Meet the Expert Colourist - Carrah Aldridge
US artist, Carrah Aldridge is the master of colour, blending and layering. With more than a decade dedicated to perfecting her technique, her expertise is second to none.
Carrah has joined forces with Spectrum Noir to create art tutorials as well as the original artwork and expert instruction for the Creative Colouring Discovery Kit and Adventures in Colour Advanced Discovery Kit.
Name: Carrah Aldridge
Based in: The US
Tell us about your journey into art
I got interested in art when I was around 13 years old, so roughly 12 years. Truthfully, I used to love performing on stage (singing, acting, etc), but I grew ill and lost my voice for a big musical that I had a speaking and singing part in. My voice didn’t come out on stage and I grew anxious about ever performing on stage again.
Those feelings lead me to quit performing. I switched to visual art and ended up loving it! I like that I can bring my ideas to life.
How long have you been creating art in this particular style?
I’ve been drawing in and developing my style since 2012. It’s fun to create my own characters and designs! I also enjoy the comfort and satisfaction of colouring images in.
What advice do you have for creating art using your technique?
Before colouring anything, I highly recommend trying out different layering combinations on a separate sheet of paper. Try out different techniques and really get a feel for the markers! Despite my years of experience, I truthfully still do this to ensure the techniques, I want to use, will work out in my favour!
What was your aim with your Spectrum Noir Discovery Kits?
I wanted people to crate vibrant coloured images! Find out about layering colours over top of each other to make new colours and learn how to use that colourless blender marker (SPOILER – despite the name, the colorless blender marker is not necessarily used to blend two colours together by colouring over top of the two colours you wish to blend – it’s a bit more complex than that!)