So I’m wrapping up a good three months worth of fruit sketches right now and I’ve been inspired to talk about my process. Everyone’s drawing process is different depending on the medium he/she works in, the amount of detail in the piece, and the artist’s drawing style.
I decided to pick one of my smaller pieces (this one took about half an hour total because I was filming at the time) and show how it went from sketch to finished design.
As I’ve been discovering my love for markers this past year I realized something; the number one reason I didn’t touch markers in High School is because I didn’t know how to shade.
When you think about popular mediums such as acrylic paint, watercolor, and colored pencil you can easily find tutorials on how to shade and make artwork look incredibly realistic. Markers are a lot harder to work with when you’re going for realism, or so I thought.
So I want to pass on the knowledge I’ve learned about shading in marker and a particular tool that helped me achieve realistic marker drawings, my Prismacolor blender.
I still love these tips and they're still working for me! However, I have tried a new marker out for outlining from Faber - Castell. It's perfect! (and more affordable)
Working in marker was by far the most terrifying medium for me as an artist, solely because it felt like I couldn’t make any mistakes. Don’t like your pencil sketch? Erase it. Messed up a brush stroke? Paint over it. Went outside the lines with marker… *crickets* So this blog is a mixture of my love/hate relationship with markers and how I learned to embrace them.