This facial study was created with paint, markers, pen, ink, watercolor, and wite-out to achieve an energetically layered piece of art.

Paint, Marker, Pen, Watercolor Facial Study

Here is a detail of the character’s face. The layers, shapes and colors are more evident, and the close up increases the intensity of the drawing / painting.

Paint, Marker, Pen, Watercolor Facial Study Detail

This facial study went through a variety of phases and over paintings. It started full of thin lines, muted colors and washes, and a lot of white highlights and splashes. After deciding it could be worked further, I reworked the painting with more color, more washes, and added thicker lines with markers and paint pens. At one point I was completely lost in thought, working and reworking every area all at once, whipping my hand around the page. Eventually after enough color and medium changes, I settled on the face staring back at me, and now you.

Paint, Marker, Pen, Watercolor Facial Study

8 thoughts on “Paint, Marker, Pen, Watercolor Facial Study

  • November 20, 2008 at 10:08 am

    what kind of markers do you use..primcolor?

  • November 20, 2008 at 10:47 am

    Hi julia,
    I use a few varieties, but mostly Crayola® and Sharpie® for color, and Prismacolor® for grey and occasionally for color.

  • November 21, 2008 at 12:32 am

    nice concept

  • November 21, 2008 at 1:19 am

    Thanks raju. 🙂

  • January 17, 2009 at 9:49 am

    how do you use a marker in water color paintings the student I am helping is using all the different water color techniques like toothpick, white crayon, salt etc. But I need to know how to do the marker technique.

  • January 18, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Hi Kelli,
    I’m not aware of specific marker and watercolor techniques, so I’d recommend searching on for more resources.

  • February 20, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    Hi Kellie
    I recently discovered (by accident) an interesting technique with watercolor paper and marker. I was working on an illustration for someone who wanted watercolor application. I had a variety of watercolor pencils but the range of color wasn’t there. I took a chance and applied a marker directly on the watercolor paper and then applied my brush that was dipped in water with most of the water removed. I was surprised that by the results. I allowed that area to dry and reapplied color and again brushed. Tell your student it is definately worth a try. Another great technique is hard pastel on top of water color. Hope this helps.

  • February 22, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Thanks for sharing your drawing and painting techniques carolyn! 🙂

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