Friday, 30 December 2016
It's been some time since I colored a cat themed illustration. Well, today there is one from the Cats Colouring for Mindfulness book. Except for the eyes, I used only three colors to fill in this image. The work was done with glittering gel pens, very cheap Chinese stuff but looks really nice and very sparkly under the light.
Wednesday, 28 December 2016
Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas. I have colored a few Christmas and winter themed pages but had no time to take photos of those yet. So, instead a finished page from Johanna Basford's Lost Ocean book today. For coloring these seahorses I used Faber Castell markers and Maped Coror Peps pencils. To achieve that smooth background I put 5 layers of a color. Quite a task! And here is same page colored by my daughter. She used WHSmith markers.
Have a nice day and happy coloring!
Monday, 12 December 2016
There are plenty of reviews of artist coloring pencils on the net, such as Faber Castell Polychromos or Prismacolor. I am sure those pencils are fantastic and lucky are those who can afford them for using in coloring books. I can't. All the pencils I have been using so far are budget ones. And today I want to write a review on the most budget color pencils that I managed to find. I am talking about WHSmith Let's Create set of 100 coloring pencils that I bought online for mere 6.49 pounds. And what can I say? I am pretty happy with them! Of course, if you like coloring by putting layer after layer of a color these pencils would not work. They can be used for two-three layers but no more. Anyway, a reaaly impressive effect can be reached thanks to a large variety of shades. Have a look at the range of colors in this pack
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
Today I'm showing another finished page from the Hidden in the Jungle coloring book. Nothing much special about it. I colored birds and flowers with markers and all the greenery and background with pencils. I like such simple coloring from time to time, very relaxing.
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Here it is another page from the Relax with Art colouring magazine and I enter into the competition with it too, along with the Golden Pharaoh from my previous post. The Native American portrait is done with budget color pencils (Maped and WHSmith). The wigwam, however, I colored with acrylic because I wanted to paint over some patterns. But I am not quite happy with how the wigwam turned out after all - too dark, I should have chosen a lighter shade perhaps.
Here is the before and after photo
Thursday, 17 November 2016
Hello! Here I am again with a new finished coloring page. This one is from the Relax with Art UK colouring magazine. The image is from their October issue. Besides being full of interesting illustrations of different topics the magazine holds a competition where the winner will get a 150 set of Prismacolor pencils. So, I decided to try my luck. In any case, I did enjoy doing my pharaoh.
Thinking of pharaohs I always imagine those gold sarcophagi decorated with lapis lazuli, turquoise and carnelian stones. So, for my pharaoh I decided to experiment a little and to use gold tempera paint. Here and there I added some bronze as well, just to create an illusion of shade. As the result the pharaoh turned out quite majestic. Here is a flash photo which gives you idea about the luster.
Besides those already mentioned gold and bronze tempera paints I also used acrylic, markers and pencils for this illustration. Here is the before and after photo. As you can see I painted over some patterns - on the face and arms, just thought there were a bit too much of them...
I know my pharaoh is not perfect but on the whole I am quite happy with how the guy turned out. Plus it was fun experimenting with different types of paint.
That's all for today.
Friday, 11 November 2016
This is the second mandala that I colored. I decided to use just a few shades of red and black colors for it to create a slightly dramatic effect. And I like how it turned out. The illustration is from the Enchanted Dreams: A Meditative Art Therapy book by Poppy Appleby. Media used: markers and fineliners.
Thursday, 10 November 2016
Hello!I've been out of blogosphere for a while but I kept coloring whenever I got a free minute. Today I will show another sea theme page. All the creatures here are colored with markers. Above you can see the first variant of my coloring of this page. I did the background in watercolor pencils with slight shadowing around the creatures. Then I didn't like the result at all. The background turned out too pale and I hated the shadowing. And on the whole the picture looked rather boring. So, I decided to change the background, to make it much brighter. This time I used watercolor. Yeah, the result was quite bright and beautiful but patchy here and there. Again I was not happy. Then I added some glitter on those patchy areas. Looked much better.
