I'm never sure exactly what to say when people ask what my job is, because "I teach grown-ups to color again" sounds a little odd, to be sure! Odd or not, it's the answer that I most often give, followed by, "It's a great gig!" A few of weeks ago I was sent two of Marianne Walker's new Copic Coloring Foundations Collection kits. (Both Flowers and Faces and Hair kits are available.) These are stepped-out, instructional books that take you through coloring simple images as well as more advanced images. The kits include several 8-1/2" x 11" art pages to color along--yes, coloring pages for grown-ups! :-)
I've been plodding along on one of my favorite coloring sheets from the Flowers kit, so I thought I would take pictures as I worked.
I began with my Copic greens--warm, saturated, intense greens, for the most part, with just enough of the cooler greens thrown in the make some of the leaves recede. [I removed the "click to get a larger picture" feature because it was really messing up the resolution on my blog images; so I'll list the colors that I used as well as giving up a picture.]
YG01, YG03, YG05, YG17, G20, G21, G24, G28, G29
Here is what my sheet looked like when I finished the leaves. I kept the leaves on top warm and sunny, but I added cooler greens to the leaves that were tucked behind others or peripheral. (I did go back at the end to add some cast shadows and darken the tips of several of the leaves to make them look like they curled down.)
For the zinnia centers, I used Copic Yellows and Oranges.
Y04, Y06, Y38, YR02, YR04
Here were my zinnia centers. (Again, I went back at the end and deepened some of the shadow areas.)
Here are my Copic yellows, oranges, and reds for the first three zinnias. I mostly copied Marianne's colors on those three so I didn't have to think about were to start!
Y06, Y08, YR02, YR04, YR09, R59, BV23 (shadows)
Here are my first three zinnias, almost finished except for a few more cast shadows that I added toward the end.
Next I choose some Copic pinks, peaches, and reds for some two-toned zinnias. (I googled "Zinnias Images" to get ideas on color combinations that zinnias come in.)
E01, E02, R81, R83, R85; BV20, BV23 (shadows)
Here are my peachy-pink zinnias, finished except for a few shadows that I added later. I like these!
I thought that since I had pulled in some cool pinks in the previous flowers, I might be able to tie in Copic Violets for a couple of the zinnias. (I forgot to take a picture immediately after I finished the violets, but you can see what they look like two pictures below.)
V12, V17, V05, V09, BV23 (shadows)
Next I headed in the direction of plain pink zinnias with my Copic Red-Violets. These were really intense; I had started with just the RV0's, and I ended up adding the RV50's over the top of the RV0's to tone down the saturation level a couple of notches. I added a few strokes of the BV20's to help tie in the pink zinnias with the violet zinnias.
RV02, RV04, RV06, RV09, R52, RV55; BV20, BV23 (shadows)
Here I have added more cast shadows, as well as using BG90 and BG93 behind the zinnias. They needed something other than white space around them. Now, should I, or should I not tell you how long I spent coloring this 8-1/2 x 11 page? Hmmmm. I color s-l-o-w-l-y. . . (Okay, it was close to eight hours. Yikes!)
Do you find coloring relaxing? Maybe you should consider trying some larger format work as well! Again, if you enjoy coloring either Faces and Hair or Flowers, you'd probably enjoy Marianne Walker's new Copic Coloring Foundations Collection kits. Happy almost-November!