Happy Sunday everyone. I am still in experimental mood and l thought l would like to share one of my recent experiments. I am really keen to try and get more vibrancy into my work. I have seen a few other coloured pencil artists use marker pens as a first layer. Usually done with the aim of saving time, but l was just curious to see what would happen.
So l shopped around, read a lot of reviews and finally decided to invest in a few Copic markers (l will do a page on those at some point). Okay, it was really scary laying down the first marker! I doubt l could properly remove any mistakes, l wasn't at all sure that l could cover it with coloured pencil ..... and wooa! How ugly it looked! See the first picture below.
Well, it was really interesting at this point. I found that my colored pencils layered very easily over the top. I could indeed achieve more vibrancy. To get the feathers to the color seen in the photo above would take a lot of layers with colored pencil and so fill the tooth of the paper quite a lot before l could add more color. Here l am starting from a good base color with no tooth filled, which meant lots more additional colors could be added on top. I was really happy with how much more l could make the work pop.
I didn't find that it made it any quicker for me (but truthfully l never think about saving time, l want to create the best art that l can and that takes however long that it takes). I think it could be a time saver if you wanted it to be. I just loved being able to work so many additional colors on top. When l was finished there was no original marker visible anywhere, it was all completely covered and the same beautiful, burnished finish was there. So this was a successful experiment and l will be doing this again in the future, particularly if l need to cover a large area with bold color.
l will be back with more experiments next time, l am in that kind of mood! Have a wonderful week.