I am just fascinated by this Prismacolor Pencils Drawing of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter by artist, jardc87. Watch closely to see how she begins with just a sketch and builds the drawing using light to dark layering. Notice, the white areas, such as the eyelashes are really negative space. She is also careful not to smudge her drawing by using a barrier to protect areas where her hand passes.
This video tutorial superbly exhibits how beautifully Prismacolor Markers and Prismacolor Pencils work together. Notice first how the artist has lightly sketched the angle of ’s head, for proportional accuracy. It is important to begin by outlining the area of your paper or canvas before attempting any details. Once the proportion and shape of your subject is drawn, only then does the artist begin to fill in any of Ledger’s features. Only after the shape, angle, and proportion is outlined on his paper, does he begin to suggest areas of the profile. Making sure that you have a fixed angle of your subject is priceless, especially when drawing from the model. In this case, the artist is copying from a photograph, which may even be projected on a screen.
I cannot recall when I started drawing or painting, but at an early age, probably at around the age of 7, I had a set of oil paints. My parents were both artists. My mother graduated from New York’s High School of Music and Art and went onto study at Pratt Institute, where I eventually would earn my masters. My father was basically self-taught, and still occasionally paints. As a child, he often sketched portraits, but his real talent was cutting out profile portraits, especially of Santa. His talents really lie in architectural design and drawing. His drawing is so precise that they are made into architectural blueprints. He is quite fond of using precision tipped Prismacolor Markers.