So you have bought bunch of colorful and gray markers but you are not sure how to use them properly. This article will show some tips about how to color objects and backgrounds.
Filling in colours with markers is fast and easy way. There are just small but important points to take into consideration.
If you have all these fancy markers but don’t know what are these two different nibs for, take a look at this picture below. Copic markers are considered the best for sketching, but other marker brands such as Prismacolor and Letraset are also quite good.
Markers can be applied to almost any type of paper.
When applying markers over pencil lines, make sure the lines are barely visible, because you won’t be able to erase them later.
Apply markers in quick, sweeping motions; don’t let the marker tip touch the paper for too long, it will cause bleeding.
- If you apply one stroke over another while the first stroke is still wet, the colors will blend seamlessly.
- If you wait for a layer of color to dry and then add another layer, the layer underneath will show through.
Try overlapping colors that are slightly different in value. For example, use orange over a lighter orange-yellow to create subtle and realistic changes in value that add form to your drawing.
A double layer of color creates a darker shade and makes surface look more solid. But don’t be carried away with applying multiple layers;
Use only straight lines going in one parallel direction; Criss-crossing lines will simply look messy and distracting; Don’t apply force when finishing a line with marker – you will create small darker shade spots and bleeds;
Always fill in an object lengthways. This way you will need less strokes and less line breaks this way.
Reflections of flat surfaces should be drawn with diagonal lines, not parallel with the edge of the paper. Diagonal lines emphasize the light source and adds depth to a material.
When creating wood material make sure that the lines go lengthways and right across. Don’t start grains in the middle of the surface, start from sides; otherwise it won’t look natural;
The most efficient way to color backgrounds is with parallel lines. Others also use mask to be sure that no color will go over a product. Make sure to take of the pen from a paper as little as possible, otherwise it might look blotchy.
You can avoid creating “steps” around objects, the first thing is to draw the outline and then fill it with nice parallel lines.
Most of the information and images taken from a book “Visualizing ideas. From scribbles to storyboards” by Gregor Krisztian and Nesrin Schlempp-Ulker