Marker: Little Ladybug

Marker: Little Ladybug

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Recommended Materials

This project works best when using the materials shown below. Please Note: These items are found in the ArtSkills Premium Artist Case. These items can also be found at your local craft store.


Advanced Blending

Begin by laying down the lightest value of your color. Next, slightly overlap the lightest value with the medium value. For the last step, take the darkest value and overlap the medium value. This technique works best when the marker is still slightly wet on the page.

Use Quick Strokes

To avoid causing ink blots, try not to rest the marker on the paper for an extended period of time. Using quicker strokes will also result in a smoother line quality in your art, and an even tone of color throughout.


Use Light, Medium, and Dark Shades

The colors in these projects are specifically chosen to make your images appear three-dimensional with a range of Light, Medium, and Dark values in each hue. When light shines on an object, there is a Light side (L), a Medium side (M), and a Dark side (D). There is also sometimes a cast Shadow (S). Light affects different shapes and objects in different ways. Look at the examples below to see how the same light source shades different objects.

Use the Color Key below you complete the project.


Step 1:

Begin by coloring grey in the areas shown. These areas will turn into shadows when colored over.

Step 2:

Moving to your lightest colors, color the yellow highlights of the ladybug's shell and the stem. In the flower's center, add in yellow and then your orange, making sure to go over any grey, creating a darker orange.

Step 3:

Next, color in the green leaf and stem. Color around the yellow highlight and cover the grey shadows. Add in the ladybug's red shell and the blue flower petals.

Step 4:

Using your purple marker, color the remaining flower petals. Fill in the ladybug's body and spots with black.

Step 5:

Fill in your background with red, orange, and yellow. Blend down from the top for a sunset effect.