Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Good, The Bad, and ... just a downright mess!

Why am I showing you this well-colored, headless image? Because I promised to show you the good, the bad, and the oopsies. LOL

The coloring on this image is to die for.  The image is one from Sassy Designs Studio.  That dress, the shading, the blending -- almost perfect.  I was ecstatic. Yes!  I was going to present her here to encourage all of us to just keep coloring and practicing and eventually we will see fantastic results.

If that was the end of the story, this post would have another title.  I have often mentioned how do you know when to leave your coloring alone.  I thought 'this is how I want all my images to turn out.'  Of course, being the perfectionist that I am, there was just a tiny little spot on the corner of her mouth that was -- maybe I could use my multiliner and just smooth that little spot into the rest of -- uh-oh.  Oh, no.  Major oopsie!  That's okay, I'll use my white Sharpie pen, cover that up, redraw, and color.  It will hardly be noticed.  Uh-oh.  Didn't need that much.
That's okay.  I'll let it dry, scrape it off, and then redraw, recolor -- uh-oh --

Now look at what I did!

I know.   Just a downright mess.  Once upon a time I would have tossed this or cut the head off and tried to paste on another and would have been absolutely frustrated with this whole marker thing -- but I couldn't bring myself to toss it.

She's beautiful.  And I think you'll agree this really is some of my best coloring.  Even with what some would consider a defect, she is absolutely physically beautiful.  She must also be beautiful inside because girlfriend's got an attitude.  Heyyyyyyyyy!!!!  Sassy, sassy.

We can only excel with practice.  Stuff like this happens along the way.  Major oopsies, some downright messes.  Learn from them and move on. Keep practicing.  And learn to leave well enough alone.  Sometimes we have to look past the imperfections and focus on the beauty that's reflected.    
As always --
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I don't know what you're going through, but this is a perfect time for coloring another head and pasting it on!! I do that kind of stuff all the time when I mess up coloring! Girl, marker ink costs too much to throw a great coloring job in the trash...

  2. I would still try to use the image, just cut the head off. I looked through your other images and practice is really paying off. You are doing great things!! I wish I could say the same for myself. I never seem to have the right colors so I have lots of unfinished images!!!

  3. :-)
    your story gave me a big smile on my face :-)
    I often has this too and most of the times I throw it away, but, I agree, this is too beautiful to throw away.

  4. I laughed so hard as I visually saw what happened to your coloring. I have been in this type of situation before. We tend to toss those items and only show our perfect products. Thanks for sharing what often happens in the craft room.

  5. What a fabulous post, as we all can relate to those times that we all have had a oopsie or two!!! LOL!!! Your coloring is amazing!! Thanks for sharing with us and reminding us to keep on trying!!

    Jacki - SSD DT

  6. Had to giggle when I read this. I'd like to have a dollar for everytime this has happened to me!

  7. As Kristen mentioned you can cut off the head of another image and paste it on. That way it gives a little dimension like you did it on purpose. :0)

    Smiles Sher