from my sketchbook
Week 4 centres upon using the dynamism of the colour wheel principles for colouring fantasy images. Although I have been aware of colour theory it hasn't really penetrated into my conscious thinking until recently. It's as if my mind has somehow begun to absorb an understanding of how colours relate to one another & I find it utterly exciting.
I love the freedom in fantasy colouring & how it is possible to trick the eye by colouring realistically in accordance with light & shade but using fanciful colours. With these examples I have continued to use maritime images - in fact images & types of stamps that I have shied away from using as I've not been confident in either stamping or in colouring them.
Stamp Chocolate Baroque UA5SP0261 Seashell Collage, Ink Adirondack Pigment Snow Cap,
Cardstock Assorted Black from stash. Colouring Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils
I used Brilliance Moonlight White ink with Derwent Coloursoft pencils last time & found that I had to use the less smooth cardstock in order for the ink not to pool & to provide the Coloursoft pencils with some tooth. Smudging from the pencil debris was also a problem. The scenario proved very different using my recent purchase of the Adirondack Pigment Snow Cap inkpad (see the two uncoloured examples above: left - Adirondack, right - Brilliance). In addition, with little debris from the Polychromos & the much easier maintenance of a sharpened point there was minimal smudging & I love the clarity & brightness I was able to achieve against the black cardstock even when using dark brown & dark blue colours.
Edited Apologies - this is in fact incorrect (I was writing in the early hours of the morning) what I should have written was: see previous post for Brilliance examples & above left for Adirondack on smooth cardstock & above right for Adirondack on less smooth cardstock). It is the combination of cardstock tooth with the inkpad plus the pencils that affect the outcome.
Stamp Chocolate Baroque UA5SP0327 Seadragon; Ink Memories Black;
Cardstock Cotman Watercolour Paper Cold Pressed/NOT Grain Fin 190gsm
edged with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink;
Colouring Body & Spines - Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils with a dry paper stump & Derwent Burnisher
Pencil for body only, Wings - Cotman Pan Watercolours
Stamp Chocolate Baroque UA5SP0327 Seadragon, Ink Memento Tuxedo Black,
Cardstock Neenah Solar White 216gsm edged with Tea Dye Distress Ink,
Colouring Copic Markers with ProMarker Colourless Blender
I haven't quite developed the knack of slanting the camera to compensate for the shift in perspective during close-up photography of right angled shapes.