I am now on a mission to colour this book completely from cover to cover – 44 pictures by 44 different artists. There are some challenging pictures in it that at this stage I have no idea how I am going to colour some of them. The images are not my usual type of choices for colouring, which is one reason why I am doing this. It will be a learning experience, and hopefully it will improve my colouring along the way. I am going to post my finished pictures here and talk about my ideas and the approach I’ve taken to each picture, and tell you a bit about the artist and the picture quoted from the book. I am not colouring them in the order they appear in the book but completely at random. Please join me on my colouring adventure.
1 – The First picture I coloured from Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion was this one by Jennifer Leem-Bruggen. Every time I have seen this book, this is the image that stood out to me. I always saw this picture in my mind as a seamless cohesive picture, so I tried to match the colours the artist had used as close as I could to create as seamless a picture as I could. I am proud to say that I think that I succeeded as this is exactly how I pictured the finished piece. I coloured this picture with Faber-Castell Polychromos Pencils.
“Jennifer Leem-Bruggen is a freelance illustrator and designer with a first class degree from the University of Hertfordshire. She is an obsessive matchbox and stamp accumulator whose work celebrates human interaction and unusual perspectives on everyday life. Her vibrant street flashmob party was inspired by carefree dancing in public and London buskers.”
2 – The Second picture I tackled was the one by Josh Patterson. I wanted to blend the two pages together but to use a different colour scheme without losing the retro look and at the same time keeping it as one single picture. To achieve this is carried on the colour onto the following page. It finishes quite suddenly and changes colour scheme, but for this picture I think it works somehow. I love the little details of the picture, like the man falling off the log and the Streaker. I used Faber -Castell Polychromos pencils. I enjoyed colouring this one a lot and I consider the finished picture a success.
“Josh Patterson is an award-winning recent graduate from Birmingham City University with a First Class degree in Visual Communication (Illustration). He is currently based in London and has worked on a diverse range of projects. He was recently captivated by the atmosphere of Wilderness Festival, and has illustrated many of the things that happened to him and his friends when they were there.”
3 – My third picture was the one by Sachiko Oguri. This weird and wonderful one was such fun, I had a blast colouring it. I started off not really liking the picture too much, by the time I’d finished I was in love with it. So much fun!!! Sachiko herself messaged me on Instagram “Thank you for colouring my illustration! It looks so nice! (smiley face, thumb up).
“Sachiko Oguri is an illustrator from Tokyo with a degree in illustration from Middlesex University. She grew up watching Japanese cartoons and reading comics and specialises in silk-screen, animation and illustration using the halftone technique. Her picture is inspired by the folk story of the Night Parade of one Hundred Demons, imagining the demons as mysterious, funny, lovely, and little bit terrible.”
4 – Next I tackled the Tattooed lady by Eleanor Percival. Although I didn’t get a good match with the background I like the way this one turned out. I think she looks beautiful. again I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils, with Derwent Inktense pencil and water for the background. Eleanor has seen my coloured picture on Instagram and liked it.
“Eleanor Percival has a BA in illustration from UCA Maidstone and an MA from Camberwell College of Arts. Most of her work is done with watercolour, ink and gouache, and she likes to create images that tell a story. She drew a tattooed lady because she would be fun to paint and for others to colour-in. The pear tree is a nod to the tree of knowledge: this lady knows herself, and has painted on her body her past and her character.”
5 – The one From Feronia Parker-Thomas (what a lovely name!) is two separate pictures. I love the little girl pulling the table-cloth to reach the food and it all ending up on the floor. I tried to colour in the same way as the artist, adding texture with my pencil lines. I think this style accentuates the child-like innocence of the image. Its a lovely fun image. Coloured with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
“Feronia Parker-Thomas studied illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and lives in London. She is represented by the Bright Group and has just finished illustrating her first picture book. She creates texture with watercolour and pencils, then plays with opacity in Photoshop. Her playful image is influenced by the concept of imaginary friends, and her own memories of sitting under the table at parties in a world of her own.”
