Hey guys! I’ve been working a lot more with my alcohol markers, human anatomy, and my digital art style, so here’s an update on what I’ve done.
I recently heard that it is possible to use alcohol markers in conjunction with Prismacolors. If you color with the alcohol markers first and then use Prismacolors, you can get a lot more out of a limited set of Copics.
I first tried it with a “Deadly Nadder” inspired off of The Goblin King’s Evil Dragon from Lego Elves.
I inked the dragon with my Sakura Microns and brush pen, then colored it with the alcohol markers. I began with the Copics R22, YG11, YG13, and G24, and BG3 from my #coloring set then darkened with more applications and the addition of the colors R24, YG17, and BG11 (#coloring). Finally, I added shadows with PC 912, PC 909, and PC 908. I also colored the black in with my Artist’s Loft grayscale set. All was done on Canson Marker paper.
I’m pretty happy with this drawing. The colored pencils add texture and depth to the markers. I also like how if the markers are not blending out, you can color over it with Prismacolors and lessen the effect of the rough patches.
On to the next thing!
Ok Star Wars fans…please don’t freak…but I have never seen Star Wars. At least, I hadn’t until a few weeks ago. I attempted to watch the IV Episode a long time ago when I was about ten, and I promptly fell asleep. Well, I tried to watch the first trilogy again, and of course, I loved it all. After thinking about it, I realized that Ninjago mirrors Star Wars in a lot of ways.
My friend, who loves Star Wars and Ninjago like me, had a birthday coming up. I decided to create for her a card showcasing Ninjago and Star War’s parallels.
Once again, I inked it with my Sakura Micron pens and my brush pen. After that, I colored the skin tones with E00, E33, and E2 from #coloring. I used multiple layers of E33 along with my skin tone markers for Lloyd’s hair. The grey and black values of the background and Garmadon were done with the Artist’s Loft markers. Finally, I darkened the corners and shadows with some Prismacolors and used them to smooth out the (very) rough blending of the markers. Once again, the drawing was done on Canson Marker Paper, which I then cut out and glued inside the card.
Because I was focusing so much on a glowing effect, I accidentally messed up on Garmadon’s lightsaber, but I think it still looks cool. And in case you’re wondering why there are no handles or hands, that’s because I hate drawing hands and feet, so I just took the shortcut. I’m sure any Star Wars fans will be able to recognize it as a lightsaber.
I need to work more on my blending technique and my human anatomy, but otherwise, I’m satisfied with the drawing. I also think I need to look into new inking pens because it appears that Sakura Microns are not compatible with alcohol markers, as evidenced by Lloyd’s smudged mouth.
I also used this coloring process to fulfill a request from my friend. The two dolphins were from Dolphin Tale. I think the blending was a lot better with these.
This is Hope on the left and Winter on the right.
And this is Winter with her prosthetic.
My friend also requested that I draw the otter Cooper from Dolphin Tale. She gave me this photo to work from.
When working with my alcohol markers, I sketch out a drawing first. Because the Canson Marker paper is a little translucent, I just lay the paper over the sketch and ink onto the marker paper.
While observing my reference picture, I roughly blocked in the light and dark patches of Cooper. I smoothed the patches out a little, then layered select Prismacolors over the drawing to render the fur. Next, I colored the hearts. As a last minute add-on, I drew his name with a shadow.
I didn’t expect the fur to turn out this well. Truth be told, after I colored in the really rough patches, I was sure that the drawing would not work because I had placed the colors incorrectly and they would not blend. However, the addition of the Prismacolors saved me and added in much-needed depth. So, the lesson is, Prismacolors can fix almost any alcohol marker drawing. Almost.
Here are some more alcohol marker sketches I’ve done.
The Night Fury eye is my favorite. The Night Fury is named Twilight, and she is my friend’s OC.
After experimenting with my alcohol markers, I decided to practice my human anatomy. Who better to practice with than Lloyd?
I blocked in the body and proportions with my non-photo blue pencil and then solidified the drawing with a plain graphite pencil. I think it’s pretty good, but his head is a little too big in my opinion.
Here are a few more sketches.
Most are from a book I bought called Figure it Out! A Beginner’s Guide to Drawing People. I think my sketches are pretty good. Human proportions, once you get them down, are pretty easy. For me, the real problem is the muscles. They’re just so confusing!
Finally, I digitally colored in a sketch I had leftover from Inktober. I really liked #29, so I decided to develop my digital style some more with it.
Here was the original sketch.
And this is the finished version.
For this one, I took a picture of the sketch and lowered its opacity. I then colored over the sketch. Because the sketch layer was darker, it darkened the colors in the layer above the color layer.
I’ve been experimenting with a million different digital art styles, but I’m still not sure which one I like best. These styles that I’ve tried so far are okay for sketches or refining pieces, but they’re not really as epic as I want them to be. When I get the time (or actually choose to work on my digital style instead of my traditional style) I will try to develop my digital art style to one like Sandara’s or Ironshod’s . Of course, I know doing that would be extremely hard, but if I have a high standard like that, then I can at least get halfway there, right?
So, in conclusion, what I’ve learned is that I need WAY more practice drawing people. Luckily, there’s no shortage of fan characters to draw. With my new human proportions book, I’m planning on catching up on drawing all those Hiccups I excluded.
I also discovered that these alcohol markers are VERY useful for coloring images. If I really like a drawing, I’ll probably color it. I’m planning on adding to my alcohol marker collection with some blues, and I’ll probably be purchasing a gray Copic Multiliner soon.
And I learned that I need lots more practice with my digital art style.
Anyway, back to learning!
The Dolphin Violinist – Twilight