Tag Archive: Coloring


I have left each and every one of you very high and very dry.

As I’m sure is the case with just about everyone, life has gotten in the way and kept me from writing to you and sharing… Well whatever it is I share here. Work has been hectic and Not-Work has been crazy.

Every time I thought about sitting down to write something here, I would think to myself “Maybe later.” Of course, “Later” never came.Now that I decided to write you all something, I’ve nothing to write about.

I made the spontaneous decision to sit down and spin a yarn and there’s nothing to spin.  By definition, making the “spontaneous decision” to write about something means I couldn’t possibly have planned what to write about in advance. Let’s take a minute and think about something together, shall we?

(thinking)

Coloring.

I love watching little kids color. Everyone has a different technique. Some kids are very concerned with coloring inside the lines, and some just go nuts. Some kids make sure the colors are realistic, and some just want to see a blue duck.
It’s not that these tendencies reveal some deeper meaning about the children. It’s just cool to watch how young people don’t have preconceived notions about how it’s “supposed” to look. It’s really that they haven’t had adults telling them how things ought to be yet. It’s kind of fun to watch them just express themselves in the way they want.
There’s not really a point to this like “We shouldn’t ruin children’s creativity.” It is more about “Remember how much fun coloring was.” Seriously, the next time you’re having a little bit of a rough day, or you’ve been wiped out for a few days, just sit down and color a picture.
You can print them off the internet if you don’t have a coloring book. It doesn’t matter if you want to color with markers, or crayons, or colored pencils. Just color any picture you want, however you want. If you want to make the duck blue, make it blue.
I think you’ll be surprised how nice it is to do something you know how to do, without feeling like you have to do it the way someone else want you to do it.

-Chris

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Don’t Color Outside the Lines!

Time for some teamwork action.

I asked Meister a little while back for a simple line drawing of me. I needed something to use every time a website popped up that little human silhouette with a question mark for an avatar picture. Of course, my plan of coloring this drawing right away went horribly awry and I have been using the black and white line drawing as my avatar everywhere.

I have finally colored this digital me, and to top it off, I even managed to get the shading done in a reasonable facsimile of “quickly”. So I am posting the process images. Line Art, then Colors and finally shading for you all to enjoy.

There we have it. Me, digitized.

I can assure you, Meister took some artistic liberties. I certainly wish I looked as awesome as my digital counterpart does, unfortunately, we don’t get to choose how we’re rendered.

It would be pretty cool if we could all choose our own preferred rendering options. I assume fellows like Meister and Myself would end up with some sort of hand-drawn, cel-shaded form.  Others might choose to go with the watercolor or stained glass options. Don’t forget to add a gaussian blur!

Alright, I’m done with the Photoshop “Filters” references, I promise.

-Chris