6 – I decided to take a radical approach to the picture by Sadhna Prasad. As two separate images I did not need to try to blend the two pictures together. I tried to keep the modern pop-art abstract look but switched the colours from hot colours to cool tones. I also used this image for a challenge in one of my facebook groups where you had to colour an image in the foreground in silhouette and concentrate on the background. The figures I coloured in black with a Crayola Supertip marker, the rest I used some cheap Brunel Franklin pastel pencils. I’m on the fence with how this turned out. I think that its interesting, and looking at it the cool colours recede creating a slight 3-Dimensional effect that i quite like, but i can’t make my mind up whether it would have looked better or not with stronger colours.
The silhouetted figures however remind me of a Rock concert I went to by the band ‘Muse’. The opening to the show had three ‘skyscrapers’ built on stage with shadows of figures climbing stairs to the top, then falling down at the top in every direction. It was awesome!
“Sadhna Prasad is an illustrator and designer from Mumbai and a recent graduate of the Camberwell College of Arts MA in illustration. She works digitally, experimenting with different techniques, and is inspired by memories and dreams to create fantasy worlds and scenarios such as her mural on a New York wall for the World’s Biggest Student Art Show. The main theme of her image is Chaos: balance and tension mingled together to show the inter-dependency between colour and form.”
7 – Last night I had a marathon session and managed to complete five pictures. This was the first. These are two pictures are by Margo McDaid. The picture on the left, coloured by the artist, is of three women. The one on the right that I coloured is of two fishermen – their fishing boat and the sea forms the background. I tried to keep with the whimsical naive style of the drawing by colouring with lines in the way the artist did in her first picture. I really like this one. It’s so different and a lot of fun. I used Faber-Castell Polychomos pencils.
“Margo McDaid graduated from Camberwell College of Arts some time ago. To reignite her love of drawing she recently began exploring ideas under the hashtag #drawapictureaday on Instagram. Since moving to Ramsgate she has begun doodling heavily patterned coastlines, seascapes and sailors. she also explores feelings of isolation as a woman; her three ladies stand together for strength and companionship.”
8 – Next I tackled the two-page spread by Nanae Kawahara. This is a fun piece of mermaids, octopi and sand castles. I think the Jelly heads in suits and ties are especially cute. I coloured this one quickly and didn’t try to stay within the lines to match the artists original page and to use colours sympathetic with the original, which I was successful with. Again I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
“Nanae Kawahara is a Japanese illustrator based in Tokyo. She is a graduate of Tama Art University and Camberwell College of Arts, loves bright colours, and mixes the kawaii with the gothic. Her watercolour illustration imagines a shy mermaid at a peaceful ocean festival where there is dancing, eating and singing…and everyone is happy.”
9 – I adore this one by Lydia Coventry – the birds are just so cute! Together the two pages look like a continuation because of the colours I chose, although I have coloured mine in a very different way. Such a cheerful piece. I love the expression of the red-headed bird; she looks annoyed with the love birds. I think there’s a bit of jealousy there! (or maybe its because I forgot to colour her branch – whoops!). I love this picture and the way it has turned out. In Faber Castell Polychromos pencils.
“Lydia Coventry is an lllustrator, Designer, Maker and general creative who has recently moved to North London after graduating from Plymouth University with a First Class Honours degree inn illustration. She is part of the design team at Macmillan Children’s Books and has drawn beautiful birds of paradise that can be brought to life in any combination of colours.”
10 – Then I coloured the picture by Hazel Partridge (another great name, lol). Where as the original left page of the picture resembles paper-cutting; I just tried to continue the flow of the piece by using muted colours. I see the winged-girl as an Angel flying with the birds so I coloured them a gold colour and added white sparkles with a Signo Uniball White gel pen. I used Faber-Castell polychromos and Marco Metallic pencils on this picture. I’m really pleased with the way this picture turned out, I think it is quite beautiful.
“Hazel Partridge is a graduate illustrator from Falmouth University currently residing alternately in Cornwall and the Cotswolds, both places which influence her creative interest in science, nature and pattern. Her colouring pages were inspired by a snatch of the poem Bird by the Black Country poet Liz Berry, which she heard on the radio. ‘I shed my nightdress to the drowning arms of the dark, my shoes to the sun’s widening mouth’.”
