Did you just buy art markers for the first time?
You are probably eager to get started right away.
However, it can take a while to learn how to use art markers the right way.
Blending, shading, layers.
There a lot to learn.
So here is a list of marker drawing ideas:
Anyone that has taken drawing or painting classes is very familiar with this exercise.
We can all draw a circle.
But is your blending and shading good enough to make it look three-dimensional?
Practicing with these spheres will not only help you improve your shading, but it will also teach you the basics about choosing a light source and coloring the corresponding shadows.
If you have mastered the art of coloring spheres, you can transition to slightly more complex objects like fruit.
And I’m not sure why, but for some reason art instructors love to paint apples.
Since their shape is similar to that of a sphere, you can use a lot of techniques you learned from coloring spheres.
Maybe the best thing about drawing fruit is that most of us actually have fruit at home right now.
There is no need to draw it from memory. Even professional artists constantly use reference photos.
So get that apple, banana, or lemon and try drawing it with your Copic markers.
A cloudy sky
There is nothing as peaceful as a clear blue sky with some fluffy clouds.
And it’s surprisingly easy to draw as well.
The trick is to have enough blue Copic markers to pull off a smooth gradient from dark blue to white.
You can then add some shading to the clouds to make them pop. But try not to overdo the coloring on them. For clouds, less is often more.
If you don’t have enough blues in your Copic collection, you can consider drawing a sky during sunset with blue, red, and purple markers.
A mountain landscape
Mountains are some of the easiest landscapes to draw.
So if you are into landscapes, this is a great place to start with your Copic markers.
Sure, drawing mountains isn’t very difficult. They are basically triangles after all.
But the tricky part of drawing these mountain landscapes is to select the right colors.
Notice how the mountains that are the furthest away are the least opaque?
However, if this sounds too easy for you, you can try adding some snowy mountain, extra trees, or a little lake.
Cupcakes & candy
I have to admit that I have a little bit of a sweet tooth.
So I don’t draw these cupcakes too often. Because just seeing them makes me hungry already.
However, it’s a common saying to “do what you love” or “do what you know the best”. So with that ancient old wisdom in mind, why not draw some of these cute cupcakes.
Coloring one of these isn’t super difficult. But since cupcakes can be super colorful, it gives you a great opportunity to try different color combinations and see what works and what doesn’t.
If your cupcake drawings are a success, you can also try drawing some other tasty foods like donuts, lollipops, or cakes.
Flowers & plants
I always like to draw flowers in spring and summer.
Drawing flowers can really be as simple or as difficult as you want it to be.
So if you see any beautiful flowers while you are outside, make sure to take some of them home to draw.
Or even better, you can take your Copic markers and marker pad outside and draw whatever you come across.
A realistic eye
The human body is surprisingly difficult to draw.
At least, if you want to make it look realistic.
So it’s best to learn how to draw all the body parts separately.
This tutorial will show you how to draw a human eye.
Getting the basic shape down is already pretty difficult.
But if you want to take it to the next level, try to really capture someone’s emotions by just drawing their eyes.
If realistic characters are too difficult, why not draw some of these cute chibi characters or cartoons?
No need to worry about tricky hands or body proportions.
Chibi characters are great for quickly putting an idea on the page and telling short stories.
That being said, drawing chibi and cartoon characters comes with its own challenges and rules.
But overall, they are a ton of fun to draw.
Your favorite Pokémon
Most of us probably grew up watching Pokémon.
And some of us still play it from time to time.
If you are anything like me, you have a favorite Pokémon as well.
So why not try drawing one? Most Pokémon are actually surprisingly easy to draw.
Got to draw them all!
I still remember seeing these galaxy style drawings for the first time.
They look mysterious and beautiful at the same time. And most importantly, they look super difficult to make!
But looks can be deceiving.
I admit that this is not the easiest thing to draw on this list. But I’m sure you can do it as well, if you follow along with a tutorial.
And if your drawing doesn’t look exactly the way you wanted, you can always say you drew a yet undiscovered galaxy far away.
Fire & other textures
Knowing how to draw a variety of textures is super useful to bring your drawing to life.
Think for example of water, wood, metal, fluffy, etc.
A good place to start is by trying to draw fire!
As long as you have some yellow, orange, and red markers, you will be able to draw one of these bad boys.