The image on the valentine card was printed quite large at 8cm x 12cm, this made it easier to colour and get better results with the blending. For the purposes of this tutorial I have printed my image very small at 4.5cm x 7.5cm. It's not impossible to work with just more care is needed to stay inside the lines!
3. I have used E02 for the lips. Colour from each edge to the middle of the lip leaving a very small white spot.
3a. Add a few spots of R20 to form the cheeks. If you don't have this colour try R11 or E02. I have used E02.
Picture 4 - E000 - Blending the skin4. It's usually at this point I think what a mess so I blend everything together by going back over the face, arms and legs with the lightest colour (E000).
Picture 5 - Adding shadows - E21
This is when everything starts to look different.
Picture 11 - Colouring the hair - lightest colourThe pens I am using to colour the hair are E31, E35, E29 and E57. 11. Starting with the lightest colour (E31) I colour the entire area.
Picture - 13 - Hair colouring - darkest colour - E2913. I now add my darkest colour (E29) because I want to be able to blend it in well but without going over the other areas too much.
16a. The suspender belt looks a little boring so I have made it darker by using C5.
Red bleeds like you wouldn't believe and this is where things could go wrong if you are not careful.Tips: Use the very tip of the nib, with light pressure and do not colour right to the edge initially. Give the colour a few seconds to sink into the paper and spread. The colours I am using for the heart are, R17, R27, R37 & R59 16b. Starting with the 2nd from last darkest colour (R37) colour the area that will be in shadow.
Picture 20 - Heart
20. I left my white patch too big and don't like the finished effect. To rectify this I have used R27 to make the area darker and then blended it in with R17.
Picture 21 - Negligee on heart
Picture 22 - Removing the colour22. Colour C1 over the top. You may need to do it a couple of times to get the desired effect.
24. If you want the negligee to appear more see-through you can add another light stroke of E000. I have left this until the end to see if it was needed once everything was coloured.
My original image on the card was finished off by colouring the edge with Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Finished at last I hear you shout! As you can see I spend a long time colouring my images. I don't know if there is a better way of doing this but this is how it works for me.
I hope this helps you in some way and I will love to see what you create yourself, so drop me a line so I can visit your blog.
Thanks for looking and enjoy the week.