A good series of flicks is carefree and a little loosey goosey.
And that motion has to be generated from the largest pivot point on your arm that you can give it.
The smaller the joint you use, the more cramped and stunted your flicks will be.
Finger flicks are stubby.
If the movement of your flick comes from the wrist, that’s an improvement over your fingers. But it’ll be even better if you can move from the elbow or the shoulder. There should even be a little waist and spine twist action involved.
After a long coloring session, pay attention to what hurts. If your fingers are sore, that’s a bad sign. If you feel it in your triceps and biceps, that’s great!
I use the metaphor of dancing a lot, and it’s on purpose. Nobody stands out on the dance floor, moving just their index fingers. Gettin' down and grooving is a whole body event. Coloring should be too.
Now I’m not going to lie to you. It takes practice to color from the elbow with control but the effort is worth it. You’ll notice an improvement in the length and lightness of your flicks and improved blending powers, but also in the expressive nature of your coloring.
Expressive is good. That's the artsy stuff that makes you look like a pro.
It’s a mistake to curl your entire body inward when you color.