Monday, 20 October 2014

Using Spectrum Noir Markers


My first attempts made with Spectrum Noir (SN) and Docrafts artiste (DA) markers. These Felt pens are designed for card makers and come in sets of six for the SN at around £7.00p. per set and twelve for the DA markers which are around the same price. this is a considerable saving when comparing them to illustrators pens. Both have a wide range of colours with sets that graduate from light to dark tonal differences.

 The SN pens have a fine and chisel nib at either end. 

The two pictures here use 'Cool grey' and 'Brown grey'. NA sets and they blend wonderfully, if you buy the new sets which are hexagonal in profile you(The older pens are square in profile) You can exchange the chisel nib for a brush nib.

They are also refillable with the spirit based inks.

I also purchased the essentials set which has a blender pen which is very useful for making smooth gradations.

Early to mid 15th century harness 
To see another mid 15th century harness click here 

To help the image I used a white pencil to add highlights. This is quite a good technique used by car designers and was especially good for highlighting the edges of armour plates. I also used a fine liner from the Docrafts pens to help with fine line shadows.

The red hose and leather straps plus the wooden cue for the axe use the Docrafts pens with white pencil to add highlights

The trick in using these pens is to firstly use a very smooth paper, I use a smooth Bristol board sketchpad. secondly, always work from the lightest shade changing pens as you go darker and blending as you go. I ignored the lines made by plates joining such as those on the knee and helmet. just blend right through and when happy with the result then add the thin dark line where the plates meet. On top of this I then added white Pencil lines where the light catches on the joints and lastly a gentle blending of white pencil where the light creates highlights.

16th century Close helm

VERY BASIC blending can be seen on a short film. Its not armour but its useful to see.

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