11 – The fifth picture I chose was the food one by Harriet Plaskitt. In the original picture you can see the pencil lines where Harriet coloured the picture, so I have tried to do the same with mine. I really enjoyed colouring this one. In Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
“Harriet Plaskitt is an illustration graduate from the University of Gloucestershire and a founding member of The Fine Line Collective. She creates hand drawn typography and likes to illustrate food and recipes, maps and buildings, using a Rotring Isograph pen to create lines which are then coloured i with pencils or in Photoshop. Her two pages of food were inspired by the changes she has made in her diet due to IBS.”
12 – A few days later (16/04/2016) I had another marathon colouring session. These I have not as yet posted in any of my groups as Facebook has declared “time-out”on me for the week because I was posting so much. I’m still here everyone! I just cant talk to you as I’ve been silenced.
First up I tackled this one by Tiff Baxter. I found the image strange but am weirdly compelled by it. Now its all coloured, I love it! This is now one of my favourites from the book – I love the colours. Again I used my favourite Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils to match the intense colours, and I’m ecstatic with the result.
“Tiffany Baxter is a recent illustration graduate from Camberwell College of Arts, based between Milton Keynes and London. She tackles the observational and the fantastical, with a particular interest in the esoteric and the occult. Her piece was inspired by the medieval phenomenon of dancing mania known as the Saint Vitus Dance. It was a contagious ecstatic state that led to total exhaustion and she juxtaposes the dream-like trance state with the sinister demonic cause believed to be lurking all around.”
13 – Then I tackled this picture by Johan Lindstrom. I find this image uninspiring (sorry Johan), it just does nothing for me. I don’t know if its the subject matter or the colours or what – even coloured it still just feels ‘Blah’ to me. Normally this would be a picture I would leave and look for something that inspires me more, but I’m colouring the whole book so here goes nothing. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos and Marco Metallic pencils.
“Johan Lindstrom is an illustrator and animator based in the north of Sweden, where he lives with his family. He loves the happy accidents of the handmade and the wonky feeling of a no-so-perfect drawing. He draws real life people doing real life stuff and used a mishmash of references to create his illustration of different modes of transport.”
14 – Next I chose a picture I really liked. This picture by Manic Minotaur screams at me to break out the felt tips and just go wild – so I did! I used Lyra Art pens and Crayola Supertips and there may be a few Papermania markers in there as well. I absolutely love the way it turned out! So Cool!!
“Manic Minotaur is the alter ego of University of Brighton illustration graduate Scott Nellis, who has a mission to create eye-spinning psychedelic artwork inspired by music, love and the Brighton way of life. This piece tells the story of Romeo and Juiet-esque forbidden love, with an angelic boy from heaven, and a devil girl from the depths of hell. The outlines were drawn in fineliner before scanning and colouring digitally in Photoshop.”
15 – Pleased with how the last one had turned out i decided to tackle the picture by Suzanne Carpenter as it was a favourite of mine – and I have totally ruined it!!! So sorry Suzanne! I wish I’d done this in pencil, but instead I stuck with my markers and it just looks messy. I couldn’t get any kind of colour match, and my mermaid looks like she’s had a skin breakout.
“Suzanne Carpenter is also known as Illustrator Eye. She lives in Cardiff, has recently put together a book about wildlife in the rainforest and is represented by Artist Partners. A compulsive doodler, she loves folk art and pattern and has worked for many top brands including Staedtler and Uncle Goose. She has a thing for fish. Not fin flapping, live, swishing fish but paper, wood, and fabric fish. Fishes painted on dishes and things: oceans of decoration inspiration. When tensions run high she visualises herself as a mermaid being towed away through tropical water.”
16 – Next I tackled the picture by Ana Jaks. I still stuck to my Lyra Art pens and Crayola Supertips, but I was determined to be more careful this time. I still couldn’t escape lines in my colouring but I think it looks a lot better than the last one. Quite like this one.
“Ana Jaks is a Falmouth University graduate who enjoys creating editorial imaged. She likes to use bright colour, pattern and shapes, and her recent project The Selfie Phenomenon was showcased nationwide with Creative Review. She was inspired by her summer holiday, relaxing by the pool and walking around to discover new things.”
