Arriving at the 18th illustration in Tudor Queens and Consorts, we are now looking at one of the first topics we had outlined for this book. Natalie and I knew we wanted to dive deeper into Tudor history with our second book in the Colouring History series, and that certainly includes the clothing fashions of the time. This page did not involve a heavy amount of research since there are lovely examples of Tudor-era headdresses and hoods found in countless portraits and manuscripts. The below pattern cover was my main inspiration for this page and I used my personal drawing style to add character to each of the faces.
In my own coloring news, I recently bought my first set of india inks from the company, Dr. Ph Martin. They are so vibrant on the page and I’m really enjoying using them with both my ink pen and my watercolor brushes. The use of inks instead of watercolors also means slightly less water saturation on the page. While our book does stand up to watercolor, it seems that colorful india inks may be my go-to medium for the other pages in this book. There was no bleed-through and virtually no page ripple … and the end result is really colorful!