I'm not usually the superstitious type but yesterday, Friday the 13th, I was half way through typing up this article and when I saved it it was lost! No where, nada! Oh the frustration. So here I am again....one more shot, okay.
These little fish may look familiar to those of you who have been with me for a while, I colored them in here Prismacolor_Layers. This time I thought it would be fun to photograph as I colored them in using Prismacolor markers and pencils.
I made this handy dandy very professional looking chart for you to have. As you can see I only used 3 markers and 4 pencils. That's the beauty of coloring, you can mix thing up by just layering.
The first thing to do was to color in 2 sets of identical images. All I did was color block them in. Nothing special. I always color with the fat tip of my markers. When I first got them I found it a bit hard to use that tip, but I was determined to figure it. After all, that's the most versatile end. And really, all it takes is practice and not giving up. I'm able to color even small areas with the fat end now.
Using Marine Green a begin to give the fishes some details. Shading. Do you see my coloring mistake? Yep, I colored over the big fishes large fin with my green marker! Opps! No worries I just took the Goldenrod marker and colored over the green. Looks okay to me!
As you can see I've taken the green pencil on over to the Goldenrod colored areas for it's shading.
Now I take my Periwinkle and deepen the color of the blue on the little fish. (Earlier I had mentioned that I had color blocked 2 sets of images using my markers. I am only adding detail with my pencils to only 1 of the sets of fish. The other set will be the base image of the card.)
You can really see how just adding a bit of colored pencil helps give the fish a more realistic look. Almost 3D.
Lets warm it up a bit! Too many cool colors, with all that green and blue. I use Hot Pink on their cute little cheeks and don't stop there. Adding some to only the fins. Almost as if they were sun kissed. (Okay, I know, they're under the water...lol.)
Here are all the images I colored. The top left are the base art. The bottom detail fishes are going to be cut out and placed on top of the base fish. Oh yea! At the last minute I colored in another fish for the inside of my card.
Fish have to sparkle. I reached for Diamond Glaze and coated my fish. They look so shiny. But that just wasn't enough. So I sprinkled some Diamond Dust and Gold Glitter (fine) on them. Tip: I dip the end of a small dry brush into the glitter pots and flick the glitter where I want it. This way I have more control than if I used my fingers. And you waste less this way also.
Hope you enjoyed following along.
So get out those markers and pencils this weekend and have fun!
Question asked about using Stazon and solvent based markers and smearing.
Yep, it will smear, however I do use Stazon from time to time. (I'll stamp a bunch of images for coloring later, often I'll grab my Stazon or my Archival black. Ha! I forget to label which I used on the image. So I don't know which image has Stazon or Archival when I chose how to color it.)
I'm pretty careful when I color and I color quickly. I also do not apply a lot of pressure on the paper when I color, maybe this prevents the smearing.
On this example I wasn't layering marker on top of marker. Usually, I have found, that this will have a tendency to cause the inked lines to smear the black around. If you aren't comfortable using Stazon please use something like Brilliance Archival Black. Sorry about the confusion.