The 9th illustration in Tudor Queens and Consorts is a fun escape into the medieval fantasy world of beasts and dragons. This drawing is based on a page from Petrus Carmeliano’s Suasoria laeticiae, a court poem that celebrates the birth of Prince Arthur Tudor and the end of the civil war. The finished drawing in our book highlights the botanical drawings and quite closely depicts the one dragon we see in the original. The two other dragons are from my own imagination! I’ve included one of my sketch images below so you can see how I begin each page with very rough pencil lines. From that point, I use my light table to trace the rough sketch with a fine black ink pen on marker or Paris paper.
One of the great things about the paper in our book is that it holds up well to all of your favorite colouring media. I used watercolour and pencil on this page. What are some of your favorite colouring tools and techniques? We would love to see how you have been colouring history! Please share your work using #colouringhistory and #colouringtudorhistory and tag Natalie or Kathryn on social media so we can see your own Tudor masterpieces.
Until next time, happy colouring! ~K