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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.