Color the Stress Away

I love having adult coloring books and my husband got me a beautiful set of pastel pencils. They’re blend together really nicely, but the smudge really bad so I’ve learned I have to start in the top left corner and work my way to the bottom right corner. 

 

This is the Crowned Stag of House Baratheon from Game of Thrones. 

   

I spent a better part of my day working on this one page. I had to take many breaks to take care of, feed, and play with my boys, but I made sure I kept coming back to this. 

    

This is my favorite picture of my project. I love this half done look. I loved it so much I felt inspired to post it to my Instagram with a message:

  
As I continued to color I felt more and more relaxed. The only stress I felt was trying not to smudge my work. 

  
At this point I had to walk away to pick up my daughter from school which killed me a little because I was so close! But when I returned and got her settled with a snack I was able to finish it. 

  
I still have a lot of room for improvement on shading with color, but I think this looks really good and I’m quite pleased with it. 

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My Coloring Book

Yes. I have a coloring book. I bought it a while back so I can practice coloring my artworks. I can make some pretty good works with pencil, but when it comes to adding color I suck.

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ee? Not so good.

This was my first attempt. I kinda cheated because I picked sheep. The sheep look pretty good, but everything else looks like it was colored in by a grade schooler. And I did nothing with the cloud. Ugh.

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etter, but still needs work.

This one is a little better. My main problem is I grow tired of the tedious task of meticulously coloring all that empty space in, so I just scribble it out to get it done.

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I’m rather proud of these two. The blending could have been a bit better and I could have taken more time to shade, but they’re looking pretty good.

All these were done some months ago. I lost the book and forgot all about it until we found it recently as we were packing.

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Clouds. I keep forgetting to do something with those damn clouds, but I’m starting to get the hang of this coloring thing I think.

Then my daughter makes a request….

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I had plans on making this look as realistic as possible. I had already finished the mountains, trees, and grass when my daughter came bouncing to me and saw what I was doing. She requested that I color the first horse blue and when I told her no she became instantly deflated. This broke my heart and I thought to myself I’d still be practicing with color. I’m no where near skilled enough yet to really make it realistic. Colored ponies is not the end of the world. So here we are. She picked the color for the rocks and both the ponies’ body and hair colors.

I’m particularly proud of the green horse’s muzzle. I used two different green and I think I did a rather good job at blending them. I’m starting to get the hang of this, me thinks.