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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Prismacolor Markers Sketches

I'm finally getting around to trying the Prismacolor Markers that I was given to experiment with. I did some sketches for the last Scavenger Hunt #167 but never got them posted to the Hunt. I haven't been doing much of anything as you well know. Sometimes you just take time off for no good reason.

The sketches were done on watercolor paper, freehand, with no drawing before with a pencil.

In the Scavenger Hunts, the items are left to the artists interpretations which makes it interesting to see what we pick to illustrate for the list. Number 4, metal - I chose an old razor blade cutter/scraper that my brother, Powder, had in his antique store. It is great for sharpening pencils and closes for safety by loosening the wing nut. Number 5, plastic - my cell phone.

Number 6, light - a little mylar balloon that was with my Valentine's bear.

Number 7, animal - a stuffed toy dog from my collection. The sketches are to be from life and the only animals around here might be deer or raccoons so I have to go with toy animals.

The Prismacolor Fine Line Markers are very similar in the way they work to other sketching pens that I use. They flow smoothly and I can vary the line a little with pressure changes. You can't use too much pressure on the fine line pens or you will damage the points. These seem similar to the Micron and Zig pens I use.

The Prismacolor Brush Tip Markers work well. The color flows evenly and does not bleed on this paper. I like that. I do not use illustration style often in my sketches, but I can see that these markers would work very well.

When I used the markers on the thin pages of a Moleskine sketchbook, they show through the paper so I had to do sketches on one side of the page only. You can see it here in these back to back sketches where I used a very light touch with the pens.

The Prismacolor Chisel markers are nice. They do not bleed and make very even lines. Both the flat side and the chiseled edges work equally well on the watercolor paper.

I will continue to sketch with them and see how they feel after a few weeks of steady use. The first tries were very satisfactory.


Joanna said...

I could *not* figure out what a razor cutter was! Heh. Got it now, though. Pretty cool. I don't recall ever seeing that before.

Jo Castillo said...

Hi Joanna, I guess it is a razor scraper/cutter! I keep it in my sketching stuff to sharpen pencils. Thanks.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Jo: The dog and the flowers came out pretty neat, nice work.

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