Thursday, January 19, 2012

Current Experiment: Markers

So, as my first post here, I'd like to share with everyone my current experiment. Because of my lack of exposure as a freelance illustrator (working on that, btw), I've just been trying to build up my portfolio with work. Since a recent incident in my life which had me part ways with my Intuos 4 tablet, I've gone back to traditional media. I can safely say, I've never used markers before December, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I picked up a set of warm and cool gray Prismacolor Markers (really wanted Copic markers, but I'll acquire those soon enough) to try out. The subject of choice: women from X-Men. I started this series of illustrations with Storm, of whom I did not color with the markers (started this subject before they were purchased). Since then, each one has been used as a model to test my ability to effectively generate color in shades of gray. So far I've been pleased with the results, but I know I can push things farther. Any type of critique or advice would be appreciated.


  1. If you're looking for some inspiration and ideas about using markers I highly recommend visiting my buddy Dylan Teague's blog. We've shared a table a few times at cons and I really enjoy watching him do his con sketches.

  2. That's cool! Thanks for the link.

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  4. If you want to see stuff that'll blow your mind. I'd go look at So jealous of the stuff this guy does

  5. I really like your Kitty Pryde. There isn't a lot of contrast on the figures on Emma or Dani. It took me a minute to notice the markers other than the backgrounds. The line art is really nice.

    1. Thanks. Yea, with the Emma and Dani pieces, I was still experimenting with laying down the shading and such. I started watching vids from Adam Hughes and it's really keeping me inspired down this road.