I think I am improving!

Maybe not with the frequency of posts but with my colouring. I have not made a finished project that I can share with you for a while because I have been busy practising colouring skin with my Copics. I cannot remember if I have already told you but I am working my way through a colouring course from Kit and Clowder under the direction of the very talented and extremely encouraging Alyce. This year to get everyone motivated again after Christmas she has started Boot Camp. Every two weeks an inspirational email comes in with handy tips and encouragement to keep going.

So I have been practising. I have a small problem with OCD and cannot move onto the next step until I am happy with the task I am currently doing. However as I am my own worst critic I am never satisfied which means I have  coloured the same face 36 times and still counting! I think it is now time to move on. Looking at my first attempt compared to my latest attempt there is a vast improvement so maybe I can cut myself some slack.

Just to show you how bad it is here is a photo of some of my coloured images (only the skin is coloured because I have not yet got to the hair part of the course!)


You maybe wondering what has happened to the Spectrum Noirs. I still use them for the majority of my colouring, but for small images (the whole of this image is only 3.5cms) I do find the Copics  easier to use because they have a much finer point on the brush nib.

Hopefully I will have a card done to share in the not too distant future, meanwhile back to the practising!

Thanks for dropping in. Take care.



About Pippa

I started crafting at an early age though not always successfully, my pillowcase tennis dress has, thankfully, disappeared into history. Funnily sewing is not something I enjoy! My favourite crafty activity has to be card making, especially stamping which I have been doing for over 20 years and am still a beginner, there is always something new to learn. I also enjoy knitting and crochet. I am not an artist, cannot even draw a straight line with a ruler, but I love colouring in, which is why stamping appeals so much. I am married, have recently retired from being a part time HLTA at a local village primary school, have two grown up daughters, both married and a mad cat called Finnegan. That, in a nutshell, is me.
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7 Responses to I think I am improving!

  1. Sarn says:

    Keep up the good work. I think your results look great. xxx

  2. jmhave44 says:

    Pippa, I looked at all your enlarged images, and of course, since my eye does not like strong contrast, I prefer the upper image work. But actually your bottom images, are more what the copic classes teach. I think you are doing a fantastic job, as faces & hair are the 2 most difficult areas to color. I prefer copics to any other medium. I have some SN, but find the nibs too hard to feel comfortable to my hand. Also, the markers – even freshly filled – have a ‘dry’ feel to me, and don’t blend as easily. I think I’m prob’ly prejudiced as I started with copic markers and like the soft brush tip. You’re doing great, so I think you can easily move on, and finish your image. I used to save my samples, and compare my progress. You can give yourself a big pat on the back, as I think you have all the ‘face skills’ necessary. We’re all our own worst critics – at least I am!! TFS & Hugs

    • Pippa says:

      Thank your for your encouragement Mary. I did have some of my shadowing too dark in the first few images I did but think I have managed to control it now! I am going to move on now as I think I may have overdone it on the one exercise, and I need a change of view!

  3. What would you say are the best colours for a beginner? I bought a pack a little while ago but haven’t used much because they’re not really blend-able shades.

    • Pippa says:

      Incywincycrafter, I am new to alcohol ink pens and started with the Spectrum Noirs. Recently I started using Copic Ciaos but I only have a few. I enrolled to do a colouring course at Kit and Clowder: http://kitandclowder.ning.com/home so bought the blends that Alyce recommends. There is also a very active Kit and Clowder Facebook page and I am sure if you ask for help with colour blends you will get lots of useful advise. You do not have to be enrolled on a course to access the Facebook page. Hope this helps.

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