Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Make Your Mark(er)

A few people have asked for a tutorial about how I've been doing faces with markers so I've done a short step by step in pictures.

I started with a 4 x 6" index card which I had already covered with assorted acrylic paint.

These are the supplies I used.

Step 1. Lightly draw the face.

Step 2. Use a white Sharpie paint pen to highlight a few areas (forehead, nose, cheeks, eyes, chin, throat, lip, neck). Next use 3 Permapaque markers (I used brown, orange, peach) and color a small area in the hollow of each cheek. Blend with a white Permapaque marker. You can add more color as desired. If your white marker picks up too much of the color on the nib, just scribble on a blank paper until it is clean.

Step 3. Similarly to the face, color areas of the neck with the same 3 colors using the darkest color for the most shading. Once again blend the colors with the white marker.

Step 4. Use dark blue and light blue markers for the eyes and begin shading with a charcoal pencil.

Step 5. Use the charcoal pencil to outline face, neck, lips, eyes, hairline. Do a little shading and contouring with charcoal pencil and use a cotton swab or your finger to blend.

Step 6. Finish the background. Use a black Permapaque marker on the bottom section and before it dries wipe it with a tissue. Use a white Sharpie paint pen for the top section. Put down a few drops or scribbles of paint and spread with your finger. For the midsection draw a strip of orange and then blend with the yellow marker. Outline and add details as desired with a black gel pen. Edge the entire piece with black ink (I used Stazon). Enjoy!


  1. I love this . . . thank you :)
    Talented and thoughtful . . . that's what you are.
    Keep Smiling.
    Connie :)

  2. I love seeing how the face pops out of the base colors you lay down!


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