|Pencil sketch and marker test.|
Since this was my first time doing the challenge, I had to decide on my personal completion rules. Turns out, there aren't any official rules at all, just the announcement of the three colors each month. A lot of people approach the challenge in different ways--some use NOTHING but the markers, some allow the addition of the colorless blender, some only use a couple colors, and I've even seen some people add a contrast color for effect. Here's what I decided to use as my personal rules:
- Black and white ink are allowed, as well as graphite and eraser for underdrawing.
- All three colors must be used.
- No other colors may be used.
- Colorless blender is allowed.
- Colors can be substituted as necessary.
|Lineart, on marker paper, made using a brush pen.|
Since the colors for February were pink and brown, I decided to draw chocolate-covered strawberries :3 I even found reference images that had pink-tinted white chocolate along with the dark chocolate, so it was too perfect. I decided to use marker paper, and that was for two reasons: 1) c'mon, marker challenge, marker paper! and 2) the paper is translucent which allows me to trace my sketch. I used a black brush pen for the main lines. Even though I was also allowing myself to use white ink, the sheen on the chocolate areas wasn't very strong, so I only used it on the white heart sprinkles. I tried to use my colorless blender marker, most especially to get a nice variation of tone from the single brown marker, but it totally died midway through the project! You can see the difference in the final piece: the left-most berry is so much more smooth and blended than the center and right.
You can watch the entire creation of this piece on YouTube! As I mentioned earlier, I added it to my livestreaming schedule, so my Twitch stream recorded it all in real time :D
|Copic Colors Challenge, February 2018, ink & marker|
I think, for my very first try and considering that I had to substitute one of the three colors, my February Copic Colors drawing came out nice! If my colorless blender had survived the project, I would be more happy with the brown application, but I made do with what I had. It was just an extra challenging challenge, this time!
(P.S. I bought a refill and brought my blender back to life right away, lol. Should be good to go for a long while, now!)