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Abstract landscape

Sunset

This is one of the few drawings I have finished lately. I wanted to experiment with making a more abstract version of something that would still be recognizable.

I made this using a variety of different markers, mostly promarkers and copic sketch. It´s on bristol board, wich I bought a while back because it was smooth and heavyweight. It was also recommended by a lot of people. Can´t say I`m a fan though, unfortunately. The copics looked speckled on it, and the ink kept bleeding over the edges. That´s something i have a hard time with. So I don´t think I will buy any more of it.

This time I did a sketch on a separate paper before transferring it over to the bristol board. I prefer working that way, since my sketches tend to be messy.

Picking out the colours was something I found to be difficult. It was easier for the sky, but I´m less than pleased with the ground.

I feel like I learned a lot while working with this. Both about my markers, about colour and about abstraction. There will likely be at least a few more drawings made in this style.  Do you have any ides for subjects?

 

Quick drawing in markers

Girl in blue and greenHaving many different art projects started but not really getting around to finish things was getting troublesome. So I decided to do something quick and spontaneous, without any pressure. It was nice, and gave me some motivation to keep going with my other projects.

I´m trying out some new paper that I got at a store in Malmö for this piece. I also got some copic sketch markers that´s been used here, along  with the other markers I already had. And some fineliners for the lineart. I drew everything straight on the good paper this time, instead of sketching things out on a separate paper beforehand. Nothing I would do for a more ambitious artwork, but it worked well here.


Abstracts in marker

 

I’ve had some problems with my internet connection for a while, but now I can finally post again:)

Doing abstract works in marker is something I have enjoyed for a while. Especially when I have a lot of other things that needs to be done, like schoolwork. They are reasonably fast to do, and very relaxing.

Most of the time, I do a quick sketch before starting the final drawing. Usually while travelling to and from school. Since the paper I use for the markers is so thin, I just place the sketch underneath the paper I´m planning to work on without any need to transfer the sketch. Sometimes I only use markers, but most of the time I like adding shading and details with colored pencils. Out of the two drawings here, the colorful one contains colored pencil. The other one, that I decided to name “Hellbirds” is only marker. It’s one of the few drawings I have done that has actually been given a name. Do you usually name things?

More markers

MarkersI recently got myself a few more of the promarkers I wrote about here. This time i bought two sets of 12. It was a good deal, and easier than picking out single pens. Last time I tried to pick the colors by myself I ordered what i thought was a light yellow, but it turned out to be more of a pale lime.

Even though i mentioned in my other post that i found the brush nib of the flexmarkers easier to use, I still went with promarkers this time. Mostly because I have found the flexmarkers to have some problems with the quality of the pen itself. I had a few markers dry up without any obvious reason. And when I try to take the cap of, the rest of the pen tends to come apart as well. It´s a shame, because otherwise it´s a really nice product. The quality of the promarkers is solid, on the other hand. They also work perfectly well for what I´m doing at this point.

Dragon

I tried my new collection out on the picture to the right. Sadly, the colors are not quite right in the photo. The extra colors and a few tips from people around the web made blending with markers a lot easier. While I did have the blender at hand, I didn´t use it a here. It´s mostly a way to soften edges when i work to slowly. The blender is also useful for fading colors to white. Like always, I learned a lot while i was working on this. So there are plenty of things that would have been done in a different way today. But I enjoyed working on it.

Something I started doing recently is to use colored pencils on top of my marker works. That way I can compensate for my smaller range of colors and poor blending. It´s a very nice and easy way to add some more detail and shading to a work. This piece is mostly markers though.

Blending is in my opinion easier with the brush nib then with the bullet nib of the promarker. But recently, I have actually been using the chisel nib the most. It allows you to get more ink out, wich means it stays wet for longer. This makes it a lot easier to blend. Also, for my recent adventures in abstract art the nibs of the promarkers have been quite useful. I mostly go for flat colors there anyway. You might see this in a later post.

What do you think about markers?

Art supplies addiction: Promarkers and flexmarkes

Hello everyone. I´ve been away from blogging for to long now. Schools been eating all my time, and free time has been a very rare thing. But now things are slowing down a bit, at least for now. I have so many things to catch up on here, so let’s get started!

Even though my art skills might be lacking, art supplies are still a bit of an obsession. So I decided to share my thoughts on some of them with you all. It will become a series of sorts i guess. Note that this is just my personal opinions, not anything official. And I´m just a humble newbie.

I recently started to take interest in makers, after seeing them being used in school. Since the different markers from british letraset seemed to offer a good balance between price and quality, I decided to get some promarkers and flexmarkers. These also had the advantage of being easy to find here in Sweden.

Both markers an alcohol based, and work very well together. The main difference between them is that the flexmarker has a brush tip in one end, while the promarker has a bullet nib. I find the brush to be easier to use personally, but they both have their uses.

Markers was fun, but quite different from what I´m used to. You need to work fast with these things, as they mostly blend when wet. I think the paper used can have some influence here. They also tend to bleed, so be aware of that.

Since I wanted to try both promarkers and the newer flexmarkers I decided not to buy a set. I failed a bit at picking out the colors tough. Light colors are easier to blend, and the markers can also be layered to create a darker shade. So I advice everyone else interested in markers to start with light shades. Going for more similar colors would likely help as well.

I bought a blender for myself while I was at it. I have yet to really figure it out though. But I´ve only had the markers for a day, so I guess there´s no rush. The blender is basically a colourless markers, used to blend and lighten colors. It tends to leave ugly spots and edges for me, but can be used for some nice texture. Like scales for dragons. Maybe a blender with a brush tip would be better.

If you are sensitive, the smell of the alcohol based markers could be a problem. I tend to work near open windows personally.

Despite being a bit tricky to use, the markers where fun. I will definitely expand my set a bit in the near future to get some shades that work a bit better together. I see a lot of use for this medium:)

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