A Fish Named Finny (Part 2-Let’s Make Finny Look Fabulous)

20180721_201231At last, the second half of the requested simpler step by step post. I’ve had to give some serious thought, to how I was going to add colour to Finny. Between wanting to keep things simples and not overload peoples’ brains with information and fatigue (I fell asleep 3 times at my desk last week, it was embarrassing), it wasn’t easy. But I think I’ve found a solution that’s a good balance between keeping things simple and ending up with a beautiful fish. That solution being, colouring pencils.

Considering how easy it is to get your hands on a good set of colouring pencils and that they’re something most people will be familiar with and have used before, I figured they were the best way to do this post. Also compared to paint, they’re far less messy (just getting that out there, as an added bonus).

So, with that all explained let’s begin:

Step 1: Choose your colours and test your pencils

Sounds weird but it’ll save you a lot of bother later. The aim is to know what the colours look like on paper, before using them to your drawing. Personally, I like to cross the colours (as seen above) to see how they blend with each other.

Step 2: The hard part-The Scales
So not to overwhelm people, I’ve decided to demonstrate a more decorative, simple way of adding colour to the scales. Instead of a more realistic looking way, because that would most likely put a lot people off giving this little project a go themselves.

For the scales, we use a blend of 2-3 colours, which gives the scales a nice wee decorative look at the end.

thumbnail_20180724_160331First lay down one colour quite generously at the top of one scale.

thumbnail_20180724_160530Then lightly use another colour on the rest of the scale.

thumbnail_20180724_160826Go over the whole scale again with the first colour and second colour if necessary….

and hopefully you’ll end up with scales that looks something like this.

thumbnail_20180724_190318Tip: Going over scales with a white pencil can lighten areas and helps blend colours better.

Step 3: The Fins

thumbnail_20180804_150718(0)For this you pretty much use the same method as the scales, except you start at the base of the fin, you try to keep the colours light and use darker colours for the linework on the fin.
Tip: Using the white pencil is great for keeping the colour light. Also using more than one colour, for the linework will give a better effect.

Step 4: The Head

thumbnail_20180804_152955This is probably the easiest part. The aim is to give the bottom of the head a slight shadow by colouring it a little darker, than the rest of the head. This will make it look less 2D.

fin3Then concentrate on the little details on the head.

Step 5- Finishing Touches

complete 2Touch up the linework and sign your work.

If you’ve made it this far in this step by step, hopefully you now have a beautiful fish (if not, don’t worry. It’s probably down to me awful description skills and not your art skills).

Thanks for reading and hopefully this step by step post has inspired you to create a Finny of your very own.

6 thoughts on “A Fish Named Finny (Part 2-Let’s Make Finny Look Fabulous)

  1. Ugh…I can so relate to the falling asleep part. It’s been so incredibly hot these past few weeks that sleep is hard to come by. At work there are times where I struggle to keep awake. Oh well…sleep is overrated anyway I guess 😂😂
    This colour scheme is absolutely breathtaking. I never knew it was possible to create something this beautiful with just some colouring pencils. This step by step guide was very useful and explained things in a great way. Job wel done! 😊😊

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    • It can be so hard to sleep when it’s really hot 🙂 Luckily the temperature here, has dropped back down to normal for this time of year (16-20oC) and isn’t still over 30oC. 🙂 Hope the temperature falls soon for you, too 😀

      Thank you so much 🙂 I wasn’t too sure about the orange, but it turned out good 🙂
      A lot of people don’t realise you can layer and blend the wax and oil based colouring penicls, to get really good depth of colour 🙂
      You should see what some of the artist on youtube can do with colouring penicls, it’s amazing 😮
      Thanks for your kind and encouraging comment 😀

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      • Well…today supposedly is the last really hot day, and then thunder and lightning will hopefully bring an end to this hell lol 😂😂 Thanks though, I am really hoping that myself as well.
        Well it turned out more than good: I though it looked absolutely stunning. You really did an amazing job here, and so true, it’s something I did not know was even possible with colouring pencils 😊

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      • That’s good to hear 😀 I love watching/listening to thunder and lightning 🙂

        Thanks you so much again 😀
        It was something I didn’t know either, until I started messing around with colouring pencils about a year ago. When I did those 2 self-portraits 🙂

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  2. I would have never thought of using the white pencil to lighten colors. When I used to buy colored pencils the white one would always remain unused.

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    • It was something I discovered while blending colouring pencils. I was actually surprised by how well it works 😀
      Same here 🙂 I uses to think it was a bit of a waste putting a white pencil in the sets, because it never got used. But now I use it quite a lot 😀

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