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Water Elf WIP

Water elf. work in progress. Markers on paper.

I decided to clean up the sketch I showed in my last post and use it for another marker painting. This time I want to focus on shades of blue, with a bit of a complementary orange or yellow in it.

Tomorrow will be framing time, so there will be no time for drawing and painting; hopefully I can work on this piece a bit before the soccer half final on Tuesday which will begin at 10pm local time.

Another plant character

Plant character. Sketch with ballpoint pen on a piece of scrap paper

I seem to be obsessed with plant or tree characters. This is a very rough and quick sketch, drawn with a ballpoint pen on a piece of scrap paper. I’d like to work on this rough sketch and create a clean drawing with it, which then could be used as lineart for another marker painting.

But I don’t know when I will do that – Saturday in a week will be the opening of the second group art show of my artist life. I still remember last year when it was the first time for me to participate in an art show. I was so excited when people stopped in front of my illustrations and even wanted to hear my thoughts about them! This year I know a bit what to expect, but I am still a bit nervous. …

Elf Prince – final version

Elf prince. Markers on very smooth paper. June 2014

I managed to put the finishing touches on this illustration on the weekend – between two soccer matches. I decided to show this piece together with this one at the group show on July 12. As the format of the paper is rather unusual (DIN A 5, which is half of a DIN A 4 sheet of paper), I had to look for some cardstock to put it on. Yesterday I took the bus to a quite famous art store here in Berlin (it is called “modulor”), had the two illustrations with me and selected some coloured sheets of cardstock paper.In addition to that I bought two DIN A 4 aluminium frames.

Next Monday me and my friend Claudia will  swap some of my paintings which are still framed and replace them by Illustrations I did the last year, and we will frame the two marker pieces. I am definitely looking forward to that undertaking!

Elf Prince – Work in Progress

Elf prince. Markers on very smooth paper.

As you can see I am still working on this piece. What I find interesting is the way the markers leave their marks (!) on the paper. Due to the amount of smoothness of the paper you can see the single strokes of the brush or the ball point. The painting does not look flat at all.

When I was painting I could compare the markers with a brush tip and the markers with a ball tip, and I must say, that I prefer the ones with a brush tip. My Delta Markers made by the German company Rotbart are far less expensive than the copics, but they only have a ball tip. That’s why I am looking forward to get some Shin Han Touch markers which come in two versions – one with a ball tip and one with a brush tip.

Elf Prince – work in progress

Elf prince. Markers on paper.

As you can see I’m now colouring the background of the sketch with markers in various shades of green. The smoothness of the paper makes it possible to lay down the strokes in a way that makes them look like painted with a brush. (Actually some of the markers I’m using do have a brush tip – the copic ciaos. For a long time copic ciaos or sketch markers were the only markers with brush tips – now you can get Shin Han Touch Markers with brush tips as well, and they are far less expensive than copics. In the meantime their colour range is also quite big.

However, up to today I only have managed to look at their colour charts, thinking about the colour which would go nicely with my other markers. My free time is filled with other things at the moment (including continuing with this piece!), and I seem to manage without having to buy a new marker. But  I still enjoy looking at the colour charts…

Another fantasy creature

Portrait of an elf. Sketch done with pencils and ink. June 2014

I did this on some scrap  paper. Obviously I’m fascinated by fantasy characters – I just love to draw them over and over.

I intend to trace that drawing on my marker paper, using my handmade light table or – a very simple tool – the window pane. The format is DIN A5 again. I think that’s a nice format for marker illustrations. The good thing with having the lineart on an extra sheet of paper is that you can have more than one coloured version.

I don’t know how it is with you, but looking at the drawing makes me looking forward to the colouring process. Do I need more markers? What colour combination will be best? How should I do the background? I wish I could work on it more during the week, but that’s not realistic. I’ll be happy if I get the tracing done the next days, and maybe can show you the first colours on Friday, but I am not sure.

One of the reasons why I am not sure is that I am a soccer fan, and on Thursday the Germans will play against the United States in the FIFA soccer worldcup. The game will begin at 6pm, and depending from the result there might be no time for drawing and painting after the end of the game…

Green elf – Finished

Green elf. Copics and other markers on very smooth paper. June 2014

This is the finished version. I used copic ciaos and Delta Markers on a very smooth paper. The advantage of this paper is that you can blend very easily on the paper; the disadvantage however is drying takes its time, and even then it has a bit of sticky touch.

The format I chose is DIN-A5 or the half of a usual copy paper size. (DIN A4). This is a bit of an unusal format for mattes and framing; however I found out that Boesner, a very big art shop in Germany, sells DIN A$ frames. So I could put the painting on a DIN A4 piece of cardboard and then frame it.

I don’t know about you but I always have a funny feeling when I’ve finished one piece. On one side I am – at least in this case – quite glad about the result, but on the other hand I’ve no idea what to do next. Okay, I’ve got some ideas in my head, but nothing concrete. The only thing I know is that I would like to do a real painting again – that means, with a background – and that leads to the decision to keep the smaller format.


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