I guess that is what makes colour-alongs so much fun… you don’t have to pick the colours because that part has already been sorted for you.  And there is no disgrace in that.  You’re colouring because it makes you happy and whatever method or tools you use is just right for you.

But what if you want the freedom to choose your own pictures AND be able to confidently select and place your colours by yourself for your own original work.

My intention with this video series is not only to give you all a fun experience colouring a picture along with me but PRIMARILY wanting to teach you how to be more confident in choosing the colours for your own picture by showing you an easy technique that you don’t need an arts degree to use.  For this purpose the first video will show you a way to set up and plan the colours for your chosen page in easy to follow steps.  I have been playing with colours for decades so this part I can do in my head and visualize the colour schemes there. When I browse through uncoloured line art my brain often flashes me images of possible finished versions fully coloured! But I understand that this isn’t the way everyone’s brain works.  So I have externalized my process to show you some easy ways to pick a colour scheme and plan a picture before you begin to colour.  With a plan sitting right next to you and all the major colours picked out you can confidently colour your picture knowing that the colours you’ve chosen and where they are placed are going to work.

Note that no actual colouring occurs in this pic.  That fun will start in Part 2 which I am almost finished filming. 🙂

 

4 Comments

  1. Lynn in Colorado

    This is such helpful information. Thank you!

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  2. Mari Brady

    Dear Peta:

    Thank you so much for what you’ll be doing in this tutorial. Coloring, for me, has become such a special hobby. I love learning using your tutorials and seeing the picture come to life. The only thing that took away from the joy was choosing colors. I don’t know why but it stressed me out, which considering what’s happening in the world, makes no sense. But there you have it. Thank you for understanding that aspect of the process, though, and helping us. This is why we missed you. I can’t wait to start learning more about color combinations.

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  3. Samantha G

    This is a BRILLIANT tutorial. I was a graphic designer for 35 years and used thumbnails to present ideas to clients, but never thought to use them this way in my own coloring. I just went on pinterest and spent about an hour downloading color schemes, trying to push myself to choose colors outside my box. Thank you SO much for this. I can’t wait for the next video!

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  4. Ikke

    Design-seeds.com is a website full of the color combinations. They listed them out in all types i can spend hours and hours watch al the combinations they come up with.

    Welkome back peta, i realy missed u. Its lovely to hear your voice again in your awsome tutorials! Thank you.

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