Marker Rendering with Plants

GeraniumsThis year I am challenging myself to learn marker rendering technique. Here are two of my latest color images that were done with markers.   One of the steps I take when using a new medium is to create a successful contour line drawing with a subject that I know well.  I am comfortable and familiar with drawing flowers and plants.  I enjoy challenging myself to draw their unique leaf and flower shapes giving each plant drawing a distinct flavor.

Daisy 2

Another step I take when learning about new color medium, is to limit the colors that I use in one image.  It takes practice to become familiar with how each color will look on the page.  Before starting to add color to the image,  I will select 8 to 10 markers and only use these.  Otherwise I will be tempted to pick up many different markers while I am rendering and creating a big color mess. In these two renderings the markers I used were 3 different values of greens, a red, a purple, a yellow, a warm grey #3 and a blue. Stay tuned for more color marker rendering images and video clip demonstrations!  See ya!

4 responses to “Marker Rendering with Plants

  1. Picking our your markers before hand always helped me make a successful picture. I am still learning how well each color does look together. I am hoping later when I am looking at more colors I am able to come up with my own creative look.

    • Hello Brenda,
      You will do great with markers as you practice using them. Maybe you will be able to be in the Marker class this summer! Prof. Stephanie

  2. Jessica Nolan - IND 1606

    I’ve never used markers because they feel permanent and don’t allow room for mistakes. That’s smart to only use a selected amount of colors when marker rendering a drawing. If not, I would be tempted to use every marker I owned. I would love to see a video of this process step by step. Would you be willing to post one?

    Thanks!
    Jessica Nolan

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