17 – I’m relatively pleased with the way this picture from Jenny Tang has turned out. Despite using markers and therefore the lines showing I quite like the effect o this picture as it creates the illusion of fur. I did my best to colour match the dogs, only to discover when I’d finished that my ‘purple’ Lyra pen was a closer match to the pink. However I’m nit-picking here. I’m relatively pleased with it.
“Jenny Tang is a Bucks New University graduate who mixes skills in graphic design and illustration. She is fond of snail mail, printmaking, zine making and submerging herself in graphic novels. She likes strong colours, engaging stories and quirky characters. She hopes readers will insert their own narrative; what each dog is called and will they ever outrun that butcher?”
18 – Next was this quick and colourful one from Jack Bailey using Lyra Art pens.
“Jack Bailey is a recent first class honours illustration graduate from Lincoln University and currently lives in Liverpool. He likes to mix media including crayons, watercolours, coloured pencils and ink to create busy imaginary worlds full of intriguing characters and his fondness of the outdoors, nature and architecture. His dynamic piece was inspired by the news that Ultimate Frisbee will become an Olympic sport.”
19 – Last up (for now) was this fun space one from Steph Moulden. It was all done in Lyra Art pens except for a Pink Madder Faber-Castell Polychromos pencil for the pink. its quite a quirky fun image and didn’t take long to colour.
“Steph Moulden is a Hereford College of Arts graduate who loves painting patterns and creatures using unique, bright colour palettes. She is a member of illustration collective Little Boxes and loves creating hand lettered displays for local businesses. Her surreal universe was inspired by the things she loved doing during the summer: exploring the great outdoors, sitting in the garden, warm days, wild swiming and walking her dog for the last few times.”
20 – Last two night I have coloured some more from this book, the first of which was this cute picture by Maria Andrea Miranda Serna showing a little girl playing with her toy animals in her bedroom.
“Maria Andrea Miranda Serna is a visual artist and illustrator living in Bogota, Colombia and is a graduate in Visual Arts from the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. Her tiny drawings and illustrations are created in watercolour, gouache and pen, and are inspired by everyday life, objects and the spaces we live in. Her Wild Room is based on the idea of imaginary play…where the toy animals have become real.”
21 – At was at this point that Susie, my cat, jumped onto my colouring book and the pages, barely hanging on as they were (that’s the only problem with lay-flat binding – after a while the pages do work loose, even more so if your cat jumps on it!) ended up scattered everywhere. Hardly any are now still attached to the book. When I have finished I will try to glue them back into the seam.
This picture by Kaja Szechowsko reminds me of cave paintings and is a lot of fun. I like her two-headed people. not sure what the rest of the picture is but I like the way this one turned out and I love the colours. In Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
“Kaja Szechowsko is a multidisciplinary artist graduate from Academy of Fine Art and Design in Lodz, Poland. Besides illustration, most of her time is spent creating mechanical sculptures and other toys. She also runs a little jewellery brand called OMG! Jewels where, among others, you can find a necklace featuring her favourite Siamese doll, the same one that is the protagonist of her colouring pages.”
22 – I’ve reached the half-way point! Another 22 pictures to go, although I had to count them as it actually looked like I had coloured more than half of them. I’ve tried to mix it up a bit as I’ve gone along and not just done all my favourites and left the more challenging ones until the last. That way I’m not losing interest. What is interesting is I’m finding that some of the pictures I wasn’t sure about are sometimes the most fun to colour. This one by Ignacia Ruiz falls into that category. As a single page it was nice – but it looks much better as a two-page spread. It was also quite a quick one to colour too. I decided to colour the nudes in flesh tone, to play around with the idea that they could be statues or real women. In Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
“Ignacia Ruiz was born in Santiago de Chile but currently lives and works in London. She is a recent graduate of illustration from Central St Martins, has been shortlisted for multiple awards, and freelances for the likes of Penguin books. Her illustration was inspired by a life-long obsession with greenhouses and plants and is based on the beautiful palm house conservatory at Kew Gardens, combining linocut and vibrant colour.”
23 – Next is this quirky one by Nanna Prieler which I coloured in Lyra Art Pens. I love the guy on the left picture with a pencil stuck up his nose! And the one on the right picture drawing on the woman’s nipple, lol.
