Here I tried coloring over the grayscale cow with oil pastels and then blended them with baby oil. The key thing I learned was that you don't have to be too precise with the pastels because you'll be filling in the spaces when you blend with the baby oil. What is important is that you capture the highlights with your light pastels and the shadows with your dark pastels, then use a medium color pastel to fill in.
Specific techniques shown in the following time-lapse video:
Mediums used in the following time-lapse video:
One of the wonderful things about coloring over grayscale is that you can be very creative with your colors and still get a really realistic result. As long as you follow the guidance of the grays when determining where and how dark or light to color, you'll be able to get a realistic result. Here are a few examples:
I'm a Mom of 2 from Vancouver, Canada. I recently discovered grayscale coloring and loved it so much I published Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Nature because there were no high quality grayscale coloring books to be found. Join me as I write about the grayscale coloring techniques I have learned and that I am continuing to discover!