EDM Challenges – Adding Colour?

As I mentioned previously, I have been very inspired by Danny Gregory’s “The Creative License” and have started an illustrated journal of sorts. I have been using it to record the minutiae of my everyday life, including tackling some of the EDM Challenges.

Here’s #84 Draw some bread:

EDM # 84 Draw some bread

And numbers #4 & #202 Draw your mug & draw a cookie

EDM # 4 Draw your mug & # 202 Draw a cookie

In Danny’s book he promotes using a pen rather than pencil to sketch. I like the pens for outlining shapes and am starting to feel a bit more confident in recording contours, but I really don’t know how to add texture or dimension or shading. For example the bread & cookie both look a little flat to me, because although I was trying to record the patterns and textures of the surfaces, I struggled to make them look three dimensional in the way that I could using pencils. And I am starting to long for some colour! But am not sure what to use for this – watercolours, gouache, colouring pencils, pastels…? I have ordered some of Danny’s recommended drawing books from the library so hopefully I will find some technical help there, but in the meantime, I am enjoying the drawings and recording my thoughts with them – however inane 😉

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6 thoughts on “EDM Challenges – Adding Colour?

  1. Denitia says:

    Have you tried artist quality colored pencils. Not the cheap school kind but the lovely pigment intense pencil put out by companies for artist. The watercolor ones can be used with or without water. You can layer one color over another for intersting color blends. And they are easily carried with you when journaling. You can buy sets or individual colors.

    • vivjm says:

      Thanks Denita – they may be just what I need! I like the idea of something I could use with or without water – that sounds flexible. I will have a look around and see what I can find.

  2. Beth Berman says:

    This sounds like a great opportunity to start experimenting with watercolor. Check out youtube for any videos for getting started with watercolors. Check out Cathy Johnson. I “took” a free online series of classes sponsored by Strathmore and it provided the push I needed. BTW, I am still a baby novice

    • vivjm says:

      Thanks Beth – will have a look on youtube. I’m not sure if the paper in my journal is going to be thick enough for watercolours, but I can give it a try & find out!

  3. Andria says:

    I love your “everday” drawings…I think you will really value these over time. I am taking the “Sketchbook Delight” course offered by Alisa Burke, and she offers some insights into using pen strokes, pencils, and watercolor (as well as a combination!) to create dimension and shading. It’s helpful! But I would definitely recommend checking out the free resources available on YouTube first. (By the way, I have NOT been able to master using my watercolor pencils to any great advantage. I guess I need some instruction, because I don’t find it intuitive at all!)

    • vivjm says:

      Thanks Andria – I think there is beauty in the every day, and hopefully will be a nice way of fixing some memories! Sketchbook Delight sounds great & I look forward to seeing how you master different pen strokes, pencils & watercolour!

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