Owl are you today?
Way toot much going on here,
so I’ve escaped to my little den above the garage!
Wednesday is when we look at life from a different angle,
clear the mind, focus on the now.
So let’s do that and learn something together at the same time!
Remember a while ago, we looked at the Magnificent Owl in our Colouring Book, and focussed on colouring in his eyes?
Well, let’s concentrate on his feathers today…
How to create feathers.
I think that using the super fine lineart as a guide line – a shape line rather than confined lineart, is the way forward.
If you look at the head here, you will see that I have flicked lightly along the top line and outside the line using a pencil.
While we’re here, let’s do the beak next. Don’t forget the nostrils!
Move down to the collar, use the lines which Melanie drew originally as shadelines.
Flick flick flick, and lightly does it.
Step back and check
Moving down, it’s time for the chest feathers….
Grey pencils. Light feathery strokes, almost like tassles
Use a Faber-Castell eraser to fade out the tassles in the collar.
Time to try something different:
aka dot dot dot.
Lightly tap the tip of the pencil into the area.
Want shade? Use more dots and a darker pencil.
Next, start flicking a grey pencil down the chest lineart.
Lightly does it, to the left and then to the right.
Light grey first.
followed by a darker grey.
Flick flick flick. Light feathery strokes.
Now let’s add some dots again.
Light taps with the tip of the dark grey pencil.
Then the black tip to add shade and depth.
Using the dot dot dot technique,
we can now introduce wing feathers…
I want to join up the white speckles on his chest now.
Again, by dot dot dotting along from one to the other,
this creates a feathery pattern on his chest.
I could go on for hours here.
I am totally engrossed in the colouring in process.
However, my neck won’t permit it, so I shall have to stop a while.
Happy thus far though.
I only used greys, black and sandy coloured pencils.
When you look at his two mates either side,
it is interesting how such stylised lineart can give me such a brilliant guideline for my real owl.
are selling well now.
I guess people are beginning to see how special they really are!
We even got nominated for the International Award
Best Colouring Book, although without a massive distribution engine to put us in WH Smiths and the like, I don’t rate our chances on that score! However, to be even in the ball park is super flattering.
One more thing I wanted to tell you about:
The made-to measure Mount-Frames have landed.
Remember we showed them off on telly when we launched the books and postcards etc?
Well, both the A5 size for the Postcards
AND the 12″ x 12″ Colouring Book Masterpiece
are now available on our website.
They come in packs of four, and include a top spec back board too.
And they are in a launch pad bundle together at a better price:
So eventually, these owls will be set in a frame…