Today I will be providing you with a step-by-step grayscale coloring tutorial done by a very talented colorist, Ann Reid.
There is a wonderful Facebook coloring group that is focused on coloring pages from the Beautiful Creatures coloring book. It is full of amazing colorists from around the world (join us!) that range from novice to expert colorists. We all share our work and provide each other with tips, tricks and encouragement.
Ann is part of this group. She inspires all of us because of (among many other wonderful qualities) her incredible talent. Every person in the group looks forward to seeing her next creation. She is able to capture every single detail with such amazing precision. She achieves that hyper realistic result that so many of us are striving for when coloring grayscale. The dog above and the four stages below were all completed by Ann. As you can see, she truly brings the image to life! Amazing!
When coloring over grayscale you are using the gray as your guide. Where there are dark grays you use dark colors, where there are light grays you use your light colors. Then seamlessly blend your lights and darks together with medium colors. Derwent Inktense pencils work nicely for this style of coloring (provided the paper can handle it) because you can apply your color and then blend it all so nicely together when you activate the pencils with your watercolor brush.
Specific techniques used in the following time-lapse video:
Mediums used in the following time-lapse video:
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!