Since I’ve opened the notebook shop, I’ve tried some pretty looking drawing methods, one of which being silver and gold markers on dark surfaces. Artists know how dark backgrounds can be a headache to work on, as the pencil sketch might not be visible, using a white pencil might lead to marks that won’t go away. As I make custom covers for notebooks, I really want to offer some awesome looking light on dark styles.
I only bought two markers and in different sizes and let’s just say that the final result looks perfect, especially when light hits parts of the cover, generating a shimmer-like effect, even a bit of dimension. This is one of my pocket sized, hard cover sketchbook I use occasionally and today I decided to level it up.
I used Artline Silver and Gold markers in sizes 1.2 (g) and 0.8 (s). Being a fairly experienced illustrator, I opened a reference picture and decided to dive in and just draw without sketching or making any reference marks. Oh, such risk. Hey! For an artist it’s almost an adrenaline rush, it’s not funny, oke?
Drawing freehand is quite a good practice, but it can end very sadly if you don’t have any idea where you’re going with the whole ordeal. First lines seemed like I’m screwing up real bad, but I have taught myself to make any defect into an… effect? Basically, if I can’t erase or remove the marks, I’ll just roll with it and pretend like it was supposed to be like that, cause art.
The beetle turned out perfect for my own tastes, but I know for a fact I can’t replicate for another cover that I’d put up in the shop for selling, so next time I’ll use at least some reference points. Molekine notebook covers are not generally made to be drawn on, but if you put your mind to it, it’s possible. It’s actually quite challenging, as the harcover leathery material can be slippery, especially for these markers that have little to no precision. So you can’t make a really detailed, perfectly worked out ornament, you gotta get artsy and just go with it.
I’m browsing notebooks at shops, ordering a couple Moleskines online and hope to stock the shop with something lovely this summer, something that has a bit of gold and silver to it!