My new set of Copic markers did not come with a clear match for Pantone 5773c, RGB #999966, which means that I have to mix, blend, fuss, and fidget in order to come up with Schlock’s “flesh-tone.”
The result is both frustrating and rewarding. It’s frustrating because I have to lay down three layers of “base” colors before I get around to doing any shading, and that’s three layers of opportunity for “marker lines” to appear.
It’s rewarding because if I do it right it forces me to create a texture that is much more suggestive of “hairy, peaty clay” than a solid fill could ever be.
The process goes like this:
1) pencil Schlock.
2) ink the outline with a single thickness – 03 Staedtler Mars Pigment Liner
3) Fill fairly evenly with Copic E44 “clay”
4) Fill again, taking care to even out step 3 marker lines, with Copic G21 “lime green.”
5) Fast pass, smoothing marker lines with Copic YG91 “putty”
6) Thicken the outline with 05 Staedtler Mars Pigment Liner, and fill the mouth with any old fat black marker (in this case Copic 100 “black”)
7) Add dark shading with repeated passes of Copic G94 “greyish olive”, E44 “clay”, YG95 “pale olive” and YG91 “putty”.
8) Decide not to even PICK UP the YG95 marker again, since most of the repeated passes were made trying to get that color to go away.
9) Put shading on the ground with W5, W3, and W1 “warm grey” tones.
10) Add those little hash lines in shaded areas with 01 Staedtler Mars Pigment Liner. Putting the black atop the blends deepens them and sharpens things up.
11) Scribble-dust highlights using Prismacolor white pencil. Rub smooth with a blending nub.
12) Sign with 05 Staedtler Mars Pigment Liner.
13) Breathe a sigh of relief. For all the scribbling, mulitple passes, and tweaking, it looks okay and the smooth surface bristol did not disintegrate.
Total elapsed time: 40 minutes.
For a first attempt, I’m pretty pleased. If Andy LP is out there, I’m planning to put this one in the mail to you. Thanks again for the Daft Punk CD.