At 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.
First lay down one colour quite generously at the top of one scale.
Then lightly use another colour on the rest of the scale.
Go 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.
Tip: Going over scales with a white pencil can lighten areas and helps blend colours better.
Step 3: The Fins
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
This 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.
Then concentrate on the little details on the head.
Step 5- Finishing Touches
Touch 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.