In the following I am going to show you my new coloring technique. It features a mixture of markers and watercolor, but you can use colored pencils as well as a substitution for the latter.
For this one I used paper by Hahnemühle which is called Bamboo Mixed Media. It works fine, but I discovered that the Arches Grain Satiné works even better for me :) It is more expensive though.
As for the markers I only used B24 Sky and B12 Ice Blue. In addition to that you'll need white and a blueish purple watercolor pan/tube. My brand of choice for this task is Shinhan. I used Chinese White and Permanent Violet(shown in the photo ... the dark violet hue in the middle).
Have fun :) I hope it works for you as well ♥
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- Grab your markers first and choose the one you would like to use for the shadows
- in this case I used B24 Sky
- Begin to draw in the shadows and don't mind sharp edges as you want to smooth some of them out later
- Grab the lighter color - I chose B12 Ice Blue this time - and begin to blend some of the shadows to smooth them
- remember not to smooth all of them as we want to keep some hard edges and maintain the balance
- fill in the empty space with B12/the lighter color
intensify some of the shadows by going over them once again with B24/the darker color
- grab your brush and watercolors now
- choose the blueish purple tone first and define/deepen some parts to give more depth
- choosing a shadow color which has a slightly different hue makes the color scheme more vivid
- take your white now and add highlights
- always keep in mind while drawing/coloring that all thing have three dimensions
- light and shadows are based on logic so if you get to know materials and their features you will learn to color a lot of things