Sunday, October 30, 2011

Marker and Pen

Over the last year, I have been experimenting with Prismacolor markers. I like how it can look somewhat like watercolors when combined with black ink detailing, though I'm still learning how to blend different colors with the markers. My gray and peach are done with the Copic brand marker, which I love for their paintbrush-like tips, on wider brushwork . They're just super expensive! I also experimented with adding Prismacolor pencil in the details.  Each of these drawings is 11x14".
Finished in October 2011

August 2011

Spring 2011. This one has pencil in the detail of the faces.

I really enjoy this medium, though I could use a wider variety of colors, and more practice.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Daughter portrait

This is a recent portrait of my daughter, who is five years old. It is 5x7, drawn with prismacolor pencils. The color on the scan is close to accurate, though the paper is actually a light blue.
I loved the light in her hair!

Friday, February 25, 2011


Both of these drawings were Christmas presents for relatives, and both are 8x10 Prismacolor renderings. This first one didn't turn out that great, because I didn't have a great photo to start with. First off, it was just a small file downloaded from Facebook, so when enlarged to see detail, it was very pixelated and hard to make out. Also, the lighting wasn't ideal for a portrait. The shadows were very dark, and the highlights were very white. I actually softened both for more of a middle ground, but again, it was hard to see any detail under those conditions!

With this second drawing I was much more pleased! This is the youngest child of the above couple. The photo I had to work with was excellent, showing a lot of detail, good color, and good lighting. The background hills and field were not in the original picture, but this is the view from their home so it seemed appropriate. This boy turned out great!