This drawing was the first piece of art I created after my stay at Stewart-Marchman ACT (following a suicide attempt and a full bi-polar psychological breakdown in August of 2009). As a result of my medication at the time, my hands were shaky, I couldn’t sit still, and could barely draw a straight line. This drawing was the first completed work I had in this post-diagnosis world.
It was drawn on tracing paper (which is all I had at the time), and colored in using washable marker. Because I didn’t want to lose my hours of hard won drawing due to marker smears, I flipped it over and colored it. I was also curious to see what the marker ink would look like through the tracing paper. It gave a rather nice effect, in my opinion. I was able to keep ALL of my pencil details without smears and smudges, and also able to use the markers to shade, as well as blend the colors in the hair by simply putting one color on one side and the other on the pencil line art side.
This began a new style I experimented with over the next few years, and is one that I still use when I do my comics and special works. I have since started using it with vellum, as it allows for smoother blending and much richer detail work than tracing paper. Here’s a few others I used this technique in.