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Celine Vd Moesdijk

artist, creator

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Floral illustration

Colors
The colors i picked are copic B00, B02 and B05. B05 is a little on the dark side but this way i was able to give the illustration a little bit more contrast. Be sure to test out the colors you pick beforehand. The colors on the caps are not always the same as they look on paper. 

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Paper
I tested: claire fontaine copy paper, strathmore marker paper, strathmore bristol paper and strathmore mixed media paper. I wanted to know how layers look on the paper and how smooth the blending looked.

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The clairefontaine layers good but the ink looks weird on the paper. There are spots. That's not what would help me have a smooth look. 
The marker paper doesn't seem to blend. It looks like the colors stay on top of each other. 
The bristol paper has a too light finish for me. The layers don't give a lot of difference. The blending looks a lot better than the first two papers.
The mixed media paper layers well and the blend is very smooth. That's why I will work with this paper in my project. 

Blending practise

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I practiced two different kinds of blending (flicking and circles) with two different kinds of markers (a brush tip and bullet tip). Flicking is my favorite technique but in most illustrations I combine both techniques. Be careful with colors that are far apart. A light color will eat away the darker color and give a weird look. Later on I practiced blending with three markers. 

Reference

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I took a walk around the neighborhood to find the flower and angle that I wanted. This flower is only 200 meters from my house. Usually I take a picture with my phone and work from there but I printed this one out so I could show you how to draw flowers. 

Finished illustration
It took me a good half hour to finish my illustration. Take your time experimenting with the techniques. I started with a base layer and outlining each petal. This way I can see the separate petals in a later stage. The second layer (still with the lightest colors) I put some ink in the places that I want darker. The third layer I used the midtone, coming in with the lighter color to make a smooth blend. Then I moved on to the darkest tone. There are some spots that I wanted darker but not as dark as the darkest tone. I used the midtone immediately to push the darkest color out. I kept going back and forth with the three markers until I was happy with the result. 

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