Thursday, March 6, 2008


I still got a long way to improving my marker techniques but here are my general steps to how I create my aceos:

First I have my card stock cut to size. In this case ACEOs are 2.5 x 3.5" fixed size.

Then I sketch in pencil whatever I feel like drawing. My sketches are always messy, this time it is not so bad. Sometimes it get's so messy that I can't see what I've drawn while I'm inking.

This is my favourite part: Inking, done in 0.05 mm pen. After that I erase the pencil lines. Some people like to use a lightbox to trace (sketch on a rough paper first) while inking so they don't need the eraser, but I like to save paper.

Next I use my markers to colour. Sorry I forgot to take photos of the process. I just colour a base colour then add shadows and gradually build up tones on some parts. She still looks scary so I'll just continue to work the colours and add to the lineart boldness to make her less voodoo-doll like

My last step is always the embellishing. That is using white pen for highlights, and this card I used silver pen to sparkle the artwork to play with light sources. I added them on the border & mascara and in her eyes I drew silver stars. (She's staring from your screen, scary photo lol)

Complete! Scanned in computer, add my watermark, title it, spray fixative etc. Unfortunately the scanning process always eats up my colour & shadow contrast. Hope you enjoyed this. It's very simple really! This aceo is #165 "Delectable", you can purchase this original artwork (and many others) for a bargain at my Etsy shop!


Tizzalicious said...

I love the one you made here!

Julie said...

What kind of markers are you using? Really cute!

Lemon Shortbread said...

Julie- I'm using copic markers and prismacolor markers!