…aka the Fred Savage/Peter Falk double-page spread.
Sometimes I like mindless projects like stockinette stitch knitting or coloring where the resulting image can look like anything I can imagine. Other times the challenge of replicating something existing is what thrills me, like Henri’s Pitfall: The Lost Expedition cake that had to look like a scene from the game, or my (full posts still outstanding) Skylanders Sprocket cosplay that had to look like the character from the game. After a more casual take on the first few pages in the Princess Bride coloring book I was really eager to tackle something detailed and specific, so I was really happy to turn the page and see one of the the Grandfather/Grandson scenes from the movie’s framing device.
For reference, here’s a still from that scene in the movie:
Just like with the Kaa/Mowglii page in the Art of Coloring: Disney Villains book, the Sherlock coloring book, the Doctor Who one, and others, I think some of the more photo-realistic pages start with photoshopped stills that are then cleaned up and refined by the artist. In this case the only real differences between the book and the movie are a different jumble of toys and books on the headboard and the altering of Fred’s jersey, both changes likely due to the trademarks involved like the Bears, the Cheetos, and the He-Man figures, etc.
I don’t have progress pics from before this point because I was so into the coloring that I forgot. I’d started with the lamp… for no real reason other than I’d wanted to. After that I started thinking about how the Inktense pencils behaved: while they’re supposed to be permanent, if not fully activated they’d bleed into the surrounding areas. So, for example, if I laid down a lot of pigment making his hair dark brown, and missed some stray bits near the outline, that dark color would bleed over into the white headboard/shelves if I got too close with my wet brush (which is why I’m leaving that, among other areas, for last).
I spent waaaaay too long on the bedspread. Even after choosing the colors I spent more time than necessary figuring out if there was a repeatable pattern I could copy.
(Go figure I didn’t find THIS pic until I was done that part. Sigh.)
Once the stripes were done I tossed in a bit of shading, then did the pillows. Next up was the skin (within which the shadows look a little exaggerated at the moment, but I plan to smooth it out with some colored pencil at the end).
I broke my own ‘dark colors’ rule in doing the jersey next (it’s the exception that proves it, right?) and then the shadows along the wall/shelves/head board.
And this is the point I’m at now. I’ve started tossing some color into the books and comics and toys other odds and ends strewn about.
Oh- I wanted to say something excellent about this book: while it’s not made to hold heavy applications of water, and will definitely never stand up to alcohol markers, I’ve put this page so far through a lot. After working some areas, like the jersey, it was with a lot of trepidation that I turned back to the page before to check for bleed-through. The page on the other side of this one is the ownership page, so with only the smaller scollwork/flowers in the center of the page, there is a LOT of blank area for ghosting and bleeding to show through.
There’s none. Nada. Zilch. In fact, I took the pics in my previous post after already coloring this far, so you can see for yourself that there aren’t even traces of ghosting to disrupt the background. 🙂
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