Color with me – Scarab from Dagdrömmar, part one

I’ve had several requests for a color along from Dagdrömmar by Hanna Karlzon, so high time to make one! And I’ve also had numerous requests regarding doing a black Posca background. I’ve said it before, I don’t like Posca for backgrounds and you’ll see in the video, why. I suppose my style is just way too messy for it, you can probably get a more even look by being… well… less messy. But yeah, me no likey. Anyway this first part is intensely boring for those not interested in looking at black Posca and more black Posca but there will be a bit of pencil work towards the end as well.

And please excuse my hands, it’s winter and they’re super dry and I’ve now taken up a ceramics class, the clay dries my hands to oblivion, it’s insane.

Stuff used on day one:
Posca, Faber-Castell Polychromos

  • Posca black 3M (the number refers to the size of the nib, the smaller the number, the smaller the nib)
  • Posca black 5M
  • Posca gold 3M
  • FC Dark Sepia (Prismacolor equivalent Sepia)
  • FC Light Yellow Ochre (Prisma Sand or Jasmine)
  • FC Cream (Prisma Cream)

Tips and tricks:

  • Don’t use Posca 😀 Okay, it scans worse then it looks so the finished result scan is pretty bad, I’ll take a photo for you once we finish it all but it just won’t look matte black. I’m yet to figure out what would, once I do, I’ll let you know. But black backgrounds are an issue. If you don’t mind the streaks and patches, black Posca would totally be for you. I might try to do a third layer to even things out a bit but we’ll see, I won’t film that if I do, you’d die of sheer boredom 😀
  • If you DO use Posca, move quick, you will want to work fast and into wet, once it dries, the streak between old and new is remarkably worse then with wet into wet
  • If your marker starts to streak too much, pump more paint out, just push the nib on a scrap piece of paper until it disperses more paint
  • You can easily erase pencil marks that go over Posca later, don’t worry too much about being too messy
  • Wait until Posca dries before continuing or it will be a hot mess
  • You don’t have to use a gold marker for the stems, use whatever you have, white will do as well, whatever will shop up from the black. Or leave them as they are if you don’t mind them just randomly floating in the air

End result of day one:
As said previously, Posca scans horribly so it’s worse then it really is, I’ll take a proper picture for you once we finish so you’ll see how it really is but I decided to also show you the scan since it amplifies the issue and you can see what the problem with Posca is. The thing with Posca is that it photographs so well that you’ll think omg yay, a perfect black background but in person it’s not quite the case

Continuing it soon so stay tuned, I’m hoping to get some filming done today as well.

All the parts of this tutorial:
Day one – black Posca background, start of the golden vines
Day two – finishing vines, leaves and flowers, adding a bit of white Posca
Day three – everything else, scarabs, gems, background

9 thoughts on “Color with me – Scarab from Dagdrömmar, part one

  1. Hurrah!!!! I’ve been waiting for YOU to do a picture in dagdrommar AND I actually have a box of 60 FC pencils so fingers crossed I actually have all the “right” colours! Let’s go!


    1. More Hanna? No problem! 😀
      The layer of pencil beneath Posca must be even for it to work, the wax of the pencil will shine through Posca so if there are uneven bits, it will look even worse. I didn’t find the result to be pleasing enough to go through the trouble really.


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