Color to drive the Snow Blahs away! (UPDATED)

*UPDATED 3/19/15* Stillman & Birn featured the Summer Breezes sketch on their blog and social media feeds! Check out the post here.

This weekend, while it was cold and snowy outside, I finally had the chance to play with my Tombow dual brush markers, and am so impressed by how bright and vibrant they are! As soon as I got started, these warm happy colors just had to come out and play. I was unusually inspired, as I did not one but SIX sketches with them.

Technique: sketch lightly with Micron .03 pen, color in sections with Tombows, adding layers and details as needed, then finishing and outlining with either a Micron 1.0 or brush pen.
Sketchbook Used: 7×7 Stillman & Birn Zeta sketchbook. The Zeta Series has “Extra Heavyweight – 270 gsm” paper, smooth and in a bright white. This size in particular is unique in that its square, very portable, and takes washes and fountain pens and watercolors and most everything I’ve thrown at it well. I love bright saturated colors, and the Zeta’s white paper really makes them pop.

Summer Breezes:
This particular picture – with the green palm fronds on yellow background – reminds me a lot of a past vacation to Miami – summer breezes, green trees and bright bright sunshine.
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“Summer Breezes” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Sunflower:
Saw something similar somewhere online (Pinterest, Instagram, I can’t remember exactly), with a side profile of a yellow flower on a blue background, and loved the yellow/blue combo so much had to try it.
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“Sunflower” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

More Sunflowers:
I just really liked how the yellow flowers turned out so I wanted to keep playing with them.
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“More Sunflowers” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Red Blossom:
Similar to Sunflowers, but with luscious RED.
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“Red Blossom” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Ocean Sunset:
Tried something different with the clouds, but not entirely sure I like the combination of sunset colors with the pink clouds and blue water. But that’s why art is an experimental process!
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“Ocean Sunset” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Tulips:
Trying something a little more minimalistic, with some pops of red.
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“Tulips” – Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

Full sketchbook spreads:
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Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

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Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

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Tombow Markers in Stillman and Birn 7×7 Zeta Sketchbook

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2 thoughts on “Color to drive the Snow Blahs away! (UPDATED)

  1. rockmelon April 16, 2015 at 12:32 pm Reply

    you are fabulously talented, thanks for sharing.

    • pensandart April 17, 2015 at 3:34 am Reply

      Thanks a bunch for the comment Rockmelon!! That’s very kind of you 🙂

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