A few weeks ago I posted a graphite drawing I had created. And today – I’ve taken that same landscape and turned it into an alcohol marker drawing! Not an excellent one due to my color challenges, but I think I can say I rocked it nonetheless…..I’ll let you weigh in on that!

Tutorial: Drawing Plants part 2: graphite vs marker

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!

What I didn’t like….and what I loved

I had mentioned I had some mixed feelings. The color choices here are fairly atrocious – not because they’re bad colors, but because there are so few greens, I had to deploy every last bit of color theory knowledge to try to make different greens! (I can’t wait til Olo’s new colors come out!)

But what I loved here – the values ROCK! A watercolor mentor of mine has said to me for years that colors don’t matter one bit if the values are spot on. You can paint an entire landscape in pink and purple and it’ll read right if the farks and lights are correct. And that’s what this drawing proved to me – and since I had done a detailed value study, I was able to really rock this marker version! 

You can do the same – try a value study first before your next drawing or painting, and see if it helps!

Story behind the class

Sometimes a piece I work on makes NO sense as a video, sometimes only as a YT tutorial, sometimes it needs to be a class. It depends on how much I have to say about it! There were overwhelming numbers of techniques and textures involved here, and I considered making it a class right away, but thought, after a couple classes have bombed, maybe I should ask first. (I end up doubting my ability to know what people might want to learn!)

In this case I did ask – and a bunch of YT commenters said they DID want a class. Now we’ll find out if that’s true, LOL! I’ll be messaging the commenters, so I hope they are ok with that. 🙂 If you’re interested, class sign up is here…..and the other classes I mentioned in this video are linked later in this post!

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Tutorial: 14 Tips to draw better plants (part 1)

The aforementioned part 1 video!

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!

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