Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Meet Robyn - Colourer of the Month

This will be a monthly post, featuring someone whose colouring has caught my eye.
You can check out all the Colourers on this page - 

Check out Colourer of the Month for July - Lou
Check out Colourer of the Month for August - Amber
Check out Colourer of the Month for September - Jeff
Check out Colourer of the Month for October - Beth
Check out Colourer of the month for November - Louise
Check out Colourer of the Month for December - Sandra

You can see all the Colourer of the Month posts - here.

Introducing Robyn (Robz) who lives in Capetown, South Africa.

From Twilight Garden by Maria Trolle

A little bit about me….

I live in Capetown, South Africa, which has to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I am 48 years old, married for 28 years to the most incredible man that truly supports my hobby. I have a 21 year old son Josh and two Maine Coon kitties, Cosmo & Kikoh. By trade I'm a Pilates instructor and have been for 14 years, but I am currently on a break so not working.

From Daydreams by Hanna Karlzon

What made you start colouring?

About a year and a half ago I had what one would call a mid life crisis, as in my son was all grown up and my husband was often away for work. My back was giving me trouble so teaching Pilates was kinda getting to me, just general wear and tear, so naturally I was somewhat bored with my life. I hate the word bored, as it shouldn't be so, but anyway I found myself in a situation of not having much to do. I started looking at colouring books, but honestly I never thought I was creative at all, in that way.
One day I was in a bookstore with a good friend of mine who happens to be the most incredible artist and we stumbled upon Johanna Basford's Enchanted Forest book. She made me buy it and then proceeded to take me to my first art shop to buy some pencils. At the time I knew nothing and thought that spending $30.00 on pencils was ludicrous. Well, how things changed. I went home that evening and started the famous squirrels from this book and I was totally hooked and realised I'm not so bad at this. Well, the rest is history.

From Botanical Wonderland by Rachel Reinert

From Botanical Wonderland by Rachel Reinert

Do you consider colouring to be an art?

I most definitely consider colouring an art. It's a true process of picking the right colours and balancing them, in the image you are doing. Then there's the depth that one has to create to make that image come to life. I spend on average 20-25 hours on one pic. Obviously depending on the detail of the pic, it could take longer. I think it takes research and also looking at other artists that are better than me and to learn from them. Yes, it;s definitely art!

From Fantasia by Nicholas F Chandrawienata

What materials do you like to use?

I have to say that I love my pencils first, of which I have many, and most of the "good" brands. However, I like to play with different materials, so I use some pastels sometimes and then I also started to play with mediums that use water to activate. Honestly, I don't think I'm very good at it,  but like pencils, the more you use different things, the more you can create. Most of all, try to have fun with everything.

From Summer Nights by Hanna Karlzon

From Summer Nights by Hanna Karlzon

Which is your favourite colouring book?

I have to say that Hanna Karlzon books are most certainly my first favourite and then running very closely behind is Rachel Reinert. I somehow seem to resonate with her work and I'm able to play with colours I wouldn't normally use. I do however have about 100 in my collection and I'm trying to colour at least one or more from every book I own.
I choose pictures to do depending on what mood I'm in or what colour palette I feel like working with at the time. I use design seeds from Pinterest a lot, and in fact Pinterest and YouTube are most useful to an artist.

From Magical Dawn by Hanna Karlzon

Do you frame your finished colourings? Or display them?

I have actually laminated a few of my colourings that come from books that are loose or that one can pull out, and have them in my studio area. I'm truly proud of what I have accomplished in what I would say is a very short space of time in the art world.

From Botanical Wonderland by Rachel Reinert

What is your favourite colour?

I don't really have a favourite colour but I gravitate to the natural colours. The most difficult colours for me to use are pink and yellow. I'm also quite heavy handed and like strong, bold work and I tend to use the lighter colours in my sets for blending purposes.

From Twilight Garden by Maria Trolle

From Summer Nights by Hanna Karlzon

What advice would you have for other colourists?

Firstly, try not to take everything so seriously, and this is one I'm working on because I do tend to get very stressed when I mess up a picture.
Secondly, learn from ones that you think may be "better" than you. You are unique within yourself and cannot compare yourself to others who may or may not have had professional training.
Thirdly, ask questions, watch tutorials and save inspirational images. Use them to your advantage and make friends in the colouring world. I have met the most incredible people and have had the privilege of being able to meet up with them in person; some of who enriched my life in ways I didn't think possible.
Lastly, if the picture you are working on is not fun and is becoming a huge stress, let it go. Life, and particularly colouring time, is way too short to spend on something that isn't giving you pleasure. Move on.

Follow me on instagram: @robzlipner for inspiration

Many thanks Robz for being so open and helpful in your answers. It's been a great pleasure.

From the Jasmine Beckett Griffith Colouring book

Here are some of the books that Robz is colouring from…..

Robz is colouring from the original language editions. Here are the English language editions, some of which will be released very soon.

Twilight Garden (Blomstermandala) by Maria Trolle - in April
Also at Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Also - Artist's Edition; also at Amazon US;   Amazon UK

And - Postcards; also at - Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Magical Dawn (Magisk Gryning) by Hanna Karlzon - in April; Amazon US
Amazon UK

Also - Artist's Edition of Magical DawnAmazon US;  Amazon UK
         - Magical Dawn Postcards;  Amazon US;  Amazon UK

Daydreams (Dagdrommar) by Hanna Karlsozon

Available at - Book Depository;
Video flip through - here.

Summer Nights (Sommarnatt) by Hanna Karlzon

Available at - Book Depository;
Amazon UK;   Amazon US
Video flip through - here.

Jasmine Beckett-Griffith Coloring book

Available at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Botanical Wonderland by Rachel Reinert

Available at - Book Depository;
Amazon US;   Amazon UK

Fantasia by Nicholas F. Chandrawienata

This book appears to be out of print. Please let me know if you find it on sale somewhere and I'll update this.

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2017 - What's Coming Up for Colourers - here.


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