BOOM! INSPIRATION! | Filling a Spread in My Sketchbook

BOOM! INSPIRATION! | Filling a Spread in My Sketchbook


Don’t ask me what that something is. I haven’t drawn it yet. If you’re new to the channel, you probably don’t know but, I used to draw in ballpoint pen a lot. Particularly… Purple ballpoint pen. Oh…I chewed on this one. That’s not professional. Recently, on Instagram. I saw CosmicSpectrum, Yana, was posting a bunch of purple pen sketches and I just got so inspired…! So that’s what I want to do today. So if you want to draw along, grab a pencil and let’s get started! ♪ Don’t forget to check out Yana’s Instagram, trust me, you will not regret it. Don’t do it till after my video so you don’t compare us. (I don’t need that kind of comparison) but I gathered
a couple other tools that looked like Yana used. One was highlighters. Which I’ve also used with my own ballpoint pens. So, I have those handy. Something I’ve never tried
was that Yana used alcohol-based markers. Particularly a purple one. The very, very light ones, like Pale Thistle and Iridescent (snooty voice) Mauve. I feel like that’s a surefire way to sound snooty, is to tell
someone that your favorite color is iridescent (snooty voice) mauve. [smack, smack, smack] They also sometimes used Prismacolor col-erase pencils underneath their pen sketches. So I also accumulated some of those. I’m gonna start first by just drawing with pen. I made a whole video, I think it was two years ago, talking about the benefits of sketching in pen and back then I was – I sketched in pen almost every single day and I don’t know, for some reason, I kind of dropped off of it. I kind of fell back in love with drawing with pencil, which I still love. but after seeing Yana’s art I was just like, I need to – I just to – I just need to dabble again. [Laughs] If you’ve never tried drawing with the pen, I definitely, ten out of ten, recommend. I definitely thing it can teach you some things, that maybe pencil won’t teach you quite as quickly. Like simplifying shapes and taking less strokes to draw the exact same thing, having to commit to every stroke. These are rounder eyes than I usually draw. They’re kinda cute. What some people don’t know about pens, is that, You can get a couple different widths and tones with it, if you’re very light with it and kind of give it an angle. You can get some thin lighter lines and if you like, go straight down and push really hard, you can get thicker lines and then obviously… There is a whole spectrum and variety between those two… options. so you kind of learn to be very light handed and sometimes with the pencil, I think the ability to erase, kind of makes you think that you don’t
have to be as light-handed as you probably should be in those first sketches and with a pen you can’t erase it. So I feel like it makes you a little bit more cautious. That’s probably
something I would recommend to beginner artists Because drawings very thick and dark is how a lot of us start. Didn’t have room for the feet. [Uh, urgh] I keep doing that! I need to invest in a taller sketchbook because I just – I keep making that same mistake! Of starting really low and then running out of room. Doesn’t help that I draw huge heads, I’m sure. Let give her some big poufy sleeves because I’ve made the hair kind of like stick out and to avoid tangents, I think adding these huge poufy sleeves will add contrast Add some light shading. I feel like she needs a crown. She’s given me princess vibes. [Laughs] Something that looks like this. And I want to show you what you can do with some alcohol-based markers when you layer them on top of a ballpoint pen. I’m gonna grab some of these Copic markers. I’m gonna show you what it does. If we zoom in there and I start playing around with the nose. It actually picks up the ballpoint pen and spreads it around because if you look at this color, this is what it would usually look like. It’s like a very light grayish purple, but when we mix it with the ballpoint pen, it lifts and I just love that effect. The way it likes smudges around. I don’t know why, just something about it just sparked something and I’m like “I want to draw them myself!” I think it’s just the cohesion between these colors. I just like the way it colors but also captures the essence of the sketch. You’re not removing anything, you’re only adding to it. And sometimes when I add color for like an illustration over a sketch, you lose part of that sketchiness and in a sketchbook, I don’t want that! [Laughs] I could probably use a white gel pen on top of these for some all the highlights. and so the more cross hatching you did with the pen the darker the color’s going to be and something about that just… Excites me. [Laughs] Oh so sketchy. Aw see now that that has dried and I’m going over it again with the same marker, It’s not lifting as much of the pen, so the color is becoming less saturated and more like iridescent mauve usually