I've completed a card for the Outlawz Creative Freebie Challenge. We're given two images to color. To qualify for the next challenge and two more images, you just need to color one or both of the images and post your project.
I wanted to try a new hair color combo and a new skin color combo, and I also wanted to try fur on the bear. The bear is cute, but it's not furry to me. So I'll have to keep working on that.
What I want to show you in these pictures is that there is no set way to color. You learn the basics by learning what others do in videos, on blogs, or in tutorials, classes, and what you read in books. After that it's up to you. If you want to do flicks or circles, if you want to start with your light color or your dark color, if you want to start with the skin first, or the hair first, these are all choices you make to bring a coloring to your liking. You're the artist.
I started with the light and colored the entire area with YR21.
Then I used the darkest color, YR24, and colored in where I felt the darkest areas were.
And lastly, I used the medium color, YR31, to fill any the areas between the dark and light.
Some folks would stop here. I didn't. I went over the entire area with the lightest color, YR00.
Once that's done, you just have to work with it, tweak it here and there, to make it your own.
I used the same technique on her clothes, started with the lightest pink.
Think of coloring like a recipe. First you make it according to the directions. Then add a little of this, a lttle of that, not so much of this, not so much of that and, voila! Now it's your recipe. Coloring is no different. Sometimes you have to make it over a couple times before you get it just right. If it's something you enjoy, you'll try again and again to get it just right.
I really hope this helped to inspire you to continue coloring. It is so fun and relaxing. Who doesn't color? We're been coloring since we were small children. Bet your coloring now looks better than when you were five. LOL
Here's my finished card.
*NOTE: Trina pointed out that I had put the colors for the jacket in this image and not her hair. I have corrected them.
Hair - YR21, YR24, YR31, YR00
Jacket - R81, R85, R83
As always --
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