Ghost Pirate In Red And Blue – Coloring With Stabilo 68 Markers

James A. Owen's Ghost Pirate in Red and in Blue by Vintage Coloring

While Curator Prime had been instructed in art (drawing and oil painting) at a young age, in more recent years she has focused her attention specifically on the intricacies of Color. In this Curator Coloring, she will present two different color schemes achieved with Stabilo 68 markers on the same coloring page, The Ghost Pirate, by James A. Owen from his All The Colors of Magic – Book 2 coloring book.

For small areas, Curator Prime prefers the Stabilo 88 Fineliner markers. For a greater variety of color and larger areas, the Stabilo 68 Markers are delightful. Please note, while the Stabilo 68 markers are available in a “50” count tin, you will only receive 46 unique colors as red, green, blue, and black are duplicated.

Stabilo 68 markers at Vintage Coloring


The Stabilo markers are water-based, and therefore can have a streaking effect, however one of the benefits of working with such detailed illustrations as James’ is that all those little ink lines can help make marker streaks far less obvious.

And now, onto the colorings …

Knowing she wanted to use two very different color schemes, Curator Prime decided on warm and cool colors, thus providing a range of hues available, compared to using specific, opposite colors on the color wheel.

Warm colors are reds, oranges, and yellow, while cool colors are greens, blues, and purples. Browns and grays can lean either way.



For the Red Ghost Pirate, his clothing used a series of reds and redish-browns. Hat and boots were dark gray and black, the feather yellow. For contrast, and because Curator Prime ran out of another red to use, his sash became a dark blue.

James A. Owen's Ghost Pirate in Red by Vintage Coloring


His aura was created using yellows, oranges, and reds, giving the impression of flames with the lighter yellow color closest to the pirate and radiating out to the darker red. That gradient could have been reversed, however presented this way, the darker pirate stands out nicely against the bright yellow. He face and hands were colored a flesh tone. On the assumption said pirate was not overly concerned with clean hands, his fingernails were colored a dirty brown-black.

James A. Owen's Ghost Pirate in Red by Vintage Coloring


For the background, cool grays and browns were used so as not to distract from the pirate and to provide more contrast with his flaming aura. The end result is vibrant, cursed-looking pirate.

James A. Owen's Ghost Pirate in Red by Vintage Coloring



Starting again with the black and white image, Curator Prime reviewed the cool colors available. Feeling lacking in the purple department, and not wishing to use green, she found herself within the realm of blue, a place she often finds herself as it is her favorite color of all.

While Curator Prime could merely mirror what she had done with the Red Ghost Pirate, using an even more limited color palette would provide an interesting challenge as well as create a different feel to this coloring.

Thus the pirate’s cloak was cast in a very light, almost turquoise blue, and that same blue was applied at the edge of the aura. A dark blue was used for the hat, belt, and boots.

James A. Owen's Ghost Pirate in Blue by Vintage Coloring


Focusing on the “ghost” aspect, hair and pants were colored black while the coat was colored in grays with light blue accents. A touch of blue was added to the eyes, however the face was left white, as was the feather in the hat except for a few light blue touches.

James A. Owen's Ghost Pirate in Blue by Vintage Coloring


As with the Red Ghost Pirate, the background was done with opposite temperature colors to create contrast, which in this case, meant warm browns. The end result is a much more spectral pirate.

James A. Owen's Ghost Pirate in Blue by Vintage Coloring


And thus two different colorings, both in terms of hue and atmosphere, were created from the same black and white illustration.

View other colorings of James’ artwork.



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