Coloring with markers: 5 techniques for shading | Bärbel Dressler | Skillshare

Coloring with markers: 5 techniques for shading

Bärbel Dressler, Pattern designer & marker lover

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16 Videos (2h 6m)
    • 1 Intro

      2:38
    • 2 Welcome & class overview

      4:24
    • 3 What is shade?

      2:48
    • 4 Shading with multiple layers

      8:34
    • 5 Exercise 1

      7:21
    • 6 Exercise 1 continued

      10:52
    • 7 Shading with a natural blending group

      5:32
    • 8 Exercise 2

      12:08
    • 9 Shading with a desaturated color group

      9:34
    • 10 Exercise 3

      11:51
    • 11 Shading with complementary colors

      11:51
    • 12 Exercise 4

      11:49
    • 13 Shading with gray

      11:24
    • 14 Exercise 5

      12:47
    • 15 Class Project

      1:17
    • 16 End note

      1:13

About This Class

In this course we continue to build on the fundamental techniques for creating illustrations and motifs with alcohol based markers. This time with a deep dive in how to create illustrations with a variety of contrast, using 5 different techniques of shading.

Together we’ll go through the basics of creating shade, highlights and contrast, that you later can use to create illustration with a dynamic and realistic look.

In class I'll demonstrate 5 different techniques for shading with markers. And having these techniques in your illustration toolbox is not only going to build on your markers skills, but also give you flexibility with the markers you have, even for a limited collection, because with these techniques you'll find ways to work around missing colors and shades.

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THIS IS WHAT YOU’LL LEARN

  • How to think when creating highlights, reflections, shade and shadow
  • How to create variation and shade with only one marker
  • What a natural blending group is
  • What a desaturated blending group is
  • What complementary colours are
  • The different type of grey markers you can use and when to use them
  • How to pick and choose the right markers for each technique
  • How to create realistic looking shoe illustrations
  • Tricks for creating specific textures like suede, leather and chrome
  • How to maximise the use of your marker collection, working around missing colors and shades

Throughout the class you’ll get demonstrations on each technique as well as fun exercises where you practice each technique by illustrating, colouring and shading - shoes!

At the end of this course you will have a row of new skills and tools to take on your illustrations.


WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?


This course is for all you marker lovers out there, who wants to immerse yourself a bit more in how to use this lovable media.


NEWBIE WITH MARKERS?

If you’ve never tried alcohol based markers before or would like to have a proper introduction to what they are, how they work, how the colour system works, the basic strokes and techniques - my recommendation is to start out with my other course: The Fundamentals of Colouring with Markers.  That class also includes a row of fun exercises where you’ll get to practice and learn the basics before you go to the next level.

I also have a follow up course about creating textures and effects using the ”Blender”.
You can check that out and all my other classes over here >>

 

CLASS BONUS: FREE MINI COLORING BOOK!

With this course you’ll also get a companion mini colouring book to download and print. It has 5 shoe illustrations that you can use for the class exercises and the class project, or just for fun. You’ll find the companion colouring book on the right hand side in the tab called YOUR PROJECT.

Note: for best results use a marker paper to print the illustrations.

LINKS

Also, in class I mention colour charts and here are links to the colour charts that I’m using to keep track of the markers I have and often use as reference when choosing colours and shades for my illustrations.

Various Copic colour charts, free downloads>>

Sandy Allnocks Copic Hex Chart ($5.99) >>

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Bärbel Dressler

Pattern designer & marker lover

 


HI! WELCOME TO MY CORNER ON SKILLSHARE

I'm Bärbel Dressler - a Swedish pattern designer, illustration artist and creativepreneur. With a nerdy passion for past times and vintage, a strict monthly Copic marker allowance, I'm in pursuit to conquer the world of patterns and illustrations and share all about what I learn along the way.

I'm from a small beach town on the west coast of Sweden called Falkenberg, but now I live with my husband and two chil...

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