23 June 2012

Grass Tutorial

Evening All :)

If you've been partaking in the Some Odd Girl Facebook Fun Day, you'll know there's loads going on over there right now. As a part of the proceedings, I've done my very first tutorial. Whoop, whoop. Actually, I've done it twice. Why? Well, guess who didn't check her photo's as she went along, finished, uploaded, and discovered they were all blurry? DOH!

I’ve been loving my pencils a lot lately. I can achieve things with them that I’m not even close to doing with a Copic! Strangely, I find it easier to try things in pencil. If I do it with a Copic (clouds anyone?!) it will undoubtedly go wrong. Practice in pencil first, I seem to get a better result and it makes me braver with the pens. Anyway, enough waffle!

Recently, I was asked which are the best pencils? That's like saying Copics or Promarkers? How do youuuuuuuuuuuu do it?! I have a selection of Koh-i-Nors, Prismas and Polychromos, mainly because I’m a fickle magpie, but also because I like the different lead textures. Want to spread colour and blend without too much effort? Soft Koh-i-Nors. Want to create more definition? Then I go for the harder Prismas and Polychromos. But that's just me.

So, grass… Normally I would colour the grass last, but I thought it might be easier to see just the grass, so I’ve coloured the image twice, (three times if you include my photo whoopsie) which is why, when you get to the end, the grass will look different...


To start, I’ve laid down some brown; around the edge of Mae’s dress and on either side of her. Next I went over the brown and the basic grass area with a light lime green.


Now, with a slightly darker green, I’ve started adding little flicks of colour to mimic the blades of grass.


This time I’ve used a pine green shade in little ‘v’ flicks, more of this colour around the back and right side of Mae, because obviously it’s darker there.


Finally I’m on my darkest green, in single flicks, making sure I have no white showing through. I’ve also added some very random, black strokes, again, more on the right side, just to add some extra depth and texture.


Job done :)

I’m heading back to the Odd Facebook Page now, I hope you’ll join us. Keep your eyes peeled as there are more Tutorials later today and who knows what other fun!!

Stuff Wot I Used
Image:Reading Mae; Some Odd Girl ... Available Monday!

34 comments:

angelique (anlou) said...

hiya sweetie
thanks for the tutorial sweetie
it's very helpfull, hunni
such a cute image to color
hugs angelique

marion said...

Stunning colouring ! Love it, thanks for the tutorial. Have a nice weekend. Hugs, Marion

sari said...

Great tutorial!! Thanks!! Love the image and your coloring! Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs and sunshine

Liz, said...

Magic little tutorial, great colouring.

Hope you are having a fabby weekend,

Liz x

Dora said...

Awww lovely, thanks for the tutorial, I will be definitely be trying this out now :D

Mary J said...

Fab tute, thanks Faye!

Daniele said...

fabbie tut. Fluff
hugs from a custard lover
x

Jayne A said...

Great tutorial. Made me want to breakout my neglected pencils.
Hugs
Jayne
x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Thank you Faye for a great tutorial.
Kevin xx

catherine said...

That's such a fab tutorial Faye. I have always used Koh-I-Nors since my college days and love them for their colours. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend
x catherine

Maria Therese said...

Fabulous colouring!!

Donna said...

Cool tut Fluffster but mine would never look this good, not in a million years :) Donna ♥ x

Tracey T said...

Hi Sweetie! Thank you for stopping by this week. We're back in action now, with power and internet and still no explanation as to why we were catapulted back to the Dark Ages last week! Hope you're managing to stay dry in Derby. It's so horrendous here that pairs of animals are starting to form an orderly queue. Two weeks to go and we're on holiday - can't wait. Love this tutorial and am defo going to give this grass technique a go. I've got Prismas and Faber Castells but prefer the Prismas. Hope you and SC are OK. Hugs, Tracey xx

xxxtglxxx said...

Fabby tutorial, love the grass and cute image! :)

hugs

xxalisonxx

Wishcraft said...

Looks fab Faye :o) I really must practise more with my pencils, love how you use them. Hugs, Lisa x

Hazel said...

Hey Faye

Thank you so much for the tutorial - I struggle with grass but will give it a go.

Thanks for dropping by and leaving me some lovely comments.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Ta-ra for now.

Hazel xx

MagsB said...

Thank you! What a great tutorial - I really appreciate it! I must practise this now, and hope to get to be as good as you!

love Mags B x

Grenouille Greetings said...

Super tutorial, Fluff, now can you do one for Copics please! And thank you for the headsup re the cloud tutorial at SOG. I have checked it out and might even give it a go but I think I'll colour the clouds before colouring my image! hugs, Lesley

Frea said...

Wow Faye, love the way you coloured that grass! I must say that I rarely touch my pencils (I have Derwents and the odd pencil from various brands so I have a larger variety of colours) these days; it's mostly Copics and sometimes Distress Ink on this end. But I totally agree with you that pencils are very easy to use. Hugs, Frea

Anita said...

Beautiful coloring Faye - thanks for this great tutorial!

Donna Mosley said...

Ooh! Faye, what a fab tut, thanks hun. The grass looks great will be trying this. :o)

Donna x

coops said...

amazing grass hun and fantastic tutorial.thanks for sharing ;D

xx coops xx

Cheryl said...

oh Hun a brilliant tutorial funny but I have just been, practising grass on one of My Dt cards,hugs cheryl xx

Arabella said...

This is fabulous Faye! I love your pencil colouring! The grass is lurrvely!

Arabella

debby4000 said...

Brilliant tutorial Faye.
luv
Debby

Alyce said...

Faye this is just beyond amazing. Such a beautiful tutorial...I admire your colouring so much! Makes me want to gout and buy some pencils :) Great work sweetie! :)

Gemma said...

Thanks for sharing such a fabbie tutorial with us...i will have to try this because i tend to struggle with colouring grass so this is fab for me...Thanks!!


hugs and xxx
Gemma

Catherine said...

Thank you so so much for sharing with us such a fab tutorial Fluff ! I've got to try, I love my Prismacolor pencils and I will give it a go ! Hugs, blessings and love from Catherine

Violets Corner said...

Brilliant grass tut Faye! The grass looks fab.

Love
Maarit

Mary J said...

I've just come back to say that my knickers are all intact, lol!!!

Mary J said...

I've just come back to say that my knickers are all intact, lol!!!

Julie said...

Super tut, FAye and just look at those clouds - fabulous colouring!! Hugs, Juliexx

Delphine said...

Fantastic tutorial, very clear! I love your grass and all your coloured image actually:-)! I can't wait for your next tutorial:-) Hehehe... BIG hugs Delphine xx

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

Fabulous tutorial Faye!! I have yet to try playing with the Prismas but you've made it very tempting for me!!