My title for this weblog is a bit bizarre. Let me clarify. Like everybody else, earlier than I purchase a coloring guide, I learn critiques and feedback on Amazon and generally watch flip throughs on youtube. Lately I noticed somebody mentioned in a remark “the paper is so bad! This is the first and last book I will ever buy from this artist”. I’m deeply troubled by this as a result of I come to know that the world of guide publishing just isn’t that easy. Not each artist is Johanna Basford or Hanna Karlzon. Don’t get me improper, I like Johanna and Hanna. They are very profitable and their books are wonderful. My campaign right here is for artists beginning and making an attempt to make their artwork recognized. How does one even get a writer? Hence there’s the choice of self-publishing, like CreateSpace by Amazon. However, everyone knows the paper high quality is lower than fascinating. I’m positive each artist would like to have their coloring pages printed on thick, white, top quality paper that may take all of the abuse from us colorist, like making an attempt to do watercolor mixing on non-watercolor paper. However, as an alternative of ready for that chance to return, the subsequent neatest thing is to no less than publish and get your artwork on the market. For me, I’d somewhat get good coloring pages on not so good paper than unhealthy artwork on good paper.
Less than supreme paper – cope with it
Now that I perceive and settle for books with lower than supreme paper high quality. I be taught to cope with it. As lengthy as you perceive the limitation, what works finest with the paper, you possibly can undoubtedly obtain nice outcomes with any sort of paper. If you possibly can’t shade with out drenching the paper with moist medium you then nonetheless have the choice of copying the web page to paper of your selection like card inventory or even gentle watercolor paper. As lengthy as you utilize the copy on your personal use and never distribute to others together with family and friends, it doesn’t violate copyright legal guidelines. I not too long ago buy just a few of those “bad paper” books and the artwork in them are wonderful. I had a variety of enjoyable coloring in them with simply coloured pencils and even a little bit of water activated medium like Inktense. You simply need to be sure to don’t drench the web page an excessive amount of, let it dry utterly earlier than doing the rest with it. These paper often have a variety of tooth, and also you want your pencil sharp to get into the “valleys” of the paper and canopy all of the whites or use a colorless blender. I used Inktense to create a base (cowl the whites), waited for it to utterly dry after which shade over with my pencils for giant areas. In the featured image above (from the Vintage Classic Coloring pages by Tantiana Bogema), to realize that darkish royal blue background, I used Inktense 1100 as base then used Prisma 901 and 902 over it. This technique extended the lifetime of my Prisma pencils and saved me from a sore wrist from all of the burnishing / mixing I in any other case needed to do to create the identical impact. The coloring pages are printed one-sided to permit the usage of markers in order that bleed-through doesn’t destroy one other coloring web page.
Two wonderful books – Ruby Charm Colors (RCC) Adult Coloring Art Journal vol 1 & 2
Ruby Charm Art Journal vol 1 & 2
I don’t do guide critiques often in my weblog and that is actually not a guide evaluation. Please don’t take it as such. The purpose why I need to deliver these two books to your consideration is that I actually admire the artist, Susan Carlson. This just isn’t as a result of she is type sufficient to incorporate two of my coloring of her pages behind vol 2 – effectively that’s fairly cool and I’m very honored. These books are printed on CreateSpace paper which properly ties in with what I simply talked to you about. So let’s get previous the paper high quality beef and let me inform you a bit about why these books are wonderful.
I used to be first drawn to @rubycharmcolors on Instagram as a result of Susan’s distinctive drawings and the way in which she coloured them appealed to me. Her topics are animals, reptiles, bugs, aquatic creatures and he or she stylized them. I discover it very distinctive, not the identical outdated flowers and leaves. She examined out her drawings by coloring them herself and her shade selections are wonderful. I like the way in which she combines greys, browns, blues and greens. I’m additionally impressed that she’s very conscious of feedback and at all times takes the time to elucidate.
When she determined to self-publish her books on CreateSpace, we, her followers, are her cheering squad. We understand how onerous she labored on these books. Her books are usually not simply coloring pages, they’re Art Journals. Each design has follow web page, notes web page the place you possibly can write down what you probably did, your shade palette and many others earlier than you shade the complete web page. I’ve by no means seen something like this. These books are appropriate for novices in addition to superior colorist as you possibly can shade the road arts as is or you will be adventurous and add your individual design / interpretation. Personally I like so as to add a little bit of realism to her stylized animals so the face of the lion is kind of actual however the whole lot else is stylized, just like the lion web page beneath.
Lion From Ruby Charm Colors Collection by Susan Carlson coloured by Betty Hung – colorart.ca
or I turned her horse drawing right into a stained glass design
Horse from Ruby Charm Colors Collection by Susan Carlson coloured by Betty Hung – colorart.ca
and that is my newest work from her assortment, you will get pdf model of those cute lemurs from the rubycharmcolors Etsy retailer:
Lemurs from Ruby Charm Colors Collection by Susan Carlson coloured by Betty Hung – colorart.ca
If you have an interest to see all my colorings of Ruby Charm Colors, they’re all collected underneath the instagram hashtag #rubycharmbybettyhung
Follow Susan Carlson on her instagram: @rubycharmcolors or Facebook web page “Rubycharmcolors Community”
In addition to the RCC Art Journals, I additionally purchased a pair extra coloring books on lower than supreme paper as I imagine in supporting proficient artists and I hope you do too. Here’s one other accomplished web page:
“Squirrel” in Magic Beauty by Nadiya Vasilkova
“Squirrel” from Magic Beauty by Nadiya Vasilkova coloured by Betty Hung – colorart.ca