Well it’s been some time since my final publish. Don’t fear, nothing occurred. I used to be simply coloring away and every little thing else slipped earlier than I do know it. So I’m again with thrilling information a couple of new coloring guide known as “Insectimaginery” by the very proficient Susan Carlson of Ruby Charm Colors. In brief, it’s all bugs. It’s her first themed coloring guide. She has grow to be an expensive buddy and I’m a part of her coloring workforce so sure I is usually a bit biased. I’m going to indicate you why I like this guide and I believe you’ll too. Over the previous few months, I’ve been coloring a couple of of those bugs and I’m going to share with you a little bit of methods I utilized in each.
This is a self-published guide with Amazon KDP. I already talked about paper high quality limitation of KDP books in my final publish “Art or Paper” and choices to get round if that bothers you. The guide is crammed with fantastical bugs and like the opposite Ruby Charm Colors grownup coloring books (Ruby Charm Coloring Art Journal vol 1 & 2 and Ruby Charm Colors Creative Companion), it’s designed as an artwork journal with loads of room to check and monitor your colours. Being a coloring fanatic herself, Susan could be very conscious of what colorists really want and there may be the standard ideas prologue at first of each guide.
Book cowl of Insectimaginery grownup coloring guide by Ruby Charm Colors
I’m very honored that one in all my coloration artwork – Orchid Bumbles – made it to the again cowl of the guide within the firm of so many different proficient colorists whose work I actually admire.
There are a few streamer dragonflies on this guide. Here’s one in all them and my favourite! The line artwork is superbly composed and I personalized it a bit by including some little flower buds. Glitter is all the trend now in coloring, everyone seems to be into glitter gel pens, metallic brush pens, mica watercolor, some individuals makes use of glitter nail polish though I’ve not tried that. Here I used Finetec pearl watercolor on the dragonfly’s wings. I believe the shine makes it much more magical. I additionally advocate handmade shimmery watercolors by Karen Spencer of KJDesign @indigoartgb (that is her instagram hyperlink), her paints are amazingly wealthy, creamy and a group of essentially the most lovely hues I’ve ever seen.
Streamer Dragonflies from Insectimaginery by Ruby Charm Colors coloured by Betty Hung, colorant.ca
Flower buds are actually easy to attract, they’re merely little circles with a couple of strains to point budding petals. I often have Three to four petals. Here’s an in depth up. Another tip is very very darkish background is what makes the little buds pop. Here I used varied greens and black, some buds seem with extra readability than others. Some trace of the identical pink with out define within the inexperienced space provides depth.
Orchid Bumbles from Insectimaginery by Ruby Charm Colors – coloured by Betty Hung, colorart.ca
Ah what can I say about this piece. A ballot on the Ruby Charm Colors Community Facebook Group (trace: you would possibly need to be a part of this non-public group in case you’re not already a member) exhibits it is a favourite of lots of people! If you have got learn my “About me” web page right here, you realize I took watercolor courses earlier than and it’s a medium I actually actually love. Coloring this piece introduced again all these emotions once I did watercolor portray years in the past. I printed this web page off on 90 lb watercolor paper, it’s simply gentle sufficient to not choke my printer. Let’s discuss my alternative of paper for a bit. I principally coloration straight in coloring books as I like flipping by them and take a look at my work infrequently reasonably than having unfastened assortment of papers. However, some books don’t take heavy water very effectively, in that case I select both cardstock or gentle watercolor paper. I exploit cardstock if my main focus goes to be pencils and watercolor paper if I plan to make use of plenty of water medium. The dilemma is coloured pencils don’t actually like watercolor paper, you want heavy mixing due to the rougher paper texture. I actually don’t like utilizing blenders. So there’s a commerce off, use the fitting paper relying in your want.
Another tip about storing these items of artwork after you completed coloring – I purchased these plastic pouch / bag from stationary shops (e.g. Staples in US and Canada) that has a velcro flap on prime and opens like an envelop, it’s pleated so it could maintain fairly a couple of eight.5×11 or smaller items. The magnificence is it has Three holes on the left facet, so you possibly can file these pouches in common Three-ring binders. How cool is that!
Back to this piece. First I need to speak concerning the bumble bee. I used watercolor to create the fluffy bumble. The trick is to let the black and yellow meet and mix into one another when they’re nonetheless moist. Be cautious to scrub your brush usually so your yellow doesn’t flip to mud. Notice additionally that my yellow truly has pink/orange/yellow and my black has blue/gray/black. Complex colours add depths as effectively.
