My latest sketchbook drawing: a dragon’s egg staying warm by a hot spring. Copic marker, black micron pens, white Sharpie water based paint pen, and a gold metallic crayola marker.
I’ve been drawing some of my jewelry in my sketchbook lately. The one up above is a necklace I wear all the time, at least once a week. It was fun to color because it has both opaque and translucent gemstones.
I wear the second necklace less often, but often enough to keep it in my frequently-worn box. I thought it would be interesting to color because of the purplish sheen it gives off when light hits it. Plus, this one has a gold-tone chain, so I had a chance to color both gold-tone and silver-tone.
Both were drawn with pencil, traced with multiliner, pencil erased, then colored with Copic marker.
I’m happier with the first than the second.
I hope to fit a couple more pieces of jewelry on this page!
There’s something primal about this one. A new mandala in the colors of soil and love.
The mandala was laid out in black pigma micron pen over lightly-drawn pencil guidelines. If you’re interested in trying this, I’ve posted free step-by-step instructions showing one way to draw symmetrical mandalas.
After it was laid out I erased the guidelines and started coloring with Copic markers.
Finally, I touched it up and added details with black Sharpies and a white Sakura gelly roll pen. Why start with micron pens but finish with Sharpie? Because micron pens can be colored over with alcohol markers without bleeding. Sharpies are cheaper but are also alcohol based, so they can’t be added until the other alcohol markers have dried. I use them when I can, but only when I’m through with the other alcohol markers.
I’ve uploaded some cool new repeating patterns to my RedBubble shop. These patterns are available as phone & laptop cases, duvet covers, scarves, bags, journals and more.
My Summer Whimsy illustration is now available as prints, notecards, and on many other products in my Red Bubble shop.
Over the long weekend I had the chance to make attempt number two for my entry into Copic Marker’s Spring Wide plein air competition. This type of art is quite different from my usual style, and I learned a lot.
For this version I decided to leave out the background traffic. I also felt free to pull in the various elements I liked from within my field of vision, rather than making a literal representation of what I saw. I think this represents a big improvement over the first attempt.
While I don’t expect to become a landscape artist, I found this exercise to be useful and enjoyable, and I am glad to have broken the ice in terms of drawing and coloring in public.