Pierrot Reading – Coloring with Copic Markers

One of the primary reasons Curator Prime publishes vintage coloring books is that there are so few story-based, detailed coloring books available. This means, once a book is published, Curator Prime has a new set of illustrations to color. This Curator Coloring using Copic markers is from The Art of Aubrey Beardsley, Volume 1.

While a relatively simple design, Curator Prime has a multitude of work-in-progress photographs to share with you, should you wish to re-create her interpretation and avoid her less-than-successful experiments. A complete list of markers used is noted at the end, as well as a link to a free downloadable coloring page of an Aubrey illustration.

Due to the thickness of the paper in all of the Vintage Coloring books, a bit of care should be taken when using markers, especially alcohol-based markers such as Copics. The ink has the tenacity to travel just a tad farther than where it was laid in. Curator Prime does not find this to be a deterrent to her coloring enjoyment, merely a fact to understand and account for.

Thus, here are the steps with photographic documentation of how the final coloring of Curator Prime’s Reading Pierrot came to be.

1. Using a knife (Curator Prime’s preferred paper-cutting brand is X-Acto™) and a metal ruler, remove the coloring page from the book. Place a piece of cardstock between the coloring page and your coloring surface to avoid possible marker ink where it should not be.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

2. Use B99 on the cap and R89 on the lips. Contemplate what color to use for the hair, then leave it for later. Starting at the outer edges of sleeve cuffs, flick upward with V09. From the edge closest to the hand, flick downward. Do not blend so the center area where the flicks meet is lighter than the edges. Rotate the paper as necessary to accomplish this.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

3. Repeat above process for neck and other sleeve cuff.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

4. Use B99 for the shoes (other than the highlight on the toe) and R89 on the bows.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

5. Color one side of the shirt with BV000. Decide it is too light and add another layer. Finish coloring all of the clown’s clothing the same way. This additional layer of ink can also aid in smoothing out any areas of contrast you should wish to soften. Decide to use R89 for the hair.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

6. The following are the steps Curator Prime walked experimenting with having more than one color in the roses. Neither option pleased her. Feel free to review these photographs or skip down to #7 to see the final result of what did meet with her approval.

Experiment A: Use B21 for the center of the rose.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

Use B45 for the outer edge of the rose. Decide the results are not what you wish them to be.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

Experiment B: Use B21 to color a single section of a rose. Use B45 to color another section of the same rose. Decide the results are not what you wish them to be.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

7. Color all sections of all roses with B45.  While you still have B45 in hand, use it to color the highlight on the toe of the shoe.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

8. Color all leaves and greenery at the top of the vase with G46. Use Y28 for the tree limbs.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

9. Color the main fabric of the curtain with flowers using Y32.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

10. Color the flowers in the curtain with YR15 and their leaves with YG45.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

11. Should you wish to do exactly as Curator Prime did, you would color the wrapped curtain with Y32 as well. Should you wish to avoid this detour, leave the wrapped curtain uncolored at this point in time.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

12. Use E44 on the book case structure and the table that holds the rose vase.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

13. Look at the cover of the Aubrey Beardsley V1 coloring book and decide you wish to have similar colors for your books.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

14. Use BG01 for the tall, thin turquoise books. Use B28 for the ribbed books and B24 for the label-like areas on the spines of the ribbed books.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

15. Use B28 and B24 for the books on the floor. Color the book’s pages with E50.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

16. Pull some blue into the right side of the coloring by using the same BG01, B24, and B28 on the table cloth by the table that holds the rose tree.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

17. Use BG01 on the book Pierrot is holding, with E50 again used for the pages.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

18. Use R89 on the vase.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

19. Smoothly color the wall with E42 and use E43 on the trim.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

20. Decide the rose tree limbs are not visible enough against the wall and add another layer of Y28 to the wood.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

21. Use E44 for the trim and upper layers of the short wall the clown is leaning upon.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

22. In a decidedly un-smooth fashion, color the main area of the short wall with E42. Curator Prime deliberately created unsymmetrical areas with hard edges by stopping and letting the ink dry so it would not blend. This is the one experiment that Curator Prime was quite pleased with.

 

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

23. For the rug, use YR15 on the trim twice. Use YR12 for the main area.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

24. For the wooden floor, use E47.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

25. At this point, Curator Prime realized she wanted to pull some of the rug color higher in the picture and colored the wrapped curtain with YR12. Should you wish to do so as well, this would be the time to do so. If not, you may use Y32 to have the wrapped curtain match the curtain with flowers.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

26. Addressing the scene at the window … color the sky with B41. Color the window pane and the trim on the large house with Y28. The walls of the large house are colored with E47 and the windows with B99. The smoke is C3 while the chimney is C5.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

27. For the smaller building, use C3 for the lighter areas (walls, chimney) and C5 for the darker areas (roof, arch). The clock is colored with E50.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

28. Step back and admire your work. Add colorist and source information and export a .jpg file to share with others.

Pierrot Reading by Aubrey Beardsley with Copic markers by Vintage Coloring

 

For your convenience, here is a list of all colors used in this Curator Coloring:

B24, B28, B45, B99.   BG01.   BV000.   V09.   R89.   G46.

Y28, Y32.   YR12, YR15.   YG45.   E42, E43, E44, E47, E50.   C3, C5


View all of the pages in The Art of Aubrey Beardsley Vintage Coloring book, Volume 1.

The Art of Aubrey Beardsley Volume 1 Vintage Coloring Book Cover

 

Download a free coloring page of Aubrey’s artwork.

Aubrey Beardsley free Vintage Coloring page

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Comments

  1. I’m amazed. This was a wonderfully illustrated and explained step-by-step that’s ever so rarely found. I’m slack jawed at the technique you used in step 22 in particular; why hasn’t that ever occured to me? I’ve certainly done it non-purposively, so why not think to apply as a technique? That’s how you know you’re an artist- knowing when to “keep” a mistake- and that’s one I’ve thrown out a million times. I love you’re choice of colors here, and they way you’ve pulled them in from across the scene to create flow and harmony. And I’m ever so glad you kept in the steps that included not being pleased about the outcome, and should the reader want to just replicate the picture, they could skip ahead (because those steps make me feel like I’m not such a failure since I’ve been using these markers so long and feel I’m not much better than when I started). I do have two questions, should have time to answer: Approximately how long did it take you to finish this piece (or a similarly detailed piece)? This, I realize, is a tangental question, but I’ve spent a fair share of my years in theatre, and I’m very curious to know if this actually titled in the book as a Pierrot? If you don’t have time to answer either question, or just don’t care to do so, I understand, and again, I thank you ever so much for your time and effort for this beautiful picture and tutorial.

    • Greetings, Tonya. Thank you ever so much for your detailed comment – it makes Curator Prime especially joyful to find others who appreciate a detailed how-to, flaws and all.

      Regarding your questions …
      1) Curator Prime has tried several times, unsuccessfully, to keep track of how long a coloring takes. Her best guess is anywhere from 8-15 hours, with this piece being on the slower side, and The Green Dragon being on the higher side, if not more (http://www.vintagecoloring.com/2016/05/14/the-green-dragon-coloring-with-copic-markers/). She does know it is time spread across several days, if that is of any help to you.

      2) The original source of this illustrations has the caption of DESIGN FOR TITLE-PAGE “PIERROT.” and along with the other Pierrot illustrations are listed as “In the possession of Mr. John Lane”. That is the only information Curator Prime is aware of, though perhaps it would help you conduct further research if you wish.

      Thank you again for making time to share your comments here. It is greatly appreciated.

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