Peaches in Marker and Colored Pencil // Sketchbook Sunday



hi there Lindsay here the frugal crafter today we're gonna paint this juicy peach in markers and a little bit of colored pencil and the real-time version of this is up on critique club right now for those who are members here you can see I have my still I've set up on a plate but I realized that had a couple extra slices a peach there that I didn't think worked with the composition and actually I was just kind of hungry and I decided that I wanted to eat a few and that's great motivation when you're going to to draw something or paint something if you have an edible still life you know you've got a limited time and you know you can be motivated by your appetite picking it paint it so you can eat it I'm starting off by sketching in a render sketchbook this is a all media sketchbook but I've only used it for markers it is a no bleed through paper it's kind of crazy like even with the amount of ink we're gonna put on this paper it will not bleed through it takes a little getting used to though actually hated the sketchbook when I first got it because it was really it does not blend you have to layer on it but now that I've gotten used to it I really kind of like it so what I'm doing here is just sketching on with a call erase prismacolor pencil so these are the Prisma colors that have the and there go those love their to pieces and readjusting my still life so it fits on my paper a little bit better if they are an erasable prismacolor pencil so you can sketch with it and then you can erase the extra lines that you don't need now if you're just doing a really kind of like line art sketch like this and going over it with pencils it's not gonna hurt your markers well you don't want to do is do like a full colored pencil piece where you have a lot of wax build up and then go over it with your alcohol pens because the alcohol dissolves the colored pencil a little bit and it can suck it up into the nib and then clog your nib and this is more of an issue with like your your brush tip alcohol markers more than like a harder tip or a harder tip you can just kind of scribble it off so just kind of keep that in mind if you're using the brush tip pens just do it over line work that's fine but don't use it on top of a fully colored color pencil so what I'm doing here is I am just kind of figuring out what colors I'm going to use I'm using the new oh-hoo-hoo brush pens as well as the old 120 set of oh-hoo-hoo chisel and bullet tip markers and it's personal preference really the brush tip ends do give you a lot of ink at once so that does make it handy for blending but on this paper I'm really not blending I am just laying down color and overlapping and I'm starting off with a really pale kind of like it's almost like a pale lemon or a pale nickel yellow so if you're doing this in watercolor and you're following along this would be like your nickel titanate lemon-yellow super pale almost a little bit of of a grade yellow and I'm just putting down a solid realm of color so if you're doing this and see no bleed through it's not crazy um if you're doing this with a chisel bullet tip combination marker use your chisel tip for this you're going to get a much smoother lay down of ink now after I've gotten some of that cooler yellow in the center of the sliced peach I'm going in with a warmer pale yellow so it's a almost like a buttery yellow and I am carrying that color out to the edge now it's not really gonna blend on this paper but you will notice as the ink dries it does even out quite a bit I'm also putting this color on top of the the skin here so I will have that nice base underneath or so I could put some kind of modeling over on top and I'm just kind of going back in without Lemony the lighter lemony color and adding that on top and I'm putting some of that color in on the flesh part of the slices so on the flesh part you're having a cooler yellow and on the skin part you're having a warmer yellow I hope that makes sense it's a very small distinction especially when you're looking at the markers of coloring here because when the ink is wet it looks a lot darker and grayer and as it dries it gets to that more pastel hue and I think that was probably what really threw me off working on this paper because I typically don't work on marker paper I typically work on cardstock like my Neenah card stock so working on marker paper the colors shift it B go on so dark that you think oh no I've made a mistake but then as it dries it goes back to its natural color so just trust your swatches and and that's the color you're gonna get it's just it's just a little it's kind of like when you doing watercolor and things shift lighter except it's it's it seems to be more of a jarring shift here with markers I find it's probably just my inexperience for them so now I'm using a peach color and I am in the kind of next level of shading so I'm building up layers here just like you would if you were doing like a botanical watercolor like you just be using probably at number four round and or maybe even a number two round and some of like water down you know like probably alizarin crimson and lemon yellow to make that peach color you'd be building it up just like I am here in fact you probably would do it quicker with watercolor but if you're a what if you do not have markers you have no desire you don't like markers go ahead and try it with watercolor because it's building up transparent layers that's what we're doing here so you use whatever you want to use like in critique help I kind of do talked a little bit about how you do it with watercolor versus doing it with markers but the critique called club lesson is an hour and a half long it is in depth it's step by step in real time so you probably would get very sick of me