Easy multimedia drawing techniques for a drawing with lots of texture, interest and depth...
Our personal drawing techniques always evolve and refine as we develop as artists and as our styles and tastes change!
I wanted to share the multimedia drawing techniques that I've been using recently to let you know how you can play about a bit with your materials, experiment and just have a go with something and see how it looks... that's how I came up with this particular technique!
For this multimedia drawing style I'll be using:
First, the outline drawing (below) - here, I used a light pencil to sketch in the rough shapes, then used my black fineliner pen to draw in the shape of the foxgloves and some basic details to give them a bit of interest and shape...
Materials used - I'm drawing on ivory card-making card - smooth, 300gsm - and I'm using a Mitsubishi Pencil Co. Unipin fine line pen with nib thickness of 0.2.
Next, I add my first layer of colour. This is with alcohol marker pens - it's important to get the order right when using multimedia to draw with as some materials won't go nicely over the top of others - which is the case in this technique!
So start with these marker pens - I add a layer of a fairly light colour to start and add further layers of colour with the marker, looking where the colours are darker on the flower and corresponding to areas of shadow...
Materials used: ProMarkers by Winsor & Newton.
Luckily, it doesn't matter at this stage if your colour is a little rough or if the transitions between colours don't blend nicely - this is the base layer, and we're just getting down the basics for the hue (whether it's pink, green, purple) and the tone (how light or dark it is).
It's just a rough indicator - the next layer will allow more blending and subtleties...
Second Layer of Colour
In the next layer of colour, we'll use coloured pencils - this will allow us to get a depth of colour without soaking the paper in marker - plus give some texture.
Coloured pencils are really good as they allow us to press lightly to add a light layer of colour - and also press harder and shade more tightly together and thus give a stronger colour effect, even when using the same colour of pencil.
I'm starting to add a subtle layer of pink here (above) with the coloured pencil, over the pink bell-shaped petals of the foxglove. It's a light shading so the effect is subtle, just adding a depth of colour - compare the flowers on the left (coloured with the pink pencil) to the paler ones on the right (uncoloured).
Below - close up of the same step...
Next (below) - I add further depth with a purple pencil concentrating on the darker areas such as inside the bells and the shadowy areas between the bells.
Use as many colours as you want to build up your layers - I normally move from light to dark colours - but a light top shade can really help to blend two colours together or lighten up something that's gotten a bit too dark.
It's the same idea for the leaves - here (below), I'm adding two different shades of green to the leaves (which I've already coloured green with the marker pens).
I find that using two different greens together really gives the leaves a texture and depth of colour that stops it looking too flat...
Notice how some areas have actually been left uncoloured by the coloured pencils (only the marker pen layer) - this is why we go to the bother of adding the marker pen coloured layer at the start - so that we can just use the coloured pencils for added depth of colour and texture...
No need to spend hours colouring away to get rid of those awkward white spots showing through - the hard work has already been done with the marker pens!
We're just using the coloured pencils for added colour and texture...
Materials used: WHSmith colouring pencils (a standard colouring pencil - nothing fancy)
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