Sketch smarter with a marker |TIP136 |VIDEO

Today I show you a smart way to draw with the broad nib of the Pantone marker. After a quick review of the 3 nibs, I show you how that nib can actually replace the Ultra thin and brush nib. You will learn how to sketch faster, let your creativity flow and get more expressive lines. Pretty cool right ? 🙂

>> Let’s start !

Sketching with a Pantone Tria

Let’s look at the 3 Nibs closer

Ultra thin nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
> The nib is actually not that Ultra thin. Previous generation of Pantone Tria was.

Brush nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
> The nib is a bit flexible when you press it.

Broad nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
> My favourite ! It takes a bit of practice, but it’s worth the fun !

A quick test of each nib

Variation nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
(1) Ultra thin nib:
The line is pretty regular and allow a bit of variation.
(2) Brush nib:
The variation is wider. You can make much thinner and wider line than the Ultra thin.
(3)-(4) Broad nib:
Offer thin and super wide lines depending of the way you hold it.

NOTE:
Sketch only with the broad nib. Why ?

Because it “takes too long” to switch of nib, and it’s kind of confusing to know which nib is where. The main reason is I like to draw “keeping the flow” –  I believe that the ideas will follow the movement. In other words, if you stop your sketch to switch of nib, your ideas will also take a break – and may need a bit of time to restart.

How to hold and sketch with the broad nib

Zoom in Nib Broad nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
> Let’s look at the broad nib closer.

Bevelled edge Broad nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria > Have you noticed the bevelled edge ? We are going to play with it.

Broad nib point of contact ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
> Broad nib: Depending how you hold your marker, you make different types of lines.

Corner thin line Broad nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
> Thin line if you play with the corner.

Broad nib All in one ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
> Here we go the 3 types of lines depending of which edge you draw with.

Let’s draw something ! I have chosen my Imac

Lets draw something IMac Broad nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria Mac Side view Sketching with Pantone Tria
> I start drwing the iMac in miniature in the corner. I roughly get the proportions and memorise the main shapes.

Foundation with thin lines Broad nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
> Start with thin lines give you more flexibility. It’s ok if you do some mistakes, you just need to reiterate on top of it.

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> I draw the main shapes ignoring the details. Like that I can draw with more fluidity and focus on the perspective and proportion.

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> When the form become pretty clear, I can start adding the details.

Voila IMac Broad nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria
> I add some line weight – not too bold or the Imac may look heavy. A bit of details and that’s it !

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Sony lens Broad nib ID Sketching with Pantone Tria

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Note:
It works with any brand of marker such as Pantone, Copic, Pro Marker, Touch…

Take one of your marker and make a try ! 
If this article is helpful to you, feel free to share it to whom it may help as well – and leave me a comment ! 🙂

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Chou-Tac

If the sketching methods I’ve acquired aid me in my life and in my career, I believe that they can also help you to learn, and help you with your projects. Whether Design is a job or a hobby it doesn’t matter, so long as you do what is important to you.

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