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Illustration Practice

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  • About a week ago, I decided that I wanted to push myself as an artist. So much of my time is spent working on design, development, or writing, and I wanted to stretch myself and give myself a new artistic outlet through illustrations. In pulling out art supplies I hadn't used in some time, I decided I wanted to start using brush-tip markers for lettering and illustration.
  • This is my friend, Jes. I used a micron for finer details, a 40% cool grey Prismacolor Premier Brush | Fine marker, and a black Prismacolor brush-tip illustration marker on tracing paper. Photo reference credit goes to Justin Bean.
  • This is my friend, Lindsey, on her wedding day. I used a micron for finer details, a 40% cool grey Prismacolor Premier Brush | Fine marker, and a black Prismacolor brush-tip illustration marker on tracing paper. Photo reference credit goes to Sanderson Images.
  • This is my Twitter friend, Emily. She saw my portraits of Jes and Lindsey and wondered if I'd consider her for practice as well. I used a micron for finer details, a 40% cool grey Prismacolor Premier Brush | Fine marker, and a black Prismacolor brush-tip illustration marker on tracing paper. Photo reference credit goes to Stephanie Garvey Photography.
  • I decided that I wanted to move from sketches and tracings to a more artistic illustration approach with my friend Alyssa. I used Prismacolor Premier Brush | Fine markers for the entirety of the piece (30%, 40%, and 60% cool greys along with black), on marker paper. 
  • This is Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey fame. I came across a new problem when I began to draw her - she is very pale-skinned, and a 30% cool grey was too dark for her skin. To solve this problem, I used a piece of glass as a palette and mixed 30% cool grey with my blending marker to achieve lighter skin tones.
  • This is Gina Torres of Firefly fame.
  • This is Bille Piper of Doctor Who fame.