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05-01-2012, 06:06 AM
It is not only coloured pencils anymore, as you may have noticed in the other journal. In the meantime I experiment with all kinds of mediums, and just now it is copic markers. So I decided to open up a new virtual art journal.http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/01-May-2012/984492-autumn_leaves.jpg
Copic ciao markers on drawing paper.
Comments and critique are always welcomed!

Joan T
05-01-2012, 02:19 PM
Love the intense color!!!! Nice!!

05-01-2012, 08:54 PM
Bold, bright and very colorful. Well done.

05-02-2012, 02:37 AM
Thank you, Joan and Debby for your encouraging comments!

05-02-2012, 08:03 AM
great color. . . glad you are having fun playing with all sorts of media now!

05-02-2012, 08:08 AM
Thank you, RainySea!

05-02-2012, 11:23 AM
Ker-pow!! Well done.

05-03-2012, 11:53 AM
Thank you, eyepaint!
The following line drawing is the first step of the next project: A colourful sea-creature. I first did the sketch with a pencil and then inked it:

Joan T
05-03-2012, 11:56 AM
Cute sketch!

05-03-2012, 12:03 PM
Thank you, Joan! I hope I don't make a mess out of it by coloring it...

05-03-2012, 09:08 PM
You won't make a mess coloring it. It's cute and you can throw color at it with confidence.

05-05-2012, 06:53 AM
Here's the coloured version:http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/05-May-2012/984492-seacreature_copics.jpg
Critique and comments are always welcome!

05-05-2012, 10:09 AM
wow, I really like how you use the markers on coloring that. great blending and shading. well done!

05-05-2012, 05:03 PM
See, the color just enhanced the cuteness factor. Well done.

05-06-2012, 05:23 AM
Thank you, Rainy and Debby! I am still learning and finding my way with my copic markers. There are a lot of tutorials on Youtube, but mostly about coloring stamps or doing mangas. So I have to transfer the hints given there to the pieces I am doing.

05-06-2012, 05:31 AM
I love those vibrant colours. It's a cute, quirky creature :)

05-06-2012, 06:24 AM
Thanks Jennifer for taking the time to look and for your encouraging comment!

Now here's something quite different: I want to learn more about perspective, and this is a result of a quick sketch:
Copic markers on drawing paper.

05-06-2012, 03:13 PM
I think you've got it. :)

05-07-2012, 12:52 PM
Two Elves
Copic ciao markers on drawing board / paper
I had no reference. First did a pencil sketch, then I inked it with Staedtler pigment liners. Finally I coloured it with copic ciaos.

05-07-2012, 01:17 PM
What fun!

05-07-2012, 01:28 PM
Fun drawing. Is there a story behind the blue elves?

05-07-2012, 02:00 PM
Fun drawing. Is there a story behind the blue elves?
Not yet. But I could think of one...

05-07-2012, 02:42 PM
Lovely marker drawings. I can see this medium suits you well! Love the leaves especially, though your whimsical anthropomorphic sea creature is cute.

Oooh didn't see the page 2 drawings when I answered. I love those perspective sketches. So dramatic. Beautiful depth in them. Definitely keep playing with perspective, try applying that to a landscape. Cute elves too. You have a distinctive cartoon style for faces, that's a big plus. They're stylized in an effective, cute way that suits itself to a wide variety of themes, from sweet cards to humor and satire.

The next time you get an idea for a humor cartoon, just draw it on impulse. See what happens. Your cartoon style is polished enough that they'd be publishable if you've got an idea on theme - even in mainstream publications and newspapers.

As for the expense of Copic markers (which you mentioned in another thread), you could email Dick Blick and ask for a sample of the Dick Blick artist markers. See if you like those. They're like other Dick Blick house brand art supplies - artist grade "workhorse basics" at a stunning low price. When you get the sample, try combining it. Very often in these mediums two different brands will have mostly proprietary colors - the yellow-green is yellower in one brand, or the olive green is darker, the flesh tone pinker or lighter, resulting in a bigger combined range than you'd get sticking to one brand.

