Comic Drawing: The Importance of Shadow and Light

Hey Tombow friends, this is Jennie! Today, I’m going to give you a few tips on comic drawing. This week, the Tombow Design Team was challenged to share a project with our favorite fandom. I have way too many but I decided to share an X-Men inspired drawing. I made this one with the Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers. In the past, I shared another X-Men character using the Tombow Irojiten Colored Pencils.


I used a Tombow 8900 Drawing Pencil to sketch my drawing. If you need help sketching faces, checkout this galaxy girl sketch. To erase little details, I used the Tombow MONO Zero Eraser.

Use the Tombow MONO Zero Eraser to erase small details and minor mistakes. #tombow #drawing

Sometimes drawing the light spots helps you remember where to leave space when you color.

If you hate eraser bits try using the Tombow MONO Dust Catch Eraser! #tombow #drawing

I have a post where I explained how to color hair. This one is a bit different because Storm’s hair is white. I used the Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers Gray Palette to color only the shadows in the hair. I colored the lines with PN75. Then, I used the lightest color going with the direction of the hair. I added only a little bit of the darker gray and then went over it again with the lightest.

Use at least 3 different colors to add layering to comic drawings. #tombow #drawing

Frame the face with shadows. Add shadows around the eyes and below the cheekbones. Like with hair, you will need at least three colors. I used PN25 on the eyes to add a slight shadow. Usually I add lots of color in the iris but I wanted to keep her eyes really light. For extra details, I used the fine tip of the Tombow TwinTone Markers. Avoid coloring some of the light spots.

Use the Tombow MONO Drawing Pen to add details to the eyes and nose. #tombow #illustration

When you are done coloring, use a Tombow MONO Drawing Pen to add details in some areas.

Comic Drawing using the Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol Based Markers. #tombow #xmen

You can use these Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol-Based Markers to create something similar. The Fashion Palette is also perfect for comic drawing!

Comic Drawing using the Tombow ABT PRO Alcohol Based Markers. #tombow #xmen

I hope you enjoyed this project! Take care!

Tombow 2019 Design Team: Jennie Garcia

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