How to Shade With Markers

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Shading with markers can actually be a great, fun way to give your drawing its own unique look. Shade with markers with help from an experienced graphic designer and illustrator in this free video clip.

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Hi, everyone. My name's Gene, I'm an illustrator and a graphic designer. I've been working in the industry for about 15 years, and today we're gonna take a look at a couple of marker shading techniques. So bust out those prisma colors, and let's get started. Alright, so let's talk about shading with markers. Now you see here, I just have a basic Artist Loft marker, it's fine point, you can use fine, you can use thick, pretty much anything. The main thing to remember with markers is that markers are water-based. So, the more you let them dry, and then go over them again, the darker the color you're gonna get. And the reason that is, is because the water will evaporate, and you're actually literally adding more color to whatever you're shading. So, in this case, I'm just gonna do a quick little, quick little shading here. And, I'm just going in one direction you'll notice. I'm not overlapping back and forth when I can. And, as you go over them a second time, I'm only gonna go about half way this time, you can see already the difference in color. This side over here, where I only drew once, is lighter, and then the side that I drew over twice is darker. In addition to that, if you have any facets, say that you're drawing, I don't, you're drawing a disco ball, and you want different facets, you can go in different directions, and that's gonna give you different shading as well. As you can see, this time, we've got darker here, and we've got lighter on the bottom, but we also have a darker gradation in this area here. So, we have semi-dark, and this is gonna dry in second, it's still a little bit wet, but you'll see. We have semi-dark and then lighter, and then we have really dark and a little bit lighter. So, shading in the different direction also adds more color to whatever it is that you're working on. The other thing that you can do is you can shade in one direction, and then instead of applying color over the top of what you've shaded, you can shade in the other direction immediately, and that's gonna give you shading at an angle so that you can do things like, I don't know, let's say we're, we're about to shade this tricep here, okay? So, I'm drawing kind of a, a quick little cross section of an arm, you know, here's the shoulder, there's a tricep, here's the bicep. So we've got this tricep here, and what I wanna do is I'm gonna come up under here, and I'm gonna shade the cast shadow from the deltoid, and remember the tricep is cylindrical, so we're gonna go a little bit round with it, but then I also want to shade the, the shading. I also want to fill in the shading that we're going to have from the light source itself, shining over here, this area is going to be lighter than this area, so I'm just gonna give it a little bit more color on the rear part of the tricep, and then kind of fade it in towards the front. Also you'll note the distance between the lines. Obviously, if you're going all in one direction, and you're right next to each other, that's only one color, and it only shows, it shows up as kind of a wash, but if you vary the distance between your lines, that also is another way to show shade. So if this were just a one square here, and then I were to continually get closer and closer and closer, it would look as though the top part of this is actually darker than the bottom part, because there's more white space, and your eye just makes up the difference. So there you go. A couple of techniques in marker shading. Alright, so there you have it. If you just use those simple techniques that we just outlined, you know, you should be able to achieve all varying gradients of shading with your markers. Thanks for watching, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


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