In our article about the search for the perfect coloring page I stumbled upon this great bunny rabbit coloring page from book 27 of thecoloringbook.club. I really liked the nature inspired patterns that are used to form the silhouette of the bunny and I was itching to add some color to this page. Follow along as I color Mr Cottontail!
Should we pen this rabbit in?
The first decision for me is pen or pencil? Since the page is made up of natural elements like leaves and grasses I felt the softer finish of colored pencils would lend itself better to the page.
Who knows, I may revisit this design and see what the page looks like finished with coloring pen.
I chose a triadic color scheme made of hues you find in nature; orange, green and purple.
I begin by adding some purple to the page, softly coloring using tiny circular motions.
Since purple is the strongest color in the pallette I have chosen, I try and make sure it is used to emphasise the outline of the rabbit.
Purple on the leaves that drape down the back of the rabbit will draw the eye, I use is sparingly, but enough that the shape of the back is obvious.
With the majority of the purple blocked in, it is time to add some harvest sunshine, or orange as I call it!
The golden orange is a natural color that fits well with wild rabbits and hares.
It also fits nicely with the leaf patterns that make up the picture. I like the way the orange contrasts with the purple on the body, so it is time to add a splash more color to the face.
You can see I have added a touch of green and rather than block the eye I have used some subtle shading to lift the eyelid from the page. For some simple tips for shading with coloring pencils be sure to check out our article – Exploring pencil shading.
Our rabbit is beginning to look quite dapper..
Here is what the rabbit looks like when I finished with the green pencil. Our bunny is beginning to look quite dapper don’t you think?
For the finishing touches I continue with the same three colors to fill in the grass and flowers. I wanted to try adding a little depth to the flower buds by applying a bit more pressure. I used a little over coloring on the central petals to pull some subtle purple into the flower.
Here is the finished page. I am happy with color choices and like the detail I have managed to add to the flowers. At some point I may revisit this page and add some more detail to the body, but for now this bunny is done!
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