ILLUSTRATION USING ‘ALMOST’ ONLY ONE MARKER?! *cough, cough

ILLUSTRATION USING ‘ALMOST’ ONLY ONE MARKER?! *cough, cough


So this is my Copic marker collection
and I love it very dearly – I think it has a very good mix of colors (if you want to look at it, there it is) whenever I sit down to draw something I feel like I have all the
colors that I need and I haven’t felt myself wanting any other ones and today
I might feel a little different about that because I’m going to be only using
one of them at random – here goes! ♪ hey guys! welcome back! before sitting down to
draw I picked out my marker closing my eyes and I got Jasper or BG 57 I started
drawing with a good old pencil I haven’t drawn in a couple days and I like to
keep things simple and not scare myself into an art block because if you have been
drawing as long as I have, you kind of notice when things happen and what
things cause those things that happen so for me when I have very high
expectations for myself and I can’t meet those expectations it’s not a good time
and that’s kind of when I start feeling insecure about my art so I decided to go
in this very simple and one of my favorite things to do when it comes to
being simple is to try and use only one marker and I’m still feeling that
holiday spirit even though New Year’s has already passed so I wanted to draw
something fun like holiday dress I thought maybe I don’t
know I mean she’s looks a little old to be wearing this sort of dress but hey in
my little 2d illustrative world/universe place no one makes fun of anyone for
dumb things so I think she’ll get on just fine – I do have to make a little
confession though while I was drawing this drawing thing of an illustration-y/drawing thing I wasn’t really thinking about what color that I was gonna have
to use when it came down to it even though it was sitting right there – I kind of just you know drew which happens when you haven’t drawn in a
while I mean at least it does for me because I’ve noticed if I don’t draw in
a while I lose that kind of urge to like sit down and draw I kind of just sort of
float through life without art but-but once I like force myself to actually sit
down or like I accidentally sit down next to a pencil or something the art
just sort of starts coming you know and I I’m not saying it’s good art it’s just
it just starts flowing like you know someone made a weird semi-realistic
cartoon girls with poor fashion-sense shaped-hole in the size
of the Hoover Dam and, you know, ”WOOSH! the drawings just pour out – (i dunno)- I really hope that
that means that like art and me are kind of in it for the long haul because I
mean it’d be really depressing if like me from the future just like dropped out
of a wormhole one day and like landed on her feet majestically like a cat and
just told me : “Rin, on the 23rd of January that was the last day that you
ever drew a draw” and then I’m like “What?” just like having a heart attack (I mean
mostly because I’m just meeting myself from the future) but like oh my gosh what
a life if I can’t draw like whats the point? – did anyone else picture
when I fall out of the wormhole in the future that I’m wearing an eye patch?
some reason I picture myself with an eye patch I mean but then I’d have no depth
perception, would I? but at least I’d look kinda cool – i dunno – heh… – anyway the
point is don’t be super depressed if you just don’t sort of feel like drawing I
mean that doesn’t make you a terrible artist we go through those high
points and low points and there’s gonna be moments where you don’t really feel
like doing it that’s that’s okay I get them too
I don’t think that automatically means that like art isn’t meant for you
because I’ve never experienced anything in life that I could just enjoy
endlessly cuz like by the 11th cookie you’re kind of like “ehhh, that was maybe like
one too many cookies” yeah oh here so once I was finished sketching I erased
everything just so slightly with my kneaded eraser that way you know it’s
mostly erased but I can still see it so I know where to put the ink for the line
art and then I began adding these lineart um I decided to play around with the
line art this go-around because I was going into this thinking oh I’m only
gonna be using one marker so I need to really take advantage of the fact that
I’m going to be using line art and add to the illustration in some way so I
decided to use both the brush tip and a point three fine liner and brush pen I
guess and I’m going to add the line art with the 03 and then use the
brush pen to fill in the larger areas so I’m actually filling in a lot of
sections sort of using it as a second marker if
you’ve ever done the one marker challenge before you’ll realize that
it’s a very good exercise in separating your colors and adding contrast between
colors that are right next to each other like the skin and the shirt or the shirt
and the skirt so (hey, that’s kind of funny) um so what I’m doing with the line art is
I’m actually again adding just another tone to everything because the line art
is darker than Jasper and Jasper is darker than the white paper so now I
kind of have three tones to work with and I can separate those out and put
