Draw a cute pushcart with waterbased markers

Draw a cute pushcart with waterbased markers

Last week I’d promised another cute watermelon project and while I’m sure not a lot of people were on pins and needles waiting…*I* was wanting to get to this! I could “see” the cart in my head and was awaiting the full set of Sketchmarker Aqua markers; I’d planned on having a list of suggested colors for both these and the Sketchmarker alcohol pens, but….alas! I’m still using the Animals set instead. And I still had a huge amount of fun here!

Since it’s drawing and doodling month at Art-Classes, you can expect a few drawing projects in the coming weeks! Today’s video starts with the simple components of a cart that you can mix and match to create your own design.

 

 

 

 

 

And three quick ideas on ways to combine the pieces:

Tutorial: How to draw cute pushcarts in watercolor markers

The video includes TWO examples in watercolor marker after the drawing basics….one that’s super simple, and another that’s a little more complex. You’ll learn some techniques to use with water-based markers along the way!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Watermelon cart

This simpler cart is created on Canson XL, which is much easier to blend with most brands of water-based markers. There’s not a ton of details or compartments….but isn’t it adorable? Whatever theme you decide to try, think about how  you can decorate elements with colors representing that theme. Making a wintry cart? Blue background with snowflakes! Creating a coffee cart? Use lots of yummy browns and golden colors.

Artventure Cart

Drawn on Arches Cold Press, this one had a few challenges – the paper is tougher to blend on, so thinking ahead to divide the art into sections that can be watercolored quickly is a must. But the texture and richness of the color on this paper beats the cheaper paper if you’ve got the desire to learn other ways to get around the paper’s troubles!

Prints and more

I’ve uploaded the Artventure Pushcart to Society6 in case some of you need a little cart for your studio! I wish it came with free art supplies….ha! At the time I’m writing this, I only have one link until they populate the rest of the items but hopefully by the time you look, you can scroll to the bottom of the page to find other items. 

More ideas

This kind of drawing can be created in all sorts of mediums! Traditional watercolor, alcohol markers, pencils, you name it. Just draw out your shapes and start adding the fun!

If you’re making a frameable drawing for someone for a birthday or Christmas, customize it with items THEY love. A gardener would love a cart with plants and tools. A car guy would get a thrill out of a manly cart laden with tools.  Think outside the box – let me know if you get stuck!

On social media the rest of the week I’ll have a few more carts to share, so pop over to Instagram and check them out each day!

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Sketching Yellowstone…and an awkward admission

Sketching Yellowstone…and an awkward admission

Earlier this week I compared craft and artist grade watercolor markers, and while swatching does tell you a few things, nothing convinces me whether I like a product or not like using it in “real world” art situations. Seeing how colors blend and move, layer and lift – that is so hard to test on little blops of color! So since I’m in the mode to travel virtually to national parks (because, dang gas prices are keeping me home!)…..let’s go to Yellowstone today!

Video

Watch the video below or click here to see it on YouTube.

These markers are pretty sweet; I was glad to see I could draw into the wet paper. The colors are much more nuanced than crafty pens, and can create very realistic trees and rocks.

Patreon

The first 2/3 or so of today’s video is about the sketch….please be kind about the last 1/3. I stink at asking for help and find it so embarrassing. It took me sooooo many tries to see if I could get the wording right and not sound like some kind of grifter or something. If you’re interested in becoming a patron, click here for more info. Bless you for considering it! Those who take classes are also helping a lot too – so if you’re taking those, thank you!

Travel Sketches Class

While today’s video is different than what’s in the Travel Sketches class (it’s taught with crafty markers on cellulose Canson XL so the color moves better), you can use the techniques in today’s Yellowstone sketch in class too!

ICYMI

In case you missed this week’s social media fun…links are in captions to go see the original posts.

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Travel Sketches: Redwoods National Park…and a gnome!

Travel Sketches: Redwoods National Park…and a gnome!

Today I’m joining my friend Taniesa over at Trinity Stamps to celebrate her company’s 4th anniversary! She’s one of my patrons, but honestly I’d have celebrated her milestone anyway because WHO DOESN’T LOVE GNOMES? Heehee!!

I’m additionally sharing a little more info at the end of today’s video about the class I spoke of in yesterday’s comparison of crafty vs artist grade watercolor markers…..and since that class is all about national parks, I gave this cute viking gnome a park to go for a walk in. With any luck he won’t chop down any ancient redwood trees with that axe!?!?

Video

Watch the video below or click here to see it on YouTube.

