There are so many amazing colorists with all kinds of incredible coloring ideas and techniques to share. I thought it would be fun and helpful to start an "Advice From a Colorist" series of blog posts where I find a colorist that impresses us with their incredible talent and ask them to share some of their most unique coloring techniques. These are techniques that work wonderfully for grayscale coloring but can be applied to any kind of coloring.
Lucky for us, the very talented colorist Jones Flores is going to share some of her coloring techniques with us! Jones is a self-taught artist who believes art is an unspoken language that touches not only the mind but the heart as well.
Specifically, you will learn:
Let's get started...
Although grayscale coloring is becoming quite popular, it's still very new to a lot of people and somewhat unapproachable to many. A common response when someone first sees a colored grayscale image is to think "I couldn't do that!". The extremely realistic result one can achieve with grayscale coloring can look unattainable when in actuality it's much easier than giving depth and dimension to a coloring of a regular line drawing.
I thought it would be worthwhile to interview a whole range of colorists regarding their grayscale coloring experience in order to give those considering it some insight into the experience & process, hopefully encouraging them to give it a try! For those that are already coloring grayscale, I think you'll find the grayscale coloring tips from these colorists quite helpful.
I asked 14 colorists (including myself) to provide a grayscale picture they've colored and answer these 4 questions:
I've also included two practice grayscale pages for you to download and try. You will find those at the end of the post. I hope that after you've read everyone's grayscale coloring tips you will print out the practice sheets and give grayscale coloring a try, if you haven't already!
"Grayscale coloring acts as a guide so it's almost impossible to mess up! You can be as realistic or as abstract as you like...I colored blue flamingos with a purple sky!"
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!