There are several different types of marking pens and marking techniques, but for those new to coloring, I will start by discussing how to shade with markers. Markers come in all shapes and sizes and can be used for almost any type of art.
If you are new to coloring or working with acrylics, I would suggest that you go to a local supply store to get your first set. They have everything you need to learn the basics of shading. They also carry a lot of more expensive specialty marker brands.
Getting your first marker is one of the best things you can do if you want to start a full-time career in coloring.
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If you decide to go the route of markers, you will need some type of base layer. These are used to give your colors a base so that you can build up your colors on top of it. Usually, these products are clear, but depending on your preferences, you may also find ones with different colored bases. You can usually get them in a variety of colors, but if you are new to coloring, I would recommend purchasing a solid base layer, as it makes it much easier to mix your colors with markers and crayons.
Artists have been using basic colored pencils and markers to create amazing paintings and portraits for years. Using basic black and white markers, artists can create amazing detail that can’t be accomplished using paint.
Blending – all the types and techniques
Blending is a technique that can be done with markers and/or pencils, but it takes some practice to get right. Essentially, you are going to want to create an image or design in the middle of your page, and then blend or subtract the objects of that design until you achieve the shade or color you desire.
Blending is often best done with a darker color such as black, and sometimes with an opaque color such as white. The rule of thumb is that if you do not need more color on the page, it is best to keep the blending to a minimum.
One of the most popular ways how to Shade with Markers is called the “line blend”. Basically, you use two contrasting colors (usually light and dark) and then blend the two colors. The best way to do this is to place the darkest color into the very center of the page, and the lightest color to the left.
Blending can be done by using wide strokes or smooth continuous strokes. If you are doing some extensive coloring, it may be best to obtain a combination of both techniques. Blending using wide strokes is often done with either clear or colored acrylic markers.
Blending is often done when artists want to create a subtle, refined look. If you have already completed other works of art using acrylics, you might consider blending with either watercolors or oil paints. This allows you to experiment with the different shades of the colors. It also allows you to make some changes in color without having to complete a new work of art. Watercolors and oil paints also offer many other options besides pure color, including shading and highlights.
Blending with acrylic markers is much easier than shading using pencils. You do not have to worry about making precise straight strokes. Plus, using the smaller tips of these markers, you can create fine detail that cannot be accomplished by using standard pencils. There are 10 different techniques for shading, but there are only two markers that can be used for blending. If you are not sure which technique you wish to use, experiment with a combination of pencils and markers until you find what works best for you.