I have always been fascinated by bright colours. I think that’s one reason why I really enjoy drawing and colouring with markers. In the past, I have made a lot of cards this way. I’ve collected Sharpie markers for years, and I get excited when they come out with a new set of colours. Except, I probably won’t now after discovering Copic markers (that I was able to buy a few of recently with gift money and a sale). Copic markers have two ends: a chisel end which is quite versatile, and a brush end which I love for colouring in. They also have refillable chambers; and if you purchase refills, the refills do the job a few times! So then the cost ends up coming way down in the end. Copic markers also come in far more colours than Sharpie has, so I’ll purchase here and there and try to ignore the new Sharpie colours as they arrive…
Anyway, I share here some marker sketches I’ve done in recent months. After buying some Copics, I tested all my Sharpies, gave some away, threw some dried ones away, and organized the rest by basic colour families. I also created swatch cards for everything. So now when I want to draw or colour, I consult my swatch cards instead of the pen caps. This way of working is MUCH more inspiring because I don’t have to test colours to see what I’m getting. Below is a grid I designed. First I drew borders around each rectangle in a grid. Then I coloured in flower centres and flowers. Next I coloured in backgrounds of each rectangle, and finally I added dots around the petals. The result is a pleasing grid of pretty flowers!
I did the same for the next one, except I changed the flower petal shape slightly and added dots to the flower centres. These grids are fun to make!
Remember my pen sketches post, where I described the process for drawing flopped over flowers using ovals? This was more of a finished drawing using that method. I enjoyed the visual challenge of putting these flowers into a bouquet, in a vase, in front of a striped wall. I had to pay close attention to all the lines I was drawing and to the spaces I was colouring. It’s like working a logic puzzle.
Then I did the same for this drawing, but added the challenge of leaving out the initial black sketch lines. I love how all the colours look together.
If you’ve read my posts over the years, you know I love how geometry intersects with art. I decided to create a mandala and colour it all in. Once it was designed and coloured, I decided to experiment with layering monochromatic colour over some sections, and I love how it turned out! My favourite sections are the green-striped petals and the blue dotted areas nearby.
And then I repeated the process with all new colours. Notice, too, that the pointy parts on the outside are pointing in the direction opposite the direction of the ones in the previous photo. Making geometric designs with a ruler and a compass and then filling in all the patterned spaces could make for endless design ideas. I have a few books about geometric designs around the world; it’s really fun to dip into them and try ideas.
Next I transferred the idea of patterning with monochrome colours onto flower sketches I was already in the habit of making. I love how the patterning jazzes them up even more.
More of the same here…and just look at that beautiful red background – that is from one of my new Copic markers! Funnily, after I took this photo, I realized I hadn’t created stripes on the orange petals, so I filled that in later.
Then I took the whole idea onto a bigger drawing. I may turn this drawing or something similar into a mouse pad for my computer. I just have to finish figuring out all the technicalities involved in turning my art into useful objects such as mousepads, mugs, cards, or prints.
This last photo just shows everything collected together. For awhile, I was reading blog posts by an artist who recommended being deliberate all the time with choosing only certain colours for drawings…I tried, but am not showing you the photo. To me, the drawing was too sedate!! Maybe I have to practice that more, too, but for now, a million colours and patterns will be what I do.
If you have photos of your own drawings to share, I’d love to see them in the comments!