Sunday, July 26, 2009

Abstract Quilt with Gray and Colors

Ribbons of colored multiliner. Squares of gray. Squares pieced with blue, purple, and white stripes and checkerboards. Squares appliqued with green, pink, and light gray patches. I thought the large gray squares might look too bland, but I like the way it came out.

I enjoyed making the patterns similar but different. I enjoyed working with the not-square squares, which were drawn with two sets of lines, each radiating from a point just off the top of the page. (I started with lightly drawn pencil lines, using a ruler, but then when I inked them with the colored multiliners, I intentionally made them a bit wavy, to look less mechanical.)

Copic colors used: Ribbons between squares: cool gray, wine, purple, sky blue, and turquoise Copic multiliner with BV000 and BG000. Gray squares: C1 with BV000 and BG000 along the edges. Colored squares: B01 and V12; BG32, RV91, and C0. (7/26 EDITED color list to include C0)
Paper: Neenah, 8.5x11"

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Blog News 1

Updates to Mostly Markers, other than new drawings posted, since the blog began:
  • About My Paper: Added some info on Neenah classic cream and baronial ivory paper colors
  • Blog Help: Added a link describing "image resizing" for Explorer browsers
  • Labels (See list of labels on right side of page): Added a label "commented on" to help readers find the posts with comments Edited Jan. 2012 - I deleted this label; not so useful after all.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Landscape with Sketchy Coloring

Although I love to experiment with my drawings, I don't always love the results. But I'll try this technique again sometime.

Along with my sketchy lines, I used some very sketchy coloring - not my usual solid or layered colors. After coloring, I spritzed it all with colorless blender fluid in a small spray bottle, for more of a watercolor look.

Copic colors used: sepia multiliner, V12, G21, YR15,20, B21,41,45, BG000,10, E000,11,41,43,95
Paper: Neenah Classic Crest 80 lb. cover weight, smooth, Classic Cream color

Friday, July 17, 2009

Landscape with Storm

August 21, 2010: The week's theme for Illustration Friday is "atmosphere." I was struggling with how to draw that, when I remembered this drawing from last summer. Storms and lightning make the atmosphere into something we can see, hear, feel, and smell.

Though I currently live in an area where thunderstorms are rare, I grew up in the midwest, with the summer drama of lightning and thunder. The storms can be destructive, but they also have a wild beauty that I appreciate. My husband and I just returned from visiting family in our home state. One of our days there was dark and stormy. Today I drew a stormy landscape.

Copic colors used: Clouds W0,1; Sky BV20, Y000; Trees G17,28, YG23,63,97,99 with streaks of BG93,96; Buildings BV23, B45, C3,5, E04,43,44
Paper used: ecru Crane's card approx. 4x6"

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Welcome to My New Blog

Welcome! I created this blog, Mostly Markers, in July 2009. There are more than 100 drawings posted. I hope you will enjoy viewing it.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Black and White Doodle Page

Michelle Houghton's "Oodles of Doodles" warm-up lesson encouraged me to try this page of doodles, which I drew with Copic multiliners (0.3 and Brush Small). A few of the doodles are from her lesson, but most are from my imagination.

It was tedious to fill up a whole page like this, but interesting to see the patterns emerge. Some of them will probably make their way into future drawings.

I'm tempted to color it, of course.

Edited February 8, 2010: The link to the warm-up lesson is no longer active, but there was an on-line class ($25 fee) offered in January 2010 (also no longer active.) I haven't taken the class, but assuming it's like the warm-up lesson, it would be worthwhile. If you're interested, check back some time on Michelle's blog or the Get it Scrapped (Debbie Hodge) web site.