Coloring with Markers – Part 1

Hello everyone! Will Terrell here. Today I’m going to be giving some tips on how to color with markers This is part 1 and I hope you find it
helpful Tip # 1 – paper type A lot of times when artists ask me what
type of marker I use or what color marker I use when coloring figures or cartoons… uh… the reason they’re asking
is because the color they’re using doesn’t look like the color I’m using the reason for that often has more to do
with the type of paper you’re drawing on than the type marker so I’m going to demonstrate on several different types of paper this first type is marker paper which is
a smooth slick kind paper that the markers tend to go
on smoother and dry lighter This next type of paper
is white bond paper it’s your typical typing paper
you would find in most printers or copiers I think the pigment the markers most
accurate on that paper this next type the paper is Moleskine… uh..
its a Moleskine sketchbook page and it doesn’t hold markers… especially
Prismacolor or Copic Markers very well but it has an interesting texture so I wanted to include in there. the last paper type I want to
demonstrate is on midtone sketchbook paper which is a type a paper that most of my
videos are drawn using and you can see as the color goes
down that all of the colors are completely different on these
different paper stocks. So a lot of the frustration I hear from beginning artists when they first start using different types of markers this is what’s coming from these
are all drawn with the same deco peach marker its a prismacolor marker
but on some paper stocks its really light and others it’s really bright. So thats something to keep in mind when you’re first starting out I’d say the number one mistake that most artists make when they first start using brush markers is that they move too
quickly when they’re making brush strokes that makes the colors look patchy or
streaky when you’re laying down the color and that has the effect that it doesn’t
allow the pigment from a marker to soak into the page but that streaky appearance makes your
drawings look unprofessional it’s a dead giveaway that you’re not
comfortable using markers yet laying down your strokes too quickly also
means that you’re losing a certain amount of control you’re not getting clean edges you’re not
getting good coverage so slowing down will help with improving that So go slow… be methodical think about your strokes
before you lay them down and be patient just let the pigments
soak into the page to me coloring is sort of the opposite of
sketching with sketching i keep it loose and keep
it fast but with coloring it’s all about being patient and just
letting the colors do what they’re meant to do Tip # 3 – colors dry lighter you can already see that the top row
boxes is already dried and appears lighter than the bottom row
of boxes even though it was colored with the same exact marker. So be aware of this
when you’re laying down markers that some colors will appear way too bright but they will dry lighter. Tip # 5 – work wet on wet. once colors have dried they act a little bit funny when you try and add another color
to them. In this case I’m using a blush pink to go over the deco peach that we’ve
already laid down this is important to remember that when you’re wanting to add another color
you’ll need to add it while the previous color is still wet the
terminology for it is that the previous color is still activated. so the challenge is to find
the right balance of… working quickly enough that your marker
stay activated while going slowly enough so that you get
good coverage with your marker this will just take time and experience
to get used to Tip # 6 – Leave highlights the only thing that markers aren’t good at is adding whiteso if I know there’s going to be a
highlight on a page or on a character or on a face or an object I try and leave that white
space by not adding color that way I don’t have
to go back and add the white later on it’s essentially the absence of color
this is difficult to do if you’re just getting used to the
markers but it’s a good goal to work towards once you get to where you can master the
technique you can give your drawings much more
professional look to them A lot of artists will actually build up
their colors um… for example using set of gray tone
markers whether it’s French grays, cool grays or warm grays they
usually come in sets of 10 and each one represents a 10th of a degree up in color pigment so you can start off with the lightest gray
…the 10 percent and you slowly build up from lightest to
darkest until you’ve got a full spectrum of color but for the purposes of this video I
wanted to demonstrate with just as few tools as possible and I
try to do that general with my drawings i try and limit
how many colors I use so I’m not all over the place and I let the
colors complement each other often using just the pink uh… deco
peach or blush pink and a light blue to get skin times out of them and when I work on a midtone sketchbook
paper like this one I’m drawing on here the Midtown acts almost as a skin tone
already which saves me a lot at work in the long runonce a color has been laid down and you’ve gone over it with a separate color you
can keep reactivating by adding pigment but it doesn’t work on
on all paper types this Moleskine paper for instance I find
you can only add one or two colors before it becomes too saturated whereas this marker paper I find you can
work it almost indefinitely ok it’s so that’s it for this video this is
part 1 I really hope that you found these tips helpful
and informative and you’ll be able to apply them to your
own drawings let me know if you found it helpful and
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keep smiling!


  1. Nikki February 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    Can you blend these? Kind of like paint?

  2. Mary Wilbur February 17, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Helpful. Thanks.

  3. Dakota Adkins March 8, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Will they bleed through on the sketchbook paper

  4. ExtremeAlias March 16, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    I know this was a few years ago.. but what happened to tips 4 and 5? We went from 3 to 6 lolol <3

  5. carrot juice August 5, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    i use sepia, peach,light peach,deco pink,and raw amber when coloring skin tones

  6. Amy Samin August 25, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Markers have always been my least favorite coloring medium… I will try your tips and see if they help me. You've definitely given me something to think about. Thanks!

  7. Nancy Fowle September 27, 2017 at 11:18 am

    im learning how to proberly how to color my art work, this helps alot. because I cant get copic makers i go to prismacolor makers.

  8. What are the Thompsons up to October 2, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Hey do u know if i can use prisma on top of something painted in craft acrylic paint.? Thx

  9. my bad November 28, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Can we use cold press or hot press if that's available?

  10. chanel113 December 16, 2017 at 6:23 am

    What orher paper or cardstock will make the color go on lighter?

  11. Midna Naito February 22, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    My aunt gave me a coloring book, and I was looking for some easy-to-follow tips for coloring with markers. This helped! Enjoyed the video.

  12. Double A Ron February 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Is prismacolor markers your main markers?

  13. Danette Nell March 1, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Hi! where ca I find part two?

  14. boneless water March 26, 2018 at 4:07 am

    cahpic markers

  15. Grainger_express April 12, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Thank u most helpful. My second day on markers n was about to chuck it in lol

  16. Hero Beatbox April 17, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    these markers look worse on marker paper then regular paper xD

  17. CoconutBlue Creations May 5, 2018 at 11:46 pm

    Great tutorial – thanks!

  18. • WingDingo • June 7, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    There are very many ways

  19. elisa July 10, 2018 at 11:25 am

    I first thought his name was Will Ferrell

  20. Robyn Holliday November 7, 2018 at 11:36 am

    Yes ty

  21. mo mo January 16, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    this is great tips for me to begin with playing markers.
    few colors,but already great effect of shading.
    nice job! thz for sharing!

  22. William March 29, 2019 at 1:07 am

    Markers are just impossibly complicated. It's like you need to rush like crazy AND slow down and do everything perfect, ZERO room for mistake correction, the colors are kind of limited to one shade and can't vary intensity much, and there's just soo much you need to learn about blending and layering

  23. Airshark The Chosen June 12, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Thank you! This helps alot!

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