As I mentioned in a long past previous post, I have had no focus for this blog. I really didn’t know what to do. I have been more and more hesitant about sharing personal life, not just life events but pictures of family as well. I really don’t want as big of an internet presence as I have had in the past. Too much family drama I suppose and I don’t need any more.
So instead I thought I would make it about my newest hobby. One that I have always enjoyed to some extent but also one that I never really knew how to do. I always seemed to get bored with color choices. Well, I have since learned more about how to use my preferred medium and I have taken off so to speak. Yes I technically started before the adult coloring craze really came into being in the past year. I have always like to color, I loved to buy new crayons but I was rather unhappy with the choice of books. Lets face it, as fun as childrens coloring books are, they just can’t hold an interest for too long. A couple of years ago, Michael bought me PJC Smart’s book, Color Me 2. I slowly worked on the horse in it. Easy choice, I love horses. It took me awhile because asd I said before color choice bored me and I wanted more options. My mother gave me a book by Creative Haven called Flower Fashion Fantasies by Ming-Ju Sun with lovely pictures. I still didn’t do much. Last January I finally decided I was going to finish that horse and work more in the book my mother gave me. In the journey I started to look up You-tube videos on how to properly use colored pencils. That was what did it. I learned the art of blending, shading, layering, and although I have much more to learn, this hobby has grown. So this blog I will use to post my colorings, and maybe a word or two on the different brands of pencils I use. So for now, enjoy my first few pictures, and see where this journey has taken me. I think you will see a difference as my posts progress.
This Girl with the Pink flowers was the first picture I did from the book. It was actually a very easy one as the art lends to a nice picture. I was taught to outline in dark and color light so that is what I did, leaving the outside edges light.
The rest of these were all done early, but since I was silly and didn’t date them I can only guess that they were done in January 2016, perhaps before. I honestly don’t remember. Crayola pencils again since that was pretty much all I had or all I cared to use. (I did have a very small set of 24 prang, and a large set of Rose Art, Crayola has been by go to pencil for years so I didn’t dig them out. It is possible that I used some twistable crayola pencils but I really don’t care for them so chances are slim that I ever pulled them out.
This Horse was the first Color Me Your Way picture by PJC Smart that I did. When Michael purchased the book for me, I could not decide between book 2 or book 3, the picture of the horse on the back cove cinched the decision since I love horse. I wanted to incorporate flames from the phoenix and the flower throughout the horse. Nothing done on the background. I have decided to keep it that way.
This picture was also done early, but I tried to give a bit of effect with the leaves, giving them different color gradient. I am starting to think more about the picture and the components. I still have lots to learn. The next post I will discuss pictures done through February and March of 2016, and what I have learned in the process of coloring and maybe a bit on the mediums I used. That might be a separate post so we will see.
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