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

 

 

Back to school !

Like I said, I have mixed feelings about back to school .The upside is definitely the routine and time factor. So , I jumped right in and started off the morning right with a cup of coffee and some whimsical sketching . Letting the pen flow in the quiet of the morning is very meditative . Before everyone is up and the morning rush to get to school takes over, I find that sketching/ painting/ drawing definitely gives me a sense of contentment as I start the day.

Wildflowers in the wee hours of the morning
Wildflowers in the wee hours of the morning

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The week is off to a good start .. Hope yours is too 🙂

Cheers !

Hello September !

Its been really quiet around here, hasn’t it ? I blame summer. End of story .

Lets welcome September, shall we ? The promise of cooler weather, leaves changing color, warm colors everywhere, scarves and , oh, boots … my oh my ! Did I mention Fall is my favorite season ?

I have been busy though – Check out my Instagram feed for a lot of what I have been upto .

Here’s my September girl ..

Hello September !
Hello September !
Close up of September girl
Close up of September girl

Don’t forget to stop by my Instagram account to keep up with current work.

I hope you have a wonderful start to your September  ! School starts in a week … I have mixed feelings about it . But it’ll be good , because there’s plenty more art to be created .

And if you need any custom illustrations / artwork , I’m open to taking requests . Please email me and we can set things up.

Cheers,

Laksh