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My fashion sketches coloring technique

Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils for drawing fashion sketches

Hey  friends,

Which one is the best coloring material for drawing fashion sketches? I have spent so much time and finances trying to answer this question for myself. I wanted to achieve this flat, clean color you see in my illustrations and I would love to save you the struggle if you are looking for similar results. I this post I will share more about the way I color my fashion illustrations and if you like how they look it will hopefully help you with your drawings too.

The base of my fashion sketches is a combination of Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils . Let me go into more details:

Coling of fashion sketches using markers Coloring of fashion sketches using markers and pencils

Copic markers

Coling of fashion sketches using markersThere are several brands that offer markers of good quality for illustrating fashion. You could try Tombow, Prismacolor or Copics.
Eventhought Copic markers are the most expensive ones I have decided to invest in them, because the quality of the color they offer is phenomenal. There is a huge range of colors, as you can see from the chart below and each year the manufacturer keeps adding new tones.
These markers won’t bleed and maintaining the color even and flowing is so easy.

Airbrush compressor for drawingNote: Before Copics came into my life I was literally fighting with other medias to achieve a nice, solid color. This included tempera paint, aquarelle, acrylics, pencils, watercolor pencils, pastels…I even bought an airbrush and a huge compressor to supply it with air. How crazy is that  All these drawing medias stay untouched from the moment I got Copic markers in my hands.


Drawing fashion sketches with markers is a great idea, because it saves you so much time- it’s 2 times faster than anything else. The colors are gorgeous without you trying to mix the perfect shade. Your desk stays perfectly clean – no water splashes on your sketch, not ink spots, no broken tips of the pencils. They are easy to carry around. And the best part: when a marker runs off – you can easily refill it and keep using it!

If you are interested in trying Copic markers for your fashion sketches I would recommend you to start with those 3:

E51 – a gorgeous skintone color. Slightly warmer than E00
C4 – medium gray shade to add nice looking shadows to almost any other color
B100– A nice, solid color  black color is always handy.

You can find good offers in Amazon.com , Ebay.com or if you are lucky enough to have a Copic dealer in your town –you can buy it directly from there.

Coloring of fashion sketches using markers and pencilsPrismacolor pencils
The Prismacolor color pencils give my illustrations this extra depth and color variation that I like. They are not like the ordinary color pencil you can get from anywhere. They are very oily and blend lovely with the markers. They also offer a wide range of colors – the pack that I have is 175 colors box that looks like this:
You can also try some smaller ones. Prismacolors are a great investment – I have these pencils for over 5 years and the only color I needed to replace is a skintone color that I use all the time for on my models.

Copic pen
fashion sketches outlinesIn general I don’t recommend outlining your fashion sketch with a black pen from the top to the bottom. Black can be too harsh for this. However I do own and use few COPIC pens . I use my 0.3 mm for drawing the eyelashes and the 0.5 mm is perfect for outlining design elements colored in black, brown or gray.

Some extras:
I use a white gel pen to add highlights in the eyes and sometimes sparckles in the hair of my girls.
This is a must-have in your artist’s toolbox.
I also use pens in different shades to outline my drawings. You can learn more about outlining and what it does for a fashion sketch in this tutorial: Outlines part 1

I hope that this article inspired you and gave you something new to try on your sketches. Please remember that practice is more important than buying the perfect drawing material and is the most certain way to get better. So why don’t go and design something right now?
Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils for drawing fashion sketches

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About Teya Bozhilova

Teya is the owner and creator of idrawfashion.com. She works as a freelance fashion illustrator for established and start up fashion labels. Always and forever excited to bring creative ideas to life with her colorful fashion sketches and a touch of glamour. If you are looking to hire a fashion illustrator and create something beautiful together don't hesitate to get in touch!

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  1. i am doing fashion design i it has help me draw better design thank you. are the pen any good. i would like for information on selling my sketchs.

  2. Im thinking about investing in comic markers, are they worth the money? I don’t know if you know but I found a business call frantic stamper (http://www.franticstamper.com) Where topic markers are nearly halve price!!

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  4. Thank you so much for the nice words. It makes me very happy if the tutorials have helped you with your sketches. There are tutorials about How to draw torso, How to draw arms and How to draw legs in the Body–>Body Parts section of the site.
    I hope they are what you are looking for?


  5. Dear Teya,

    thank you very much for this site… I think that in last few days I read almost everything on it, and I even done some sketches. This article is very usefull since I didn’t know what to buy to start drawing…

    I saw your tutorials about body, but it would be great if you could show us how to draw it from start. For example, you tutorial about face is amazing, and you could do something like that, where we can use right proportions…

    Thanx again!

  6. :D Thank you so much

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