Digital Colours

I spent yesterday trying different ways of colouring and different styles but didn’t get to a result that I liked. Today, however I got things going for me!

Colouring digitally has always been one of the things I wanted to be able to do. A while back (and still) I would look at other artist’s works and be left in utter awe because it was just magnificent. So when I started i thought that it couldn’t be too hard. If you look at a finished illustration you see all those colours and they make perfectly sense. Yes, the shadow is blue because it just has to be. the highlight are yellowish instead of white because what other colour would possibly come to someone’s mind who’s got eyes?!

So I took one of my inked sketches, scanned it and opened it in Photoshop.

Three hours later I was done with the sketch, done with the painting and definitely done with the day, too. While I was laying in bed it bothered me so much how hard I failed that I couldn’t sleep for hours. The next day I went back to my computer and tried again. Same result, early bedtime. This went on for weeks and I started blaming my computer and my version of Photoshop – which was a pretty old one. It just felt easier that way.

I went back to colour my sketches and illustrations in the traditional way (markers, pencil, ballpoint pen) but now I suddenly sucked doing that too!

After hours and hours and hours and even more hours I finally started to get the hang of it (Thanks God!).

Art is probably the most disappointing thing I’ve done in my life. But also the most rewarding.

And by now I dare to say that my colouring has turned out to be quite okay.

One of the first fully coloured pages of my comic “Warden of Time”:

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Just my thing

Since 2012 I was able to get a glimpse of a truly wondrous place – the world of art and illustration!

Before I stumbled into it I never even thought of the fact that some people really turned their hobby into their job. And to be honest – I can’t think of anyone who would do that job if s/he didn’t really love it. I experienced a broad spectrum of emotions while trying to get as good as some of my idols. I very often reached the point at which I just wanted to quit. Just put those pencils away and stop worrying about it. And every time I did put the pencil down and walked away. Within 5 minutes I’d be back.

I figured I just couldn’t stop that easily. I’m constantly in a love-hate relationship with my own drawing because it rarely feels like it’s good enough. I have heard myself saying “I’m quitting!” countless times. Not once did I really mean it. Art is just too awesome to let go. Turned out it’s my thing. for better or for worse.

I hope that everyone has that one thing he feels about that way. It would be a waste of potential, no matter what your thing is.