This darling girl is Tress, Joyful digital stamp, one of the new MiC digital stamps. The background is a pre-made background digital stamp called Rosey Walk. It normally sells for $4.50 but you may purchase Rosey Walk for $1.00 if you join the private FB group and ask for the special code to use in the store.
Now let me tell you one of the things I love about this MiC FB group. If you want advice all you have to do is ask for it. They have some of the very best color artists in that group.
So this is the question I asked.
I tend to like bright bold colors. Does this look okay or are the colors too intense? Also how are my shadows doing? Thanks for any input.
This is the response I received:
oe Mitc OK... so here's my thoughts.
I think it's OK to go with bold colours, but you need to have more light areas to help make those bold colours pop. If everything is at the same 'level' in boldness then it can begin to look flat.
If for example you got a white opaque pen and added some highlights to this image, it would immediately lift it and help bring it to life.
If you look at it now, the one thing that pops off the page are her eyes! They are glaring at you because they are the only thing that is light.
Whereas if you added some highlights to the leaves on the fence, the rocks, flowers in the tree etc, it would give the whole image a little more life.
With that said - the shading is great and the colours are good. You just need more practise getting a lighter colour in to give everything a highlight.
Oh and I love the detail in her pants!
So here is what I did after taking her advice. It makes a difference, don't you think?
Here is another image I colored, this time leaving white while coloring and not adding it in after with a white gel pen. I did use the gel pen on the ladybug and magnifier, just a little.
Hugs and smiles,