Friday, 29 April 2016

Beautiful Creatures; Getting into Greyscale Colouring

Title: Beautiful Creatures
Artist: Nicole Stocker

Check out the May New Releases post here.

My colouring

Colouring greyscale images has become really popular in the colouring community recently.
To my mind, true greyscale images are from photos rather than just heavily shaded drawings. This was my first serious attempt at this skill and while I was waiting for the book to arrive, I downloaded this free image from Nicole to have a go at greyscale colouring. I rather enjoyed myself, while my cats looked on sceptically. Here's the result -

Another colouring by me
This image is coloured with Staedtler Ergosoft pencils - see review

At a glance…..

Size - 230 x 270, 106 pages
Single-sided images - yes
Images into the spine - no
Paper - white, smooth, good quality
Perforated - yes
Water based pens - yes but pencils would be my recommendation.
Who will love it - those who want to explore greyscale colouring,  those who like colouring with pencils, and those who like colouring all sorts of different creatures.

Guidelines for greyscale colouring

You can find out more…..

Available at Amazon US

Beautiful Nature - Nicole's next book
You can see my review & video flip through - here.
You can buy it at -
Amazon US only.

Tell me more…..

Comment:  If you enjoy colouring with pencils, do give greyscale colouring a try. While it takes some patience, it really is rewarding. You learn a lot about shading too and I found colouring the flowers up in the butterfly image above, really interesting. 
This book is arguably the best greyscale colouring book currently available, for both the high quality images and production values. 
I hope Nicole's next book is one of flowers.

Drawing:  Essentially there isn't drawing as such in this book, but carefully prepared greyscale photographs of creatures for us to add colour to. 
To add colour, you match your colours to the level of darkness of the grey, so that you use your darkest shade over the darkest grey through to your lightest colour over the palest shade in the image. 
My preference is to use pencils as you have finer control over them and can erase any errors. Also you can add fine blending between the colours if you wish. 
The colouring process takes time with layers of colours applied carefully. At first it seems like I'm not making much progress but the image slowly comes to life.
Every image has a dark informal border around it which I really like. Backgrounds vary from a soft, hazy blur to more specific details.

Layout and Paper: All images are single-sided, bordered and on perforated pages for easy removal. The design of this book is top quality and it's obvious that plenty of thought has gone into it. None of the images go into the spine but are centred on the page so that if you remove them, they are already aligned for framing.
The paper is really good quality and because the images are single-sided, you could use alcohol markers if you wished. However, like me, you may prefer to use pencils for easier control.

* This book was sent to me by the artist for an honest appraisal. Thanks.

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