I finally managed to finish the painting. Here’s the list of marker brands used in this piece:
- Delta Markers from Rotbart, a German company
- Copic Ciaos
- Shin Han Touch marker (the one with the brush)
- Promarkers from Letraset
When I began to draw with markers I did that with some copic ciaos. I loved their almost unlimited colour range, but they are expensive (even the ciaos). so I looked for a more affordable alternative – and discovered the Delta markers. They have a limited colour range, have only bullet tips, and some of the pens lost the labels with the colour numbers on them because they were glued and not printed. I found out that one of the art stores in Berlin sells Shin Han Touch Markers which are quite similar to copic sketch markers but are sold at a reasonable price and carried home one of them. The last ones in my collection are the promarkers from letraset. I get them at an online store for an extraordinary low price, and bought four of them, two greens and two blues. The greens have been used here in this painting.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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.
I found this tutorial when I was looking for copic coloring tutorials on YouTube. There are lots of tutorials about colouring hair or skin with markers, but only a few which show how to colour flowers. In this video you not only learn how to colour a beautiful red rose but you also get information about the right paper.
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.