When I browsed my gallery, comparing my artworks a year ago to the present ones, I realized that most of my recent sketches are usually monochrome compared to the colourful artworks I drew a year ago.
It may have to do with my tools (eg. Black Copic Pens vs Photoshop with colours), along with my drawing experience (Ever since the kung fu illustration job, I felt more comfortable drawing monochrome than with colours). Seeing that, I decide to remedy that by using coloured copic markers. My first test comes in a sketch of TFA Optimus Prime, where I drew the basic outline with a brush pen and the colours with the marker next. It looks pretty good, and also relaxing, since compared to the previous, tighter ones, the coloured copic markers allows looser brush strokes and style.
Seeing this, I decide to draw another TFA Shockwave sketch based on some doodle concept sketches earlier. This time, I add red as part of the palettes aside from black and white, since I want to emphasise Shockwave’s single red optic.
The basic sketch is drawn with typical methods used in previous, tighter sketches: 3 copic pens of 0.05mm, 0.1mm and 0.5 mm size. Then after the sketch, a red copic marker is used for the red parts, while the black copic marker is used for the background. Learning from some artists inking the artworks, I left a white border around Shockwave, so he won’t end up being nuddled with the dark background.
Of course, the artwork is quite flawed. Some parts are messy, while the clean, bight artworks may not mesh well with the dark background. Also the red part cannot show a glowing effect.
Still, it’s not bad, and I would experiment on more coloured copic markers anytime soon.