Still I was not quite satisfied, like something was missing. Until I draw white borders around all the creatures. Then, it felt perfect. So, here is the final variant of this coloring page. Perhaps it looks a bit Christmasy with all that glitter, haha, but I like it.
As I mentioned before I used markers (different brands), paper glitter and watercolor for coloring this page.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Finally, I was brave enough to try and color a human face. I am quite happy with the result though the paper of this book doesn't love pencils and it is really hard to get a smooth effect while blending. Besides the paper has a few patches here and there which makes the task even harder. Anyway, on the whole the illustration looks quite lovely and I really like it.
For the coloring I used markers and fineliners for smaller details and colored pencils for everything else. And the woman's earrings I colored with a glittering gel pen in the shade of gold.
The illustration is from the Africa: Patterns of the World coloring book (Russian edition) and that is just the right theme for me cause I like using bright colors and what Africa is associated with? With bright colors. There are two more illustration of African women in the book as well as some animals and masks all drawn in a specific stylized way.
That's all for today.
Thursday, 13 October 2016
This is the first illustration from the Lost Ocean book that I colored. From all the four coloring books by Johanna Basford this one is my favorite. I called this page "The Emerald Palace" and obviously that's why the palace is colored in shades of green. The surrounding pattern in bright colors makes a nice contrast to it. Mostly I used pencils here with occasional markers here and there on small details.
Once again me and my daughthers (both this time) decided to work on the illustration at the same time. Here you can see their works. They had their own vision of the palace.
I like all the shadings on this one. The work is done with colored pencils
Nice contrast between the black-and-white patterns and the brightness of the palace. Everything except the background here is colored with markers.
Sunday, 9 October 2016
And the second circus cat page is colored with markers and colored pencils.
These were simple yet fun to color illustrations. Just the right thing after a tiresome day. The pages are from the Cat therapy zendoodle coloring book (Russian publication) by Yanina Mironova.
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Meet this cute alien from the Planet of Cold. He came to visit the Earth and accidentally landed in tropics. It is too hot for him there. But he has two little helpers, cold-producing robots who create a cloud of snowy balls/crystals around him to keep the alien cold. So, that's why he looks quite happy! That's my story behind the illustration :)
And here is another alien. This page was colored by my daughter. We colored at the same time and it was interesting to compare the results.
The alien is from the Zendoodle coloring book (Russian publication) and I colored him with colored pencils but the background is done with soft pastel.
Friday, 30 September 2016
I know, this is not the page everyone would gladly color. Some skip pages depicting bugs, spiders or any other insects, many people fine them creepy. But not me...I have no problem at all with watching all these species as well as coloring. And I must say that I did enjoy coloring these ants. As always with me the illustration turned out rather bright and colorful. Here is the before and after photo
The ants are colored with pencils as well as some leaves. But most leaves and the background underneath are done with watercolor pencils. The paper of this coloring book - Hidden in the Jungle - is of quite good quality so no problem at all with using wet media.
Tuesday, 27 September 2016
What can be more relaxing then looking at the sea? Only colouring a sea themed page! This Caribbean underwater world inspired illustration is done in bright and vivid colours. The fish and corals are coloured with markers, with some pencils shading and the background is done with watercolour pencils. Seems like I love mixing media :) The illustration is from the Russian publication book called Море, море which translates as Sea, sea...I bought this book during my vacation in Belarus.
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Cute stripy cats today...really enjoyed coloring this page. Once again I used mixed media here: the cats are done with markers, the fish with gel pens and the background with watercolor pencils. The illustration is from the Relax with Art magazine, issue 6 Colourful Cats: a Feline colouring adventure. There are many interesting, cute and even whimsical images of cats to color. You will definitely see more colored pages from this book in future.
Thursday, 22 September 2016
My first mandala...Mandalas are among the most popular colouring themes. And I understand why...colouring a mandala is a very relaxing and calming experience. Especially if you turn on some meditative sound of Buddhist chants to listen while working on your mandala. And it is quite an easy and quick colouring: just follow the pattern and chose the colours depending on your mood. Here is the before and after photo
This illustration is from the Zendoodle Coloring: Enchanting Gardens book. The colouring was done with markers.
