-Various coloured pencils (on this picture I used these):
Faber-Castell Art Grip
(Why so many? Because every pencil brand and type is unique with their colour variety, quality, blending, softness/hardness. Mixing pencils with the other brands is the key to the success – really If you want – next time I can make tutorial about coloured pencils only)
- Aquarells (I am using Schmincke Akademie Aquarell)
- Acrylic inks (using Schmincke, Ecoline, Liquitex Ink)
- Technical alcohol
- Markers (using COPICs)
- A3 Bristol (using Canson)
- HB pencil, mechanical pencil
- Tissue for smudging
- Fixative spray
Let´s get started!
2) Now lets prepare your workplace for airbrushing. You should now know which scenery you want to have on the paper.
For this one I picked up the fantasy night scenery where the moon will be in the top left corner. I will need airbrush (with compresor), some acrylics ink, brushes for preparing colours, toothbrush and a bit of technical alcohol. And I needed something with a round shape so I used a little mug which will represent the shape of the moon.
Hint: Feel free to spray a little paint to the character/other scenery as well because you can cover it later and you can use it for your advantage as well. Don't move or remove your mug until you finish your spraying completely!
And as for the colouds – if you don't mind getting dirty the best thing you can do is use the same white acrylic ink and your finger ;D your fingerprint can do really nice "cloudy" effects
Hint: it's always better to start colouring the background first so you can fit the character easier into the environment.
After the lineart is done I start colouring the rocks themselves – for this I use Coloursoft + Prismacolor pencils combo (these two brands are awesome for backgrounds and can be easily blended together. After the base colours are done I use a COPIC blender (or you can use regular alcohol – there is no difference ) to blend everything together. You can use more alcohol (I am usually using them on the parts where light should fall) to bleach the pencils.
After this stage I used the black pencil again and did some lineart on the stones and other black details on the stones as well.
After I finished this I used fixative spray.
Hint: I usually don't use black during shading – only in situations where its dark or there is night scenery like this one. You should always adapt the tone of your shadows to the environment!
Hint: If I still don't feel like it's quite right, I take white acrylic ink again and using my finger I put in some white spots untill I am happy with the results.
Hint: I don't recommend the regular white ink – it doesn't give the best effect. But you can use a good white gel pen. Make sure it has a good point and isn't plugged with paint.
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and you become more confident with mixing various techniques together. It's fun and in my opinion art should be fun!
Have you used mixed media?
If yes do you like it or do you prefer to work with just one medium?
Are you interested in more tutorials/detailed descriptions about various materials?