This is my very first time I used my Prismacolors, so it was a new challenge. The good news is that I definitely like the pencils, perhaps more than markers! This is the freebie that came with the Create and Learn class this month. Stamp by Polkadoodles.
Having used Copics for the finale of my skin and hair class, it was difficult to go back to Spectrum Noir bullet nibs for this one (I don’t have all the colours yet, but I’m slowly getting there!). I’m not too happy with the hair, but love the background!
Amazing class from Alyce! 🙂
It’s taken me three months, finding time to colour around my full time work, family and other online activities, but I have finally finished the Skin and Hair Class from Kit and Clowder! Woot! I promised myself that I would post before and after pictures on completion, so here they are.
My colourings feature a stamp drawn by the wonderful Yampuff at DeviantArt. I first coloured this stamp with the intention of making it into a card for a friend who had just visited Japan. I coloured it again this morning to show the huge change in my ability, thanks to the class.
The before image is coloured with Spectrum Noir markers whereas the second is coloured with Copic markers. One thing I did realise during the classes was that the hair flicking technique is really hard with the SN bullet tip nibs. Once I purchased a handful of Copic Ciaos, I was converted. The Copics are so much easier to work with, both in terms of the nib and ink. I’m totally converted! Additionally, the before image was printed on standard card, whereas I used Neenah Solar White for the after image. You can totally tell the difference in the picture!
I am really pleased I took this class. I was a little hesitant at first as I’d never taken online classes (except for programming) before, but this was totally worth it. Like yoga, Alyce’s classes are more like a lifestyle change for colourers, starting first with the fundamentals of light source and colour theory right through a variety of different hair styles. Having only ever taken art in school, this was a wonderful shift of viewpoint for me that I’m sure is a good foundation for future projects. The feedback is timely and really helpful, with both Alyce and the community encouraging you to push through and do your best in all things. I still have a long way to go on my colouring journey, but with Alyce’s help I’ve made a great start! Definitely recommend to all!
Now on to the Animals class… 🙂
After completing this month’s Create and Learn class over at Kit and Clowder, my muse was definitely inspired to make these safari jungle themed cards. Stamps are from the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Jungle and Safari sets. The first one has to be my favourite – I love the big cats!
These were made in the same way the Under the Sea cards were: black cardstock for the base, Distress Inks for the background cut with the Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles, fussy cut critters and leaves, trees and vines, Spectrum Noir markers colouring and the sentiment embossed in white.
The second came out a little darker so I decided to add some white gel pen to highlight some stars in a night sky. I added some grass with the grass stamp from the set and gave the card some dimension with some foam pads on the critters.I will definitely be making more cards with these sets!
I managed to get my die cutting machine back last weekend so my evenings this week were spent creating with my new craft supplies. First up, an under the sea themed birthday card using the cute critters stamp set from Lawn Fawn.
The background was cut using the Lawn Fawn rectangle dies on some old artbook paper and coloured with Distress Inks. A little but of water mist and flicks with a paint brush helped create the bubble look. I stamped the octopuses (octopi?), fish and seaweed with Tuxedo Black on Neenah Solar White and coloured with my Spectrum Noir markers. After fussy cutting, colouring round the edges and sticking to the background, I finished with a little Wink of Stella over though you can’t see it in the photo. The banner was cut from the same black cardstock as the card base, stamped in Versafine with the sentiment and embossed with white powder.
The second card of this week also featured Lawn Fawn’s Critters Under the Sea stamps, only this time it features the cute little whales.
I love the bright colours of these cards and had fun experimenting with the sea background!
Now to find a couple of someones to send them to… 🙂
As you can probably see, I’ve been taking some time out to practice my alcohol marker colouring and it’s given me a whole new understanding of colour for my pixels. My work has been taking up a lot of my time so I’ve just about caught up with everything pixel-wise in the second week of my two-week Easter break! We’ve had really bad rainy and stormy weather for a while, but it’s finally sunny and I’m sitting out on my parents’ patio updating my site. Bring on more spring!
I’ve added some older tubesets (under The Pixel Doll) I tubed a while back and a webset template. I’ll be working on some Berliner sets I’ve had on the to-do list for a while after I finish up a special tube set for a friend. There aren’t that many pixel artists still around so I’ll be delving into some older content I have in the hopes of generating some more content.
More to follow shortly, I’m sure! I’m just waiting for my Copics to be delivered… 🙂
So it’s been a month and a half since I signed up to the Kit and Clowder Skin and Hair class. I’ve been going along at a steady pace, fitting it in around work as and when I can. I’m in my second week off for Easter so I’ve had more chance to sit down for a couple of hours and get through my class. I’m almost finished! Just two more images to go, I think! When I’ve finished I will post my before and after pictures just to see how much I’ve been improving (and I think it’s lots!).
Here are a few of the finished images using stamps by Scrappers Delight, La La Land Crafts, Saturated Canary, The Greeting Farm and Jade Dragonne. Click for a bigger view.
I saw the Create and Learn class this month over at Kit and Clowder and had to get this month’s marker class. My sister loves tigers and although her birthday isn’t until the end of this year, I already have her card planned. The Animals class has an amazing technique for tiger fur, so I knew I had to combine this class with that one. Gives me something to work towards!
The stamp used in this month’s class is Lion Girl by Yampuff. The background I think is by Alyce.
I haven’t really had much background practice so I wanted to try out the background first before colouring the stamp. This was my first attempt:
Today I bring some good news! The first competition I submitted an entry to in the Kit and Clowder facebook group, I won first place! Considering I have only been colouring for a couple of months and haven’t yet completed the Skin and Hair class, this was a lovely surprise!
The competition was based around the Aurora Vine stamp from the East Wind. This is a wonderful stamp so I had this idea of her swinging over a sunset lake scene with her dress flowing over the water. After googling ‘sunset lake’ (don’t by any means type in sunset fantasy swing lol, ever, into Google…duh) I came up with some wonderful purple coloured sunset scenes. This is the background I tested before trying the stamp:
The first time I coloured up the stamp it was too dark – I was trying to show the darkness of the silhouette against the sun – so the second time around I coloured it as if there was a flash as on a camera. I love the colours on this one, so bright and bold.
This colouring was a lot of fun. I haven’t had time to experiment so much with colour since my art classes in school, but I definitely need to do more!
I’ve been practicing my Spectrum Noir colouring for the Kit and Clowder Skin and Hair class again, this time using the Meow Minxy digi stamp by Scrapper’s Delights. I’m trying to refine my flicking technique for the hair adn I think am finally succeeding. I needed to change out my TN4 spectrum noir marker chisel nib for a brush tip to achieve this.
Neenah Solar White Card Stock 216gsm
Tim Holtz Distress Mini Inks – Picked Raspberry, Chipped Saphire, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot
Meow Minxy digi stamp by Scrapper’s Delights
Hair: GB3, OR1, TN4, TN7
Skin: FS2, FS4, FS9, FS3, TN4, FS8
Cat Ears and Tail: BGR3, IG24, IG2
Top: PL3, BP6, BP4, BP2, PP2
Trousers: TB1, TB3, TB7
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen on bows
White Gel Pen
Black Memento Marker