14 August, 2022

Colouring Book: Year of Witches - Uuskiuuu

 I want it to be autumn, or winter, there. I said it. I hate the heat, I hate how people act in the heat. I hate the sun. I hate summer full stop. The only good thing about it is my birthday and that's well over. I figure, hey, let's start Halloween early and maybe, MAYBE the weather will follow suit. 

Technically this book is a book about witches, but in actuality this picture has 0 witchy things in it. That's fine. I just wanted to colour something cosy. I looked up a palette suggestion for pastel autumn, which sounds wrong, but it actually worked out. I knew I'd need a guide cos there were so many elements to this  and I'd just have kept picking up random colours for everything. Since I only had a few to choose from it gave the page a cohesive look, despite having many small details. I do admit I got a little.... lazy. But if you can't pick it out, then I think it's okay. Sometimes I just wanna be less fussy, that's been happening a lot this year. I do still have an over the top, saturated style as my default, but like.. exactly how much fur colours *does* the cat need? He can just be orange. It's fine.

10 August, 2022

OOAK Doll Custom: Rainbow Jr High Jade Hunter

 My latest doll custom is known simply as Hunter now. She's in jr high and she's in her intense goth phase, which is NOT A PHASE, MOM!!! The moment I got her I knew I wanted to do such a repaint, because of the beautiful hair and the little bandaid, I felt this was the way to go vs the decora direction I'd gone in with Sunny.

Since I know nothing about the goth lifestyle or dress style, I did some googling. It's been saving me a lot on makeup designs, because again, I know NOTHING about makeup. It's never interested me before. I found a beautiful woman with this exact eye makeup going on, with a few more decorations on her cheeks and forehead, but I decided to do some editing. I wanted a look that would be over the top, but simple to achieve, as this doll is meant to be about 9-14, not quite sure, middle school is weird in the US and different in other countries. I figured personality-wise, she'd be an over-achiever. She'd want to make a statement, but she wouldn't know how to edit so she'd be over the top with her look. BUT, being a child, she'd also need to choose something easy to replicate from a tutorial she'd probably find on youtube. Thus, this look was born after many hours of waiting for Mr. Super Clear to dry and an hour of actual colouring with my albrecht durer pencils and a tiny bit of paint for her black eyeliner. Thankfully I have tiny tiny brush.

For reference, here's what Hunter looked like before customizing, with Saffron, who is awaiting her own customizing.

07 August, 2022

Colouring Book: Fanciful Dogs in Secret Places

In an attempt to focus on colouring and get my enjoyment back I decided to run an experiment. I wanted to colour a page entirely in pencil. After watching Colouring with Alena on youtube, she'd mentioned using polychromos to burnish her prismacolour work, and I figured I'd try it out. I usually use markers (water or alcohol based) or watercolour pencils with a blender to get rid of the white spaces of the paper for a cleaner, more cohesive look, but I thought I'd try it out.

I worked on just the pug's face at first and it went okay, so I just kept going. Honestly, I like how the page came out, but in truth it was really painful to make. For those that don't know, I have nerve and tendon damage related to the antibiotics I've had to take over years (sometimes one month on/one month off cycles) due to my cystic fibrosis. I was even involved, and compensated, in a class action lawsuit against the makers of ciprofloxin (it was like... $70, there was a lot of us in it) because of these issues. The point is, my hands are kinda fragile. My joints are even worse because of arthritis, so to say that I'm going to do multiple hours of detailed colouring in JUST a hard-to-use medium like pencils is rough. While I don't colour hard, because I'm physically unable to add pressure at all to the page, the repetitive nature of the colouring was hard on me. It sounds dumb, because it is. Disabilities suck; I think most of us with them can attest to that it'd be nicer to not have to deal with them. 

That being said, I might still incorporate more just pencil colouring when the mood strikes me. It required me to be very slow in colouring, to the point of skipping entire days to allow my hands to recover from the pain, but it also gave me time to reflect on what I was doing, and refine the direction of the page, which is what I've been looking for. Worrying about completion time to line up with the livestreams has been a huge pressure on me mentally, but also in regards to what I'm "allowing" myself to colour and the time I'm giving myself. It's stupid, and I'm trying to break my habit. This method, as frustrating as it can be when I want to colour but cannot, alleviated that issue. There was physically no way to rush, so I didn't rush.

01 August, 2022

July 2022 Finished Colouring


I'm not focusing on quantity as much as I have in previous years, but I am happy to be averaging 4 pages, especially when I'm including complicated ones as well as some books I haven't touched in a while. That's def a good goal to keep in mind when there's so much coming out new all the time.

If you'd like to watch the video about these pages you can see it here or on my Youtube channel.