Enjoy a cup of joy

Enjoy a cup of joy - student project

I have worked on this project for a while now, but finally got it finished up. It has been a learning opportunity to be sure. I didn't have any alcohol markers so I got only the colors needed for this project. I will have this green and red color palette for other projects until I can get more markers. 

Comments and suggestions are welcome. 

I got 2 papers to use for these alcohol markers. I have not used either of them before so I hoped they would work for this project. The Bristol paper is smooth and the marker glides easily on the surface. I thought the marker bled over my lines a bit but maybe I was pressing a little too hard.

I practiced blending the markers and worked on the practice exercises Julia taught. The blending went along much easier than I thought it would. I made a fast sketch and found out that using a lighter color on top of a darker one removes color. At least, that's what happened when I drew in a grey shadow on top of the tag. It lightened the red box, underneath, in that area.

Enjoy a cup of joy - image 1 - student project

I inked my sketch and was ready to go. Previously, Julia had suggested I could practice the shading part with colored pencils and watercolor since I did not have markers, yet.

I did it all, and it was very good practice, especially on the shadows. I was having trouble making a shadow with the alcohol markers that didn't look like a cartoon so I set up a shadow study (the blk & wht photo above).

 

Below, is the first drawing done with alcohol markers on Bristol paper. The second drawing is done with alcohol markers on Yupo paper. Streaky.

Enjoy a cup of joy - image 2 - student project

Alcohol marker/Bristol paper                   Alcohol marker/Yupo paper

 

The Yupo paper is strange paper and I used an even lighter touch but do not like the result. It says alcohol ink so I thought that would work. Is there something different about alcohol markers? I think it felt gummy while trying to apply the layers of marker ink. In trying to smooth out the brush strokes the color got very dark. Too many layers, I'm thinking, but I was trying to smooth out the strokes. That didn't work well. I was surprised to see how bright the markers are when used on the Yupo paper.

Below, is a shadow study. The first sketch is done in watercolor and the second sketch is done in colored pencils. I started getting a better idea of how to shape and control the shadow. It looks more natural to me and not like a cartoon shadow. After these 2 shadow practices, I finished the last picture which was done on the Yupo paper. 

Enjoy a cup of joy - image 3 - student project

Watercolor/watercolor paper                            Colored pencils/Bristol paper

 

The Yupo paper is strange paper and I used an even lighter touch but do not like the result. It says alcohol ink so I thought that would work. Is there something different about alcohol markers? They are not flowing ink like alcohol inks are. Something made a difference and there is a sheen-like the marker is wet, but it is not. 

Enjoy a cup of joy - image 4 - student project

                                               Marker/Yupo paper=Sheen

 

Here are the finished project results.

(marker/Bristol, marker/Yupo, colored pencil/Bristol, watercolor/Bristol)

Enjoy a cup of joy - image 5 - student project

 

Thank you for viewing my project.

Lurline Gatling

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