Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gnomey Harry

While check out the latest whimsical release in the store, I was intrigued by how some of the characters were colors, specifically in the style Gnomey Harry and his whimsical friends are colored.   So I thought I'd give it a try and see if I could figure it out.  I don't think I understand it all the way but what I ended up trying out was a no-blending technique.  (I know, I know, it's completely the opposite of the current coloring challenge... but hay, I gotta grab inspiration when it happens.  LOL)

The technique on this project was to color without blending at all.  Let me tell you, it was mentally challenging!  LOL   In most areas I used three colors, a light, medium and dark color.  I would color the area with the light color then block in the medium tone and ending up adding the dark tone in the most shadowed areas.  Then I added specks of the medium and dark colors to add texture.

The large mushroom ended up using five colors but I think I was able to stick to the three colors rule for the rest of the image.  The last thing I did was go back in and add white gel pen for the highlights.  I got a little carried away in the grass area but that just inspired me to try it again on another image.  LOL   That's my least favorite part.  :(  But my most favorite part is how the brown parts of the mushroom and the gnome turned out.  I think those are the best areas for what I was trying to achieve. 

This was an interesting challenge for myself and a new way to color an image.  I'm certainly going to try it out again and hopefully I'll get faster each time.  Anyway, I hope you've been inspired to try something new as well!  Thanks for taking a look.
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  1. brilliant colouring Barbara always amazes me how you can try a new technique and still produce something so incredible.
    Hugs Beccy x

  2. No blending..........yikes I am certainly not up for that one....blending is the best/fun part of Copic colouring!
    That said you have done an absolutely fab job my friend - way to go BamBam!!

  3. Wow, wow, wow! This card is fantastic and an inspiration!! x

  4. This is fantastic, Barbara! Your coloring looks amazing!

  5. I'm not sure if it matters what technique you use; if you only had tree bark, berries, and grass, you'd still come up with something fabulous!


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