Olga Reutova - artist, sketcher

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We can always talk about the advantages of alcohol-based Sketchmarker markers, but perhaps the main thing is still the the possibility of layering and creating a perfect smooth transition of colors.

Despite the fact that basis of markers of different brands is the same, alcohol is a little different, and some markers behave very categorically in relation to others, forming whitish spots and streaks that spoil the work itself.

Fortunately, there are no such problems with Sketchmarker markers. This means that there is every chance to achieve a harmonious flow of colors that is a gradient.

Before you start the process, we suggest you to prepare desktop and know the subtleties of the most important tool – the marker.

Anyone who has already worked with markers (or at least held it in their hands) knows that they have 2 nibs, one of which is usually "a chisel", and the second one depends on its model. A more budget option is with "a fine nib", more expensive is with "a brush nib", it is also one of the most popular among sketchers, due to its plasticity.

What is the difference? If the sketch requires detailing and working out small elements, then the "fine" or "brush" nib is perfect, if you need a smooth fill, then the "chisel" tip is suitable.

Don't forget to put a color pallet next to you that is designed on the same paper as the one you plan to draw on. This is important, because markers behave completely differently on different paper.

Everything is ready! We can start!

But first, we will give you some useful recommendations that will help you create the perfect gradient:

  • Test in advance how all the pigments are mixed outside of the drawing on the draft.
  • Don't forget that the colors become lighter when they dry.
  • Determine the colors with a small step in tone. Сolor pallet lying beside you and numbering of markers will help you do this.
  • If you don't yet have a rich dark colors that you need, then just wait until the previous layer dries and tint it again.
  • We recommend you immediately stop trying to darken the marker until it dries. Otherwise, the whole picture runs the risk of spreading.
  • In order for the fill to be smooth and even, try not to tear the marker off the paper.

The main thing is you shouldn't be afraid to make mistakes, bringing the sketch to perfection. After all, only by honing the technique for a long time can you get an amazing result.

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