Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Walkthrough: Blending Markers, Portrait Style

By SL Scheibe
www.slscheibe.com | slslines.etsy.com

Here's my method of using markers for portraits. I often use shading with no blending at all but sometimes you want to make the markers work a little like paint and this is the method I use to get markers to blend just a little.

Please note you can click on these images to enlarge them. I know the first one is difficult to see due to the light color.

I start with with lightest skin tone and sketch out the face I want to draw, hair included.

My next step is to come in with a slightly darker color and add some minor shading so I can make out the features more clearly. I then go back to my original light color and go over everything, including the new darker color to help blend it in. This is using the light to dark to light blending method.

I used a darker skintone to make a few outlines clear and to shade in some shadows.

At this stage, I bring in my other darker skintones and add in shading where applicable. I blend it together with my lighter skintone using the method mentioned above.

It's time for a few more colors so here I've added pink tones and blue eyes. With the pink, I again used my lighter base skin color to go over the cheeks and help the colors to blend into each other.

I simply added some hair color using the same method, going from light to dark and then coloring light over top to blend it all in.

I used a brown .005 Micron to come in for the fine lines around eyes and some basic linework. I find the Copics and Prismacolor markers far too thick for this sort of thing on a small image (this is approx 4" x 4").

These images were blended using the same method. Click for a closer view.


  1. Faces is one of my biggest scare lol, thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Love your face and the way of growing. Thank you for this wonderful face and your little tut.
    Greetings from Erika


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