Welcome to January

Here we are facing a bright and shiny new year. No need to look back over our shoulders at where we were or what we did because it’s a time of new beginnings. It’s full steam ahead into all the wonderful new adventures that life brings us. Yeah, we might forget ourselves and experience a moment of stress, but just pick up your pencils, color, and be still. You will soon remember that we don’t sweat the small stuff, we color instead.

You are going to love our January 2018 issue. Our featured artist is Chet Minton of Long Hare Studios. Chet has drawn five exclusive images for us, and we also have some awesome images from Antonina Kalinina, Alena Lazareva, Julie Thompson, Kelly Horton, Nashana Webb, Stephen Barnwell, and Teri Sherman for a total of 20 images.

To our Color On! team, Alex Whisman, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau you made our year so much brighter. We appreciate all your dedication and hard work. Thank you for another wonderful year!

A Chat with Chet Minton

 

We are starting the New Year off with our January feature artist, Chet Minton. Chet’s images inspired us to theme this issue “all things fantasy”. We know you will enjoy getting to know Chet as much as we have!

What made you decide to become a coloring book artist?

As an illustrator it is only natural to search out every avenue that can further promote your work and introduce it to new audiences. It was really a no-brainer considering my artistic style and chosen medium of ink. It has been one of the most rewarding decisions of my life!

How do you create your art? Do you create your drawings by computer or do  you prefer old school pencil and paper?  

I work primarily in traditional mediums during my illustration process. It’s not until I use color that I switch over to a digital process. For the coloring book images, I start with a variety of drawing pencils. Once I am satisfied with my composition I move onto Inks. I use to use rapidograph pens that I filled by hand. Unfortunately, I have a heavy hand and wear the nips out quickly. I have converted to throw-away technical pens that have archival inks. These technical pens have come a long way over the years.

What is your inspiration for the different types of art that you create for your coloring books?

As an artist, I am influenced by almost everything around me: nature, people, advertisements, television and movies. I cannot forget about the usefulness of the internet and its unending visual resources. When I actively seek out material, it is almost always related to Fantasy and Science Fiction. These genres are what I am most passionate about.

Do you ever color your own work? And if so, what’s your favorite medium? Do you like pencils, markers or are you dipping into random reserves around the house for anything that can apply color in an interesting fashion?

I almost always color in my own work or at least intend too! LOL! Lately I use Photoshop to color my pieces. (I use to have a negative opinion about people using the computer to color, but have come to realize that it is just another tool and takes just as many years to master.)

I am classically trained in oil paints, acrylics and other mediums….but if I had to chose one traditional medium it would definitely be water colors.

How do you define success and how do you measure it?

I have had a lot of great opportunities and achievements, but still seek the next great thing. As an artist, I am always trying to improve and learn. I see it really as a life long path.

The single thing that has told me that I am succeeding is the feed back and interaction I get from people….people actively seeking out my work for their enjoyment and their therapy. When you have dozens of people sharing their colored versions of something you created, you can’t help but smile and know you have done well.

Besides yourself, who is your favorite coloring book artist?

There are so many great artists to chose from. If I had to narrow it down, I would have to say the combined works of Michael Kulata and Charles Vess. They are giants of the fantasy illustration world, and their raw lined ink works are so moving.

What color or colors do you most love to work with?

Each piece tells its own story and begs for its own palette, but I prefer the cool colors. Blues and purples are definitely my guilty choices.

Outside of creating coloring books, do you have any other hobbies or activities that you love?

I am actively involved in Fantasy Role-playing Games. I also indulge in Fantasy Novels, TV Shows and Movies. I have an addiction to video games and must avoid them at all costs…..but don’t always succeed!

Currently, I have been working on my own young adult/coming-of-age book that I will illustrate. It focuses around a medieval animal kingdom. The style of the book is more of a written book heavily saturated with illustration and not a graphic novel.

What are your plans for the next year? Do you have any new coloring book releases planned?

I plan on working on a few books at the same time. I plan to release sections of each book as small collections of PDFs.  Each PDF will have 6 Illustrations. After I have completed 24 illustrations for each subject matter, they will be released as completed books.

What are the titles of the last three books you have read or movies you’ve watched?

I have recently reread The Hobbit. I have also been reading The Red Wall Series. I have also re-watched Moana and Brave. I absolutely love animations!

If you were deserted on an island, what three things would you want to have with you?

Well beyond the necessities of food and shelter….My Sketch Books, my Pens/Pencils and of course my cats!

Rainbow Roses Tutorial

By Melissa Pierce

My first time coloring these rainbow roses was on a drawing by artist Ian de Jesus in the August 2017 issue of Color On! Magazine, so it is only fitting that I use a rose from another of his drawings in that issue for this tutorial.

