When I started out working with markers, I stuck with the same 3 or 4 colors for skin tones.
These days I’m using anywhere from 8 to 12 or so. Blending and blending…and blending. On this particular set I began using color a little differently than I have in the past, though I’m not sure if anyone else other than me can tell. (A lot more browns this time around for one.)
This is one of the biggest benefits I have seen in my art since working on sketch cards. My sense of color has evolved quite a bit. One day I’d like to do a post where I pull out some old cards I did a few years ago and trace the progression.
We’ll see if I’m brave enough to actually post them.
I also experimented with watercolors on one card. See if you can guess which one it is. (Hint: It has a dinosaur in it.)
I have found that doing sketch cards is a great way to work on issues like anatomy, layout, and color.
Working in a space that’s 2.5 x 3.5 inches takes a little getting used to. For me, even though I’ve done 1000+ cards at this point, I keep trying to find ways to economize and make each card more interesting.
The limitations of space and size will either put you in a rut, or push you to try and do more with what you have. (And its easy to get into a rut with deadlines looming, I know.) Keeping on a schedule has helped me to better cards, in my opinion.
Here are 9 cards from Sadlittles Damsels and Dinosaurs set.
I loved dinosaurs growing up. In fact, until this set, I had forgotten how much I still like them.