So I am making an early New Year's resolution. 2013 is going to be the year that I learn how to color :-) For me, the most intimidating things to color are images of people. That is why I have NO people stamps. But recently I've been seeing a slew of cards with cute little guys and girls on them and I decided that I wanted some too. Rather than make the financial investment in something that I...1) may not like and 2) be really bad at, I decided to buy some digital images first to practice on. Yesterday I stumbled upon a great site, Redonkulous Designs with creations from owner Sheryl Brown. Best yet, she had a little karate boy that I can use when I create my scrapbook page for Noah's karate demo team. So I purchased the little guy, downloaded him and proceeded to color him to the best of my ability (trying to visually follow along with a sample card from the site.) My first attempt came out like this :
And although he is still awfully cute (thanks to the image itself, not my coloring.) You can see that I really need to work on my blending technique. All I can see are the bands of the different colors and the splotches (especially around his mouth). And oops, forgot to color his eyebrows in!
Thanks to a lovely note from owner Sheryl Brown, I found out that there was a video tutorial for coloring this little guy, done by Kimberly Brown of the blog Justwordz.ca. You can find the tutorial here. I grabbed a cup of coffee, turned on the videos, and dutifully followed along, trying to substitute similar Copic colors for the ones that Kim used in her tutorial (wish I had the fine nibs like Kim used with the Pro Markers). But you'll see that my second attempt is much better (still not as good as Kim's, but a huge improvement).
So needless to say, I am quite proud of myself today and can't thank these two ladies enough! Not bad for a days work!
Hope you find some time today to do something crafty!