listening to me by the end of it but if you had any reservations about markers I think it's a really good beginner one because it goes through a lot of different techniques and I think it's pretty helpful so while I'm putting down this color think of like that you get that kind of striation and modeling on peach skin that's what I'm doing here with this I'm gonna be layering up more reds and oranges but I'm starting with these this lighter color first because that's going to if I make a mistake it's not really gonna show so it gives me that chance to play with the technique play with flicking the color getting the my line weight right before it's really gonna show up that's where I was just looking at the front to see if I could use watercolors on this and and that render paper says you can use pretty much anything on it I really need to experiment more with other mediums to see how like watercolor does on it I can't imagine watercolor would do that great but it might do wonderfully I don't know I have to play with this paper more it's really unusual you can also see this is a good illustration of the color shift if you look at this yellow that I'm using it look it almost looks like a golden brown while it's while it's wet but as it dries you can see on the sliced peach the full half slice peach over there how it mellows out quite a bit so that's probably the biggest adjustment I think when you're using markers if you're working on marker paper is getting used to how much of a shift you have to account for so when I put this pit in I think I might have gotten a little darker prob but I didn't have a lighter brown shade to use I might have in the 120 set but I was just I had just grab the brush marker there I thought it was lighter than it than it is sometimes marker paper will look a little different than your cardstock and I did my swatches on my Mena cardstock because that's what I usually use when I'm using my markers to be honest I generally use markers for rubber stamping so I'm stamping an image and then I want to spend some time coloring it since those images tend to be small and I can do them in a reasonable amount of time and like I mentioned this small sketchbook page took me an hour and a half so it is a kind of for me anyway it's a slow medium but if something I really felt like playing with today and I have to do what I'm really inspired to do when I'm doing sketchbook Sunday so you know your your markers are going to be different on different paper so it's important to swatch it on the paper you use the most and this is just me kind of getting used to what this marker paper is versus cardstock and how it behaves now here I'm using kind of like a coral it's kind of like a coral I would say between like a coral and a cherry type of red and I am putting in that texture the I'm almost just doing like a hatching not a cross hatching but like a kind of a curved line hatching to get in the pattern that you see on the peach flush at least the peaches that I'm drawing they had a little bit of more red to them which I thought was really interesting I didn't want just like a plain peach and I it actually had looked online for reference photos because a lot I'm not the greatest photographer I mean I took a photo of this and I posted it in in critique club for critique club members and it's fine but I'm not the best photo Sagra for so I try to find a really good reference photo to share but all the other peach reference photos I was seeing were those kind of like perfectly peach colored peaches without a lot of without a lot of striation and variation and I didn't think it was very interesting and I thought it would be kind of boring to draw that so having fresh peaches at home I'm like well let me see what I've got here and I really love the colors and the variations that I was having there so using the brush tip pen and there's a little error that I made I actually went outside the lines and then I had to make the peach a little bit bigger and smooth it because it was no way that the clear blender was going to erase on this paper so that's another thing you have to be aware of the render paper and maybe other people I have left with this but I have not had any luck trying to erase with the clear blender on this paper it works on my cardstock perfectly but it doesn't mat work on this so I would have had to gone in with a white pen and try to cover it up without ghosting and you know I'm just like no I'll make the peach bigger that will work a little bit easier but you can see how this technique would also be handy if you were drawing apples or some other fruit that had that sort of patterning on it I'm also just doing some stippling which is where you tap with the bullet tip into the pen and it gives you like a little dots gives you those little dot patterns and I was seeing a lot of that in the flesh of the on the skin of the peach as well so I thought that would be nice to get that in there and I was noticing a little bit of that color in on the flesh part of the peach so I put a little bit of that in as well with the bullet tip now a lot of people are wondering okay what should I get i get brush tips like a bullet tip should i get something with a chisel you know there's different combinations different markers have like they'll of a brush and bullet or a brush and chisel or chisel and bullet and it comes down to personal preference but the the big thing I notice when I'm reaching for a particular marker is that the brush tip is going to help me blend it's going to cover a lot of area quickly and it's also going to release more ink so I need to cover a lot of area I'll leave they use a brush tip or I'll use a chisel tip because the chisel tip will also put up quite a bit of ink but not quite as much as a brush tip the brush tip just will allow