“Nanna Prieler is from a little village in the South of Austria. She left home at fourteen years old to attend art school and then worked as a graphic designer in Vienna before recently founding her own studio, where she translates doodles into finished illustrations. She loves getting lost in the woods, where she could draw for hours. Her artwork is inspired by the idea of a Creative Life: living, creating and inspiring together.”
24 – This picture by Laura Schofield of Monkeys, I coloured in Lyra Art pens as I think the medium suits the image. Not sure if I should have censored this one, lol.
“Laura Schofield is an Arts University Bournemouth graduate and designs for packaging, textiles and advertising. Nature is her main source of inspiration and her work is often pattern-based and playful, featuring vibrant colours and fun textures. Her jungle vibes were inspired by the native fruits of Brazil, the leaves of the Amazon Rainforest, monkeys in her local zoo and a fascination with plant structures.”
25 – Another Jungle themed one, this time by Suzie Scott. I kept my side of the picture showing daylight to suggest that it is at the edge of the jungle, while the dark left page suggests going deeper into the jungle. To keep with the graphic look i again used my Lyra Art pens for this picture.
“Suzie Scott is an illustrator and textile designer based in Coventry. She approaches each illustration as if it were a digital collage, cutting and pasting hand drawn elements and arranging them until just so. Midnight Jungle depicts a tropical paradise with exaggerated flowers and foliage, inspired by found imagery that has been interpreted in her own style.”
26 – This weird and wonderful one is by Percie Edgeler. I have no idea if that really was supposed to be an egg on the head of the creature in front, but that is what it looked like to me. Coloured again in Lyra Art Pens with a bit of shading with Polychromos pencils.
“Percie Edgeler is a recent graduate of the illustration degree at Camberwell College of Arts. She is particularly interested in the myths and folk tales of different countries, and chose to depict a geisha telling stories to distract and conquer the spirits over a game of shoji. In procession there is a tiger, kappa, grasshoppers, forest-men and Tosa dogs.”
27 – Here’s the first of the next batch I did. This is a landscape by Libby Parra. I coloured mine in Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
“Libby Parra is from Oxford and has a first class degree in illustration. She has just moved to London and has been drawing the weird and wonderful on cafe windows and walls alongside working as a graphic designer. She recently visited Austria and was inspired by the beautiful scenery and the feeling of being engulfed by nature to create her wondrous landscape.”
28 – Next I tackled the picture by Eliza Fricker. I actually dislike the original picture – there’s something about it, I don’t know if its the colours or the faces that creeps me out, (There’s pictures of demons in this book yet this is the one that freaks me out – go figure!). I did however enjoy colouring the image in my own colours and I now like the picture a little bit more.
“Eliza Fricker is an illustrator and designer for Baines and Fricker, which she runs with her husband. Her greatest inspiration comes from the everyday things in life that people often overlook, such as food, pets and faces. Her images were inspired by sketches of post classical European sculptures in the V&A, focusing on the surreal and almost comical nature of their outlandish outfits, hats and hairstyles.”
29 – This picture by Hannah Rollings I did in Inktense pencils then added some shading over the top with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. I really enjoyed coloring this one – the image is just so fun. the original has a much bluer background than it looks here, bbut no matter what light I take the picture in my iphone camera does not like blues or greens much so it just doesn’t look as colourful as it is in reality.
“Hannah Rollings is an illustrator and lecturer working across publishing and editorial illustration. She has an MA from the University of Brighton, is represented by EyeCandy Illustration Agency and has won multiple awards including D&AD Best New Blood. She recently published the art book An Artist Once Said, and her painterly jungle illustration was inspired by the magical naive art of Henri Rousseau.”
30 – I really enjoyed colouring this picture by Augusta Akerman. It was fun colouring all the little hieroglyphic type shapes, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.