them together as I need to – when I was originally drawing this I kind of
pictured the skirt being the black section but when I took a step back and
looked at the drawing I realized that the way the character was laid out and
everything that using the lineart to fill in the shirt section would give me a lot
more to work with because then I can add that blue color for the hair and for the
skirt and they won’t overlap each other do you see what that would mean? I mean
once I’m finished drawing you’ll see the way I laid out the colors but because of
the line art in this shirt I can do what I just said hehehe but if I had colored the
shirt section blue then I would be I’d have to color like the hair black or
leave the skirt white and I’m limited a little bit more in that way and I wanted
to add the hair blue and this skirt blue because this is the one marker challenge
and I wanted to use as much blue as possible and by coloring in the shirt I
was able to do that – I messed up with the face because I mean I’ve kind of got
this ruining a face every time I draw traditionally streak going and I didn’t
really feel like breaking it today so yay okay so Once I did line
art um I basically you know just did line art the way you do lineart you just
kind of trace what you drew so there’s not much to say about so yeah there’s
the line art I’m practicing cleaning up line art that I’ve drawn traditionally
digitally so I’ll have the line art of this available if you’d like to color it
yourself – last time I did a one marker challenge I did this and it was so cool
seeing you guys try it out yourself with your own colors and your own markers and
like so there’s all these different colors and it was like a rainbow of awesome
so if you want to color that I will have a link
in the description – but now that the lineart is done I can go in with my Jasper
and start to color it this is probably a big no-no and like the first thing you
learn on your first day of marker school but I literally just dabbed the
colorless blender onto the marker to grab the color um – oh my gosh was that
lightning? are the marker gods coming for me?!
no? okay — I guess I’ll live, anyway I don’t do this a lot because I own pastel
markers so there’s never a need for me to do this
so I actually basically never use my colorless blender ever and this is like
one of the first times but I realize it works really well if I just blob it on
to the Jasper color and then I take that straight to the paper and I just blob on
like the nose and the cheeks and adds it like a little bit of blush and this
worked really really well I had a lot more later because I really didn’t know
what the heck I was doing she says in every single video but I figure it out a
little bit later on so it’ll look better then so stay tuned but after that I just
started using the straight brush tip and color didn’t like the lips and added a
little bit of eyeshadow and I colored in the ribbon and like any of the darkest
areas of the illustration like underneath the skirt and then for the
actual skirt I wanted to give it a little bit more texture and almost a
gradient so I started at the bottom and like did light brushstrokes upwards
lifting up the pen as I went so that it would get lighter and softer as it went
up because I wanted the top of the skirt to be lighter than the bottom of the
skirt and then once I’ve done that I used like a colorless blender to try and
help blend that out even more and make it smoother and gradient up to a lighter
color and I did that throughout the whole skirt for the first part of it I
did it in that very front section that you see, and I did it really really dark and
then when it came to doing the rest of the skirt I realized that I had done
that part too dark so I had to kind of go over the rest of the skirt and tried
to make it matchy-matchy and then I wanted to add even more texture so I
just added dark polka dots all over it not entirely sure what I was thinking
it just sort of happened then I also colored in like the bracelets and then I
moved on to the hair again I started with the section that I wanted to be the
darker so that I could do multiple layers and this is like the hair that’s
behind her neck so it’s going to get a lot less light
back there so I’m coloring in that first and then I’m trying to add shine to the
random hair that she’s holding (can I just mentioned that that looks really weird) I
completely-I know… it just looks kind of like she’s holding goop…I had in my mind
she’s like playing with their hair “mmm so cute” but I mean that looks just weird
anyway but I’m trying to add shine to the weird stuff and I think it worked
really well what I did was at first I tried to use that same strokes with
lifting it like I did with the skirt to kind of get that soft look but I
realized I liked it a lot better when it has like a hard edge to the shine I
think it just looks a lot cooler and it’s more of what I’m going for so I
started actually drawing with the marker from the shine and moving up and then
going underneath the shine and putting the marker straight down and then
pulling away from the shine if that makes any sense and that’s how I get
that hard edge and I like it a lot better but then for one of the shine’s
