How I Blend Alcohol Markers | Promarkers and Chameleon Pens

How I Blend Alcohol Markers | Promarkers and Chameleon Pens


So I thought I would take you through the
process that I use for different blending techniques when using alcohol-based markers
for doing my illustrations. So there’s 2 main strategies that I use: layering up Promarkers
and using Chameleon Pens. So the first one I’m going to show you is Chameleon Pens. So
the way I do this, is first I put down a layer of Promarkers ’cause old habits. Um, also
it just makes things a bit easier because you’ve got a bit of colour to start with.
So the way that Chameleon Pens work is that you can place the pen into what they call
the blending chamber and this adds more of the colourless alcohol to the nib of the pen.
And then as you colour with it you put out more pigment gradually over time getting a
really nice, even gradient effect. Now, they have their limitations. Definitely.
It’s difficult to do over a large area and keep the gradient consistent as I’ll demonstrate
a bit later but for something like this where it’s a fairly linear shape and you’re just
gradually building up the colour it works really nicely. Now I wasn’t quite happy with the gradient
the first time around so I went back over it with the black, so this is just showing
you putting the pen into the blending chamber. So you just stick it in there. There’s effectiviely
just another pen in the top which presses against the tip of the pen that you’re using
and some of the ink comes out of it. The alcohol-based marker stuff. It takes a little while. The
longer you leave it the more time you have to work with the gradient. If you just want
a very short change in the shade then you just hold it in for a few seconds. So the
other strategy that I use is layering up Promarkers. This is something I’m way more experienced
at so I generally do this method. But Chameleon Pens have their place as well and how I use
them. So you just keep adding different colours on top of each other and it just builds up
in a really nice way. You need a lot of different pens to do this effectively though, that is
the disadvantage. But it is the main method that I use. So now I’m going to demonstrate trying to
use Chameleon Pens over a more complicated gradient. So I’m trying to do a sort of radial
gradient coming out from the moon to give it a bit of a glow. And so the way I’m trying
to do this is starting off with a very desaturated shade and taking the pen back to the blending
chamber over and over to try and keep that shade consistant. And then gradually starting
to build up moving away from the moon and getting the shade a little bit darker and
trying to keep it fairly consistant. And I’m not quite sure I achieved that but this is
something that I definitely need a bit more practice of. I think it’s totally doable once
you’ve got the hang of it but it’s a little bit tricky to keep things consistant and requires
an awful lot of concentration. So this was made for the DoodleTube prompt
for this week which was ‘Upside Down.’ DoodleTube is a twitter account, they give weekly drawing
prompts. I like to do them as often as possible. They’re usally nice ideas, I find my brain
goes interesting places. I don’t think this is the best piece that I’ve done but it dos
demonstrate a couple of different techniques quite nicely. [Music: gentle guitar and glockenspiel]

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