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Marker Rendering with Plants

GeraniumsThis year I am challenging myself to learn marker rendering technique. Here are two of my latest color images that were done with markers.   One of the steps I take when using a new medium is to create a successful contour line drawing with a subject that I know well.  I am comfortable and familiar with drawing flowers and plants.  I enjoy challenging myself to draw their unique leaf and flower shapes giving each plant drawing a distinct flavor.

Daisy 2

Another step I take when learning about new color medium, is to limit the colors that I use in one image.  It takes practice to become familiar with how each color will look on the page.  Before starting to add color to the image,  I will select 8 to 10 markers and only use these.  Otherwise I will be tempted to pick up many different markers while I am rendering and creating a big color mess. In these two renderings the markers I used were 3 different values of greens, a red, a purple, a yellow, a warm grey #3 and a blue. Stay tuned for more color marker rendering images and video clip demonstrations!  See ya!


  1. Brenda says:

    Picking our your markers before hand always helped me make a successful picture. I am still learning how well each color does look together. I am hoping later when I am looking at more colors I am able to come up with my own creative look.

  2. Jessica Nolan - IND 1606 says:

    I’ve never used markers because they feel permanent and don’t allow room for mistakes. That’s smart to only use a selected amount of colors when marker rendering a drawing. If not, I would be tempted to use every marker I owned. I would love to see a video of this process step by step. Would you be willing to post one?

    Jessica Nolan

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