you to put out a lot of ink or will also let you pull back on that if I'm using less pressure so it just gives you a little bit more of a responsive ink flow and that's why it blends easily I think that's the big difference between that and having a chisel bullet combo that said if you want to be able to really control how much ink you're putting in there having that bullet tip is really handy or sometimes I'll use a corner of the chisel tip to get that effect so you know you kind of have to figure out what tip is your most important and make sure that marker has that tip if you're a Stamper it might be the bullet tip because you want to get to those tiny details and you don't want to flood it with ink but it also might be the brush tip it's everybody is different brush tips do tend to be the most popular they're also the most expensive so you know if it's more important for you to have a larger collection of markers and you know you're on a budget getting the chisel bullet tip markers makes way more sense because you can get so much more for your money and if you take the time to learn how to blend with it and learn how to get the effects you want it's gonna be fine so especially you've got that chisel tip to cover a large area now some markers will have a bullet brush tip and those are usually ones that are aimed towards rubber stampers and those are great too and they tend to be a little bit on the pricey side so you have to work with what you're gonna actually use what's in your budget and what effects you want to get now here I'm going in with some really really pale green getting some of the very faint and green hues that I see in the peach now this is probably a little darker than I should be but it was a lighter screen that I had in the brush tips and see at that point I should have gone to my chisel tips and found my ledges absolute lightest green and done that but I guess I was lazier I just felt like I wanted to use those brush tips and that's my grab for so now I'm using this really dark almost plummy red it's called old red I think and I'm going in and adding my deepest red shades on the skin of the peach and I'm working on the half side first and then I'll go over to the other one so between the doing the my bright red and my yellow actually after doing the bright red actually went in with kind of like an orange coral color and I blended some of those colors with on the big whole peach where I thought it looked a little too stripy so you know if yours looks a little too defined like it looks just a little too patchy or a little too stripy just a little too loud just go in with a color that's in between the two colors you have and use the chisel end and blend it and that will really help unify those colors and mellow it out a little bit now something else I want to mention is that you do not have to keep a painting or drawing straight marker you can go in with other things you can go in with gel pens you can go in with color pencils you can go in with acrylic paint pens you can go over with pastel of course the slick paper isn't going to take pastel very well but you know if you just need to put a little veil of color you can totally do that and it's your sketchbook there's really no rules and your pencil is gonna stick over this really well you don't have to worry about I mean alcohol pens are not going to fade here I'm using my grace watch by me to figure out exactly what the color gray was I had on that plate because it's always darker than we think it is ladies and gentlemen usually we want to make our shadows super light but when we actually look at what we have it's a lot darker and now when in with a super pale color and I'm like oh wow this looks darker than I expected but it's just because it's wet and by the time you get to the other end of adding the shadows that first shadow I put it it almost disappears because once you get it once it dries it just goes to that color that you had on your swatch so one thing I do you like to do when I'm doing shadows especially keeping my background white is I will do the shadows in my palest either cool gray or warm gray whatever I've decided works best for this piece I'm using a cool grey here I'll do it in my lightest shade in that way if I don't like it okay it's not really that noticeable I can readjust with my darker color but if I really like it then I can just fill it in like I'm doing here now I want to see what I should have done was gone back over to that first one and started there because that shadow where I went over the wet ironically it went a little streaky and I was surprised about that because I thought it would blend more or be smoother because I'm going over wet ink but actually letting your ink dry on this paper and then going over it gives you a much better effect now I went with the cool the cool Drake's I figured it might get a little less money if I glazed over other things with it like I am here to deepen some of the shadows and I really like the it gave it kind of a little more depth and realism and it just helped it look a little more 3-dimensional I thought and this is the cool gray four in the brush tip marker and I could have gone as dark as cool gray five honestly according to my my little value chart so those swatches I have a whole video on how I made those swatches for my markers you can do it too for whatever markers you have and I explained how to group your colors up by blending family so what I do is I put all of the Pink's that blend together really well all those Coralie Pink's I put them together put an elastic band around it all the oranjee reds I put together elastic band around it my yellowy greens together with an elastic band around it for every group of colors so I know when I go to color something I just need to grab one of those color