Polka Dot Pals Harley is a hardcore character and also one that has many faces, literally! This is a challenge I did with
Jennifer Dove to color a Muppets character using Polka Dot Pals Harley clear stamp. She went with Animal and I chose the Swedish Chef. This is considered extreme creative color placement.
Visit Jennifer’s Animal post
HERE. (and a hug thank you to her for the inspiration, wood grain paper, and much more!) First of all, let’s start with what Polka Dot Pals Harley look like:
This is always a fun thing to see – the original image layered over the colored image. You can see how much was changed from his head to his toes. Below is what the actual clear stamp looks like:
I first started with a lightly stamped image and sketched in my details. The face would be the important part and the eye placement worked well for my character. The hat, however, was a challenge to think through. I decided to taper the head and have the hair be hidden within the hat. You’ll notice the shadow I have is actually the top of the hair outline. I also pulled down the chin so there wasn’t a neck anymore.
Next was all about the coloring. I tried to get some texture in the face to match the Muppet but half way through my markers got all gummy so I had to stop. I would fix that later with colored pencils but for now, the face and hair will have to stand out badly.
After the image was colored (you’ll see the finished one below), I came back in to fix the face and hair with the colored pencils. As you can see, on the right is Copic only and you can see how gummy it got. The right side is smoothed out with the colored pencils on top.
Here’s the finished one – “Börk börk börk.” When I colored the stump, I decided to ignore the mushroom details since I already had plenty of details in the image itself.
Finally a challenge wouldn’t be as fun if there wasn’t an accomplice! Pop on over to Jennifer‘s site to see details on Animal. “I want to eat drums!”
Here the list of Copic Markers I used:
BG000, 11, 10 N0, 2, 4, 6 B000, 91, 95, 97 E000, 51, 53, 35, 02, 41, 42 (skin) E21, 23, 25, 27, 29 (hair) R11, 12, 93, 95, E04 (nose) R35, 37, 32, 20 E41, 42, 43, 44 R12, 05, 14, 27, 89 YR02, 04, 09 E70, 71, 74, 77 (trunk) YG21, 23, 25, 45, G24, 28 (grass) BV23, 21 Plus some Polychromos colored pencils on the face Whimsy Stamps: Polka Dot Pals Harley Paper: Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb Park Lane Paperie Woodland Don’t forget to visit Jennifer’s Animal post HERE …and we challenge you to join us! What can you create?