So wrong it makes my left eye twitch…
Trying to get everything right on the first pass? Wow, that’s a lot of pressure to put on yourself.
But I can’t blame you. Tutorials never seem to mention the “go back and fix that thing you just did wrong” part.
And coloring bloggers and video makers try to present themselves as amazingly awesome coloring super-stars, so the parts where they screw things up often gets edited out.
I guess I can’t fault folks for thinking that they’re not very good at coloring when almost every Copic colorer you’ve ever seen pretends that they do things right every time and every step of the way.
The truth is...
...the good stuff really only begins to take shape when you go back and perfect things.
In the beginning stages, you color on white paper. Your colors will change as you build up more and more intense color throughout the project. There’s no way to predict how strong something needs to be at the beginning of a project. You absolutely have to go back and make value adjustments later- it’s part of the coloring process
Shapes change as you color the spaces around them. I usually do floral leaves before I color the petals. I almost always have to go back and reshape the leaves, especially when they overlap a blossom. Refining shapes is part of the coloring process.
Sometimes a shape isn’t what we thought it was. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve colored something as background, only to find out later that it was actually a flower petal or a lock of hair. You can’t skip that kind of correction. Correction is part of the coloring process.
And lastly, sometimes I look back and realize that some of my blends look choppy. As you work your way through any project, your blending gets better and smoother as you get into the groove. So it’s natural that you may need to go back and smooth the first few things you colored.
Are you sensing a pattern here? Smoothing your blends is also a part of the coloring process.
And yet in the coloring community, no one wants to admit this stuff.
But artists? Hoo boy, we mess up all the time and most of us will gladly talk at length about all the corrections we make. We kind'a take pride in rescuing projects that were heading southward... "man, I fixed the heck out of that area over there!"
The difference between a mediocre artist and a great artist is that great artists fix and adjust the mediocre stuff until it looks great.
Fixes are essential to making great projects