Monday, 16 February 2015

My Secret Garden colouring book, part 4

When is a drawing finished? That is the hardest part of drawing, colouring and painting.
I'm never sure about when it is time to stop working on a drawing or painting and not ruining it.
I've ruined many works of arts in the past...however, with "The Secret Door" I've been very cautious.
There are a few spots and leaves that need a little more colour but the drawing is almost finished now.

The last couple of days I've added a little blue and red to the stones around the door. I also coloured the leaves that were left open. And then I decided the grasslike green in front of the door was too warm of a colour green.

As you may know, you can bring more depth to your drawing by using cooler colours in the background and warmer colours in the front.
By doing so you will trick your eyes and it will look like the background is farther away from you.


The grassy green under the door seemed to blend too much with the leaves. By adding a little blue the leaves stick out a little more. But I think it can have a little more blue.

I also made the shades a little stronger. As I'm looking at these detailed pictures now I think a little extra shading here and there might make this picture even more vibrant! So I'll do some extra colouring for sure!

TO BE CONTINUED once more.

Sunday, 8 February 2015

My Secret Garden colouring book, part 3

The last few weeks I have enjoyed many hours of happy colouring!
I'm taking my time with Johanna Basford's colouring book so I've finished only one page yet!
The 'Door to The Secret Garden' in Johanna Basford's colouring book is one of my favourite pages.
I waited a while continuing colouring this page because I didn't have the inspiration, I wasn't sure how I wanted to continue the drawing, which colours I wanted to use, etc.

When I first started colouring this page I began with the door.
Many artists may tell you it is better to colour the background first but I just couldn't resist colouring that beautiful door! I also shaded the stones and some areas in the door.

Then I started adding colour to the background. I layered, browns, blues, greys, greens and a little red in the background. It took me many hours and I'm not finished yet. 

I waited a while before I started colouring the many leaves in this drawing. I knew I needed more colour than just greens but I didn't have the guts to try something.

This afternoon I sat in my craft room for a while, the sun was shining through the windows on my desk. I just had a very joyful hour of colouring while listening to an audio book.
I'm currently colouring some of the leaves with yellows, browns and reds.
I try to colour with as little pressure as possible. When I push the pencil too hard I won't be able to add the many layers I like to put on top of each other. Erasing some colour is also much easier when you colour with a light touch.

It becomes very clear that, however I like the door the way it is, it needs some extra layers. It looks a bit dull right now. The picture may not show that but it is.
So once I've finished the leaves I will add some more colour to the door.

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A couple of days ago I bought a new pencil sharpener. It is astonishing how much easier it is to draw and colour with a pencil that is really sharp! 
So I bought some extra sharpeners. No more blunt pencils for me!

And this is the result so far:

To be continued...

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