I thought I'd test out my Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils on the Gemini illustration from Zodiac Dreams by Marlon Teunissen! I started off by colouring all the mechanical steampunk-style machinery in yellow/gold tones, erasing a little at the edges with my Tombow Mono Zero Eraser to give a higher contrast and the illusion of shine. The colours I used were Maize, Goldfinch and Daisy.
I then moved onto the background of buildings within the metal circle, and decided to black them all out in silhouette. I chose Atlantic Blue, Royal Blue and Reef Blue to graduate the night sky, and dotted some stars on top with a white gel pen.
Next up I decided to do the wings in two-tone, so I chose Amethyst & Pink Blush for the girl and Shamrock & Green for the boy. For their hair, I used Cinnamon & Cider to layer in some texture, and for the skin I did a base layer of Linen and shaded some areas with Eggshell. Their clothes were done in alternating Verdigris & Antique Rose, one of my favourite colour combos.
For the clouds, I took Seal Grey and coloured a light layer just underneath the lines to create a wispy look. I then completely covered all the lines in white gel pen using a circular motion, to buff the edges and make them look fluffy. I used a very slight bit of Albrecht Durer Magnus Warm Grey to extend the grey colour a little more, and washed over the whole thing with my waterbrush.
For the Zodiac wheel I used Cherry Red and Harbour blue for the outer edges of each section, then filled them in with lighter tones- Carnation and Denim Blue. Finally, for the sky I used Derwent Inktense Tangerine & Sun Yellow which I blended out with my waterbrush. Picture complete!