By Michelle Houghton

monster A brand new image for you this week to color along on.  I have been inspired by all the cute little monsters out there on the different collections so I figured I better create a few of my own.  I have a second one that will appear and possibly even a third so stick around and you can collect the whole team!


Some important information if you are new to my series.  If you are unsure how to print out the image read lesson #4, it will give you some tips on printing your monsters out.  Secondly the images I share in my lessons are original creations by me, unless otherwise noted.  I am happy to share my art work with you and I hope you use them and put them on your projects.  I would ask that if you display my images on your blog or anywhere else you would give credit to me as the artist.

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The markers I am using on monster number one are YG93, YG95, YG97, YG99, Y11, Y15, Y19, YR04, YR07, YR09, B91, B95, and B99.  These monsters scream color to me so I am going to use all sorts of crazy color combinations on them pulling from the papers that I know I want to use.  You can use whatever colors you like.



Step #1

I am starting with the body of the monster.  I am working fairly quickly to keep the ink wet, but if it is easier you could do the chin as one section and the top of the head as a second section.  Start by filling in the body with your lightest yellow green (YG93) remember to use small circular strokes to fill in the area evenly and completely.



Step #2

Using your next yellow green (YG95) feather in your first layer of shading.  My light is coming in from the right hand side so the dark is coming in from the left and coming across the monster.


Step #3

Blend this first layer back in with your lighter shade (YG93).  Add a second layer of shading, (YG97) again working from the left and bottom edge inward.  This third layer will not come as far over.  Notice I also added a small amount of shading to his spiky hair.



Step #4

Blend this layer back in with your lighter colors (YG95, YG93).  I am actually adding a third layer of shading for my deepest shadows or a fourth color (YG99).  As always use what you have in your collection even one layer of shading will add dimension to your images.



Step #5

I have blended in my last layer with my lighter yellow greens (YG97, YG95, YG93).  Now let’s move on to the legs.  Again I am working with two sections at once, I am going to use two different colors on the striped legs but you can use one color or do one set and come back for the second set.  I am starting as usual with my lightest colors in the series and filling in the stripes on one leg (Y11, and YR04).



Step #6

My middle colors come next to start the shading on the legs (Y15 and YR07).  The light source needs to stay consistent so my darker shades are coming from the left and feathering toward the right.



Step #7

Blend your middle shade in with your lightest markers (Y11 and YR04).  Add your darkest layer at the left edge (Y19 and YR09).



Step #8

Blend in your last layer with your lighter shades (Y15, Y11, YR07 and YR04).  I finished the second leg with the same colors and then added YR09 to the eyes of my monster.  On to the arms and feet.  I am doing both in my blue so I am going to show both together but take your time and break it into sections as needed.  I used my lightest blue to fill in one arm and foot (B91).



Step #9

Your middle color comes next (B95).  You can see where mine worked in from the left again and from the bottom as well.  The arms are very narrow so if you need to you can use a tip to tip shading technique.



Step #10

Blend in your middle shade with your lightest color (B91).  Then one last shade for the arm and foot (B99).



Step #11

My darkest shade is  a bit of a jump so it took a little work to get it blended in I used my lighter shades (B95 and B91) and continued circling over the edge of my darkest color until it was blended to a point that I was happy with. I completed the other foot and arm, notice where the shading appears on these, still coming from the left.



Hope you like monster number one.  He will be joined with a partner soon so check back and happy coloring!

Bio-shot-2011-150Michelle Houghton is a wife, mother and artist living in Iowa. Even before she began scrapbooking, she was a lifelong artist, majoring in Fine Arts at the University of Oregon and then teaching high school art for 7 years. Michelle has been scrapbooking for more than 15 years and she enjoys adding her own art, doodles and handmade elements to her pages for a one-of-a-kind look.

Michelle teaches doodling, Copics, handlettering and more at workshops throughout the country. She writes tutorials at Get It Scrapped and is an instructor for Imagination International Inc., the US distributor of Copic products. The best way to learn more about Michelle is at her website,