Artistic Illustrations - The fundamentals of coloring with markers

Bärbel Dressler, Bear Bell Productions

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15 Videos (1h 19m)
    • Intro

    • Welcome & Class Overview

    • About Markers

    • The Color System

    • How to choose and buy markers

    • Choosing paper 1

    • Choosing paper 2

    • Basic strokes & coloring techniques

    • Exercise 1 - The seaview

    • Exercise 2 - The misty mountain

    • Gradient color with one marker

    • Gradient color by blending three markers

    • Correcting mistakes

    • Coloring an illustration & student project

    • End note


About This Class



Alcohol based markers are used by professionals through a range of principles and areas like fashion design & beauty, comic and manga, book & magazine, architecture, technical and commercial illustrations.

And coloring with markers is such a fun way to give life to your illustrations and in many ways easier to learn than other medias.

As with any new craft it's always good to have some knowledge about the fundamental techniques and principals. In that way the learning curve isn't so steep and the fun can begin right away. But when I started to use markers I had to go to so many different places to get the basics and learn how to use them which was both time consuming and confusing and I remember wishing there had been just one place, one course to take to get started.

In this class I have done just that, gathered all the information and basics about markers I wish I'd had back then and now I want to share this with you and help you get started too.


  • The different types of markers there is on the market and examples of some popular brands.

  • The color system - how the markers are categorized in groups, saturation and shades and how to use the color system when choosing markers and colors.

  • The color codes of a couple of the biggest brands. You will find links to color charts with all available colors from Copic and ProMarker in the links below.

  • How to choose your first set of colors and begin you own marker collection and my recommendations of what colors to get. 

  • What papers to use and how to test them - we'll test a bunch of different papers to see the effects the markers have with them.

  • The basic strokes and techniques for coloring

  • Layering

  • Creating shades by layering with one marker.

  • Creating shades by blending three markers within a natural blending group.

  • How to correct mistakes

Throughout the class you'll get some fun exercises to practice what you've picked up.

And at the end of the class you will have taken a big step towards becoming a marker artist too and be able to add another skill to your artistic toolbox!

In the project section you will find both a list of my recommended starting kits and blank color charts from Copic and ProMarker to download and print and where you can start filling in the colors that you get.

See you inside the class!


Links to color charts (with colors):

Copic color chart

ProMarker color chart

46 of 46 students recommendSee All

Vwet clear and detailed instructions with tons of tips and thorough feedback on the products used. Enjoyed it very much!
I have a few copic markers and was colouring a while now. It was good to get back to the basis. I really enjoyed the vidoes!
Nice introductory class. Would've liked it to go a bit more into detail though.





Bärbel Dressler

Bear Bell Productions

Bärbel is a pattern designer and illustration artist from Stockholm, Sweden. Behind the brand Bear Bell she creates pattern designs and illustrations for a variety of materials and products. For example, you can find her patterns on clogs, sandals and shoes. She also runs a set of web shops where she markets a selection of products with her patterns and illustrations. Her design journey only started a couple of years ago, tired of her office job in marketing, wanting to do something much more creative. She quit that job and started Bear Bell Productions. If you want to follow her journey visit the website and blog at

Other links we're you'll find Bear Bell:
Bear Bell web shop
Instagram:  @bearbellproductions 
Spoonflower: bear_bell