In this tutorial, I will show you step-by-step how to color multicolored or rainbow roses. I will be using watercolor brush tip markers and water brushes. My first attempt at doing these was on watercolor paper, but I have since also done them on card stock and this set of examples are being done on card stock. With using card stock, you have to be more mindful of the paper buckling and even wrinkling or tearing where using watercolor paper prevents that. The larger the area to be colored, the more likely the paper will get over saturated and buckle or wrinkle and tear with card stock. Placing a heavy book on the picture as it dries will help with any buckling that may occur from wetting the card stock.

Materials Used:

Zig Clean Color Brush Markers:

  • 25 Pink
  • 82 Purple
  • 42 Turquoise Green
  • 32 Persian Blue

Arteza Waterbrush: Small round head

Prismacolor Pencil: Black (PC 935)

Prismacolor Colorless Blending Pencil: (PC 1077)

To start, pick four colors that go well together. The colors will mix when overlapped, so choose colors that, when mixed, make colors you like. I use pink, purple, blue, and green or teal. I have colored rainbow roses in both pastel and jewel tone shades of these four colors. When using lighter or pastel colors, I recommend leaving some white space on the petals. I will be using the brighter jewel tones for this tutorial.

You can add the color petal by petal or do larger swipes of color across multiple petals at a time. I have done both and will be demonstrating putting it across multiple petals at a time in this tutorial.

Step One: I begin with No. 42 Turquoise Green, as it is my favorite of the colors and will be the most used. I start by randomly putting the first color around the rose, leaving plenty of white space behind for adding the other colors.

 

Step Two: The next color I will be using is the No. 32 Persian Blue. Again, randomly place the blue color around the white spaces in the rose leaving white space open for the next two colors as well.

Step Three: The third color I will be using is the No. 25 Pink. I again randomly place color around in the remaining white spaces leaving some white exposed for the last color.

Step Four: Finally take the No. 82 Purple and fill in the remaining white spaces with color. Feel free to overlap color where needed and don’t worry if it looks like there are large spaces of one solid color as they will bleed and blend. Later,  we will be adding black to outline the petals which  will add a separation in the large spaces.

 

Step Five: Now that the rose is completely filled with the four chosen colors, it is time to blend with the water brush. I use the Arteza Water Brush with the smallest tip. I start with the green and dab at the color with the tip. Do not swipe like painting with the brush but dab or dot it all over the color, wetting it completely.

Step Six: Next do the same thing with the pink, making sure to completely wet each pink area. You will start to see the lines disappear and the colors look like they bloom or spread out and mix.

Step Seven: Once you have gone over the colors individually, dab over the entire rose again to really pick up and blend and move the color around. This is how you get the mixed color parts. After this step, allow pic to dry completely. The colors will lighten and brighten as they dry.

Step Eight: Once the watercolor is completely dry, take the Prismacolor Black (PC 935) and outline the entire rose with it. If the rose is big with really large open space petals, then outline it with thick lines that go over both sides of the lines a little. If it is a smaller space that you are working in, stay right on the line, but outline it completely.

This example is from a different rose I did for practice that was already dry. It is done with the same colors, so you can see how they lighten as they dry.  The steps are the same but shows how the random color placement makes every rose end up looking unique.

Step Nine: Take the Prismacolor Colorless Blender Pencil (PC 1077) and go over all of the lines kind of scribbling so it pushes the black to both sides of the lines on all except the very outside lines that go into the background space. On those just push the color into the petals. The thicker the black pencil outline, the more black pencil that gets pushed onto the petals.

 

I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls

 

By Stephanie Anders

I have had the good fortune of being asked to review the awesome book I am Confident, Brave, & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for Girls by Hopscotch Girls. As the grandmother of three beautiful girls, I am inspired and excited by this book.

We live in a world where our young ladies are easily influenced by what they see on TV or read in magazines. Often times they are left feeling less than what they truly are. Hopscotch Girls is working diligently to empower young girls by using affirmations through coloring. Each page of this book has an affirmation on it accompanied by images that reinforce each statement and are just plain fun for young girls to color.          

Coloring is often prescribed or suggested for those going through serious illnesses or those with physical disabilities. If we can soothe and set the soul on the path to healing with coloring, then we most certainly can inspire our young women to believe in themselves, have a healthy body image, to always believe they can do anything they want when they set their mind to it.

You can buy this book on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2CgIFeR.

Follow Hopscotch Girls on Facebook or stop by their website to learn more about empowering your daughters www.hopscotchgirls.com.