Wednesday, February 13, 2013

When Pigs fly...

Basic coloring tutorial
I realized it has been a while since I posted a basic coloring tutorial, so I figured you would love to see a project I made earlier this week for a quick birthday card.

I drew this image onto Xpress It Blending card with a 0.2mm Multiliner SP. Then I got into coloring.

 I started by coloring the whole pig with a base of RV10. I used the brush end of the marker, and colored in circles, keeping all my edges wet so I didn't get streaking.

Be sure to keep clean scratch paper under your work at all times, even when coloring thicker cardstocks. 

Next, I feathered in another pink from the same Natural Blending Group, RV14. Just to remind you, Natural Blending groups are colors that share the same letters and first digit. So, the other colors in the natural blending group for RV10 would be RV11, RV13, RV14, RV17 and RV19.

Notice that I flicked color in, darkest/heaviest on the shadow edge, then lifted up as I went into the lighter color. This will make it much easier to blend in the next step.

I did NOT color the whole pig at this time, because it is easier to blend if you go back when the marker is still a little wet. If the layers dry, you can still blend, but it is easier to get smooth blends while layers are damp.

Next, I go back with the light pink, RV10 and blend. The more I wash over the dark pink, the more it blends. If I accidentally over blend and my dark pink seems to get lost, then I stop, let the colors dry a little, then I layer on more dark pink. Keep washing the light and dark together until you get the look you like.

Notice that I keep some shadows dark, and others I blend out more. The round, puffy cheek I blend, but the shadow under the goggles I keep with a crisp edge. This is because the shadow under the goggles is a cast shadow and has a crisp edge, whereas, the cheek is simply shaded to make it look round.

Once I get the two basic pinks as smooth as I like, then I add a hint of E04 for my darkest shadow. This does not follow the Natural Blending group.

I chose this color because this is a gray/brown pink color and makes a nice shadow. Shadows are not as bright as the main colors. There are may ways I could have made a grayer shadow: I could have used a gray marker, I could have used a grayer RV color, or I could have added the compliment of pink, which would have been a greenish color.

In other words, experiment! Find color combos you like, then try them and see if they are realistic. Then, write down the colors you used so you remember in the future.

Next, I added tones of other colors to get the pig to match my project. The pig will go onto a turquoise background, so I threw some pale greenish colors in the shadows (YG41). I also wanted to warm up the side of the pig that is closest to the light, so I added hints of Y11 to the highlight side of the pig. 

Close up, this looks rather odd. Trust me. It will look just fine on the finished project.

Once I get the colors looking right on his face, then I can color the rest of the pig using the same color scheme. Be sure to keep your shadows consistent! His shadow is on the right, on the underside, so as I color the rest of him, I need to keep all my darkest areas on the right/bottom areas.

Here is the final colored pig. You can see on his white feathers that I added W1 as a base, left the highlights mostly white, but threw in hints of Y11to make him seem like he's flying through sunlight.

In the shadows on the feathers, I added B12 and YG41. The scarf is colored with YG41, G82, and YG67, then I made it a little less vibrant by overlaying the warm gray marker.

Hooves are Y11, W1, and E04. Goggles are the same color as the wings. The leather is E13 and E04.

Remember how odd the green and yellow looked on the closeup of the face? Notice how it stops looking strange when you see the fully colored version.

Now look at the final card. The yellow and green almost seem to disappear, but the pig matches the background paper pretty well. I hope this basic rundown of my process helped. Have a great Valentine's Day!


Cindi Flass said...

Wow! This is gorgeous. I would never have the courage to try those colors together but I'll have to try to branch out more :) I love the sentiment on your card.

Joan V said...

Oh, this is fantastic. I have a pig to color, so now I can go practice. Love that scarf, too. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Olson said...

Love it, Marianne! ;-)

Sharon Roselli said...

love this pig! great explation of how you colored thanks so much us new bees need it.

Ellen said...

awesome tutorial! tfs

Annabell Lee said...

So cute! I love how you put reflected light so the pig looks like he is flying in sunshine. I'm fairly competent at shading and cast shadows, but find it harder to get reflected light to look natural in my illustrations. It looks great when done right.