This video shows my process for making an illustration. I use prismacolor illustration markers for the first layer and color pencils (prisma once again) and a wax blending stick for the second layer. I make my illustrations in two steps. Step 1- I observe my reference drawings or photos and try to see what lies beneath. There is no way to blend markers in the same way that one can blend paint (ironically even with a marker blender) so I lie down the base tones with markers (the first layer). Step 2- Is created with color pencils. Color pencils are mixable / blendable and I mix the color pencils directly above my marker drawing. I use the wax stick to finish the surface and tie everything together. - Merrill Kazanjian 0:13 Take a second to observe the colors lying beneath the surface. 1.)Yellow/green/orange at the top 2.) Orange top/middle 3.) Brownish purple in the shadow on the left. 4.) Strong red on the right side. Everywhere else (but the red) is lower in chroma (intensity of color) 0:20- I start my drawing with the yellowed orange marker from prismacolor. I try to match the undertone. 0:38 I use marker color Apple Green at the top of the apple 0:48 I use the color Mahogany Red to add the general shape and color of the shadows 1:02 I use the marker Poppy Red to create the high chroma red on the area next to the highlight. 1:20 Now I use Tuscan Red to adjust the shadow. This color is a bot deeper than Mahogany Red. 1:28 I add the color Lemon Yellow (for the stem) 1:38 I use the Colored Pencil: French Grey 30% to drop the intensity of the color for the highlight. Highlights are NOT intense in color. 1:45 I use the colored pencil Goldenrod to get the yellow values towards the top of the apple. 2:15 I use the colored pencil White to create the bright highlight. 2:25 I use the color pencil Carmine Red to get the beautiful bright "fire engine red" hue on the side of the apple. 2:37 I alternated between the colors Canary Yellow and White to define the top of the apple. 2:54 Tuscan Red is one of the most important colors that you could get in your palette. It is strong (intense), dark in tone and purplish brown in hue. It is great for portraits as well! 3:06 I am using the colored pencil Carmine Red again. I am using it to start my blending so that my drawing does not look segmented. 3:10 I am using the Tuscan Red again and for the same reason as the previous color. I am trying to blend and make smooth color transitions. 3:20 For the first time in this illustration drawing, I am using the color Olive Green to do the shadow of the stem. 3:26 The colored pencil Magenta is a purplish red which makes a great bridge between the Tuscan Red and the Carmine Red. 3:31 Now, I am using the color Black Cherry which is a bit darker than the Tuscan Red. This color will help me define the edges a bit more. 3:42 The Prismacolor Art Stix Colorless Wax Blender is a very handy tool to finish an illustration. All it is, is the wax (the binder) for the colored pencils without the color. It is an incredible tool for colored pencil artists. Notice that I blend in the opposite direction as my cross hatching. 4:13 I use a variety of color pencils such as Black, White, Goldenrod, Carmine Red and Olive Green to finish my drawing.
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