(the one like right behind her ear there) I did use that sort of soft feathering
technique and some reason I like it there but it didn’t like it in other
places I think it’s because that part of the hair isn’t jetting out in any way
it’s much-like just falling there softly and gently so a nice soft
and gentle shine makes more sense whereas the other parts where I added
the shine the hair is you know curved in some way a little bit more exaggerated
and I like it better to be harsh shine there – at least that’s my thoughts – I went
over the hair a lot this was kind of I thought an important part of the drawing
so I kind of wanted to make it look good and then um I mean (you could be the
judge of that) haha but then I moved on to these little
shinies that I was trying to help with the composition of the drawing cuz like
I said when I was drawing Rapunzel for the year of 2019 I kind of want to
practice composition and really making my drawings sort of look like some
effort was put into the layout of the character and like the elements of the
drawing so I decided to add those shiny things that kind of help create like a
swish sort of to the drawing it’s even more swishy at the end if you stay tuned
but I colored the outside of the little shines and then tried to blend out
because I wanted to shine to be white and then the outside of them to be
giving off like blue, like the Jasper color – um I don’t
know if it worked but I I’m trying something new and then I felt like there
was just a lot of white space at the top and I really liked how at the bottom I
had done with the line art that black border so I thought it’d be kind of
interesting and contrasty to add a Jasper colored border at the top and
leave the sides opened and once I had done that I really liked that I think it
just added like an extra sort of something I’m not saying it’s cooler not
saying it’s worse it’s just sort of like you know ‘there’ but I like it and I
think it adds some weight up at the top of the drawing because the bottom was
very heavy and I-I kind of like it that way then I went in and added some more
depth to the hair because I have to wait for those layers to dry and then I can
add another layer and they get darker so that’s what I did behind her head again
then I went in with a white gel pen and added some like shimmers here and there
like to the skirt and the tights and the ribbon around her waist just trying to
add a little bit more… interest to the piece and this is when I
realized I wanted the blush tones on like her nose and her cheek and her ears
to be a lot darker and more noticeable so I’m going in with another layer of
that again I kind of just blob it down darkly and then try to blend the
‘bejeebies’ out of it that’s how I’m going about it – I for some places I like put
down a little bit too much marker and then it takes a little bit longer to
blend out or sometimes there’s sections that don’t really blend as well as
others I don’t really understand how that works quite yet I think it just
comes to – letting it dry a little bit too much before you go in with the
colorless blender but I was able to get fixed like the knuckles which was a goal
of mine because I thought I’d put a little too much down on that one knuckle
right there oh and then I also added some nail polish because the fingers
were just boring me and I like I’ve been adding nail polish to all my drawings
lately and sometimes it can make my fingers look really really weird but
these hands already looked weird so I was like “hmm, it’s worth a shot!”
oh and then I used the white gel pen to add some white to those little sparkles
that I had added because I had taken the marker a little bit too close to them
and the white wasn’t really showing through so I used the white gel pen and
then I started I don’t what I was thinking I just kept oh I
didn’t know what I was thinking I grabbed the Jasper marker and I started
adding like glitter dots but with the dark color around her because I was
trying to again really follow through on my composition goal for the year and I
decided to add like a swoosh of these glitters so I had in my mind this
s-shaped curve that went like around her head and then down behind her and so I
kind of just tried to follow that and condense most of the dots along where
the line would be that imaginary S line and that is how I did that
at least it’s kind of interesting that looks like snow doesn’t really look like
sparkles like I had in my mind but yeah there is my one marker challenge or I
guess I used two markers and two liners and a white gel pen and I mean if you’re
going to be really picky I used a pencil and an eraser and then I
mean if you’re gonna go that far I also used you know paper so I guess I failed
but I had a lot of fun and it’s really good to be back into drawing I
hadn’t drawn in a bit and yeah I think it’s important to give yourself breaks
and it feels more exciting to get back into it when you have so I’m very
excited to get into this again so here we go here’s to a great 2019 you know I
hope you all have a delicious evening full of WAFFLES! ♪ and I’ll see you guys all next week! ♪ BYE! ♪ ♪

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