Leaving the comfort zone…

This is the first time I’ve used markers. I feel so comfortable drawing with pens and pencils that I have neglected so many other media. Disgraceful, I know!

Thankfully, I’ve been watching lately some of my favourite artists doing their craft on Youtube and Facebook – who needs a TV huh! Anyway, watching them have motivated me to start trying different techniques. I keep saying to myself things like: “that was clever, I should try that” or “oh, so this is how that was done!”

I bought a bunch of Copic markers, inks, acrylics and a Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper pad. As it happens I was finishing reading a short story by James Fadeley and believe it or not, Marissa, the protagonist of the story, almost drew herself on the pad…

Marissa_sketch

The short story is called “Favours The Prepared” and it is part of a book called Fox Pockets Vol 3 Guardians by Fox Spirits. There are other authors I like in that book such as Jonathan Ward and Alec McQuay. I bought the kindle on Amazon.

I wanted to keep the drawing very simple, this was an exercise after all, so I opted for a comic book style. After I finished it I took the artwork into the computer and started to play with lights and shadows and added some textures I keep recycling 😛

Marissa_WIP

 

All in all I quite enjoyed the experience of exploring techniques and I’m planning to keep playing some more with my new toys. I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Marissa_new_webB

-Forjador.

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Forjador

Manuel Mesones is a Peruvian graphic designer and illustrator. Running away from the sun, he moved to Yorkshire, England, over a decade ago. His weapon of choice is a ballpoint pen but he is also very keen on digital illustration.

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