looks. Another thing I saw Cosmic Spectrum do is use like highlighters. This is something I used to do all the time. That’s dying. I think it’s time to lay that marker to rest. But I just like the cohesion of all purple. I don’t know. It’s just so monotone. I just – I don’t know. Something about it, I really, really dig and it just inspires me. Let’s do some more! Gonna try and draw her again, but this time with the feet! So I’m gonna sketch the whole body before I put too much detail./ Okay. Now her legs are really, really long. I didn’t really see that for this character. Gonna make those shoulders even poufier. Why not? Try to capture some resemblance to this character. I’m gonna go ahead and add some color now before I quite finish the pen sketch and see how it works… in that order. Go back in and work on the face. Not finding
enough contrast in the colors that I chose for this one. So I think I’m gonna have to keep playing with it. See what I like, see what I don’t like. I’m gonna try… Just sketching with a pencil and then going over it with the pen and then getting that same effect, but I’ll obviously
be able to get a little bit more detail there because I’ll have had more layers and more time to figure it out. I think our character needs a little bit of a redesign or I’ll draw something else completely. Who knows? [Laughs] Oh, that eye ended up right on the seam! That’s tricky. Realign those ears. Oh and we have the ability to erase this feels so strange! For some reason I didn’t draw a body. I just kind of finished a head there. [Teeth kissing] I don’t recommend that because now when I try to draw the body, I might need to move the head just a smidge and I’ve already put in all that effort, Pull some of the hair up. This
piece can come down the same way It’s been happening with that fun little squiggle at the end. And then here I’m gonna draw like the same squiggle but up higher because the hairs being pulled back. And then the rest of the hair falls normally. That way we can see a little bit more of her shoulders. Oh, wait, we forgot her crown. Let’s cover that with the pen now. Actually I could probably erase it lightly first. [Eraser rolling] Now let’s go in and add pen. I’m gonna try to be finer with it, not go over the same lines as many times. It’s kind of like treating it like line-art, but obviously I don’t want to be too strict with it. I still want it to hold that sketch. I think that’s what I like about this style of coloring and sketching is just how sketchy it looks. So I wouldn’t want to do anything to harm that. I think that’s one of the best ears I’ve drawn in a while. Nice… Ooo! Yeah! You can’t get a mouth like that on your first try, you gotta have that sketch layer. [Laughs] It’s kind of the same mouth I tried to do there. You can kind of see the difference. Definitely a slower process than maybe just sketching directly in pen, but you can get some more elegant results I’d say. Oh and because we’re being a little bit more detailed and delicate with it. I can add the extra details! What if we get like – this is going off my sketch layer but little flowers! Kind of like… Falling down the side of her head here Add a bunch of them. A couple that are just dots. You don’t have to go into detail on all of them. If you do put the effort into a few of them is something I’ve kind of learned. It’s all about making the illusion of something instead of flat out telling someone what to see because people are pretty smart. They can usually figure it out. I’m gonna just give the illusion of the clothes instead of flat out drawing them completely. Marker time. (Marker time.) (Posh accent) Go back to our Iridescent Mauve, my favorite color. See if I go in and avoid touching the lines… That’s the color we get, but when we go ahead and touch the lines that we’ve drawn in pen, it turns so much brighter. I just love the like hue shift. it just feels so natural. Like you can’t force that. it’s just something about it. Something about it. I love it! Now here where I’ve added cross hatching., it’s gonna be extra vibrant. I’m sure the more I do this the more I’m gonna figure out what happens when I do what! And then I can start using that to my advantage. Instead of it just being at the whim of what happens. And at this point the sketch is almost completely invisible. Or the first sketch layer, I should say. It also looks like the larger you sketch and the more space between the lines, the less
interaction with the pen the markers are going to have. So it also has a different effect than obviously drawing smaller like those ones. I think
