How to Illustrate with Paint Markers
We set five artists the challenge to come up with some unique and quirky designs in their own style, all they had to work with where three small stretch canvases and a pack of Derwent paint markers, plus a few items from their own craft stash. In our third installment illustrator Bex Ohta shares her Bird inspired creation . . .
As an illustrator there’s always something that you absolutely love to draw and come back to every time, for me it’s birds. There’s something about them that I find inspirational and I enjoy drawing the little details of their feathers, beaks and eyes which suits my detailed style of drawing very well.
The pens were fantastic to draw with and are great for little details and quick mark making. They colours are lovely and vibrant and I loved watching them change colour slightly once they were dry. I think these work really well on canvas and would work well on thick art pad paper too. One tip though, once you’ve got your pen working, don’t over shake or push down too many times as you may find yourself with an ink blot on your page!
- Search for a bird to draw online or in an Encyclopedia.
- Faintly sketch out the outline of the bird.
- Choose the lightest colour that you’ll be using and start mark making and mimicking that pattern of the feathers.
- Next, choose the darker colours and add in the detail. Leave the darkest part, usually the eye, to last.
- Once finished, outline the entire shape with a chosen colour to finalise your illustration.