Happy mail monster

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Series: The Daily Marker Art Card #21

I do love Fluffy Gustav from Useless Trinkets, in all his variants. He is such fun to colour — as long as you enjoy colouring fur of course.

I picked a yellow to purple gradient of colours, which ended up making him look like a little furry fireball 🙂 With so much colour on him, I needed to keep the background light and unobtrusive. My usual grass/sky combo wouldn’t work here so I decided to set him in the city instead with lots of grey concrete. I don’t think I’ve tried doing a city background before.

My current technique for approaching something new is to just do it. Giving myself time to think about it or practise it will just mean I end up overthinking it and second-guessing myself. So I just put down a gradient for the ground, drew in some verticals to divide up the buildings, added windows and finished it off with a bit of shading and a coat of light grey to blend it all into the background. Luckily it worked, but if it hadn’t, well, it’s only an art card and I could have just gone over the buildings with a dark grey and pretended they never existed.

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Copic markers:

monster (base layer) – W5, W3, W1, W00
monster (colour) – V09, RV69, R39, RV17, R24, YR16, Y35
background – T0, T1, T2, T3, T4


  • digital stamps:
    Useless Trinkets – Fluffy Gustav with happy mail
  • dies:
    Marianne Design – ATC
  • pens & pencils:
    charcoal pencil
    Posca PC-1MR – gold
  • embellishments:
    Tim Holtz idea-ology – clippings stickers
    Papermania Glitterations – dots black
  • paper and card:
    Neenah Solar White 216gsm
    black card

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This image was coloured for day 21 of The Daily Marker 30 Day Colouring Challenge on 5 July 2019

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