05-07-2012, 03:12 PM
good job on perspective. Fun blue elves, very vibrant could be a storybook

05-09-2012, 02:52 AM
Robert, thank you so much for taking the time for such a detailed comment! It absolutely made my day yesterday when I read it at work. I was so happy I had to go to a colleague and tell her about it. Had it been a few years ago I wouldn't have been able to believe it what you said, but in the meantime I have been grown into a less self-doubty person.
Regarding perspective I want to learn and practise not only landscapes, but also how to put figures and living beings in their surroundings. I am a member of Drawing tutorials online, and there are some very helpful videos on that site.
Regarding the price of copics: I went to Dick Blick (thanks for the tip!), but there's two things why I will stay with my copics. One is the shipping fee, and the other point is that copics are refillable, even the ciaos which I have. You can buy one ink bottle for about 7 Euros, and it will last for a refill of 12 Ciaos.
Regarding the other forums: I've discovered the May challenge of the plants forum (painting a plant in an art nouveau style) and I find it quite attractive.

05-09-2012, 02:53 AM
Rainy, thanks for taking the time to look and for the motivating comment!

05-09-2012, 02:20 PM
Nice to see another sketchbook from you here, Ulla! Markers can be lots of fun, and very useful. I use the large Pitt brush pens a lot.

Joan T
05-10-2012, 10:32 AM
Nice perspective sketches and cute elves!!

05-12-2012, 10:07 AM
I used an image from the RIL als a kind of reference for that drawing, but I simplified it.
Copic ciao markers, drawing paper (190 g) about the size of a postcard. Comments and critique are always welcomed!

05-12-2012, 10:17 AM
cool color and form in that old tree

05-12-2012, 02:20 PM
That is a gnarly tree. Very well done.

05-15-2012, 01:23 PM
Thank you, Debby!
Here's something very different - a dragon. Did the dragon when following a tutorial on youtube on how to draw dragons.
When doing it I used some kind of scribble paper, one side printed. But then it worked better than I thought, so I cut the drawing out and glued it on the drawing paper, inked and coloured it. I then used photoshop for cropping of the background, added a new dark layer and here it is.
The interesting thing is that copics work well with copy paper. This means that I can copy my lineart/drawings and try out various colour combinations of the same motive.

05-15-2012, 01:41 PM
Yes, I love photocopying a design and then working out different color schemes for it. I never thought of doing it for a drawing, though. That's a great idea!

Joan T
05-15-2012, 02:43 PM
Oooh!!!! I love that twisty tree!!! Nice job on the colorful dragon.

05-15-2012, 08:11 PM
Great discovery about the markers on copy paper. Cool dragon.

05-17-2012, 12:14 PM
Did some drawing exercises, and this is one result:
I did this following a video tutorial over at Drawing Tutorials Online (www.drawing-tutorials-online.com.

05-17-2012, 04:33 PM
Good job on the sphere.

05-17-2012, 05:13 PM
Oooh - I love that tree.

Interesting and very colourful drawings. Great sphere. Ther'e nothing wrong with your drawing skills! :)

I found your comment interesting - "You can buy one ink bottle for about 7 Euros, and it will last for a refill of 12 Ciaos. "

I have just bought some of to Ciao Copic markers and I didn't know that. Wonder if our local store has the refills? Though I'm a long way off running out - (Ihope).

05-20-2012, 12:46 PM
Elain, thank you for taking the time to look and to comment! Well, I have one colour which I had to refill because it is my favorite for painting wood and trees. The place where you bought those ciao markers certainly will know where to get the various ink (that's the name for the refill ink) or they will even sell the ink themselves. It is strange that so many people do not know about the possibility to refill those markers. And another point is that you can buy empty markers and fill them with the ink of your choice (sketch markers come with more colours than ciaos do).

05-20-2012, 12:48 PM
Another dragon
I hope that you won't get bored with another dragon:

05-20-2012, 07:06 PM
No boredom here. That's a great dragon peeking out of the water.

Joan T
05-22-2012, 03:04 PM
Nice shading on that sphere!!! Love the dragon!

05-24-2012, 01:41 PM
For this I used the same dragon drawing but added a different background and coloured the dragon in a different way.
Comments and Critique are always welcomed!

05-27-2012, 12:54 PM
1 point perspective exercise
Just a quick sketch with the guidelines included. The interesting thing is to get persons and plants included as well. But I have to learn that yet.

05-27-2012, 05:25 PM
Ulla, stunning dragon. Keep practicing and you'll get the perspective worked out for everything. Great job.

Joan T
05-30-2012, 11:35 AM
Keep 'em coming!! Good work!

05-30-2012, 11:38 AM
I love the dragons! And the twisted tree looks really nice as well. Great work here!