One of the great things about teaching a perspective class is getting the opportunity to practice drawing an interior space. The image above is a visual inspiration from my how to perspective drawing interiors book and has the added finishes and textures. The bottom drawing shows some of the guidelines such as the box on the floor that the chairs are drawn from and the center vanishing point at the right bottom corner of the artwork.
It was fun to practice a bird illustration with my Copic Markers. This is a Red-Winged Black bird hunched down on top of a Sorghum plant. When using the darker marker hues on the bird, I was careful to include lighter highlights. Also, when I added the first gold marker to the background, the value was too light. I decided to add a taupe marker right on top. This created a better value against the bird and the two different marker hues added more interest to the background.
Love my opportunity to create illustrations for the Plough & Pantry magazine, which is a Farm-to-table living in the mountains and the foothills publication. This illustration was included in “Milkweed: Critical for monarchs, beautiful for your garden” article. Fun to explore the monarch cycle and the connection it has to milkweed. Cheers!
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I often spend time “noodling” around with my Copic markers to figure out which hues or colors to use in my drawing. In the image above, I was working on which red-violet or violet markers to use on the purple cone flowers. I quickly drew several flower shapes on scrap marker paper, added the color and noted the color numbers. Adding the color numbers right next to the flower is really important step. Right now I am becoming more familiar with how each marker color looks on the paper and yet having a visual reference to what the color actually looks like is important when I am working on a finished image. How about you? Do you have a technique for playing around with the colors you use in your own art medium? Is it helpful to have a visual reference of your colors that you will be working with?
As you can see below, I decided to stay with violet hues. These were Copic markers V17 for the darkest value, V25 for the medium value and V12 for the lightest value. I did not use any of the RV, Red Violet, markers that I practiced with. This image is one of my practice activities for the online Copic color classes that I am developing.
When do you find time to practice your sketching? This week I was able to have my sketchbook and drawing tools at several long meetings. I sketched the objects with light pencil lines, draw over the first sketch with a black line marker or pen refining the image as I go. I don’t think about the composition of the page so the images just end up on the page where they fit.
Sketchbook Page Tip #1 – What about practicing in your sketchbook to expand your drawing skills? Time drawing in my sketchbook is about exploring and expanding my drawing skills. It is not about coming up with a successful drawing. My sketchbook is a place to doodle, play around and practice. This provides opportunities to sketch subjects that are more complicated and challenging for me knowing that practicing is more important than the results.
It is great fun to be filling my sketchbook pages with fall leaves that I collect on my walk with the dogs. I move the leaves around on the page until I like the arrangement and then draw them their actual size. As I work on creating the image, these leaves are an important visual reference. Below is a photograph of the leaves.
Copic Rendering Marker Tip #5: A good way to start adding color to your drawing is to have the actual objects with you as a visual reference. Looking closely at the colors in the object, select your marker colors. You might be surprised at the variety of colors that are an object when looking closely at it. Start your rendering with the lighter values, blending the darker values next. Be sure to pause and look at your work, making adjustments in your rendering as you go. My goal for rendering the red leaf was to practice getting the color and texture as close to the actual leaf as I could. I did find, in the process of added color, that I needed to made adjustment with these colors working with the color markers that I had. Need to add to your art supplies? Dick Blick Art Materials