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 .
Designer : Shivan and Narresh
Model : Rikee Chaterjee
- SKIN TONES
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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 !