As I shared last week, I’ve recently started to play with the GoldFaber Aqua Dual Markers by Faber Castell.
In Preparation for Lesson 2 of Watercolour On Location, I initially was thinking about using them for value studies and chose 7 colours to start. On a 5 step value scale (what I use in my own sketching and inside the course) these represented:
- 2 colours (Apricot and Titanium Violet Light) Value 2,
- 2 colours(Light Yellow Ochre and Warm Grey III) for Value 3 – hmm, the grey isn’t quite a 3
- two colours (Blue Violet and Burnt Sienna) for Value 4
- black for Value 5.
And then I started playing. Here is a sequence of my experiments with these markers over a period of a week.
BTW I kept adding layers to the background building, sacrificing the values in this sketch for the sake of experimentation.
Some of you might be wondering why I don’t just stick to watercolour…and trust me, I’m asking myself that question too. 🙂
A few reasons why I feel compelled to do these experiments:
- I absolutely love mixing materials as it gets me into a state of play which I think is really important for sketching. Mixed media keeps things fresh, fun and experimental
- I also love the effect of bright intense colours under watercolour washes. I was doing this a lot earlier in the year with coloured pencils – so I’m using the same techniques here.
- Something special happens when I use markers – there is a wonderful type of freedom I experience with my marks when using markers. I think this comes from the ability to be able to rapidly add and layer colour without having to wait for anything to dry. This Spanish Mission sketch has a very special kind of liveliness that I felt at the time.
- I love the challenge of using new materials and especially the challenge of taming super intense colours.
I’m not sure how long I will continue mixing watercolour and water-soluble markers but at the moment I’m having lots of fun!