The markers are Sketchmarker Aqua pens, and they’re my new favorite crafty watercolor marker. They have really nice nibs that feel Copic-like. They have some of the same challenges as other crafty brands (like a few have color shifts when they hit water), but if you learn to use their properties rather than fight them, the shifts can be super cool.

When coloring “around” a stamped image, if the colors of the background are lighter than foreground, you could just splishsplash all the lighter background then cover it with the foreground colors. But with this gnome I wanted some light horns and metal, so I had to deal with coloring around him. I never worry about it being perfect – and I hope that frees you to do the same. Art is expression, and totally loses expressiveness when we try to make everything exactly perfect!

Yesterday’s comparison of crafty vs artist grade watercolor markers is here. And on Friday I’ll be using the other set for a travel sketch – I’m thinking Yellowstone maybe, since I used to live near there on the Montana side of the park – and you’ll see a real-life comparison of these two sets. If you prefer blog notifications rather than YT ones, you can subscribe to my blog here.

New water-based marker class

Here’s the fun Travel Sketches class with 5 national parks! I’m just sayin’….you’ll have a blast. And after the folks taking the Wash and Ink class and rocking it (with students saying “I can’t believe it looks like a mountain!” and surprising themselves that they CAN do it!), I’m really looking forward to seeing the student work in this class too!

Bonus!

I was also sent the cute Whale Done set – and of course had to add it to my post! And since I’m busy on National Parks this week, I did find ONE park that’s 95% underwater: Biscayne National Park in Florida! I do realize this whale wouldn’t fit in it since it’s 12 feet of water, but ya know, an artist’s gotta do what an artist’s gotta do! PS I’ve created a short video for this that’s an Artventure App exclusive – once the app stores update (today? tomorrow? who knows….) then it’ll be in the watercolor lesson of the $3 Tiny Tutorials class.

Bloghop

Hop along with Trinity by starting on their blog here!

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Craft vs Artist Grade Watercolor Markers (ft Sketchmarker Aqua, Albrecht Dürer)

Craft vs Artist Grade Watercolor Markers (ft Sketchmarker Aqua, Albrecht Dürer)

I’ve wondered for a long time what the differences would be between crafty and fine-art grade markers; I used to have three of a different brand (Winsor and Newton) but couldn’t find them to take part in this test. (Plus I hadn’t tested with them since it was only three colors; I get a better sense of the whole with a larger selection of colors.)

But….since Sketchmarker sent me (THANK YOU!) this “Animals” set of their Aqua pens, I finally set aside a little of my art supply budget for the Albrecht Dürer markers by Faber Castell too. I figured that would give me a solid test….so here we go!

NOTE: I’ll have two more posts coming with more “real world” tests – tomorrow using the Sketchmarkers (blog hop, whee!) and Albrecht Dürer on Friday.

Video

Watch the lonnnng video below or click here to see it on YouTube……or just scroll through the pics and notes below, and I’ll give you my topline assessments of test results!

New class

Before we get to all the charts – the Travel Sketches class mentioned is taught at level 3, and uses crafty markers. You can use any brand you have, but I teach with the Sketchmarker Aqua.

Sketchmarker Aqua

Spoiler Alert: This is my new favorite crafty watercolor marker! I really like how the nib feels – it’s like a Copic. They water out nicely on the Canson XL, and they work great with stamped watercolor. I haven’t had time for lightfast testing – but no crafty marker is going to be very lightfast if at all. But my crafty projects don’t have to last so I’m ok with that.

Sketchmarker Aqua pens have a brush nib and bullet nib. They have a little nib drawn on the body so you know which end is which, but I think I’ll use washi tape to mark them; it’ll be a bit faster. Their line currently has 72 colors in it, this is half of them shown below; they come in different size sets, and per-pen price currently (summer ’22) is $2.50-2.75 depending on set size. Some of the colors water out to a different color – but I’m used to that with other crafty brands too; it’s a matter of swatching them so you know what’ll happen to them, and using those properties to your advantage! Stay tuned this week on social media and I’ll play with some of the colorshifting pens to draw some animals for ya.

This rhino was one of my early sketches with these – look at the colors! Kinda crazy but it worked well.

