Move over Chef, there’s a new Count in town! Here’s another example of Extreme Creative Color Placement on
Polka Dot Pals Harley and this time he’s come out as Count von Count. “I am the Count. They call me the Count because I love to count things” This was a challenge to color a Polka Dot Pals character as a Muppet – HERE is the Swedish Chef and Jennifer colored Animal HERE. We used Polka Dot Pals Harley on all these modifications.
Someone had asked if I could do a tutorial on faces and this one is as good as any. So scroll down and follow along as I color Count von Count.
I start with one of the lighter colors and map out the shadows. This allows me to see what it would look like without investing in the placement. The lighter color can be blended out.
I think jump into the darkest color and start laying down the shadows. IN this example, I realized I didn’t want as much dark as I had originally colored with the lightest color so you can still see a lot of that showing through.
Here I moved to a medium tone and started blending between the darkest color and this medium color. For this example, I’m only using three colors so I’ll be going back and forth between the lightest, medium and darkest colors.
I felt I had blended too much of the darkest color out so I went back in and added some on the areas I really wanted dark. I went back and forth between the darkest and medium colors until I was happy with the depth and blending. Then I started adding the lightest color and blending out the hard line between the two colors.
Here shows what it looks like when I’m finished with the lightest color. As you notice there are some areas that are not colored at all. By leaving some white, this will give me an extra tone and a better highlight on the image. I leave this for the last and then color the area ONCE with the lightest color. Then very lightly blend in any harsh lines.
Lately I’ve been saving the nose for the last and this simple shape made it easy to do so. I colored it quickly and now I can move on to the eyes, monocle and hair. At the moment, this is the same technique I use for all the faces that I color. Hope it’s something that has helped you out.
Here are the supplies I used on my card.
Papers: Hammermill Premium Color Copy 100lb Echo Park Jack & Jill Whimsy Stamp: Polka Dot Pals Harley Copic Markers: BG72, 75, 78 (cape) R02, 24, YR16, Y35, YG09, B16, W7, 5 (inside cape) R24, 27, 59 (shirt details) W3, 5, 7, 8, BV23, T7 E31, 35, 37, 39 (mushrooms) E42, 43, 44 (stump) YG21, 23, 25, 67, G17 (grass) V12, 15, 17 (skin) B00, 12, 91, T1 (background) Embellishments: Liquid Pearls