I’ve been collecting professional artists’ markers for a while, but I’ve always been a little nervous to use them. Unlike digital art, traditional work – with paints, with pens, with markers – has no “undo” button. Yes, there are techniques to cover and incorporate mistakes; still, it is nerve-wracking for an artist who grew up with the safety net of CTRL+Z. So while I sketched these portraits in June, they remained only sketches while I thought about what to do with them. Leaving them as a sketch was no good, of course, so with a little nudging from Cloud, I finally sat down to ink and paint them last week. And if I messed up horribly, I could always re-do them digitally, after all. . . .
Luckily, I did not mess up horribly, so here they are!
The markers were a mix of Promarkers and ShinHan Touch markers (both alcohol-based) and a single pink Aquamarker (water-based). I found that the Promarkers and Touch markers blended quite nicely, and the Aquamarker layered nicely after the alcohol layer dried thoroughly. My Sakura Gelly Roll pen provided highlights – a real life-saver when you accidentally color over, say, the whites of the eyes, haha!
Time: 22 hours for both
Materials: mechanical pencil, Prismacolor Premier .05 pen, ShinHan Touch markers, Promarkers, Aquamarkers, Sakura Gelly Roll (white)
I’m looking forward to coloring her – but I’m still a little inexperienced with watercolors – so I’m a little nervous. *sweats* I should start with something simpler, yet I can’t stop drawing such complicated sketches. orz Oh well, practice practice!
If you have any watercolor tips, or a good tutorial to recommend, I’d really appreciate it! Let me know in the comments below! (^u^)
And the mermaid sketches keep on coming! (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*:･ﾟ✧ Today we have Mermaid Nutmeg swimming with her yellow tang friends!
Last time Nutmeg appeared on Strike A Spark, she was a witch. This time she’s a mermaid. Fantasy just seems to follow her around, doesn’t it? She’s super cute as a mermaid, but I kind of miss her bunny ears. . . . TT_TT
Again, Cloud will be painting this piece, so please look forward to seeing the finished result! And keep an eye on her blog: Cloud’s World Of:
Hello hello! Hope you all had a good weekend. :3 Today I have another sketch to share with you! Presenting Claire, another character from our upcoming webcomic, in chibi mermaid form! 😀 Can you spot all the fishes swimming around her?
Mermaid Claire was a lot of fun to draw, even with the difficulty of drawing her hand(s). I feel like my style is slowing evolving towards a style that is consistent and something I can be happy with. I’d like to improve my sketching speed, but I’m sure that will come as I continue practicing. 🙂
Cloud noted that the watercolor paper we were using was a little thin, and rippled when she was painting, so today I sketched on a thicker 300 gram paper from Strathmore. The texture was different, more like little blocks – a more mechanical texture. It holds pencil well, though, so I was happy with that! I’m looking forward to seeing how it looks when painted. :3 If you paint with watercolors, what’s your favorite paper to use?
On Twitter this week, I’ve seen a lot of people drawing mermaids for May (Mermay, get it?), so I was inspired to draw some, too! I won’t be doing one every day as I’m working on a few other projects right now, but I’ve had fun with these sketches. ^u^
These pictures are a collaboration with Cloud, who will paint them! Recently, Cloud has been enjoying painting with watercolors, so these sketches were drawn on watercolor paper. I really like the toothy texture – it picks up pencil well. We decided not to ink them to give a softer impression. I’m really looking forward to seeing how they look painted! (◕‿◕✿) Cloud will post them on her blog when she’s done, so keep an eye out! ,
But. . . I made a mistake. The whole point of this series was to review the items I used last Inktober, right? Well, last October I didn’t have a Prismacolor 0.005 pen. I mostly used a dollar store gel pen instead. This pen, in fact:
Well, as the picture is already inked, I thought hey! We can do something fun, and compare / contrast the Prismacolor pen with the dollar store pen! \(^u^)/
The Short Version: During Inktober, I was quite content with the dollar-store pen. Turns out, cheap art supplies work well, too! But overall, I would go with the Prismacolor Premier pen as it is colorfast and smear-resistant.
Last Thursday I shared a sketch for my new header design. Today I’m happy to show you a sketch for Cloud’s new header design! \(^o^)/ And again we have a nice gradient background, so the sketch isn’t so monochrome; I think even a splash of color helps bring an image to life.
Just like Strike A Spark’s design features comic!River, the new header for Cloud’s World Of: features comic!Cloud! I think her design turned out very cute, and somehow more elegant than River. Maybe because her hands look a little better. . . ?
By the by, Cloud helped me with the concept for both our headers. That’s why they match, which I am ridiculously happy about! \(^o^)/
I’m hoping to finish up the coloring on both pieces within the next week or so. It largely depends on whether I can continue working around that bug. For now, plugging in an external keyboard seems to have fixed it, so we’ll see~ !