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Finding your coloring technique – Art Talk

When I started being interested in art in general, it was kind of an unspoken rule to stick to only one technique within an artwork. Wether its aquarelle, pastel or acrylic. I can’t even remember where it did came from but it just seemed to be the classic rule of ancient artists way back when.

So I started of as one influenced by the classic artists. If i used aquarelle, I only used aquarelle, trying to achieve certain looks. But I was never really happy with the result. When I tried acrylics, I started missing the lightness that aquarelle had. When I painted with colored pencils, I missed the opaqueness of acrylics and so on.

Over the years, I had the luxury of trying a lot of techniques, always on the hunt for the one and only technique that would make me happy. Or that I could stick to forever. But this never happened. I could never stick to only one technique.

It was only natural to mix all the things I liked about certain coloring techniques. And now it is normal for me to use mixed media. Although the thought of an artwork completely painted in one technique is extremely daunting to me. (Maybe, I should challenge myself again to try and paint a picture in only aquarelle – Just to see how it looks.) 🙂

As Artists and Illustrators, we have the freedom to mix everything we like to achieve the end result we are thriving for. Coloring your work, the way you like it, is also your artistic voice. Don’t be disheartened because you use mixed media. And don’t be disheartened if you only use one technique. Be you. Try things and see what you like. If you miss a certain things in your work, think about what fills the void. Don’t limit yourself just because it’s „classic tradition“. Be you.

Monia Baillieu is a professional illustrator and sculptor from northern Germany. Her illustrations are mostly eerie or haunted themed. Occasionally she creates some funny comics as well or ventures out into graphic novels. Sculptures are created with polymer clay and fit into the overall theme of her works.  

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