So what could I do with such a limited colour scheme. There is an African theme going on this month so I decided to go with that..
I collaborated with a fellow artist, Jay the Viking and came up with this drawing of a giraffe girl. I inked the image using my LETRASET FINELINERS
I asked Jay to draw out an initial sketch of a girl that looked like a giraffe. I was really pushed for time and just needed some proportions and placements working out, as that is the bit I struggle with.
So here is the sketch that Jay drew on the right... and on the left is the one I drew, changed up to be more my style.
I then started to blend and layer the skin tones.
and more layering and blending..
Before I started I made a photocopy of the inked drawing, I can't stress enough how handy this is. Use the spare copy for working out your colours and layers. Even if you are just stamping, take time to stamp a spare image to try out your colours. Markers are unforgiving and it is heartbreaking to get part way through a project only to mess it up by using the wrong colour.
This is my spare copy, with extra spots and extra mouths, you can see where I tried different colours.
Each time I was happy with a colour I used it on the main image..
I continued this system of trying out the colours,making decisions and filling in the main image till all the colouring was done.
Next I needed to do something with the background. I wanted to make the image really pop, so I decided to do a green wash. However I didn't want to just colour with Flexmarkers around the giraffe girl, I felt this would look flat. So I used AQUAMARKERS to scribble on a craft sheet. I spritzed this with water.
I then dragged a second piece of card through the wet ink. This gives a lovely marbled blend of colours. To add a little texture I dabbed the craft sheet onto the card several times, once lifted it leaves behind these marks.
Finally I cut out the giraffe girl and glued her onto the green background.
I hope this has given you some inspiration. Why not try making something with a limited colour selection. You might be surprised at what you can make with just a few colours.
This month I have a pack of skintones to give away, they are set number 2 . They are the darker of the two sets, but ideal for creating all kinds of skin tones from Caucasian to African-American.
To win as usual I ask you to do TWO things for me.
1. Go to my post over on the Letraset blog and leave a comment.... GO HERE...
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