Watercolor seems to be the big thing right now, everybody is doing it - for patterns, illustrations, art prints and all kinds of art and design.
I like playing around with it too, but I’m not very good at it and find it quite difficult to learn and master. I will learn though, because I’d like to have a lot of skills in my artistic toolbox and I love the look and feel of watercolor paintings and designs.
It surprises me though that not as many have discovered markers. Permanent markers used by professionals like illustrators of fashion, technique, comics, manga, animé, commercial and others, are so much fun to color with and you can create really nice and cool effects with them. And in many ways markers are a lot easier to learn and use than for example watercolors.
I started using markers a few years ago, but I didn’t really know how to start so I just sort of ”filled in” and created solid colored illustrations. Then I tried to make some shades using different tones of a color, but I didn’t know what colors that would blend well.
Speaking of, the first markers I bought weren’t the best mix of colors to start with. Since markers are a bit expensive I could only get a few so I bought some colors that I liked. But soon I realized that my choices weren’t working that well together and I couldn’t make the effects and illustrations I wanted with those particular markers.
It took me a while to find my way, but what I really would have liked back then, is someone to give me a few pointers and tricks and given me some recommendations on what color to get. So, with that in mind - what would I have said if I could have given myself some advise?
The past month I have been working on a new Skillshare class where I do just this; teach the fundamentals of markers with all you need to know to get a great start and have a lot of fun right away using markers. I just pushed ’publish’ and I’m so excited to see what you think.
Here’s the intro to the class that is called Artistic Illustrations - The fundamentals of coloring with markers:
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