Hi All! Wanted to share my latest article in Fast Company magazine about creating coloring books and how my process was related to mindfulness. Many thanks to Richard Bellis for giving this newbie writer an opportunity and doing an amazing job editing – I’m super grateful. You can read the story here.
I’ll be giving away a few things this July! 8 signed prints and 1 original drawing from Fairies in Wonderland! It’s an Instagram giveaway (but FYI it’s in no way sponsored by Instagram). So, if you’re interested then log onto Instagram.com/fairiesinwonderland for more details. Happy summer!
Happy Cephalopod Week! As a fun way to celebrate I uploaded one of my favourite spreads from Mermaids in Wonderland. Click here or on the header menu to go the Free Coloring Page; size is about 10 x 20″ or 25.4 x 50.8 cm. This piece is a bejeweled octopus inspired by gorgeous hair jewelry and headdresses from India. Gold and pearls and diamonds… Oh my! Happy colouring and happy cephalopod week!
Happy #summersolstice 🌞 Gilded sea serpent puppet from #mermaidsinwonderland I’m sort of obsessed with my Uniball gold liner 💛 I feel like I’m working on a metal piece 😆 Today’s “Wonderfully Short Tip”: Use a minimal colour palette, and then one or two spot colours as a counter balance to give the piece more pizzazz. In this case my main colour palette is red and yellow, and I’ve used a dash of green and blue as the spotlight” colours 😉 #mermaidlife #seaserpent #adultcoloringbook #coloring #coloringbook #coloringaddict #fabercastellwatercolourpencils #uniball
(This post is from my Instagram, hence all of the hashtags 😉)
I went shopping yesterday for a few things to create an outfit to wear to this year’s Mermaid Parade in Coney Island and I got a bit carried away. Originally I was just looking to buy a pair of shorts with fish scale patterning, but then left on my own in this wonderful costume shop on 4th Avenue and 11th Street, I began by picking up one thing, and then another… and then another… and then another…and so on. And so, I left with two bags full of random things. My concept: debris caught in a fishing net 🙂
I woke up this morning and started playing around with my watercolor pencils. After blocking in some parts of the spread, I thought to myself,
“Why don’t I record this?”
And so, I shot a short and impromptu demo using my iPhone. Excuse the shaky camera work and low level sound quality; it was super early and so I was trying keep my speaking voice on the down-low 🙂
The materials used: Faber-Castell Watercolor Pencils, Albrecht Durer series, Winsor & Newton filbert brush, size 1/4″, and Winsor & Newton Sceptre Gold II series, size 00.
Although work has been overwhelming recently, I still wanted to post regularly. Ideally every week would be great, but since this blog is new, I wanted to post as much as I could at the start in order to get it going. On my marcoschin.com website, there’s a link to free coloring pages, but I’ve decided to post them here as well. Eventually I’ll be migrating all of my Wonderland drawings onto this blog for ease of reference. In the meantime, I wanted to share some free coloring pages with you (click on the link in the headline menu). I did grab one of my favorites pages from Mermaids in Wonderland, the one of the fish arranged in a circular shape. I love circles. I love the shape and symbolic meaning behind them depending on what culture you refer to; circles can be viewed as open or closed, finite or infinite, and can be found in nature; the sun, moon, an egg, a bubble.
Here’s “Your Wonderfully Short Tip,” which is sharpening your colored pencils with a knife. I constantly break my pencil leads when I use a regular sharpener and so sometimes what I like to do is use an Exacto knife and sandpaper pad as a alternative to a sharpener. It takes a bit longer, but I don’t mind. I’ve rarely broken the lead using this method. Just be careful not to cut yourself!
Good morning! Yesterday I spent the day on-and-off recording this coloring tip video. I have to warn you that it’s incredibly raw without any sort of scripts, filters, bells or whistles. But I wanted to put something together for you as soon as I could, instead of humming and hawing about it for too long. At the core, the information is there for you to use – I hope it’s helpful. The video is a bit long at seventeen-plus minutes so I’ve decided to incorporate much shorter videos in the future, to deeper describe a particular technique and have it last for about two to three minutes. Happy coloring!