DIY Grayscale Coloring with ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers


Hey everyone, Katie here! This week on the Tombow blog, the Design Team is creating projects inspired by our guilty pleasures. Mine is tea. I love a good cup of tea! Today, I am illustrating a vintage strawberry teapot and wanted to take the opportunity to show you a really cool technique: Grayscale coloring!

For this technique, you complete your drawing in shades of gray first and then “glaze” over top of it in color.

Other terms for this technique include grisaille or a value underpainting.

DIY Grayscale Coloring using Tombow's ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers with this tutorial by Katie Smith on the TombowUSA Blog! #ombowusa #tombow #grayscalecoloring

Supplies:

DIY Grayscale Coloring using Tombow's ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers with this tutorial by Katie Smith on the TombowUSA Blog! #ombowusa #tombow #grayscalecoloring

Step one:

Start by sketching out your design onto a piece of bristol paper using the MONO Graph Mechanical Pencil. I looked up some photos of vintage teapots to reference for my drawing.

DIY Grayscale Coloring using Tombow's ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers with this tutorial by Katie Smith on the TombowUSA Blog! #ombowusa #tombow #grayscalecoloring

Step two:

Now, we’ll begin by coloring the teapot in shades of gray. For this technique, you want to get your values down in gray before adding color. So, think about where the shadows and light are on your drawing. If you’re working from a reference photo, it can help to convert your photo into black and white.

I like to start with the lighter grays and then deepen the shades with the darker tones. Continue with your grayscale coloring until you’re happy!

DIY Grayscale Coloring using Tombow's ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers with this tutorial by Katie Smith on the TombowUSA Blog! #ombowusa #tombow #grayscalecoloring DIY Grayscale Coloring using Tombow's ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers with this tutorial by Katie Smith on the TombowUSA Blog! #ombowusa #tombow #grayscalecoloring

Step three:

Once you have your drawing done in gray tones, it’s time to add the colors! The gray values will show through the colors, so you need less variety of colored markers. You only need 1-2 reds instead of needing multiple shades of red.

Glaze over top of the gray tones with the colored ABT PRO Markers.

DIY Grayscale Coloring using Tombow's ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers with this tutorial by Katie Smith on the TombowUSA Blog! #ombowusa #tombow #grayscalecoloring

Step four:

Continue until you’ve finished coloring your piece.

DIY Grayscale Coloring using Tombow's ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers with this tutorial by Katie Smith on the TombowUSA Blog! #ombowusa #tombow #grayscalecoloring

Step five:

This is an optional last step. You can also use the Twin Tip Fudenosuke Brush Pen to add an outline or hand lettered embellishment. The Twin Tip Fudenosuke Brush Pen has a black brush tip on one end and a gray tip on the opposite end. So, it’s great for doing lettering with a shadow!

DIY Grayscale Coloring using Tombow's ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers with this tutorial by Katie Smith on the TombowUSA Blog! #ombowusa #tombow #grayscalecoloring

I hope you enjoyed learning this technique! If you give it a try and share it, feel free to tag @tombowusa & myself @studio.katie so we can see!

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