The Marker Techniques work books created by Lee Woolery and released in the late 80's, still contain essential information on this resurgent art form. I present…
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The first Workbook starts off slowly, taking you through basic techniques, laying in flat colour, blending, streaking and glazing. Took me a while to feel confident, especially with flat colour. My first attempts were quite patchy until I realised that the colour needed to be built up and worked quite strongly.
Marker Techniques, Workbook 3: Rendering Textured Surfaces - Project 1. Workbook 3 in Lee Woolery’s series looks at using markers to render textured surfaces such as fabric, wood or foliage. The first project, rendering an office chair, built on the previous reflective surfaces workbooks to create the metal and plastic effects, with the addition of fabric, which is achieved through the use of stroking. I found this exercise a satisfying introduction to this next level of skill.
Marker Techniques, Workbook 3: Rendering Textured Surfaces - Project 2. Really enjoyed working up the wooden texture in the background for this still life render. It looks quite flat for most of the process until the white pencil highlights are added, and the image starts to pop! Especially the joins between the timber pieces. I also tried some alternative paper stock specifically tailored for Copic markers, although I was not used to how much harder you have to work in the colour.
Marker Techniques, Workbook 2: Rendering Reflective Surfaces - Project 1. Kicked off the second workbook by rendering a plastic bin with flat colour surfaces and minimal highlights. I ran out of ink pretty fast with such large areas of colour. Buy your Copic ink before starting so as not to interrupt the process. I used a tea light candle holder from Ikea for the refills, squirting a little in the bottom of the glass, then letting the marker absorb the ink slowly through the nib.