Life Beyond the Grey

Honestly, I’m still quite new to this color game, even if it has been almost a decade now since leaving START. Ever begin to color a picture and then instantly regret it afterwards? My mom shows my 8-year-old self to add a layer of the same crayon color to darken some areas and I realize:

“I got my work cut out for me.”

novel character design - life beyond the grey

Consciousness versus my subconsciousness. I’d argue those are deciding factors between the artist I am now and the 4th-grade me. Even after transitioning to color pencils, I still didn’t know what I was doing. I never thought to think of color schemes ahead of time. I didn’t plan for moods or looks. I just dove in. If I had a Disney coloring book though, I’d know which colors to use for Ariel’s hair and tail. Could you blame me? It didn’t look right otherwise! Little did I know, I was using reference.

I recently had a chat with someone about references. We both had a similar experience, to my surprise: the fear of not being “original”. I used to never use reference because I felt like I was just copying what I saw. Someone else’s work. My problem was trying to reinvent the wheel instead of considering reference research.

Art has many folds. An artist is, among many things depending on who you ask, one who interprets and observes. I am called to look at the world and note the quirks of it I pay attention to the most. My art shows my personality in this way but can also speak to some—maybe even speak for others. I don’t realize this, of course, until someone tells me after the fact. Since I’ve stepped further away from black-and-white and started using colors, my artwork has more to say.

It’s pretty cool. What do you see on a regular basis that few people around you pay attention to?

Wanna try adding some color to your art? Click here for my overview on the Color Wheel! Maybe it’ll help you find a START.

**COA's, Disclaimers and ETC's**

All mentioned content is purely for entertainment/informative purposes. All links provided for each respective topic are of sites I find trustworthy (a.k.a. safe to browse) with any following content the property of those admins. Any unexpected roads to elsewhere are at the discretion of your own browser/internet provider’s security settings …annnd hopefully a good firewall.

Please pardon me if I am not too accurate with the subjects I post about. I do try my best to stay current and not generalize. Constructive criticism and “Grammar Nazis” are welcome (especially about my artwork ^_^), but no flames …[pretty] PLEASE? If you have anything to add, correct or would like to share any cool topics you’d like me to draw for, feel free to click on the links towards the bottom of each page, or drop me a message here!

Thank you!

~ PennyDoth


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