Monday, May 07, 2012

Marker Posters - Coloring - Fills

I don't enjoy coloring as much as inking. Especially doing the large flat color fill areas.
I dread Stimpy the most because he has large areas of red to fill and I can never find a marker that looks like Stimpy's shade of red. Coloring takes patience and really taxes the ADHD. I try to break up the process by using more than one red and taking breaks between each step.
I have my reds loosely sorted by:

1) Warm reds - middle reds and reds mixed with yellows and browns.
2) Hot reds - Reds mixed with a bit of blue - magentas, wines, burgundies etc.
I usually try to put a light pink highlight around Stimpy's RIM. It doesn't always work though, because the darker reds bleed into them.
Then I take the middle red and draw a ragged line along that rim.
I fill in the red. This is where I find out that I didn't make his outline dark enough, which means I'll have to go back and re-ink parts of it. I never learn.
For the tongues I use very light warm and hot pinks as a base.
Using the 2 different tints of red gives the picture look more depth. If I was to only use one kind of pink and just darker and lighter shades of it, it would end up looking monochromatic - which deadens the picture.
Same theories for Ren's eyes.
I gradually darken the pinks stroke by stroke.
Next: The Art Of Naked Colors:


Lito said...

I always wondered what kind of pencils you used :)

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Anonymous said...

Ha yea I had the same problem when I used to use markers. I dreaded how it would look to streak and when I go over it it just ended up getting to dark sometimes. Great tips like always.

Pete Emslie said...

You have a few of the old style Eberhard Faber Design markers that still work?!! Those things are endangered species and must be protected!

Trevor Thompson said...

Could you talk a little bit more about covering up mistakes when markering? Like, if you screw up an outline or accidentally go outside the line?

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Archie said...

Cool tips. :)

Amanda H. said...

If you don't have Tombow markers, is there another good brand or just any marker with a brush tip?

Anita said...

Nice work once again!

Do you ever use the blender? I have yet to find it's purpose. It didn't really do anything too flashy the first few tries so I got bored with it.

Luis María Benítez said...

Excellent, as usual. I've been waiting to see how you work with markers.