I've been teaching myself to put down the pencil and get comfortable drawing with a different tool. Pens, markers, crayons, chalks. Each one creates a different mark on the paper and also reacts differently one you scan it into your digital work. Using different media in my illustrations has been very exciting and has had a great outcome. These are my favorite tools this week and I will explain why.
- Starting from the bottom, the Tombow pencil is of course my go-to. i like using the HB for sketching and a softer 2B for my final line work.
- The Faber-Castel PITT Big Brush is nice for creating shadows. It bleeds into itself creating a continuous shape no matter how many passes you take. When applied to digital work, it is nice because it holds the texture of the paper and the light blue creates a 50% opacity when turned to grayscale. Very subtle, very nice.
- Zig Woodcraft is a very good brand of chalk paint markers. I use them everyday at my day job as a sign painter. Sometimes I will bring them home to practice lettering, but lately I've been using them to create big painterly fills and thick lines. The ink seeps into the paper a bit allowing for variation in opacity.
- This dried out Prismacolor brush pen is on it's last legs, but I've been using it to create a nice dry-brush effect and some unexpected textures.
It's been great fun making illustrations with these tools. I'm looking forward to sharing what I have been producing.