I recently offered a drawing workshop in which we explored different variations of drawing with pencils, ink pens, colored pencils and color markers. We began with a simple line drawing that I previously made of a victorian house converted into a restaurant. I’m sure you have a similar old house restaurant in your town. The original artwork was drawn over a photograph on trace with a Staedtler Lumocolor pen. I scanned the drawing and printed it onto standard bond paper using a color LaserJet printer. My class then began experimenting with the base image, tracing over it with different media and coloring each with various graphic products. The images below are from the workshop.
Original Artwork. Drawn 8"x10" over a photograph with a Staedtler Lumocolor pen on trace. Simple linework with minimal hatching. Quick Tip - always try to add people, landscaping, graphics and background to your drawing!
Simple Composite Drawing. The original artwork was scanned at 300dpi and printed onto standard bond paper with a LaserJet printer. The print was then directly colored with very light colored Chartpak AD markers (Azure, Willow, Buff, Naples Yellow, Cool Gray #1) and an informal hatching with Prismacolor pencils. Quick tip - gradation of the sky tone is achieved with 2-3 different shades of blue pencils.
Overlay and Trace Pencil Drawing. This variation was traced directly over the original artwork using a black Prismacolor pencil on 1000H vellum. To avoid color markers smearing the pencil linework, I applied all of the Chartpak AD marker colors to the REAR SIDE of the vellum. The thickness of the paper gives the marker a soft modeled appearance. The drawing was completed with different Prismacolor pencils on the front side. Quick Tip - add white colored pencil highlights to roof areas and delineate stone using a light gray colored pencil.
Overlay and Trace Ink Drawing. This variation was traced directly over the original artwork using a black Pentel Sign pen on standard tracing paper. Because the pen is water based, I could easily apply Chartpak AD markers to the front side of the paper and not affect the linework. Prismacolor pencils added brick detail and the modeled sky. Quick Tip - when combining ink linework and colored markers, make sure you draw with a water based pen and NOT a permanent ink pen or your linework may be smeared by the alcohol in the marker.
If you would like to learn more about drawing with different pens, pencils, colored pencils and markers, visit my website www.drawingshortcuts.com and pick up my new book Drawing Shortcuts Second Edition.