debshot asked: Hi Madeleine! May I ask, what brand of markers do you use for coloring? I like how the color overlays on your lastest posts!... Also I wanted to let you know what a big inspiration you've been to me! I've always love illustration but never had the guts to try to learn and be serious about it, I really want to learn and be good, thanks for sharing your work!! Greetings from Venezuela xxxx!!
I use Copic Markers! They can be expensive, but I have slowly been buying one every couple months or so and I’ve built up a nice collection. The neat thing about them is that they are numbered:
(photo from Copic Website) And through tutorials I learned that a really cool way to blend them is by shading in two number intervals ( e.g. if your base is Y15, use Y17 for shadows etcetc) I started off with Greyscale markers because they look neat, and add a little bit of volume to regular sketches~
Copic also has a lot of tutorial videos on their youtube channel, and you can find lots of neat tricks by searching for them either on Tumblr or Deviantart!
I like to find photographs of nature and re-draw them with markers, to learn shading and shapes and colors- it’s pretty fun!