Drawing With Markers

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A two-part series of lessons on drawing with alcohol-based markers. Part one explores basic applications techniques including creating an underpainting of tones. Basic forms are drawn. In part two, an architectural sketch is created with drawing pens. Tones are developed before layering color applications over the top. This lesson series is perfect for those wishing to get started drawing with markers.

  • Alcohol-Based Markers
  • Ink Pens
  • Marker Paper
  • Graphite Pencil


Drawing With Markers — 10 Comments

  1. Went through this exercise today. I have a full set of Spectrum Noir markers and have used them a bit. Just felt like I was capping and uncapping constantly, trying to find just right color *and* value. VERY helpful to learn how to do an “underpainting” in just the grays. THEN apply the color. I also did the Skull alcohol marker exercise that the newsletter link led me to. Cant wait to try lesson to & finish the Biltmore picture!!

  2. Just now finished Lesson 2. I NEED MORE EXERCISES! 🙂 These 2 lessons & the skull exercise have made me glad I bought all these markers! With these techniques you show us, Matt, I can do the style of art *I* like to do–more realism or abstract. I was worried these markers were good only for manga or pop art or whatever those illustration styles are called. They’re growing on me, but it’s not what I prefer to draw at the moment. Please let me know any suggestions you have for other subjects to try drawing using the “underpainting” with colors overlain. Or can you provide any pictures or links to images you think might be good to try? Thanks!!

  3. Hi Matt,
    Finally took the plunge and subscribed to your website 🙂

    I was very interested in this application/medium, and I was trying to source the ones used in the video, but being in Australia, I’m not sure that I can.

    I have looked up a few Art supply shops in my vicinity and they appear to stock the ‘Winsor & Newton’ – Brush Marker, Pro Marker, and WC Markers. Will these be sufficient? Does it matter which one? They also have a Copic Mulitliner Fineliner available. Will this be a good place to start?
    Thanks so much for your advice.

    • Hi Ava,

      72 colors in any medium is plenty. I do like the set, especially the variety in the “grays” which is probably what colors I use more than the others. I have been a Prismacolor fan for decades, so that’s why I opt for them – but there are other brands out there that may be better. For example, the Copic markers are very popular and feature a brush tip.

  4. Hello Matt, I love this lesson – urban sketching style. I went for a walk in the Prague city old town yesterday, I tried to sketch building similar to this one. I had no idea about three point perspective, so this video is very helpful for me now, I can improve my sketch from yesterday! Thank you!

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