Rendering Plant Symbols in Marker
I'm now three weeks into an incredibly busy semester and exploring ways to teach my students marker rendering techniques. I remember being a little scared as a student when I had to render a plan with those bright, non-forgiving, permanent markers. Over the years I've developed a simple way to use markers...more as a wash to my ink drawings, rather than layering color upon color of marker (as those amazing marker artists do). Once I figured out what worked best for me the process was more relaxing and much more fun.
Today I limit my color choices, reapply the same colors for shadows, keep strokes at the same angle (or you can use a circular motion, which I'll show in a future post), then top it off with details using my trusty felt-tip pen. I've made a video so you can see how I build these layers one after the other.
Someone amazing asked if they could see how I set up my videos so I took some photos to show you below. I use a Nikon camera for the video and prop it up on wood slats between two chairs (not beautiful, but it works!). I like to use natural light, so attempt to have that across from me so I don't cast shadows (though you'll see in the video that I missed other shadows being cast as my kids walked through the dining room...ugh!). I then use Adobe Premiere to edit the final footage.
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