For my birthday Yannick got me this excellent coloring book called The Art of Coloring: Disney Villains. I’ve completed a few pages in it so far, as well as have some in progress. This is one half of a two-page Kaa spread (from The Jungle Book) that I recently finished.
This is the left-side page, that’s still in progress. I’d begun coloring it in November with my Inktense in Sun Yellow, Lagoon, and Mallard Green to best match the coloration of Kaa’s hynotic eyes.
I did all the writing and then got a little bored LOL and moved on to the facing (right-side) page. While Googling to find the accurate colors for Kaa and Mowgli I found further proof that a lot of the images in the book are based off of stills from the movies themselves, as it is often quite easy to find reference images in nearly the identical scenarios. Case in point: Kaa’s face above……combined with Mowgli all wrapped up… become the coloring page in the book.
I decided to try something a little different on this side, rather than do the lettering as I had on the other side. First I colored in the background writing with a really sharp white colored pencil, then I did a light wash of Inktense pigment over those areas. The wax from the pencil provides a resist, leaving the lettering white, while the background paper picked up the color. It was a fun experiment to try, and I’m happy with the results… though I wish I’d used a darker color for the background – maybe a magenta or something – to make the white letters really pop, visually.
After that the coloring was straightforwards. I colored Mowgli first, and then for Kaa I went in stages, starting from the lightest colors, to the darkest. I colored all the sections of his underbelly, followed by his back, and then the spots were last.
The image above is the page after I was done. Technically. But I found that it looked rather flat on the page, so I went at it one more time using a darker color for shading everywhere the snake’s coils overlapped.
It was a fun page to color, from an excellent coloring book. The entire page was done with Inktense and painted with my waterbrushes and as you can see, it’s not buckled at all. I do keep the book closed with a binder clip when I’m not coloring to help keep any wet-media pages flat, but even still, the paper is thick enough to support moderate water use. In fact, from my trials on blank areas in the back of the book, the only spots where I saw bleed-through were with my alcohol markers (of course) and one area where I’d colored with a red Inktense pencil and applied too much water. I haven’t used much colored pencil in the book, but I have used the Inktense on a number of pages, as well as gel pens and fineliners, and it took them all beautifully.
If interested in either the pencils or book that I’ve talked about in this post, you can check them out here:
Derwent Inktense colored pencils:
Derwent water brushes 3-pack (sizes 1, 2 and 3):
Art of Coloring: Disney Villains: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation by Disney Editions
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