Markers - I rarely use markers, mainly because they take a fair bit of time to get used to. However, for this illustration of the Northern Pike, I felt a grey scale marker illustration would be best. The objective was to focus on the use of the marker to produce a variety of textures. I have yet to put the final touches on the work, but above is the process at least up to where I'm at.
I used four markers only - keep it simple, don't confuse yourself with too many, and keep the marker brand consistent. Consistency is the key with marker use. Practice before hand, know how you are going to use each layer, and how you are going to use each marker to build up layers before moving onto the next/darker marker. I used TRIA NG04, NG06, NG08 and NG10... these have a slightly warmer look than the COPIC markers I have (the CG - cool grey - series)...
Marker paper is specific to the medium, bank layout it what I've used, but I'm sure there must be a better quality paper out there, specifically for markers.
I did this exercise over a couple of nights, to allow the pooled marker ink to dry before going over it - when I wanted blending, I worked in one sitting and just allowed the wet inks to mix. I worked slowly and practiced each step on a second piece of bank paper before moving on. With markers, the lighter you manage to keep the inks, the better it looks, so I worked patiently and slowly.
My initial work was in pencil, and then I used the lightest marker NG10 to fix the pencil. This allowed additional texture to surface as a semi transparent layer. At the end I used the NG4 to go over the outline of the bark and the fish. Using the NG4, allows the black to be part of the work, and not stand out because of it being too black or variation of line because of the nib difference standing out from the rest of the illustration.
The markers need you to work with more thought - unlike digital media or even the drawing and painting, the undo or 'fix up' is even less likely to improve on the area you've made a mistake in.
Over all, I think I'll do a few more fish and then try another form for texture making.
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