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Experimental Media : markers

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Experimental Media

 

Drawing with markers

Did I tell you we just recently moved all the way from Australia to England? Which means that at the moment our drawing implements are pretty basic since we haven’t received our shipping container yet. But last week, my sister-in-law gifted me a collection of markers. They naturally became my second media experiment.

Markers and pens have never been my favorite drawing tools because I find that the consistent line width means they are are less forgiving; that any mistakes are easily seen, and you can’t erase them! You either have to be pretty confident with the marks you make, or not worry too much if they aren’t exactly perfect. The beauty of this experiment is that I’m trying new things and learning how to use them.

I first tried incorporating the markers in my doodles.

fox_marker

uggs_marker

sloth_marker

 

Then I just doodled with them, trying monkeys for upcoming Lunar New Year:

gee_golden_langur

 

What I learned

Since you can’t really blend with markers,  the best way to shade is by using different colors. I grouped similar colors together, limiting my palette with each drawing, using the light colors as highlights and darker hues for the shadows.

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And while the line widths are uniform, you can be expressive with the strokes, as I tried to be with the animal fur, and in the hash marks for shading too.

chimney_marker

The one bummer is that when the markers have been used awhile or if you forget to put the lid on, they do dry out, and may affect the quality of your drawing.

trythisHave you tried using markers? I bet you have some lying around the house. Give them a go! The more you use them, the less likely you are to be concerned with mistakes, because you can’t erase! It’s actually freeing!

 

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  • Loved these and so imaginative 🙂

    Have a sketchtastic week & thanks for drawing by 🙂

    • lana

      Cheers Steve. Thanks for the continued support.

  • pioneerpat1

    Nice. i always love the art you come up with.

    • lana

      Thanks Pioneer Pat!~cheers

  • Beautiful artwork!

    • lana

      Thanks Cascia!

  • Erin Elizabeth Beaupre

    I think you did great with the markers! I love the Sloth! 🙂

  • Tori Hamilton

    This is great. You make drawing with markers look so easy! 😀

    • lana

      HI Tori, I’ve had many years of practice!

  • Indah Nuria Savitri

    all those drawings are lovely. Looks easy but I don’t know if I’m the one doing it, it surely looks different 🙂

    • lana

      I tend to think of drawing like handwriting — everyone’s is different!