These images are from a class demo I recently did for my Fashion Illustration/Design class at Mt San Antonio College in Walnut, California. www.mtsac.edu
The trick is to have a light touch and build up from light to dark. Each images is labeled with the materials used. I always start with a tracing paper “under-drawing” that shows more information than I actually need including all guidelines. The time spent with the underdrawing is essential to solve all the problems BEFORE you start the final rendering stage. Using marker requires you to work fairly fast so the marker remains wet in order to blend it. I also put a sheet of tracing paper between the underdrawing and the top marker paper as a barrier so the marker does not bleed into the pencil below.
Supplies used: Bienfang 360 Graphics marker pad, Copic brush tip markers, Prismacolor pencils, Colorless blender. (Note: for the black lines, if you have a “heavy hand” use the Verithin pencils rather than the standard Prismacolor pencils. They are harder and thinner.)
I use marker first to render as much as possible. For skin tones I use the same color each time. As I add additional coats it gets darker. For darker skintones I start with a medium value brown and build up to the dark darks in the shadows only. If the color is too dark all over you will not be able to see the black detail lines.
I build up the hair starting from light to dark leaving the white of the paper for highlights.
I only add pencil after most of the shading is done with the marker.
I also build up the pencil starting from lightest colors first and adding darker ones for accents.
Black prismacolor pencil is last to make it sparkle
The final touch is white highlights. These are possible options: white gel pen, white gouache and fine brush, white out pen for larger opaque whites – good for sequins.