I understand it and then it like does something different [Laughs] Keeps it interesting. I think the other colors a little lighter. What was it? Pale Thistle. If you don’t have a light Copic marker and you’re using some cheaper alcohol marker alternatives, and none of them are light enough to be able to get like this sort of subtle effect without changing the color drastically. You could try getting like a water brush. You know how you fill them with water, you unscrew and there’s a brush on the end. You could try that and fill it with rubbing alcohol, and that would have a very similar effect I bet. If you have one of those on hand. You won’t get that purple undertone, but you will be able to lift some of the pen. I should see how this looks when you use like different colored pens I have a pink and a blue pen right here. See what pink looks like. I’m gonna still use that Pale Thistle color. Ooo. Now, that’s bright. Try it with blue. Blue doesn’t quite lift as much, it doesn’t look like. The purple is overpowering it. It should be to get the full extent using a blue marker and a pink marker with these. [Laughs] Ew, yuck. Do not mix purple with green! Not that pretty. [Laughs] it almost looks gray at this point. I kinda wanna go in with a darker color like… Viola and color under and behind the flowers to make them pop a little more, and give them some dimension, kind of lift them off from the hair. I can also use this to shade behind the hair here. I can’t believe the difference of the way it’s working when I did the sketch layer first versus when I didin’t Because there’s just a lot more ink put down there than there is if you add the sketch layer first. Very interesting. I’m learning something Gel pen adds a final touch to this sketch. Right more, more, MORE! You can see I was doing this the other day too. [Laughs] I really want to draw someone with a full body. I can afford to be really, really sketchy with it because I’m using a pencil. [Tap, tap , tap] There’s definitely benefits to each and different lessons you can learn from each medium. So don’t ever get stuck with one for too long. [Laughs] There
might be a lesson another medium wants to teach you. and you’ll never learn it if you don’t go try. I really like when people… Do the hairstyle where they put like the space bun on top of their head with only half their hair and they let like the rest of their hair fall down. I don’t have the hair for this. [Laughs] I can’t pull it off, but it’s so cute on other people. So I’ll just have to settle for drawing it. I feel an urge to draw… [Finger tapping] Dark tights. Black tights, dark tights I don’t know. [Laughs] Something about the anatomy is really, really off and for some reason, I can’t even figure out what it is. I can just tell. If I knew what it is, I’d be able to fix it. Well, I’d at least be able to try and fix it. [Laughs] I mean, it could just be that she’s missing arms. We’ll go with that ’til otherwise corrected. Am I solving it? Am I solving it? Slowly. I like the sketch though. It’s got a lot of like expression to it. Something
that I probably would not have been able to do with a pen at this point in time. Maybe back in my pen prime! [Laughs] Alright, let’s go ahead and – What I did with this one, lighten the sketch. [Eraser Rolling] Sometimes if I’m having trouble lining up the eyes, I’ll just draw these two dashes. like the top of the eyelid and make sure those are lined up before I go ahead and draw the whole eye. You can make sure that they’re kind of similar in width. Give it all the shape that it needs. That’s some thick hair right there. Don’t forget to like fill in some of the… Background elements ’cause that’s just something I like to do. ♪ Perfect. Oh, wait, feet. [Laughs] ♪ Trying to draw like, lace-up boots. Haven’t drawn these in an eon! Not since last winter, maybe. Actually maybe the winter before that. Need to get some more practice in. Alright. Now that the sketch and the “line art” – [Laughs] (Second sketch layer I should say.) – is done. Gonna go in and add some maker color! Start with our lightest. I just love how saturated it gets because that’s kind of my style when it comes to coloring in faces, is really saturated around the eyes and the nose and that’s also where I happen to draw line art. So it just works so perfectly for what I’m looking for. Let’s highlight the ends of the fingers. Let’s use the next darkest Iridescent (Snooty voice) Mauve. Hah. Actually,
that’s what I’ve been using for the hair in all these. Let’s do… Oh wait, but I do because I have a color scheme kind of in mind. Well then I guess the other thing I really like about this, is that I like to color in the darker sections with more pen and because I do that, it gets more saturated when I add marker, which I really, really like. I like the “saturated” shadow look. Right, now I’m gonna move – Actually,
