For those who are interested, this is a step by step on how I created this piece of art. I will also include links to the materials and supplies I used, at the bottom of the page, if you’re interested. I hope you enjoy!
I use an Ottlite task light for lighting up the specific area I am drawing. Overhead lighting tends to create shadows right where I don’t want them!
I made several art boards out of Elmer’s foam board. I love foam board for my art boards because it is very light and easy to handle, relatively inexpensive, firm and inflexible, and a bright white surface. And they are reusable. I have also made several of these artboards for my elementary school-aged kids that I give art lessons to. I use Frog Tape to tape the papers to the board because, well, I like frogs! Also, because it works without damaging the paper, although you do need to be careful when removing it.
I use 100% Rag Translucent Marker paper by Bienfang. I like this paper because it is high quality and tolerates repeated pencil erasing. It takes ink well without any bleeding. It is translucent enough to trace with, although it is not as translucent as tracing paper.
I like the Staedler mechanical pencil, and their stick eraser.
I have tried and will use several different kinds of ink pens. But my favorite is the Staedler pigment liner.
I use Canson Watercolor paper, 140lb. I haven’t tried a lot of other types of watercolor paper, but I really like the texture and weight of this paper. It is very slightly off white.
I have found that not all Office Depots have the laser printer that will accommodate this weight and size of paper. I have had to shop around. I always have them run me a test print on regular paper before I give them my watercolor paper, because invariably I find that they have a speck of debris here or there on their copy machine glass. I make several copies (usually around 5) so I have extra copies to experiment with different color combinations. Color is really not easy for me.
I love, love LOVE my Tombow markers. They were costly, but worth it. One end of the pen is a fine point marker. The other is a flexible “brush” tip. With a little practice I have learned that they blend much like watercolors, but with a lot more control and less mess. They also have plain water “blenders” to help with the process. Their color selection is amazing. My only complaint is that they won’t sell one marker at a time in the specific color you need.
I really do love Gel Pens. I use the TEKwriter Premium Gel Pens. They often add just a bit of sparkle to a drawing. In this case, it simply didn’t work, but you will see gel pen in some of my other drawings where it worked out very well, I think.
I bought some Prismacolor Premium colored pencils. They are so incredibly different from the cheap “Crayola” or similar brand style colored pencils that it is like working in a completely different medium. The tips do not break every 10 seconds, and the lead is softer and goes on smoother. The colors are deeper and so brilliant!
If the Prismacolor premium pencils are a little too pricey, I am also rather impressed by the Koh-I-Noor woodless colored pencils. They are far better quality than the cheap ones and the colors are great, too. Not as nice (or pricey) as the Prismacolor, but far superior to the cheap brands. I bought some for my 7 year old daughter who is just getting into coloring (as opposed to scribbling).
And by the way, if you are going to get artist quality colored pencils, you should probably get a specialized colored pencil sharpener. I use the Kum AS2 Two hole automatic long point pencil sharpener. The “two hole” aspect of it doesn’t actually have anything to do with sharpening different sized pencils, but to break down the sharpening of your fragile, precious (expensive?) colored pencils into two stages. First you sharpen off all the wood of the pencil, and it bares the colored lead. Then you put the pencil in the other hole, and it sharpens only the pencil lead to a very fine point.
I learned that there are two different styles of colored pencil blender. One is a pencil style, that is basically a colorless colored pencil with no pigment. The other style is kind of like the water blender for the Tombow markers, but it has a solution in it that kind of melts the colored pencil together. I used both. They both work, I mostly preferred the one with the solution in it, I think. Blending (both styles) made the colored pencil look so rich! It eliminated the white “texture” behind the colored areas.