The witch in full colour

I finally got round to adding colour to my Antjie Donder drawing.  I wanted to use a method similar to a colour lino-cut print; layers of colour overlapping, with the gaps in one colour revealing the colour beneath.

I put a “multiply” blending mode on the linework layer to knock out the white areas but keep the black line.  Then  I created 10 solid colour layers under it, and used layer masks to hide each layer.  Then, I painted with white and black on the layer masks until the whole image was filled with colour.  Some of the top layers are partly translucent.  I discovered a useful keyboard short-cut: “X” while using the brush swops foreground and background colours.  This is great when working on the layer masks because it means you can switch between black and white while you paint.

Here is the (possibly) final coloured version:

Some details:


If I have time, I’ll do the Mevrou Karwats drawing as well.  Should be interesting.

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sonofridyard
    Jun 18, 2011 @ 20:56:37

    Great drawing and use of colour. There is a mysterious sense of what may have just happened and possibilities of what may happen next in this image. The detail to textures and objects is nicely done too. Keep up the good work.

  2. normsnj-Jean
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 11:04:32

    These are awesome. I can feel the story waiting to be told……

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  4. mashadutoit
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 15:39:17

    What a fantastic comment. That is exactly what I hoped to achieve – drawing that hints at a story. Thanks!

  5. mashadutoit
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 15:44:11

    Yep – it is based on a story I wrote recently, called “Chasing Frogs in Wynberg”. The drawing turned out a bit more serious in tone than the story though!

  6. pavinee
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 16:26:34

    Mysteriously beautiful. Really love this color version. I don’t know how to explain it but the image keep drawing me in. I thought the black and white version was already powerful but this one is even more than that!

  7. mashadutoit
    Jun 19, 2011 @ 18:19:29

    Thanks Pavinee – I appreciate that. I think the colours were influenced by the weather here – cozy inside, but rainy and cold outside. We are really inside our winter now.

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  10. meliss
    Jun 25, 2011 @ 19:37:25

    Mash, die beautiful!! Jy maak die beste beste tekeninge wat ek ken. Ek kan nie wag om jou boek te lees nie..

  11. mashadutoit
    Jun 25, 2011 @ 21:45:39

    Dankie Melissa! As ons terug is van Gramstad kom kuier ons weer vir julle.

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