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Color Me

Updated: Dec 1, 2021

This zine has been created for you to color as you like. Personally, I have found color to be an important part of meditation and art practice.

My illustration process starts with line-work, using Micron pens. They are the highest quality and most precise pens on the market. By using different line weights when I draw, I can create an illusion of depth to plain black and white. Quite often I like them as is, or leave them as black and white for months before going back to add color.

While showing some of these pieces at various venues some people expressed that they liked them as is. Others said they felt inspired. They wanted to color them in and suggested a collection to do just that.

"Susan's Corner" by Liz Schmidt, 2020, ink on paper

"Susan's Corner" is one of my favorite pieces that line are pieces. It was inspired by a photograph of a lovely garden on Vashon Island in Seattle, WA.

This collection was kept as a zine in order to keep it home spun. Back when I was in high-school, I'd often contribute drawings to a student zine, and I was always excited to see my work in fellow student's hands amidst creative poetry and short stories.

Here is some advise about how to use this book:

  • Removing the pages as you work keep markers from bleeding through and coloring pencils from make impressions on the sheets below.

  • Try creating a concise color palette before you start working. I pick all the colors of the rainbow in pastels, brights, darks, and neutrals like browns, grays and black. I know this is a lot of colors, but working with a kit of 100 colors is overwhelming to me. Not to mention the fact that, you gain knowledge of what you are working with. It's like learning your scales on a musical instrument before creating a song.

  • I like to imagine where I am going before I start, though it often changes along the way. Will you start at the middle and move to the bottom or top left edges? How will the color combinations dictate your process? Or maybe it's best to let the colors speak to you?

  • I like to layering colors. For example opposite colors like purple next to green might feel like they are clashing, but then green on top of purple creates a shadow. Purple fading into green into white into green makes an opalescent effect. Also, leaving negative space, i.e. areas of white lead the eye as one looks at the finished work. I know this is easier said than done. I have to remind myself to hold back quite often.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have in creating it. And, I would love to see your creations! Please DM me on instagram @lizschmidtgallery, or tag me with a social post.

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