We are always excited when amazing artwork appears on our Instagram page, Kristina was kind enough to share some of the artwork she created using Chameleon Pens. After seeing her creations we just had to ask her if we could share it here with you on the blog together with a little bit about herself and luckily she said YES!
“I grew up in Hullbridge, a small riverside village in Essex. It was there I spent many hours watching my mother paint, draw, make clay sculptures, and sew clothes. The things she made, fascinated me and I longed for the ability to create things like she did. I enjoyed sitting at our dining table scribbling, doodling and rummaging through the goodies in my mother’s art box. I asked her what the tools I found were for and how they were used. My mum happily answered my questions and taught me, just as my granddad had taught her!
Growing up in an artistic environment, I developed my own skills which I built on at school and then college. I chose courses that featured teachings of a number of different art and design techniques that I continue to find useful.
Although I have developed a style of my own, my creations often reflect certain characteristics learnt from studying the styles that have inspired me throughout my life. I often use black outlines and shade/colour in a fashion similar to Manga and other cartoon/comic strip art. I admire the bold and often colourful nature of street art and I get a great deal of inspiration from tattoos, especially Traditional old school, and Japanese too.
I paint and draw an array of different subjects, mainly people; but I don’t just stick to painting on paper or canvas, I also love to customize items for my clients; these items include skateboards, bags and even furniture!
I am married and have two gorgeous children (little artists in training!), so I just love having my own website where I take on commissions, and sell my original artwork and prints, all from my home studio! ”
This image was coloured using only five Chameleon pens, luckily Kristina explains how!
To create the picture above I first sketched my idea out in pencil onto plain copy paper, then traced it lightly and cleanly onto a piece of smooth surfaced card. Next, I ‘inked’ the traced image using a dip pen and an ink specially designed for use with alcohol based markers. Once the ink was completely dry, I rubbed out the faint pencil lines and began the fun part, the colouring in!
I used BR2 (hot cocoa) for the hair, OR4 (seville orange) for the bow and her top, NU3 (fawn) for her skin and pearls, OL3 (olive green) for her eye colour and PK3 (bubble gum)for her cheeks, lips and pendent.
I started with the skin first. I infused the NU3 pen (brush nib end) with the blending soultion for about 20 seconds. I then tested the pen on a scrap piece of paper to check the tone. It was too light at first so I run the pen over the scrap paper until I right tone appeared.
When colouring, I use whatever motion feels right for the part I’m colouring at the time; for the skin, I mostly used short strokes and circular motions.
As the chameleon pens are designed to gradually release the colour back into the, nib as you work, I made sure I was working towards (what would be) the shadowed areas (light to dark). I then layerd the ink useing the same process (re-infusing when needed) until I was happy with how the skin looked, going over the shadowed areas once more when the ink was at its darkest.
I pretty much relied on the same technique for the rest of the image, except for the hair and cheeks.
For the hair I used longer strokes and the bullet nib; lifting the pen at the end of each stroke, as if I was colouring a strand at a time, moving from place to place as the tone of the pen changes (again re-infusing when necessary). For the cheeks, I laid down a layer of blending solution with the chameleon blender pen, and then infused the PK3 pen (brush nib end) for about 8 seconds. I rubbed the nib over the area that I pre-dampened with the blender pen in a circular motion. I then infused and reworked a layer of NU3 over the top for a fully blended finish.
Lastly, I refined my drawing by using a white gel pen over the colouring to add some twinkly highlights to the eyes and other areas.
Tip: keep an eye on the colour at all times, as soon as it becomes even slightly, darker than you want, re-infuse!
The next illustration (Rose Blue), was made with a combination of materials. I sketched the image, and then inked it using a fine liner. This time, I gave my image a very light, gentle wash of water colour paints. Next, when completely dry, I coloured over the wash with my chameleon pens to give the base more dimension. After that, I further defined my drawing with colouring pencils.
Now for my most amazing tip, you can actually use the chameleon blender pen to blend your layer of coloured pencil! I can’t say if it works with all brands of pencils, but I used ordinary Crayolas and it worked perfectly! Be warned, using the blender pen like this may stain the nib.
Kristina has given some great tips, showing how colour hopping works on the hair and how nicely our pens play with other mediums such as watercolours and pencils.