Archive | May 2014

Copic Marker Tutorial on YouTube: Realistic Giraffe Baby

As I am focussing on drawing with markers at the moment I also browse through the hundreds of YouTube Video tutorials. I discovered this one which I find very, very helpful. Not only because it shows how to paint/ draw a baby giraffe (I love to paint animals!), but also because it describes the process of laying down one colour after the other. Enjoy!


Abstract Bird

Abstract Bird. Markers and coloured pencils on cardstock. May 2014

I returned to coloured pencils and markers, a combination I favoured some time ago. The figure in the foreground which is supposed to be a running bird, has been painted with markers, using all the shades of red I have at the moment. For the background however I used all the green coloured pencils I have, adding a bit of blue and a bit of brown at some places. Then I used markers again – an yellow green one, a light green one mostly to to over the layer made by the pencils.

This had two effect:

  1. the pigments of the pencils were solved and blended because of the alcohol ink.
  2. the colour of the pencils changed a bit, adding a bit of yellow or a lighter touch.


Doodle in Red

Doodle in Red. Markers on paper, May 2014

One morning I did this quick doodle, and the other morning I thought I could use this to display all my red hues. I mostly used Delta Markers, and some Copic ciaos. Delta Markers are produced by the German company Rotbart, and I think they only sell in Germany. They are the cheapest brand, with a rather limited colour range.

I am now working on a piece which is based on this doodle, getting back to the mixture of coloured pencils and markers I focussed on some time ago. As painting with coloured pencils takes its time I don’t know when I’ll be able to show the finished piece. I’ll keep you posted!


It’s markers again!

The dragon snake. Layout markers on paper. May 2014

Did I tell you about my self-made light table? Some weeks ago I bought a glass pane for about 5 Euro, planning to put it between to big boxes from IKEA. Up to the weekend that glass plane hadn’t been used, but suddenly I felt that I had to to it. I took one of my quick and rough ballpoint sketches and a piece of very smooth paper which I also had been given a month or so.

I had to sit down on the floor in order to use the “light table”, but that wasn’t the problem. The problem was the smoothness of the paper, and I had to be very, very careful with my ink pen to prevent smudges. Then I grabbed my markers. Blending on the smooth paper was done quite easily, but I had been to impatient to colour – some of my ink lines blended with the copic markers!

However, I learnt a great deal about the importance of the paper for the way the copics and the other markers performed. The colours are much more vivid on a smooth paper, and now I know that you can blend them.

Red and Green Colour Combo

Red and green colour combo. Markers on paper.

This is the result of two quick doodles at the breakfast table. Just now I am writing my first longer story in German, planning to publish it together with some illustrations. I got the first rough version written down. Now I’ve got to go over the story again, polishing it. In a second step I will decide which illustration I would want to insert at which place, and then focus on the illustrations.  Writing a story and illustrating it – that’s something I dreamt of a long time ago, but never thought it would be possible. The project still frightens me – but I also enjoy it deeply.

I also plan to publish an English version of the illustrated story. But you will understand that it’s only natural that I am focussing on the German version. There will be another art event in July (the same one as last year), and I intend to show some copies of my story there.

With the focus on this project I however allow myself to so some doodling, as I did with the piece you can see above. Playing with shapes and colours, nothing more.

Red Flower


Red fantasy flower. Pen and ink drawing, coloured in photoshop.

I had used the same drawing before and coloured in in blue hues, as you can see here. This time I thought I could play with reds, and a different background.

Another fantasy creature

Fish-seal (or seal-fish?)

This is the result of my playing around with a ballpoint pen early in the morning at the breakfast table. It seems that just now I am into fantasy beings – first the grumpy plant (you can have a look at it here), and then this one which is a crossbreed between a fish and a dragon (look at his head!) and a seal and whatever you can see in it. He (Yes, definitely it is a “he”) looks as he is courting another being which we don’t see. One day I might write a story about him…

Grumpy Flower

Grumpy flower. Pen and ink sketch, coloured in photoshop

I must admit this painting is a bit weird. The more I was colouring the drawing in Photoshop the more I saw a rather fierce or grumpy looking flower in my mind. And I wanted to create a bit of contrast by adding all the colourful little butterflies.  Of course that’s what I see – you might see something totally different!


Elephant. Pen and ink drawing coloured in Photoshop

This elephant sketch is very, very old. I think I did it about 4 years ago. This time I made a colour swatch on the layer which I used for colouring. I selected a middle grey, then two darker ones and two lighter ones and put the colours down beside each other with a round hard brush. Of course I wiped out this colour swatch before uploading the painting/drawing.


The desperate plant

The desperate plant. Pen and ink drawing coloured in photoshop.

This time I wanted to try something monochrome. and I went for shades of green which I would identify as “sick” colours. Either this plant is having a certain sickness, or it lives  in surroundings which are definitely not good for plants. In either way this poor being is suffering.

Technically speaking I played with applying the gaussian blur filter in certain selections.

Mind you, this is meant to be nothing more than a quick sketch, an exercise for working with monochrome colours, of trying to produce a certain mood by applying those colours.