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This is a fun exercise you might want to try on your life drawings or even any kind of drawing. Make a few different versions of the same drawing in different media, exploring different styles. You can even think about your favorites artists and try a version of your drawing in their style.

1- Black marker and cross hatching

I tried it on this drawing I made in life drawing class:

Black marker and cross hatching life drawing

For this original drawing, I used graphite first, then I went over my drawing with a black marker and used cross hatching for the areas in the shade.When I was done with the marker, I erased the graphite drawing. The paper is mixed media paper.

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Sakura Pigma Micron Pen

Pigma Micron pens are acid-free and archival, making them ideal for any application requiring precision and permanance. Pigma ink is derived from a single pigment to ensure color consistency, and is fadeproof against sunlight or UV light. – Set of 6, Black

 

2- Charcoal and white acrylic

Charcoal and white acrylic figure drawing

 

For this version I used charcoal for the dark areas with an irregular cross hatching. I smudged charcoal all over the white paper for mid tones and used white acrylic paint for highlights.

3- Watercolor pencils in different colors

Watercolor pencils in different colors for drawing the figure

For this painting, I used watercolor paper and then mixed a few colors with watercolor pencils (blue, yellow, orange, red, black for the hair) before going over the painting with a wet brush.

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Derwent Watercolor Pencils

These professional-quality, water-soluble pencils offer the freedom to switch from drawing to painting in an instant, with no change in tools. Use them to shade on dry paper, then quickly wash over with brush and water to get a blending effect. – Watercolor Pencil Sets

 

4-Black outline and watercolor washes

Black outline and watercolor washes for figure drawing

I also used watercolor paper for this one, starting with a back outline of the figure in a waterproof black marker (Sakura Pigma Micron) and then painted a light wash over the figure, adding a few red highlights wet into wet.

5-Black markers and watercolor crayons- Inspired by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

 

Black markers and watercolor crayons- Inspired by Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

This drawing is inspired by the illustrations of Henri de Toulouse Lautrec for his posters. I kept it really simple with just a few details highlighted in color and a black background.

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Copic Original Markers

There’s nothing like the Copic double-ended marker for expert blending, painting, and tone control. Use them for fine art projects, calligraphy, and more. The broad nib offers coverage for larger areas. For detailed work, flip over to the fine nib.

6- Marker and watercolor- Inspired by Egon Schiele

Marker and watercolor- Inspired by Egon Schiele

When it comes to drawing, my favorite artist is Egon Schiele. This watercolor is inspired by some of his drawings. I did a black outline with marker making the figure a bit more elongated and with sharp angles then added color washes to the figure.

7- On yupo paper with markers and watercolor

figure drawing On yupo paper with markers and watercolor

This is in the style of my “Life Patterns” series. I am re-working life drawings on yupo paper with watercolor and markers and lots of patterns.

 

Have you tried different versions of the same drawing? What was your favourite technique?

 

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