Using marker and colored pencils create an interesting color scheme to decorate the skull. Use colored pencil gradients to add depth texture and highlights.
1. Draw weaving bands that follow the contours of the skull. They should overlap and weave like ribbons. Outline the Noodle edges with Sharpie. 2. Inside those ribbons, draw thinner lines to add texture and dimension with a fine line black pen. 3. Use only 2 colored pencils to create gradients on the "noodles" to create depth. 4. Cut out skull carefully and mount onto pre-cut colored paper.
Pen & Ink / Watercolor
1. Do a graphite transfer of the contour values in the skull image. 2. Use the Uni-Ball pens to demonstrate accurate values from the reference using either stippling or hatching/crosshatching techniques. 3. Use watercolors to develop color tones and creative techniques on the skull.
1. Do a graphite transfer of the contour values in the skull image. 2. Using the Sketch-n-Wash pencil, shade the vales in from the reference. 3. Carefully blend values with a brush and water. 4. Try not to get too dark because as you use the water and brush to blend the values, high intensity areas of graphite will get really dark.
Copy Art Skull
Using 4 different markers that represent a 4 stage value scale, fill the areas of grayscale value with the 4 marker colors.
Carefully cut out images to create a collage that has depth, interesting overlap and may tell a story. Images can break the borders. You can paste down a larger background image (page from a book) as I did to add another interesting visual element.
1. Do a graphite transfer of the contour values in the skull image.
2. Use the scratchboard tool and remove the highlights and mid-tones while leaving the darkest values alone by scratching away the lights. Follow the contours of the skull as you work so it does not become flat.
Artists Choice Skulls 1&2
Be creative in your interpretation of these. They can be photographic, hand drawn, computer generated.