Sketching Tips with Markers and Pens

Hello loves,

Often I get asked about how one can improve on sketching , painting etc. I thought I’d create a blog post with the markers that I use the most – Copic , along with Prisma Markers.

There are many ways of creating a single look . Other artists may use different markers within the same brand to achieve a look.  This is mine . So feel free to use this as a guide , but come up with your own way to get a certain look.

Here’s a sketch I created from Amazon India Fashion Week , that happened last week, in India. The model is Indian , so the markers I used for the skin tone would apply to a tan skin tone. I normally use these skin tones for Indian skin tones, tanned skin tones etc. I make adjustments on which color to use more to create the appropriate skin tones .

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Designer : Shivan and Narresh

Model : Rikee Chaterjee

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  1. SKIN TONES 

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Again depending on the skin color I start out with lighter colors as base colors and then build up on the darker parts . For this sketch , I used E02, E31 , Y11 and RV10 for the skin colors.Mixing  RV10 and Y11 give the sketch light blush and pale yellow tones where the light bounces off the skin.

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From then on I build on the skin color using E31 – Brick Beige – which is a great color to use for tan / brown skin. The shadows work great with E55 – Light camel. Sometimes I use gray tones to build on shadows on skin. I didn’t in this case.

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2. OUTFIT

A black outfit  makes this sketch a perfect subject for a tutorial !

The trick to sketching a black outfit is to work with grays as base colors and then use black to fill up on the darker portions . It works well to play with the light and shadows and to create a sense of movement .

I used C3, T3 and C7 for the gray tones.

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I don’t know how many black markers I own , honestly. I ran out of black Copic markers , so I turned to Prisma Color marker and Faber Castell pens .

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Faber Castell artist pens are , for a lack of a better description  – black gold . They are amazing for sketching and creating rich dark tones.

3. FINAL TOUCHES 

I usually use Sakura Micron pens to add finishing touches and add outlines to my sketches. They work great along with Copic Markers.

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Lets not forget the power of the Colorless blender. Its the perfect tool to blend colors to give it a seamless effect. I highly recommend it when you use two or more markers to achieve a certain look.

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Purchasing Copic Markers and Sakura Micron Pens. 

Copic Markers available at Blick and Amazon. There’s a small selection of Copics at Michaels.  There might be other venues that I’m not aware of , but these are where I get my supply of Copics.

I’ve purchased Sakura Micron pens from Michaels, Blick and Amazon .

All of the markers , pens (Copics, PrismaColor , Faber Castell , Sakura ) ,  I’ve referenced in this post are of beautiful quality . So there’s really not a cheap way to get these materials. They are all considered quality illustration materials – which means you get high quality.

If you are starting out or a student , then I recommend starting out small and slowly building up your collection.

Feel free to let me know your thoughts and how you use your art materials for similar sketches .

Happy Sketching !

-Lakshmi

 

 

Bloomingdales Live Sketching Event

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This past Saturday I was asked to live sketch at Bloomingdales, Tysons Corner. If I haven’t professed my love for live sketching – here it is. I love live sketching. It is exciting, energetic and seeing customers react to their custom sketches right then, is the best reward.

It was a busy event , I was sketching in the handbag and shoe department sketching from 1 to 4 pm. It was so busy, I had not a moment to put my pens down for a moment – not complaining ! Each sketch was completed in 10 minutes or so.

Here are some of the pictures from the event .

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My set up – before I fully set up and the sketching began ( Thats a cute Snapchat filter, right ?!)

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Truly a fun event to have been a part of ! Thank you for having me !

Cheers,

Lakshmi

Lakme Fashion Week 2016

Hello friends,

So much has happened since I last updated my blog. For now I want to update it with the sketches I did during Lakme Fashion Week held in March/April in my hometown – Mumbai.

I worked on these sketches using Copic Markers and Sakura Micron pens. No pencils were used in the making of these illustrations ! I went straight for the pens and markers.

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Manish Malhotra pretty much showing us we are all stars in this galaxy 
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Mrilalini Gupta’s Bohemian ensemble with the fun messy top half knots 
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Poco and Jacky ‘s military inspiration 
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I was super excited to see Swati And Naina’s sari collection ! The classic always stands out !
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Wendell Rodricks
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Rahul Mishra 
PayalKhandwala
Payal Khandwala – Never shies away from color and I love her work for it. This one was my favorite – I liked creating the movement in the fabric.. and that sari ! 
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Masaba Gupta 
NeetaLulla
Neeta Lulla 
NishkaLulla
Nishka Lulla’s absolutely divine pastels 
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And Anushree Reddy’s bridal brigade … simply gorgeous !

I really enjoyed illustrating these. I hope you like them too .

As always, feel free to contact me for commissioned works for your look books, events and more. I love creating custom looks .

Cheers, loves !

Lakshmi