“Augusta Akerman worked as a set decorator for film and advertising before completing an MA in Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts. She combines a classic illustrative style with a looser abstract sense of design. Her image was inspired by the ideas that creep in and disrupt her ‘working head’ such as worrying about finding a flat in London and thinking about someday becoming a mother…”
31 – this cute woodland picture by Sophie Corrigan is one of my favourites in the book. I love woodland critters and there was lots of tiny details which I found fun to colour, and I love the finished picture. In Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
“Sophie Corrigan has a first-class degree in illustration from the University of Central Lancashire, has worked for many clients including hallmark and Ohh Der, and is about to start an MA in Children’s Book Illustration. She likes to focus on offbeat characterization based around natural themes, usually with a sly hint of humour. Her scene features the richly detailed life of the leaf-critter on a woodland floor, and includes lots of cute critters such as a hedgehog and a squirrel, loosely painted in watercolours with sketchy details in pencil.”
32 – This picture of birds in trees by Jo Taylor was such fun to do. I enjoyed colouring this one immensely. I love the colours the artist used in the original and hope I’ve done the picture justice. In Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils.
“Jo Taylor is a self-taught freelance illustrator and designer, living and working in Gloucestershire. She has worked on a multitude of Children’s books and a selection of adult colouring books. All her illustrations start with pencil or ink and lots of sketches and she then finishes them off with texture and more colour in Photoshop. She loves doodling and birds are one of her favourite subjects to draw.”
33 – I love this picture of the fish in the net and the ‘one that got away’ swimming to freedom by Caitlin Gardiner. it’s very amusing although the plastic can holder adds a darker touch. also spot the can of sardines. I’m a bit disappointed with the way this one turned out. I didn’t manage to match the colours well on this one and it looks a little bit messy. In Faber-Castell Polychromos and blended with baby – oil.
“Caitlin Gardiner is a graduate of the University of Lincoln. She is a tea-drinking dog-patting drawer, painter and illustrator who likes to include an element of fun in her artwork. Her image explores the idea of escaping to freedom, and she hand drew hundreds of fish before scanning, collaging and trapping them in a net that is just about to snap.”
34 – I love this lively and fun image of dancers by Claire Powell and I’m pleased with how it has turned out. I originally thought about colouring the background black like the artist’s picture but I made the lady at the top dark-skinned so she would have disappeared into the background. In the end I like the contrast of the dark and the light and still think it works as a cohesive piece.
“Claire Powell is an ilustrator, animator, writer and designer living in London. She has made an award winning short film called The Scapegoat and is represented by Darley Anderson as a children’s book author and illustrator. She has captured the feeling of being lost in the moment because that is how people feel when they dance to good music or colour in. The composition grows across the page into a crescendo of movement.”
35 – The last one for now is this abstract landscape by Ewelina Skowronska. I kept putting this one off as I really didn’t know how I was going to approach it. Once I started to colour it I was surprised how easy I found it. I tried first to continue some of the colours onto the second page to create a flow, then I just coloured using the artists choice of colours for inspiration for my own. I’m really pleased with how this turned out in the end.
“Ewelina Skowronska is a polish illustrator, visual designer and print maker with an MA in Illustration from Camberwell College of Arts in London. She is interested in observations of everyday life and pushing the boundaries of screen printing. Inspiration came from a recent trip to Bolivia and the surreal mountain landscapes of the Altiplano.”
36 – Now for the final lot of pictures starting with this undersea one by Simone Ludeman. I changed the colours completely for my picture and used bright colours to colour the various corals and sealife. I normally love undersea pictures but this one I confess I didn’t enjoy so much and I don’t know why. In Faber-Castell polychromos pencils.
“Simone Ludeman is a London based illustrator and graduate of Westminster University. She has a keen interest in nature, science and human culture; all of which are clear influences in her detailed and intricate style. Ocean Unknown depicts contrasting underwater scenes inspired by the fascinating organic forms and diverse range of creatures in the deep sea, which is like a sci-fi world full of luminescent creatures and expanses of space.”
37 – This beautiful picture of a stag in the wilderness is by Alex McGinn. I tried to copy the paper cut look of the first picture with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils but it didn’t quite turn out quite as well as I hoped.
“Alex McGinn is a Falmouth University graduate and art teacher. She creates illustrations from hand cut collages based on natural themes and her majestic deer was inspired by the woodland near where she lives in Dorset. She used strong colour to make the simple linear image feel more surreal.”
