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)
In this tutorial, we’re going to take a look at how to make these galaxy pictures in watercolor! They’re simple to make and look spectacular – my favorite kind of technique. :3 In only three layers of color, and only an hour or two from start to finish (including drying times!), these galaxies are quick and fun to make. Best yet, you can finish several in an afternoon!
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:
When I committed to Inktober, I was worried about highlights. In digital art, it’s easy to add a white outline or highlights at the end of a painting – just make a new layer! But with markers? o~o Luckily, with the Sakura Gelly Roll pen, it’s easy to add highlights and finishing touches after the main shading! At about $5 USD for a set of 3, these pens are budget-friendly. . . and, I would say, well worth the price. UPDATE 2/2018: It looks like the pens are now around $7.50 (link to Amazon). Still a good deal, in my opinion!
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! ,
Last year, I wanted to try coloring with markers after seeing so many amazing marker paintings on the Web and so many amazing speedpaints on Youtube. As a beginner, though, I didn’t want to heavily invest in a huge set of markers or purchase the most expensive professional materials (looking at you, Copics!) – or not yet, at least. So I chose to try the water-based Tombow Dual-Brush Pens after hearing that they are a good brand and (luckily) were on sale at the time. Better yet, they were reported to be durable, self-cleaning, and even blend well. Sounds good, right?
Long story short, yes, they’re great! I like them a lot, though I’m also using other brands these days. Tombow markers do have a few downsides, mainly due to the nature of water-based markers; but the water-based vs alcohol-based debate is a post for another day. Let’s get started!