I can not resist including some extras, on this case, orchid leaves. This just isn’t as a result of I believe the unique line artwork is simply too naked, the artist facet of me simply likes to brighten with my very own mark. I’ve seen beautiful coloring by different Ruby Charm Colors workforce (examine their Instagram: @dukewife, @pstonecolors) with out leaves. I’m additionally very pleased I selected a deep darkish violet/burgundy pink because the again floor, it brings out the lighter topics superbly. Oh and the wings are finished with Karen’s mica paint. Special point out concerning the “Gold”, it’s heavenly and you may’t get extra gold shine than this.
Chantrelle Butterfly from Insectimaginery by Ruby Charm Colors – coloured by Betty Hung, colorart.ca
I remembered being very excited once I first laid my eyes on this line artwork. Why? as a result of it has no flowers and it has fungi which I seldom have an opportunity to paint apart from button mushrooms right here and there. It’s not that I don’t like flowers however a change from the conventional creates pleasure! That was the day I obtained my new full set of Faber-Castell polychromos which has actually fairly greens and browns. In some areas such because the leaves and background, I used the assistance of Derwent Inktense to type a base earlier than highlighting with pencils. I’ve earlier blogs on using Inktense. I didn’t actually have a coloration plan, I simply jumped proper in with a reasonably coloration named “Terracotta” on the large chanterelle mushroom and the remainder simply developed round it. Some individuals discover it wonderful that I appear to have plenty of colours happening on this piece however surprisingly they match collectively. I confessed that after I coloured the fungi, leaves and background, I appeared on the butterfly and go what now. I would like each the fungi and the butterfly to be the main target if that’s not too grasping. I used to be cautious that the a part of the butterfly that’s subsequent to the large chanterelle has no orange or brown or yellow or pink. Hence it’s gentle blue and gray alongside the sting. I drew some patterns alongside the sides of the wings and coloured them black, this created a lacy really feel and lightened up the heavy wooded background. Of course a butterfly obtained to have some brilliant colours. I made certain they’re on the facet of the inexperienced space. I believe that pulled it off. I additionally need to convey your consideration to the tree trunk with moss coated bark. This was finished through the use of a fineliner to attract some random strains (differ the thickness of the strains), I end it off with some inexperienced burnish (which means rub actually arduous) right here and there to imitate moss.
Lotus Streamer Dragonfly from Insectimaginery by Ruby Charm Colors – coloured by Betty Hung, colorart.ca
Coloring on black paper intimates me. Do you realize Susan made Black Magic Coloring guide manually? It is by particular order solely full together with your title on the duvet. It’s actually lovely. So why does it intimates me? Well coloured pencils go on black paper like chalk/pastel. So you want plenty of layers and good mixing. However, the result’s completely beautiful. Secondly, you actually can’t print white on a house printer, so it’s straining to the eyes to search out the black strains on black paper. I get round it by working beneath a brilliant LED desk lamp and I used a white pencil to right away hint the strains earlier than I began coloring. So why coloration on black? As you possibly can see, it creates a really beautiful pastel like texture that you could’t get on white paper, it additionally provides you an opportunity to make use of these excessive gentle fairly coloured pencils that you don’t have any thought what to do with, and moreover, you don’t want to paint the background black!
The trick for a profitable black paper coloring is a number of layers and mix effectively. Here I’ll present you the distinction, the outcome on the fitting took twice so long as the preliminary outcome on the left. So a number of persistence and you may be rewarded.
Last however not least is that this Valentine’s Cicada (therefore the guts form) which Susan kindly made as a restricted time freebie on the Facebook group group. This can also be included within the new guide.
Valentine’s Cicada from Insectimaginery by Ruby Charm Colors – coloured by Betty Hung, colorart.ca
I solely used Prisma Premier coloured pencils on this piece with a pair layers of Wink of Stellar clear glitter pen on the wings. Again the trick to all coloring is layering and mixing (I imply mixing a number of colours collectively, not utilizing a mixing software or oil or no matter. The solely exception to blender software for me is that if the paper is simply too textured and I need assistance getting the colours into the nooks and crannies. Here the star of the present is the clear wings. I had a weblog earlier than about find out how to coloration one thing clear, you possibly can learn it right here. Other Betty elaborations contains turning the define of the guts into twisted twigs and I crammed up the centre of the Protea flower with actual trying anthers (I’m not certain if that is the fitting time period). Here’s an in depth up of the work in progress, be affected person and mix, mix, mix til you possibly can take a look at it shut up and all the colours easily transition from one to a different except you truly need to see strains like within the petals. I intentionally let some strains exhibits on the petals for texture.
Sorry this weblog publish is so lengthy because of my try to make up for my MIA in the previous few months. I hope my biased assessment of the guide impressed you. The guide is accessible on Amazon worldwide and if you are there, take a look at the opposite publications of Ruby Charm Colors as effectively. Some of the bugs line arts (and a group of non-bug line arts) are additionally out there as pdf downloads from the Ruby Charm Colors Etsy retailer. Happy Coloring!