Fiddling with Green

Summer Drawing Challenge Day 3

I’ve been experimenting with markers for a little while, gradually slipping down the proverbial slope. It started with three grey Prismacolor markers I got to experiment with values, and ended up using to colour my Iris the Art Muse comics. Then I got a few more, to have more of a range. Then I found some Pitt brush markers on sale, and bought several handfuls of those, to use on the first page of the Spam and the Sasquatch graphic novel. I had toyed with the idea of buying a set of Copic markers, the ones the really serious marker users are into. But the other day, Opus, the largest of our 3 local art supply stores, was having a rare sale on the Prismacolors, 40% off of their regular price (which is much less than the Copics, which is why I bought the first experimental greys in that brand). How could I resist? The hard part was choosing…

But choose I did. When I get a new set of any kind of colours, I like to make colour charts. It’s especially helpful with markers, because the colours on the outside of them rarely approach the actual ink colour. Usually with paints, I make neat rows of boxes, and diligently label them. But since I had a drawing to make today, i decided to make my colour chart a bit more interesting. I started with the greens, since I had picked out a lot of them, because I like to have a variety for landscapes. Here’s the result — I think I should make all my colour charts more like this in the future!

The little leaves around the outside have the pure marker colours. Since I had fifteen different greens, and five letters, I chose three colours to try blending for each letter. I wanted to see how transparent they were (this didn't completely answer my question, as there was no "control" group). I also wanted to try the colourless blender marker. I had more success when I kept both markers open in my hand so I could quickly switch to the blender before the other one completely dried. The paper is Paper for Pens, a very smooth, very white paper with a high clay content. Nice stuff to work on, and the pure white helped the markers'  colours shine out beautifully.

The little leaves around the outside have the pure marker colours. There’s room to add more if I buy more greens. Since I had fifteen different greens, and five letters, I chose three colours to try blending for each letter. I wanted to see how transparent they were (this didn’t completely answer my question, as there was no “control” group). I also wanted to try the colourless blender marker. I had more success when I kept both markers open in my hand so I could quickly switch to the blender before the other one completely dried. The paper is Paper for Pens, a very smooth, very white paper with a high clay content. Nice stuff to work on, and the pure white helped the markers’ colours shine out beautifully. The lettering is what I call my “hippie balloon lettering” because it’s kind of  reminiscent of that era and it’s groovy , man!

4 responses to “Fiddling with Green

  1. What a great idea to do colour charts! I think I’ll have to try this for my next blogpost as well. I like your greens! When I blend I first use the lighter shade, then go over it with a darker one and in the end use the lighter one again. And yes, you have to be quick, so I keep my markers open in my hand as well.

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    • Thanks, Ulla! I did them in that order, light to dark, because that’s what I do with watercolour; but I didn’t think of going over them with the base colour again!

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  2. Very cool chart! Exactly. .. Why keep things square and boring? ! I like markers for a coloring device. I use them at work to make planting charts. Coloring each type of plant one color. Not really art, however I’m grossly overpaid to do this! Ha!

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