29th August 2016
Colourist Interview – Emily Laughlin
This year I worked with 3 great Colourists to colour some images from my books that we used in a photoshoot. These 3 are some of my favourite Colourists and I wanted to share a little about their work with you – they are each so different but all equally inspiring! First up, we have Emily Laughlin who is based in the US.
10 Colourist Questions!
- Favourite Colouring Materials?
My favorite materials are pencils. I primarily use Prismacolor Premier. They blend extremely well and have a wide range of colors. However, I do use a variety of media, based on what I’m coloring. For instance, if I am coloring something small, with many details, I tend to use my Irojiten Tombow pencils. They have a nice, hard lead, and can being sharpened to a fine point, without a lot of breakage.
I also use Faber-Castell Polychromos, pastel chalks, watercolor paints, Derwent Inktense, Staedtler fineliners, and Caran D’Ache Luminance. If I could, I would get the full set of Caran D’Ache. They blend like Prismacolors, and have the hardness of the Polychromos. In my opinion, they have the best of both worlds.
- Favourite Colour?
Blue has always been my favorite color. When I first started adult coloring, I tended to stay in the blue family. As I’ve progressed I have become aware of that, and attempted to expand my coloring horizons.
- Favourite Colouring Books?
Johanna Basford’s coloring books of course! I love all three, but I would have to say Enchanted Forest is my favorite. However, I’m very excited about Magical Jungle, as it looks like it has a handful of animals, which are my favorite to color. Johanna’s Christmas also looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun and very festive.
- Favourite ever picture to colour?
My favorite picture to color, was one of the forest scenes from Enchanted Forest. I used lots of bold bright colors, and really had fun bringing it all together.
- Your top colouring tip?
My top coloring tip would probably be to just have fun and enjoy the process. Try not to take it too seriously.
- Your biggest colouring disaster?!
The closest disaster I’ve had was when I was coloring the large four-page spread in Lost Ocean. I had been working on it for almost two weeks, and I was down to my last couple of fish. I had been using my Wink of Stella brush pen to add some sparkle and shine to the fish, and while using the pen, somehow the sparkle ink overloaded and a giant glob dropped on the fish I was working on. I soaked most of it up, but not before leaving a very noticeable grey splotch on my once, very pretty fish. Unfortunately, the ink had saturated the paper, and when I tried to clean it up, it ripped a 5 millimeter hole in the paper. After all that work, I was a bit panicked.
In the end, I ended up sacrificing another copy of the four-page spread that I had. I was able to cut out a piece of the fish from the blank copy and place it behind the hole. I then used my pencils to soften the edge of the cut paper. Fortunately, you can only tell what happened if you get up close to the fish. ☺
- Why do you love to colour?
I love to color, because it’s a way for me to relax. I can forget about the stressors of the day, and just focus on what I’m doing. I’ve always enjoyed being artistic, ever since I was a child. Now, as an adult, to have that creative outlet has just been fantastic.
- Where do you colour?
I generally color at home where I have a desk that has all my art supplies organized, as well as many of my favorite colorings pinned up on the wall. The wall has become quite the conversation piece.
Sometimes, I also like to load up my books and supplies, and have a day out coloring. I’ll either head to Barnes and Noble, or my favorite café, and just spend the afternoon coloring.
- What inspires your colouring?
When I first started adult coloring, I just colored in ways I thought looked nice, not putting much thought into technique or style. I found myself wishing I could see how other people colored their pages, so I did a little browsing, and found an online coloring group. It was there, from my fellow colorists, that I drew my inspiration. I was able to see what they created, and develop ideas. I really started to think outside the box, and get creative. I have since found a few more groups that I’m a part of. I’ve really enjoyed the comradery, and the shared interest in hobbies. I also like being able to share what I’ve learned with others.
- What would your dream colouring book feature?
With three books already out, and two more on the way, a lot of what I would like has been covered. However, I think a good twist would perhaps be a medieval coloring book, or a Sci-Fi theme; I know they are different ends of the spectrum, but they would definitely be interesting.
Want to see more of Emily’s great work? Find her here:
YouTube: An Inky Obsessor