Monday, 8 October 2012

Design team member's monthly challenge tutorial

Simple Promarker Tutorial

 I am by far an expert in using Promarkers, but over the time I have learnt a few tricks to make my image look a bit more realistic.
Its all about light, when you colour.
Constantly keep in mind where the shadow and highlighted areas will fall on what ever you colouring.
A good exercise to do, is to simply sit...
Sit and look at an object. Look at where the lights falls, what is in shade, and how much difference there can be in the colour on your object.

To become good at colouring, there is only one thing to do...
There is no other way. Stamp/print out a full sheet of images and then just have a play.
Dont worry if you only have a few colours. Shading can be made easy by simply adding layers of the same colours to a small area.
Give it a go, and good luck.

I always make my light come from right to left, so it means my colours are always a bit heavier on the left side of my image, but keep in mind things that are shadowing things below itself.
To make your image a bit heavier, just add an extra layer of the same colour..
Start by colouring the mouse in "cinemon".
Dont worry about leaving white areas at the edges, as it will look realistic when finished.

On the lines made to be his fur, use light strokes of "cocoa".
I have left the ones on his back white still.

Colour in his ears and tail with 2 coats using "blush"
and make it a bit heavier to your left with a 3rd coat.
I have left the right side of his ears white, where the leaf meets his ear.
And also the outer line of his tail.

Cover everything you have coloured so far, in a coat of "blush"
This will blend all together so you wont get any harsh lines.
Still leave your white bits, but make them a bit smaller this time.

Colour his cheeks in 2 coats of "pale pink"

Colour the cherry in 2 coats of "Dusky Rose"
Again, leave a bit of white near the edges.

Colour the cheery's stem in "Cocoa" and the leaf in "Fresh Meadow"
I have left the edged og the leaf white.

Go over the fur bits again using "Cocao" again using light strokes.

Go around the mouse with the "Light grey" to create a shadow behind him.
It will make him stand off the page a bit.
Make the lines around his feet and tummy a bit thicker.
Go over your grey with the "Blender" to avoid harsh lines.

And that is it.
Here is what I did with the image after colouring in:

To create a more natiral look, I used my chalks to colour in around him. It gives a great debth to the image.


  1. This is a cool tutorial! Most people take coloring for granted. It's important, because a horrible coloring job can ruin an otherwise beautiful drawing. Also, I wanted to tell you that I tagged you for a blog award!

  2. Fabulous tutorial Marleen.

    Linda xxx


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