Sketching on Canvas With Acrylic Markers
One overlooked drawing tool for sketching on canvas is acrylic markers. There are a variety of acrylic markers on the market that use the same pigments that you find in regular acrylic paints. Liquitex offers acrylic markers that are just as archival as regular acrylic paint. The paint is water resistant when it dries so you can paint over it without smearing your drawing. They’re available with wide and fine tips.
Liquitex Professional Paint Markers
from: Blick Art Materials
You can paint over acrylic markers with acrylics or oils. Painting oils over acrylics is an acceptable practice. The one thing you don’t want to do is paint acrylics over oils because it will lead to adhesion problems.
Since you can refill them it should save you money in the long run. The nibs will eventually wear out but you can buy replacements.
Sketching with markers is similar to working with a pencil. Many artists sketch out their compositions with a paint brush. I find that drawing with a brush has a different feel because of the way you hold a brush, the movement comes more from your shoulder than from your hand.
When you draw with a pencil or marker, you can rest your hand on the canvas which gives you more control. The tip of the marker allows for greater precision than a brush. If this is something that appeals to you, then these marker may be worth experimenting with.
A technique that I use sometimes is to draw with two different colors. I’ll begin the drawing with a light color, and then switch to a darker color when I’m am confident with the placement of the shapes. The darker color stands out more so you don’t get confused. This approach works best if you paint opaquely and have no plans of allowing the sketch to show through in the final painting. It saves time because you don’t have to erase the mistakes that you make with the lighter color, you just draw over them with the darker color.