families and I'm going to have all my blending colors together so that's a great way if you have a lot of markers and you're confused about what goes with what it's a great way to just kind of make it foolproof and you can do that with various brands of markers you could use Prisma colors kopecks Pro markers everything together you can have different brands all bundled together and it's going to be fine because you're you love swatch them you'll have your little swatch card to refer to and you'll be able to see exactly what you have and it'll make you use what you have because though you know the the labeling of markers is never accurate they're always going to be a shade or two off or the color temperature is not going to be right because they're reproducing it either on paper or on plastic and sometimes your paper labels like I'll if they're like the old principle called markers they can fade and you just don't know what you have unless you make us watch yourself so here I'm going in with some golden yellow and I'm adding a little bit more to the flesh of the peaches I know I'm going to go in with some white paint pen and give it kind of a glisteny effect so I got to have it a little bit darker so those glistens will show up now since I did go over some other colors there I scribbled off on a scrap of paper in case I picked up some of those Reds with the yellow as you're saturating the paper you may actually be able to pick up some of that color with a lighter marker and I just wanted to make sure that I cleaned off my marker tip if I did that so anytime you're going over are a dark color with a light color you can just scribble it off on a scrap of paper to make sure you haven't added any color to your lighter marker and if you're going over color pencil at all obviously scribble off your marker too but now we're pretty much I think we're done our marker portion and I'm going in with some color pencil I have French gray ten which is it's actually a fairly warm grey but on top of this red it looks almost cool I'm using the edge of the pencil so I can get that peach fuzz effect and I really am liking how it just kind of makes it look hazy and fuzzy and it's just what I was going for I did that first to make sure that it would stick just fine and now I'm doing the same thing with some kind of a golden yellowish orange color just to warm it up a little bit in some of the darker areas now you do have to be careful because the colored pencils are translucent so as you're doing over certain colors it's going to mix and you could end up with some weird colors if you're not careful but I don't want to cover up all the work that I've done I just want to kind of accent it and give it a little bit more body here and there because the color pencils are semi opaque they will give a little more solidarity now solidarity solid Ness to do the illustration there and you can see how it's feeling a little bit softer fuzzy or rounder just by adding these small highlights in details with a colored pencil I like this nice deco yellow it's kind of like a creamy lemon yellow and that went really well on the flesh I'm using some I think this is lime peel green prismacolor pencil to just freshen up the Greens a little bit and going back in with a little bit of that warm yellowy orange color too to warm it up a bit now I'm using this raspberry to just kind of go into the skin in the areas where I see it's a little more purple and bring that out and I used a little magenta to actually I think I use magenta first and now I'm using that raspberry which is a little bit more darker still darker a little more transparent so it's just you know your final little details here this is Tuscan red it is a really really deep of brownish red and I'm using that in the shadows here on the stem and on the pit of the peach because I know it won't go muddy and I'm using some white to highlight the texture in the peach pit and also brighten up the flesh of the peach a little bit too because I got a little dark and I can also add some little bit of fuzzy highlights with that white as well and it just kind of gives you that now had that effect where your the light you get a peach it's kind of like backlit and it's just lighting up the hairs on the peach and it gives you that just that fuzz it really helps with that effect and any plus I needed a little sharp darkening I went in with that Tuscan Tuscan red that's what it was yeah Tuscan red and now I'm just using a white paint pen to stipple on some of the glistening like wet areas on the peach flash and that pretty much does it just to reminder the real-time version of this is available right now in critique club I'll have the details for that in the video description I'd love to have you join and I hope you enjoyed today's sketchbook Sunday until next time happy crafting

18 Replies to “Peaches in Marker and Colored Pencil // Sketchbook Sunday”

  1. Hi Lindsay, I am amazed at the naturalistic rendering of the peaches, using markers no less ?! I thought it was watercolor from the photo title page ( obviously I didn’t read it first 🤗🎏💞) It came out so nice ! Thanks for all the tips !

  2. Thanks Lindsay. Great tips! Shifts lighter. My granddaughter likes markers but freaks out seeing how dark they lay down. I used colored pencils then blended with a small brush and alcohol. Happy Sunday!😘💜

  3. I've been watching your videos since 2010, I think. Your abilities are amazing! I would love to see what else can be done with this paper. That peach looks delicious. Now I'm hungry 🙁

  4. Mesmerising build of tones Lindsay with those orangey markers – that really helps to see the tones build in the colour of the peaches to get a 3 D feel. Thanks for the tip on this non-bleed journal aswell. Alison

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