My fashion sketches coloring technique

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 + Prismacolor pencils. Let me go into more details:

Copic markers

My fashion sketches coloring technique 1 Fashion Croquis and Drawing Tutorials

Copic markers are the most expensive ones on the market, but 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.

Before Copics came into my life I was literally fighting with other medias to achieve a nice solid color. I was using tempera paint, aquarelle, acrylics, pencils, watercolor pencils, pastels… All these drawing materials 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!

Prismacolor pencils

My fashion sketches coloring technique 2 Fashion Croquis and Drawing Tutorials

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

My fashion sketches coloring technique 3 Fashion Croquis and Drawing Tutorials

In 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 a 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:

My fashion sketches coloring technique 4 Fashion Croquis and Drawing Tutorials

I use a white gel pen to add highlights in the eyes and sometimes sparkles 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

Copic markers and Prismacolor pencils for drawing fashion sketches


  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.

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  3. 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?


  4. 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!

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