Friday, 16 September 2016
This is the last of my summer works. Since now on I will be posting only new completed colouring pages. This peacock was done with coloured pencils and markers and the illustration is from the Relaxed and Focused Colouring book. As in one of my previous pages that I showed here the background was done with my old eyeshadows. When you don't have pastels at hand this is quite a good alternative.
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Another cat. This colouring I did in Summer. One of my first works and not the most accurate, hehe. I believe I worked in the evening under not so good light. I wanted to play with different shades of pink and violet and the cat turned out that bright and somewhat fluorescent. Anyway, I like the result...I do like bright colours. All colouring here is done with markers. The illustration is from the Cats: Colouring for Mindfulness book.
Monday, 12 September 2016
This is my new work, finished it just yesterday. I named it Cat the Sleep-Maker. I was inspired by Cat Bayun - a magical cat from Russian folklore who charms people with his storytelling and lull them to sleep with his mellow voice...(after that he actually eats them but that's another story). Here, have a closer look at this cat
Saturday, 10 September 2016
Two of my earlier works done both with coloured pencils and markers. I find such pages the most relaxing: you just grab whatever colour comes into your view, not thinking much about palette to chose, and then just follow the pattern.
I mucked up a bit this second pattern but if not to look at it too closely then it's ok, hehe...No "before" photos today, I often forget to take pictures of the illustrations before starting to colour them.
Thursday, 8 September 2016
These two cats are from the Cats:colouring for mindfulness book. I put these illustrations under one category "jungle cats". The first cat, as you can see, is done in a leopard style and for the the second cat I used "jungle" colours: different shades of green and brown. I am not quite happy how the head turned out but I like the leopard cat. I used mixed media for both pages: pencils and fineliners. Here, have a closer look at the cats.
Wednesday, 7 September 2016
One more completed page from the Relaxed and Focused Colouring book. All done with Mapped colour pencils and for colouring the background I used my old blue eye shadows. That was quite an interesting experience. Here is the photo of "before" and "after"
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Yet another completed page from the Relaxed and Focused Colouring book. A sea horse...no background here, I just wanted to leave it just like this, a bright image on a plain white sheet. Done with markers in blue-green-turquoise shades.
Monday, 5 September 2016
Two more coloured patterns today. Each took me quite some time to finish due to so many small parts. Anyway I enjoyed colouring them very much and am pleased with the result. The first illustration reminded me of Aztec designs and it influenced the choice of colours. And the second one somehow reminded me of ice and snow and so I used only three colours for it. With such a limited amount of pens it turned out quite interesting. Here, have a closer look at each of the patterns.
Sunday, 4 September 2016
This was the very first page that I coloured. My mood was rather gloomy at the time and that's why I wanted this illustration to be bright and colourful. I worked with several vivid and contrasting colours and you can see the result: a psychedelic cat.
I used Edding 1200 Pens for this page.
Saturday, 3 September 2016
Another day and another coloured page. This one is the latest that I finished, just a few days ago. The whole pattern is coloured with pens and I used only two pencils - black one for background before using a marker (this way there are no any licked spots on the other side of the page), and white one - to draw a few lines on the flowers (because I don't have any white color gel pen). Here is the photo of "before" and "after" together
Friday, 2 September 2016
Hello! I start this new blog by posting two colored pages from the "Cats: colouring for mindfulness" book. This was the first coloring book I ever bought, just around three months ago. Since that I have got hooked on coloring. I don't really care whether it has any meditating effect or it doesn't. I just like the process, I just like to see how an illustration transforms into a beautiful colorful picture. I am a cat lover so, no wonder when I decided to try coloring my choice fell on a book with illustrations of cats, haha. These two cats were among the first I colored. I didn't take any "before" pictures at the time. But here are two variants, without and with background