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. …
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.
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…
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.
This time I wanted to experiment with my greens. I’ve got several shades of green, and the very smooth paper makes it possible to mix or blend the greens even on the paper itself. As you can see here, I focussed on the upper half of my sketch, I had two reasons for that:
- I wanted to fill in the background and therefore preferred a smaller format (half of a DIN A4 page)
- I considered the upper half of the sketch with the plant fairy’s head to be more interesting as the lower half. The leaves around her head would provide me with the opportunity to go through all my greens. In the process of doing it I found out that I actually don’t need any additional greens although I had been playing with the idea of buying some.
It doesn’t look like it but the background consists of warm grays, with some spots of red between. I might as well add some “real” browns here and there.
I plan to trace that line drawing on my marker paper and the paper I use for my coloured pencils. It will be fun to see the difference between a painting done with markers and a painting done with coloured pencils!