Albrecht Dürer by Faber-Castell

Faber-Castell is a fine art manufacturer I’m quite familiar with – Polychromos, Albrecht Dürer Watercolor Pencils, etc. Their color numbers/names in this marker set are the same as their equivalents in their other lines – I love that for consistency! Using these with watercolor pencil would be nice. There’s just this set of 30 as far as I can tell, and it came out in 2020. Their brush nib is a little fatter than the Sketchmarker ones, and the bullet nib too, though the bulllet can be drawn with light pressure to get a thinner line. These water out best on both tested papers; not a surprise since the msrp per pen is over $6! But when buying this set of 30, the price per pen is $3.33, which is not that much higher than the $2.50 -$3.00 of most midgrade crafty pens. (I’ve not taken any of the super cheap brands – I tried two that shall remain nameless, and I’ll just say if you’re not satisfied with those results, try the Sketchmarkers and you’ll see why a little more expensive pen makes an outsized difference.)

The color set here is quite nice – very much what I’d have selected, myself, I think! I did swatch them on Arches, and left the paper overnight – next day when I tried adding the water, the color didn’t move like I had hoped it would. So if using these on good paper, do it in a sitting so any water gets applied before everything gets fully dry. On Friday I’ll use these for a sketch that I think you’ll find interesting, it worked out super well on Arches – so be sure to subscribe so you hear when that’s published!

Testing

I tested four brands on Arches first even though I knew the Tombow and Zigs would have some of their color stick to the paper and leave a shadow. But since I had hopes for the Albrecht Dürer, I thought it’d be worth testing this first. Let’s just say I am finding I know my papers and pens fairly well nowadays so things performed as I expected: middling results with crafty pens, much better with fine art pens.

Then testing on the cellulose-based paper (ie not cotton) Canson XL – which is what I highly recommend for watercolor markers. I haven’t found any crafty pens that don’t perform better on this paper! The edges aren’t as delicate as on cotton paper – but usually for crafty projects that’s not a dealbreaker.

The Sketchmarker nibs feel much like a Copic nib; I think that it’s felt, as is Tombow, but it just has a different feel to it and colors much nicer as you saw in the video.

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Zig Clean Color Real Brush: advanced (realistic drawing of grapes)

Zig Clean Color Real Brush: advanced (realistic drawing of grapes)

I don’t know if you’re like me but….I’ve always wished that Clean Color markers had some more muted, desaturated hues. They’re all SO bright, and when everything is bright it’s hard to do anything that’s realistic! But Kuretake fixed that. They might have heard me grumble about that in my head (ha!) because they reached out to send me this set – and yeah baby! Muted colors!

Video

Watch the video below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.

Grapes seemed a natural first take on the colors included since there are so many awesome purples and blues in this set – even muted taupes, too!

A clearer look at it. This was drawn on Arches Hot Press, by the way – not as fluid a movement as you get on Canson XL, but it contributes to the realism because of the cotton surface.

ICYMI

In case you missed it…this is all the zig fun I had on social media all week! You can click on any to go see the post, I think, even if you don’t have accounts on those sites.

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Zig Clean Color Real Brush: beginner (+ new manga fox printable)

Zig Clean Color Real Brush: beginner (+ new manga fox printable)

Wanting to get started with Zig Clean Color markers? Hopefully this tutorial will help – and the new ‘starter’ set with the pouch is pretty awesome to get you set on your journey! Big thanks to Kuretake for sending along two sets – one I’ll use today, and one later this week!

Quick note: I finally updated my FAQ page on this site – the last update was 2015?!?! Can you believe that page said that watercolor was too hard!?!? If you can think of other questions I should answer on that page, please do let me know. Thanks!

On the day I painted my swatches of this set, we had a burst of sunshine streaming in the studio window! It didn’t make for lovely photos but sure did make my heart happy!

Video

In this video I’ll give you a bunch of blending tips with these markers. Some might work for other brands but the Clean Color markers are a lot easier to get great transitions! Watch the video below or click here to view on YouTube.

I tried to figure out what to color with this set – just looking at the color selection I did notice there were fox colors (including my favorite yellow!) so created a fox drawing with big Manga eyes…keep scrolling to find out how you can color him too! If you print him on a printer that bleeds like mine, though, be gentle; use little water if any, and watch light colors that are near printed lines so you avoid too much bleeding.

This starter set sent to me by Kuretake is pretty cool – I just love the little pouch!

The colors aren’t new ones in this set – but 052? THANK YOU for including the very best yellow!

I debated whether to do just the fox or add a background, and realized this guy needed a simple idea behind him. I thought about the Storybook classes, and that’s where this idea came from!

That cute fox printable

I decided to make this one you could download to use – so I’ve added it to a slowly-growing category of printable drawings to color! The fox set comes with just the little guy himself, as well as with the oval background – and you can resize it down to whatever you want to make a card.

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