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I'm no fan of copying others styles directly, however I am interested in starting working with markers, and want to produce results similar to that below (copyright to Iain McCaig). I have seen other marker processes, like Doug Chiang's, but that's really not my style. I'm just curious as to how Iain has gone about finishing this concept, it looks like he did it in pencil, but whenever I use pencil the marker washes it out. Or has he gone pencil layer --> marker --> then another pencil layer on top.
I'm just trying to figure out how he's got those deep blacks without it looking like its been gone over with a fine liner (particularly under the chin/on the face) as you can see the pencil texture. I considered that he may have photocopied the original pencil sketch which gave it that 'scanned' look, so he could do multiple color variations.
I hope someone can help, let me know if I'm being in any way vague.
Thanks in advance.
Last edited by snowGA; December 2nd, 2009 at 10:46 PM.
Knowing Iain it's probably watercolor instead of marker. But yes - a common approach is to do a basic graphite or pen drawing then photocopy it so you can do costume/color/detail/accessory variations. With marker on copies though you have to be careful - the solvent in markers can disolve the toner of the copy - the two common kinds of markers I'm familiar with are either alcohol based (which are better for health I think) or toluene (or some other nasty chemical). Not sure what Copic markers base is.
I'm sure some other folks know - for technical info and good books on these techniques look to the Industrial Design/marker rendering field.
Or just doing watercolor on copies would be a solid approach. Good luck!
Yeah Iain does do a lot of watercolour, but in my art book this is listed as marker.
So if I do a pencil line drawing, photocopy it onto standard A4 paper, then marker over the top, this should work? I don't know how the printer will go and cost of buying paper, if I use bleedproof paper all the time instead of regular A4, any tips with this?
I really appreciate your input guys thank you so much.
I'm using prismacolor markers, so I hope they work too!
Jeff, and others are right. It's pencil on drawing paper and then its copied onto regular copy paper and gone over with berol/ prismacolor markers. I love the way he draws, nobody better IMO.
Thank you all very much I can't wait till my colored markers arrive! (only have gray!)
I saw his gnomon video, and his process I saw involved doing lots of charchoal/pencil drawings, scanning them, adding a texture overlay and using basic photoshop brushes and acrylics in painter.
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Advent - No kidding? Wow - he's so amazing with watercolor I just assumed...he must like the ability to so easily alter color, saturation, etc. in digital for his production work. Thanks man...
Yes, print your line work onto premium color copier paper, which has a coating
that keeps the markers from drying too fast. There is also high quality, semi-
translucent marker paper which works very well, but I doubt it would run
through your printer well. Either way, avoid standard multi-use paper which just
soaks the marker right up and makes it very hard to blend values.
In addition to markers, industrial designers also use chalk/pastel powder applied
with a cotton cloth for very smooth gradations. The pastel goes over the
marker of course; wouldn't work the other way around.
And yeah, prismacolor markers should work fine, they're a quality product. I use
them on various papers, over Hi-Tec-C pens and never have any problems with
Thanks for all the information included in this thread. Does anybody know what grade woodless graphite he uses in his gnomon dvd's?