St Leonards Naremburn and first thoughts on using markers

September 5, 2012 | 3 Comments

Here is the scan from this mornings effort. The Burnt Sienna marker is a little I have now replaced it with one that I got from the set we got at the symposium.

Summary so far (I am comparing with ink and watercolour)… I am rushing tonight so not sure if all of these will make sense…

What I love
– so easy to get clean fresh colours (no messy, dirty mixes)
– very little drying time (I can sketch more as can almost instantly turn the page and start sketch no. 2 or 3 or 4!) Also nice not to have to walk the streets holding my book open and checking to make sure I have not unexpected runs of wet watercolour paint
– it is the same action as when I am drawing – ie. I am using a pen. it is the hand/ head dialogue that gives me great joy in exploring an object. I don’t quite get the same experience when I painting- I love splashing pigment and water around, but it is the drawing side (as an architect) that is my foundation
– solid block colour rather than linear/stroke based colour of a wc pencil… Easy to colour a large area quickly and can produce a perfect solid uniform wash
– overlaying of colours is very exciting … No murky mixes!
– blending opportunities to explore
– I am loving using these markers in a loose way (rather than the traditional polished manner) and seeing how my personal watercolour style is translated to a different medium
– I am really want to explore the massing of colours that Eduardo does – so amazing his work – and using markers I think will be a great way to explore more painterly work which I can then translate back to watercolour

What is not so good
– They are expensive and you need a lot of them as there is a limit to how much you can layer.
– The colours are so nice… That I want MORE… I have bought more than I need already and still need to go to my art store to get a rose/magenta colour… Will I come away with only one …or more?
– Good to have wet and old dried out pens for some effects – =more markers…
– They bleed through the paper… Almost any paper
– Not as convenient to hold many colours when on site (vs my little watercolour kit that I can create unlimited colours from) and you MUST put the lid back on immediately after use. Of course I am working fast (very fast) and constantly changing pens (sketching like a mad woman even more than usual!). This adds a little to the adrenalin rush that I get from sketching (so this is a positive, I suppose… I come into work pumping as a result!!!)
– Need a range of light.mid and dark colour… = More markers….and be careful with the dark ones… Once on the page you are stuck with it!
– Fumes? Not an issue outside but could be an issue inside (the old yoken pens were far worse)

Ok.. That’s all that I can think of after a few days of using them ( only 5 days worth…seems longer than that!) I am NOT trying to convert everyone to rush out and buy a heap… I am not sure that they would work for many of you….but I just can’t help sharing my excitement with you all!


  • MiataGrrl says:

    I've been watching with excitement as you've been exploring Copic (I assume? Not sure I saw the name mentioned) markers! I just recently started exploring Pitt Big Brush markers, which are not alcohol-based, so they don't bleed through. But otherwise seem similar (though I've used Copics only briefly, so I can't really compare). Like you, I use mainly watercolors for color, so the markers are giving me a whole different look and process that I really enjoy. A few of my recent blog posts have marker sketches, and the posts before those are mostly watercolor:

    – Tina

  • MiataGrrl says:

    Actually, most of those marker sketches on my blog were done with Japanese brush markers, which are water-soluble. I forgot that I haven't yet posted the ones done with Pitt markers. 🙂 Will look forward to seeing more of your explorations!

    – Tina

  • Liz Steel says:

    thanks MiataGirl! I enjoyed looking at your work. I might try doing different objects in different colours. thnaks for visiting

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