It is interesting how this marker journey I'm on is playing out. I started drawing cartoon type faces with my highly limited sharpie collection less than two weeks ago (wow feels longer..) The people I was drawing ended up being technicolor crazy-colors because I had to make what I had work. It was fun and interesting and I feel like I was %100 percent inspired by the tools I was using.
I ended up purchasing over 80 colors of permanent markers (for a super deal from Staples.com) and over a few days started getting a little bit More realistic with the made-up people I was drawing. Well... a few youtube videos later I find myself feeling the desire to invest in the Copic Markers 6pc skin tone set and thanks to one of those trusty Micheal's 50% off coupons, combine with a 15% off total purchase coupon... THEY ARE MINE! I scored these markers which are usually around $5.99 each for about $3.30 each. Sweet! There are plenty of youtube tutorials and websites out there that describe their majesty so I wont get into detail.. let me just reassure you. dear reader -- they are AMAZING. smooth, blendable, easy to control and you can even scrub dark color off the page using a lighter tone marker and not only will the darker color lift/move but the light marker tip doesn't get stained. mind. Blowing.
Here are some portraits of made-up people that i did using only my 7 Copic colors.
I gave up sketching my drawings out, for the most part. If I have something in mind that I want to draw i'll sketch to death. But these marker drawings are just plain fun/time-wasters. So sketching and erasing and stuff... thats not fun. I just start drawing with no real direction and i end up feeling like I am "finding" the personality in the face as I'm drawing it... Or to be even dorkier with my description, I sometimes feel like a sculptor and like I am sculpting features with the brush tip. LOL
Here is a shot of the markers and a sharpie drawing I touched up with the copics
That lady on the bottom was originally drawn with sharpie (I took a before picture but my camera didnt save it) she was lightly colored in with cross hatching, I then went over her with Copic and it turned out really well. I'm going to try that process again I'm sure.
Also remember when I said I just cant seem to keep up with a sketchbook? Well, I hope i dont jinx myself here but.... I ACTUALLY AM keeping up with this sketchbook!! Like wow! Im pretty much shocked that i havnt ended up shredding it yet! Something about the markers man, I swear.
I literally could not ever sing high enough praises for this Canson Multi-media paper... I've tried other paper and even other multi-media paper over the last few days with all my markers. NONE COMPARE! The others bleed and the markers soak through really easily. The other paper i tried doesnt soak up the color as well, the Canson in all around A+ will buy again.
And no i havnt even touched any of those other art supplies yet. Markers ruined my life.