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.
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.
3. Repeat above process for neck and other sleeve cuff.
4. Use B99 for the shoes (other than the highlight on the toe) and R89 on the bows.
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.
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.
Use B45 for the outer edge of the rose. Decide the results are not what you wish them to be.
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.
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.
8. Color all leaves and greenery at the top of the vase with G46. Use Y28 for the tree limbs.
9. Color the main fabric of the curtain with flowers using Y32.
10. Color the flowers in the curtain with YR15 and their leaves with YG45.
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.
12. Use E44 on the book case structure and the table that holds the rose vase.
13. Look at the cover of the Aubrey Beardsley V1 coloring book and decide you wish to have similar colors for your books.
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.
15. Use B28 and B24 for the books on the floor. Color the book’s pages with E50.
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.
17. Use BG01 on the book Pierrot is holding, with E50 again used for the pages.
18. Use R89 on the vase.
19. Smoothly color the wall with E42 and use E43 on the trim.
20. Decide the rose tree limbs are not visible enough against the wall and add another layer of Y28 to the wood.
21. Use E44 for the trim and upper layers of the short wall the clown is leaning upon.
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.
23. For the rug, use YR15 on the trim twice. Use YR12 for the main area.
24. For the wooden floor, use E47.
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.
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.
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.
28. Step back and admire your work. Add colorist and source information and export a .jpg file to share with others.
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
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