Ahhh the smell of a fresh color along! Almost as nice as the smell of a Christmas tree. By the way, seems toddlers are like cats, they have a built in fiery passion for trees and specially ornaments, the sparklier, the better. But anyway, back to business, today we’ll start with Inklings 2 by Tanya Bond, with the very first image to be exact, Rose. Ah and pardon the occasional view of my hair.
Stuff used on day one:
Prismacolor Premier pencils, Faber-Castell Perfection eraser, blender pencil
- Light Peach PC 927
- Nectar PC 1092
- Crimson Red PC 924
- Pink PC 929
- Blush Pink PC 928
- Yellow Ochre PC 942
- Cream PC 914
- Sepia PC 948
- Dahlia Purple PC 1009
- Indigo Blue PC 901
- Dark Green PC 908
- Apple Green PC 912
- Koh-I-Noor Polycolor blending pencil (more on this below)
- Prismacolor Premier blending pencil
Tips and tricks:
- Some of you have been reading along with my previous tutorials so forgive me if I repeat myself at times but for newcomers, I think some things are worth revisiting. So on that note, I suggest with portraits, always do skin first so you don’t accidentally drag particles of hair or background into the skin, ruining it
- As you can see, I was trying out the Koh-I-Noor Polycolor blender on this, I hadn’t used it before, I’m testing all kinds of blenders to make a comparison for you soon. Anyway it’s not what I’d suggest you use for skin at least, it’s a bit too scratchy and well yes, mine has a broken core as well so annoying to boot. So I switched to a Prismacolor colorless blender. I really should get a few new ones, mine is a stub as you can see. But the point here is that you can use any blending pencil you have or skip this step entirely
- If going for a realistic look, don’t do what I did here. Steer clear of pinks and yellows, they will ruin a realistic look completely, just don’t. But if you want this more colorful fantasy-ish appearance, go wild!
- You don’t have to do anything you don’t want, you can follow along but feel free to switch out pencils, skip or add steps etc
- I wasn’t sure what color the hair will be yet so technically doing the green thorns might not have been the best idea if going for light hair. If you’re set on light, skip the thorns for now because…
- … always go from light to dark to avoid dragging dark particles into your light areas by accident
- I make mistakes, you can too. For instance my strokes were pretty uneven here and there, I crossed some lines by accident and I created a whole new stalk because I got confused with the lines 😀 It happens! So don’t worry about messing up, it’s no big deal, really, just have fun!
End result of day one:
So stay tuned for the next episodes coming soon and I hope you have fun!