I’m gonna use this same Iridescent Mauve for her skirt. It’s almost like the more detail you put into something, the more saturated it’s going to be. Alright, then the plan was to move on to this BV01 and color in her tights. Might need something darker than this actually, now that I’m seeing it on here. This might work for the tights, but I might want something darker for the turtleneck. Yeah, see I’m not getting enough contrast between the hair and the turtleneck. Next darkest that I have is V17 which that’s probably really, really dark. Oh, yeah, I could either use this to color in the shirt, or I can color in the darker sections of the hair to create the contrast. I guess I made my decision. I didn’t really think about it! I just started doing it This color is almost the exact same color as the ballpoint pen when it dries. Just kind of interesting. That’s kind of cute with the two-tone sleeves. Aww. Too bad it wasn’t part of a plan Bye, although that hasn’t ruined it yet! Watch this.. [Makes pen sounds] Ooh! It’s actually really cute. This one
definitely comes the furthest away from my inspiration. Even though I haven’t looked back – [Laughs] – at what Cosmic Spectrums looked like, but certainly making it my own, that’s for sure. I just love the cohesion of the similar tones and like the way it gets more saturated where it’s kind of “darker” in the sketch. So I don’t know. I just – I really like this little style. The last bit of space here! I feel like drawing this character again, but revisiting the face. Does that look like the same character? Honestly, this looks exactly the same. It’s even like this same angle, (kinda creeping me out.) Talk about the same face syndrome. I don’t like that because it looks too similar. I’ll draw another one here. I’m gonna elongate the face a little, see if we can
avoid same face syndrome for a few seconds. Hey, hey, hey! It’s workin’. This chin’s in my way, though. Just gonna scooch scooch. Aw, it looks like a little rose! That’s kinda cute. Get this section that comes in front of the ear. I’ve kind of been simplifying things, especially hair. Weird shapes like this. Let’s just add uh – [Laughs] Add the pen. Line up the eyes. She has really thick – although I drew – They’re the same person. This is her disguise, When she wants to dress like a “peasant” [Pfff] It’s settled. [Laughs] All right. *Sings* Color, color, color. I’m excited. [Laughs] I usually hate adding color to my drawings, that’s not where I derive the most joy, but this is exciting for some reason. [Laughs] Okay, hate was a strong word. I just don’t really care for adding color. heh, heh. Digital art is a completely different story though . Digital art, I think I love every stage of creating art. Line art’s the most repetitive one, but it gets done. Color in the hair next. starting with the eyebrows. Wouldn’t that be a fun experiment? I should see what happens If it looks any different when you add the cross hatching on top of the marker. So like right there. I mean, it’s a little cleaner. I’d say that it looks a little different. Let’s go back over it You know, depends on what you’re going for I guess. Blend it out with the other color! You know, standard marker procedure. A little crosshatching. Darker sections. They just need a little something extra. Oh, yeah, I like that a lot better. I can probably go over it again with that… (Snooty voice) Mauve. That Iridescent Mauve It’ll just make it a little more saturated. Saturated shadows are just so fun. I’m gonna just add some pen over top of this. Nice fun big frizzy hair Hopefully it will look like a different character, even though has the exact same face. Thin the eyebrows up, that might make it look like a different character too! Just ignore the fact that this one’s on top of it! [Laughs] What is this? It’s not the one I wanted. [Deep inhale] I’m like why is that so dark? ♪ Probably blend in a little better. It’s kind of interesting
what parts seem to brighten up and what don’t Or the way it seems to like stay on the marker for a… certain amount of time. Add a dimple. Feels natural! Kind of like a pony tail, maybe? I don’t like how saturated pink that looks. A lot of scribbles going on. I’m gonna darken that up a little. Gonna desaturate it just a little. I can touch it up. I feel like this page is really sparse. little dots fill in some of the white space! I have a fear of white space or something. I don’t know. That’s what the doctors call it. [Giggles] I’m kidding. I just like to look at the spread as it’s own like illustration in a way. I wish my pink highlighter wasn’t on its way out. Or I’d color some things in here. ♪ Yeah see that is – I think it’s at it’s end. Extra little pizzazz! [Tap, tap, tap, tap, tap, tap] Anyway, I just wanted to share this new technique I kinda discovered thanks to Cosmic Spectrum. and I’ve been having a lot of fun with. Thank you Cosmic Spectrum, for just posting your art and sharing it with the world and allowing someone like me to be able to see it. It’s just – I’m very thankful! And you’ve really given me a lot of inspiration lately in the last couple weeks. So thank you for that. And also I’ll thank you guys for watching. See you guys all next week and hope you have a delicious evening full of waffles. Bye! ♪ What do I do with this page? [Book slams shut] ♪

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