Welcome to October

It’s October! The month of lovely pumpkin flavored dishes, coffees, scary masks and candy. Lots and lots of candy fueled children. Which often times leads us to drink more and more pumpkin flavored coffee to keep up. The end result, we smile while smelling the sweet scent of fall in the air while our hair is standing up on end. Let’s face it! October can be stressful! No worries, we can nurture your inner child and relieve you of some of that stress.

Our feature artist is Kristy Wiafe. We have six awesome images from Kristy as well as images from Anisa Claire, Chet Minton, Dani Smith, Katherine Simpson, Mariya Kovalyov, and Marty Woods for a total of eighteen images.

To our Color On! team, Alex Whisman, Kim Bussey, Larry Pierce, Melissa Pierce, and Travis Baribeau, you are the magic that makes the magazine what it is today. Thank you!

Help! Short Pencils

By Alex Whisman

Colored pencils are great tools! They are my preferred coloring media.  I can use them for shading and blending, for deep colors or lighter tones.  However, no matter how carefully I sharpen them, pencils shrink, and soon I have a small stub that is harder to control, leading to more mistakes in my coloring.

What are your options when this happens to you? The most obvious one is to buy more pencils, of course!  While we do need to replace aging and well-loved tools eventually, you can get a little more life out of the short pencils you have.  This stretches your budget and is more environmentally friendly because you are only buying what you need after you have gotten the most use out of the previous one.

There are different options when it comes to extending your pencil’s life.  You can save money and do this with supplies you have around the house, or you can buy purpose-made pencil extenders.  Different brands of pencils have different diameters, so these options will depend on your specific pencil brand as well as your personal budget.  You want something that will keep your pencil stub stable enough to let you color, something you can control well for detailed work and something that will let you still sharpen your pencil.

One low-cost option is to glue your stubby pencil onto another pencil.  You can glue them onto another colored pencil or onto a regular pencil.  To do this, you need a longer pencil with a flat (unsharpened) end, your stubby colored pencil, some super glue and some masking tape or duct tape.  More often these days when you buy colored pencils they are pre-sharpened so you may choose to use regular writing pencils as extenders instead.  If you are handy with a small saw you can also gently saw the point off a new color pencil, back to the unsharpened section to provide a wide base for gluing.  Use superglue to attach the end of your stubby colored pencil to the unsharpened flat end of your long pencil.  I would suggest using a small length of duct tape or masking tape to stabilise the two pieces and make them stronger.

You can also take a plastic barrel from a pen that is out of ink or almost out of ink and put your short pencil end into it.  You may need to take a craft knife and gently trim some of the back end of your short pencil so it fits the end of the pen barrel.  You can then secure it with some super glue and duct tape.  Remember, you have two places you can place your pencil into the plastic pen barrel.  What had been the back end of the pen may have a bigger hole that will fit your pencil end better with less trimming required.

Another option to get the most out of your short pencils is to buy pencil extenders.  You can find these in art shops or online retailers.  These are plastic or metal reusable barrels that you slip your pencil stub into.  There are different varieties on the market.

Remember that the diameter of your pencil may or may not fit in the extenders you get.  Ask around in your coloring community to see if others have used an extender on a brand of pencil that you have.

I have been using two different extenders and find them great to have in my coloring toolbox.  One has differently-sized metal connection pieces on each end that you slip the end of your pencil into and pull a ring down to snug the connection.  The other one I use is a hollow barrel extender with a ring that you unscrew to loosen gripping tines inside.  You slide your pencil into the hole until you have the length you want and then tighten the screw ring to secure it.

The extender with the two different metal connections on each end has a larger and a smaller end.  I use this one with my Faber Castell and  Albrecht Durer water color pencils.  Both fit into the smaller of the two metal connections.  The Albrecht Durers are fairly tight in this side, but the pencils are too small for the larger connection.  I can use it with my Faber Castell Aquarelle water color pencils as well, if I choose. Both of my Faber Castell pencils fit into the small end, allowing me to use my stubby pencils longer without having to replace them.  You can’t really choose how much of your pencil is inside the extender with this one.  There is only a relatively short section to put your pencil into.  Despite that, this is a great extender to use.  It is my primary extender since most of my short pencils are my Durers.

The hollow-barrel extender with the screw ring and inner gripping tines is also a great extender to use. I have one on my Prismacolor blending pencil and it can also fit my Faber Castell Aquarelle water color pencils.  I like that I can control how much of the pencil sits outside the extender, so I can keep my short pencils in the extender barrel and in my cloth pencil holder.

You don’t need to buy an extender for every short pencil; you can either leave your short pencils in them, or leave the extenders empty and switch your short pencils into them as you need them.  You can reuse these extenders without having to worry about messy glue or tape residue on your pencils.

