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Coloring my Drawings

Updated on December 26, 2015

My progress with colors.

Colors brings life to anything. We may not give importance to it but we can see them everywhere. I began appreciating colors when I got my first set of crayons. These are the basic 5-color crayola set contained in a box. I got this when I was around 5 years old. These crayons were the big, chunky ones used by kids who's just starting school. The box is composed of the colors black, white, yellow, blue and red or most commonly know as the primary colors. Little did I know in my 5-year old brain that these 5 colors will train my color combination skills which I am still able to use until the present time.

My journey with colors continued after a year, I was upgraded to have a 12 crayola set of colors. Aside from the primary colors I mentioned earlier, there were additional colors like green, orange, brown, violet, indigo and grey. The best part here was that I no longer use the chunky ones. I got the thinner versions which is much easier to hold with my small hands. This is the stage were I learn how to control my hands in coloring a plain drawing.

Little by little, I discovered that art is becoming a favorite subject of mine. This is because we get to enhance an ordinary looking picture into something meaningful.

As the years goes by my knowledge with coloring materials began to expand. I got introduced to colored pencils, colored pens, watercolor, cray pass, soft pastels and acrylic paints. I have never used oil paints as of this moment.

Because of this, I have huge amount of choices I could use for my sketches. The question is which one to use?


A drawing without color.
A drawing without color.

Dilemma

Sometimes though, I'm also encountering "dilemmas" when it comes to coloring. I'm afraid that I might ruin the whole sketch if I started coloring it. Then there's also the side of me thinking that the drawing looks kinda boring with no color on it.

Nowadays, this dilemma is no longer a problem. With the inventions of different art softwares like photoshop or corel, you can just scan your artwork without coloring it and then apply the colors on one of these software. Problem solved.

Then again, that is a choice for an artist. For traditional artist like me, I still prefer using actual mediums like watercolor or color pencils with my art. Coloring a drawing really depends on your style. If you are a graphic designer, I think most of you will choose digital art but if you love paint (not the paint tool in computers, but actual paint), you're leaning towards the traditional art.

A drawing with color
A drawing with color

Mixed Media

There's also another way that I color my drawing. This is mixing different kinds of medium in one artwork. For example, I use colored pencils to color the whole drawing then i will apply colored pens to highlight the folds of a cloth or to emphasize the lighting and as a background, i can use acrylic paint.

Then, after that, you can scan your picture and edit it on photoshop to improve it more. You can adjust the color blends, add some texts, crop parts you don't want, anything that an art software can offer.

This just means that colors or coloring also improves together with the artist.

I still believe though that a child should start learning how to color using the traditional tools our ancestors have used so that even though they started using high tech materials, they will still know the basics.

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