Picking the Right Picture


By Larry Pierce

Hello out there to all of my fans. I know that both of you have been waiting with bated breath for the next installment of my coloring continuum.  Well, wait no longer for I am here with more coloring adventures. Truthfully though, I’m getting too old for many exciting adventures.  Just this morning I caught a cramp tying my shoe, sniff, I’m crying again just thinking about it (*shakes fist cursing Father Time).

Helmets on, check. Tray tables in upright position, check.  Alright people here we go!!

I know that most of you say, “Larry, how do you pick what kind of pictures you like to color?”  Well, fans, that’s easy. I’m a dude, and like most dudes I like all the flowery and cutesy pictures…wait that’s not right!!  No, what I like is irrelevant, it’s what you like that matters the most. Personally, I don’t have a genre or a milieu (don’t know what that means, heard it once and thought I might sneak it into a sentence) that I stick to. I color what I like to color, and if that’s kittens riding unicorns into a battle against the marshmallow people then so be it.

Actually, my process goes like this when picking a picture: A) can I see the completed picture in my mind; 2) does it make sense to tackle the picture and Z) will I be happy with it when I’m done.  If you find that you can’t wrap your head around a picture or think that it may be too complicated for your current skill set, then do what I do.  Set it aside and come back to it at some point between now and the end of time OR just use it for a color tester.  To be honest with both of you that are reading this, I have about as many “set aside for later” pictures as I have colored pictures. If I can’t complete the vision of how I want it to be then I just don’t finish it. I AM A QUITTER…

*GASP, I know it’s hard to believe but there I said it.  Most of the time when I am coloring a picture, I have already finished it in my head and know which way I want to go with it.  I know what you’re thinking, did I start the dishwasher, no you didn’t and that’s not what you were thinking either.  You were thinking, “Why would you color it in your head before you start coloring?” That’s a good question!

Well like a lot of dudes out there I am color tone challenged (according to my wife) and if I don’t have it all laid out ahead of time then the picture might go off the rails.  If I can’t find the pencil, marker or crayon that I am looking for in the heat of the coloring moment then I just pack it away, grab a beer and try to figure out where it all went wrong.  Of course, if the planets and stars are aligned and I manage to track it all down, then it looks like a kindergarten classroom when I’m coloring because I have supplies everywhere, so if you are a neat and orderly type colorist my method may not be for you and that’s okay, not everybody out there can be as “did a hurricane just come through here” as I am.

At the end of the coloring day, do what makes you happy and what brings about the most peace in your life. Stressed, color…. Bored, color…. Burnt your toast and your curtains, color…. Just because you have the “XY Chromosome” doesn’t mean that you can’t color kittens, puppies, unicorns or any other creatures that take you on your own coloring adventure.

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