When you sharpen your pencil stub, remember to keep your pencil stable.  You may need to take it out of the extender to be able to sharpen it without breaking the point.  When your pencil is too small to fit in the sharpener easily, you can use some sandpaper to get a good point on a short pencil.

Pencil extenders are a good way to keep your favorite pencils going and to stretch your coloring budget.  If you do a lot of coloring, or if you have certain colors you reach for more than others and you go through them faster than others, extenders will help you get the most out of your supplies.


Making a Vampire Bat

By Tina Pankuch
Mediums Needed:
Derwent Inktense Pencil – Sea Blue #1200
Derwent Inktense Pencil – Sun Yellow #0200
Derwent Inktense Pencil – Tangerine #0300
Prismacolor Verithin Pencil – Violet Blue
Prismacolor Verithin Pencil – Black
Prismacolor Premier Pencil – White
Micron Black Pen
Gelly Roll White Pen

The above list of materials is what I used for my bat. Any pencil will work if you don’t have Inktense or Prismacolor pencils as long as you stick with the Sea Blue (a light blue) and Violet Blue for the base. Any yellow and orange pencil can be used, as well as any black pen or white pen. I just prefer to use Micron and Gelly roll.

Step #1
Lightly color random areas of the bat and wings with the Sea Blue Inktense pencil. Color areas where you want it to appear light is hitting the body. If you’re using the Inktense Sea Blue, activate all areas and let it dry completely before moving on, or the paper will rip when you add pencil.

Step #2
Start adding the Violet Blue to create darker areas on the body and wings, making sure to blend it lightly into the Sea Blue.

Step #3
Using the black pencil, start filling in all the areas you want to have a shadowed appearance, making sure to leave some of the blue and violet still showing so you have the appearance of light hitting different areas. Do NOT color the boney parts of the wings yet! Once you have the body finished, add the yellow and orange to the eyes. I used Inktense and blended the two colors together, but for this it doesn’t make a big difference what yellow and orange you use. Before moving on, take your white pencil and just go over some of the creases in the wings to make them stand out a little more.

Step #4
Use the Micron black pen (or the pen you prefer) to color the bony parts of the wings and the legs. Finish off outlining the rest of the wings, body, and face. I wanted to make my bat a little more vicious looking, so I narrowed the face, enhanced the wrinkles between his eyes, and used the pen to make circles around his eyes to make them smaller.

Step #5
I normally do this step after I have the rest of the picture completed so I don’t mess up the outline with doing more pencil work. Take your white Gelly Roll pen and do another outline of the body, face, legs, and bottom parts of the bone in the wings. Make two small dots for the nose, and two small lines for fangs. Your vampire bat is now complete!

October Feature Colorist

By Stephanie Anders

Color On! Magazine would like to thank a few members of our coloring team: Kim Heron, Mary Whitworth, and T-Robyn Lyle. You have shown compassion and loyalty through your coloring work. We are truly appreciative and honored to have you as a members of our teams.

 Colored by Kim Heron. From our October 2016 issue. Image by Jeanette Wummel. http://etsy.me/2fEjnAN

Colored by Mary Whitworth. From our October 2016 issue by artist Jeanette Wummel. http://etsy.me/2fEjnAN

Colored by T-Robyn Lyle. From our October 2016 issue by artist Jenny Luan. http://etsy.me/2fEjnAN

Is The Coloring Market Collapsing?

By Anisa Claire

The adult coloring world came out with a bang back in 2015. It’s been two years and, inevitably, things have slowed down a little bit. Like any major fad, it won’t stay climbing forever. It has to eventually level out and, possibly, even drop. That’s not a bad thing and here’s why…
Better Selection – Yes, you read that right. More doesn’t always mean better. In the beginning, everyone who owned a pencil rushed to get a book out. This, of course, flooded the market and it flooded it with a lot of garbage. Many books in major retail stores were starting to look exactly the same. You could tell the images were rushed with not much thought put into them.
As the dust settles, artists who were in it to make a quick buck are exiting the arena as fast as they entered. The ones who are passionate about it have stuck it through and are likely in it for the long haul.  That’s not to say there aren’t still poor quality books out there because there are, but the unique art now stands a better chance.
The Frenzy is Over – We all went a little crazy in the buying department because it was new to us. Now that the frenzy is over, we know what we like, who we like, and where we want to spend our money.
It’s Easier to Connect with Artists – Self-publishing, to the extent Amazon offers, is relatively new. It allows artists to produce their work on their terms without having to rely on the traditional route. These artists are often quite interactive with their audiences and are much easier to reach on a personal level.
Aside from the reasons listed above, adults have actually been coloring all along. It’s just they haven’t had ‘adult-themed’ books until recently. I am one of those adults who used to endlessly search the kid’s section to find coloring books that weren’t totally covered in giant purple dinosaurs or cartoon princesses.
So, don’t fret. I don’t think we’ll be headed back to the pre-coloring days anytime soon. Bust out those markers and keep on keeping on.