38 – This strange surreal one is by Sua Agape. For this picture I decided to try out my ne Faber-Castell Pitt Pastel pencils to create a softer look. The globe in the middle suggested to me a light or projector, so I added light rays radiating outward from it.
“Sua Agape is a Guatemalan illustrator. she studied Graphic Design and Communication and creates illustrations inspired by dreams, travels and the many cultures of her colourful country. She has worked for the likes of Ogilvy and Saatchi & Saatchi, and exhibited her surreal artworks all over the world. Her intensely coloured piece features a panda, birds and cacti, and was inspired by a desire to create new worlds.”
39 – I enjoyed colouring this surreal one by Erika Rier in Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and I like how it turned out.
“Erika Rier is a fine artist and illustrator who lives in Portland, Oregon. She likes to explore mundane themes present in everyday life through an absurd and decidedly violent perspective. Two groups face off ready for battle in a mythic depiction of the dissolution of friendship, where minor actions have been blown massively out of proportion.”
40- For this lovely animal picture by Lorna Scobie I used my Koh-I-Noor Mondeluz watercolour pencils to continue the paint effect of Lorna’s work. Its a fun image – I love the expression on the Guinea Pig’s face!
“Lorna Scobie is a London-based designer and illustrator of cheeky animals and the natural world. She illustrates all her work by hnd, primarily using pens, watercolours and coloured pencils, and has just published her own colouring book, Jungle Paradise. She has drawn her favourite thing, the wonderful animal kingdom, and encourages readers to enjoy experimenting with textures and patterns when colouring in.”
41 – I love this image of lanterns by Antonia Parker. For my picture I felt that the lanterns had to be lit in order to attract the bugs so this is what I attempted, I coloured it with Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils and blended the background with a blending stump dipped in baby oil. I really like how it turned out – the lanterns really glow.
“Antonia Parker makes things in Tunbridge Wells. She likes organic forms painted in gouache, wonky drawings, lumpy ceramics, cutting up and collaging old polaroids, glossy fashion illustrations and creating props. She was inspired by the abstract things one visualises when making love and drew her favourite collection of lanterns to represent bright, zingy thoughts radiating around a couple. the fireflies are having a sneaky party of their own.”
42 – This underwater picture by Becky Dinnage I absolutely love. It is so much fun and I loved colouring it. I used Lyra Art Pens but I didnt like the streaky effect on the body of the whale so I went over it with a Faber-Castell Polychromos pencil. I love the finished effect that it acheived and I’m very pleased with the overall picture.
“Becky Dinnage studied surface pattern design and likes to fill every drawing with pattern, shapes and bold colours. Jungle Reef was inspired by a desire to be close to the sea: she studied the Great Barrier Reef and how the skies connect to the oceans to keep them moving and growing. it was hand drawn as a repeat pattern full of wondrous magical creatures, then coloured on the computer.”
43 – I loved doing this fun one by Ashley Le Quere with the little cats peeping through the plants. I used Lyra Art Pens to create the bright bold fun colours of this piece.
“Ashley Le Quere is a surface pattern designer and illustrator who is obsessed with screen printing and cats. She was inspired by a quick sketch of a cat peeping through the large plants and leaves in her back garden, and hand drew all the elements with ink and a paintbrush before combining them in Photoshop.”
44 – I saved the best until last! This beautiful fun whimsical piece by Amelia Gregory is called Mouse Run. I have previously coloured it as a standalone picture of the right page, but it was even nicer to recreate the full picture in all its splendour. Its just so much fun with the little hobbit hole doorway, raindrops handing like jewels from the clouds the cute little tree houses and the little cars and roller-coaster. I used Faber-Castell Polychromos pencils. I love this picture!
“Amelia Gregory graduated from the University of Brighton with a degree in printed textiles for fashion. Since then she has dabbled in illustration, photography and design of all sorts. Mouse Run was inspired by the many amusing and fantastical animal tableux that feature in her huge collection of vintage children’s books.”
And that’s it! I’ve finished Amelia’s Colourful Colouring Companion and thoroughly enjoyed the ride. Some posed quite a challenge, others that I thought would be hard to do I found easy once I started. I hope you enjoyed reading about my journey. I now have a flipthrough I’ve filmed for YouTube of the completed book.