Is it Autumnal at the moment in your part of the world? Here in Finland it’s already approaching winter. Autumn seems to come and go in a flash, and I the new challenge at MKC Digitals is a good reason to try to hold onto it a bit longer! Our challenge for this month is a colour theme challenge, taking inspiraiton from the picture shown below. The colours are just perfect for Autumn, and I used some of our newer images to create my CAS card.
I started by printing Foxy’s Fall Coffee and one of the sentiments from the Autumn Blessings set directly onto my card base so that I could create a clean and simple one layer card. (And by the way, these digis are still available at the new release discounted rate!)
I then worked on colouring the image in with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers, using the colours from the challenge as a guideline. I started with the fox going with orange tones for the main areas of his fur. I then used a very pale yellow-orange to add some shading to the white areas, blending it out with my colourless blender.
The brown was easy to incorporate as the centre of the flower. Likewise the yellow was the obvious choice for the flower itself, and the green for the leaves. I did struggle with the leaves a bit as the marker I’d picked for my lightest shade seems to be almost empty, and was not working very well at all from about halfway through the second leaf. I perservered and finished that leaf, then recapped the pen and stood it vertically for a while. I don’t know if this helped to redistribute the ink or not, but it seemed to help anyway!
The final colour I needed to incorporate was the red, and I wanted to use this for the coffee cup. I’ve mentioned before that my red selection is very limited. Indeed I only have one red Illustrator marker, which is a very bright red. I decided to experiment to create the mug colour. I took a bit of a risk and didn’t practice at all before colouring on my card, so I’m glad it worked out! I first laid a layer of red across the entire cup. I then used some reddish brown shades to add the shading to the mug. I still wasn’t entirely happy with how it looked as it was a bit too bright, so I went over the whole thing with a deep burnt orange shade which knocked the colour back a bit, and seemed to work better.
As a final touch I added a hint of shadow and grounding below the image with a light brown and my colourless blender.
The colours from the challenge work perfectly for this image, don’t you think? The rest of the team have also created some inspiration for you using various other images from MKC Digitals, so be sure to come over and check them out. And if the colour palette inspires you, would love it if you play along with us!
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