Monday, May 31, 2010

Sybil's Rosette and Ribbon Drawings

Below are four recent marker drawings from my friend Sybil (used with her permission.)
  • Her ribbon drawing (first drawing below) is actually two drawings, done several weeks apart, which are connected by the gray ribbon across the middle.
  • The next three drawings are her free-form interpretations of my "how to draw a rosette" post.
For more of Sybil's drawings posted in my blog, click on the label, below or in the label list to the right.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Slithering Snake

A snake slithering through the grass. Drawn with olive and sepia Copic multiliners.
Inspired by Illustration Friday's word for the week, "slither."

Click here (or scroll down) for last week's drawing "early," done too late to submit.
  • Copic marker colors used: First I colored the snake with W3+E00 (two colors on top of each other). When it was dry, I dabbed it with colorless blender (0) on a piece of terry cloth, to make the mottled effect. Then I colored the grass with streaks of YG21,23,63,91, G40, and BG93.
  • Paper: Neenah

Teapot with Cup - and Sybil's Teapot

An early morning pot of tea is my favorite way to start the day. For this simple drawing (above), I used a heavy line - 0.8 Copic multiliner, instead of my usual 0.2 or 0.3. Inspired by last week's Illustration Friday word, "early." I drew it from life, but I changed the teapot color and added the green cloth.
  • Copic marker colors used: Table E43,44; Background airbrush E43; Cloth G21 with BG93 lines and dots, shaded with airbrush BG96; Cloth edge G24,28; Cup, spoon, and tea C0,3, E00,33, B26, BG93, G24,28, Y15, R24; Teapot base color Custom color B2000, dotted with R02, E11,43, BG32,72,93, B21,45, shaded with airbrush C3
  • Paper: Neenah
Added May 31,2010: See below (posted with her permission) for my friend Sybil's teapot drawing, which she e-mailed to me after she saw my drawing. She drew it a few years ago "in response to a wonderful exhibit at an art museum ... all kinds of artsy teapots." Wonderful patterns, colors, and shapes. For more of her drawings and a link to her blog, click on "Sybil's drawings" below or in the label list to the right.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Patches with Black Dots

This started out as a drawing on a watercolor wash background. I couldn't seem to make it work. But such lovely colors! So I cut it up into strips, rearranged it, taped it together, cut it into strips crosswise, rearranged and taped it again. Then I added black lines between the patches, and some black dots for accent. It works better now.
  • Copic marker colors used: A few touches of orange and rose, but I didn't write down what they were. The black lines are Copic multiliner BS (brush small). The black dots are Copic marker black 100.
  • Background: Dr. Ph. Martin's radiant concentrated watercolors - lemon yellow, true blue, persimmon. 1 - 2 drops of liquid watercolor in 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon of water. For more information about the watercolors, including my color chart, see this post.
  • Paper: Canson Montval watercolor block, 140 lb. cold press, 4x6"

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Red and Blue Swirls

A pencil doodle from my small sketchbook. Lines inked with red and blue pen. Colored (including the page edges) with red and blue markers.
  • Pens: Cobalt Copic multiliner 0.3; red Uni-ball gel impact pen 1.0 (does not smear or bleed with Copic markers)
  • Copic marker colors used: B21,26, R24,29
  • Paper: Strathmore medium drawing paper, natural white, 4x6"

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Turquoise Stripes - Drawing and Card

Straight lines, wavy lines, and long streaks of color.

Updated July 9, 2010: See below for the greeting card that I made from this drawing. Please click here for "Mostly Markers - Cards," my new "companion blog," for the card-related information (dated the same as this original post.) For the future, I'll post all of my new greeting cards in Mostly Markers - Cards. This blog, Mostly Markers, will also still be active with all of my non-card drawings and reference posts.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother and Child

I was wondering what to draw for "fearless," this week's Illustration Friday word. Then the church service this morning reminded me of this Bible verse, one of my favorites. "There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear." Today is Mother's Day, so the words connected for me with the thought of a mother's love.

My drawing is very simple, a few curved lines on tan card stock, with a little color. I used a heart shape, cut from scrap paper, to guide the flow of the written words and to mask the shape for the airbrushed color (Copic airbrushing with my marker.)
  • Copic marker color used: E4
  • Paper: tan Crane's card approx. 4x6"
  • Words: There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Twisty Lines and Dots - Colors

Twisty lines with dots of color. A playful doodle. Click here for my earlier version in black and white.
  • Copic marker colors used: Y38, YG63, BG49, YR14, RV17
  • Paper: Neenah

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Sketch of Statice Flowers in a Clear Vase

Warming up on scrap drawing paper, I did this sketch of purple statice flowers in a clear glass vase. I decided to finish it by adding some sketchy colors.

Because it was scrap paper, there were some stray marks and dots, so I added more. I let the marker drop, fine tip down, from a few inches above the paper, to make dots and marks in random sizes and shapes.

Then I ran a marker along the edges for a small, irregular border. A light wash of watercolor completed it for the table top and shadow.

To see my earlier, less sketchy drawing of statice, click here.
  • Copic marker colors used: YG63,91, BG10, V04,09,12, BV04,08
  • Paper: Strathmore drawing paper, cut down to 4x6"