Although i am not completely dedicated to the art of illustrations, i have a small selection of styles in which i am very confident. Drawing with very thin marker pens is one of them.
I usually use a 00.5 mm marker pen for these drawings which allows for an unusual amount of details. What fascinates me about this technique, is that a single line matters so very little. It is the combination of thousands upon thousands of lines that creates the look and feel of the drawings, and not just a single perfectly made stroke of the pen.
I wanted to make a piece depicting the well known chinese cherry tree. But I didn't want it to look like a classic painting like most other depictions online. So I went for a combination of handmade and virtual effects. I first drew the black parts of the tree with a thin marker on paper. After that i scanned the picture and edited it in Photoshop to achieve the look I wanted.
In order to create a modern look i gave the red leafs a polygon shape.
In the end it became a kind of cross between a classic drawing and pixel art.
Create a series of three pictures, in any form, that shows and reflects the following concepts:
Fine culture, mass culture and underground culture.
I decided to show an almost similar object - smoking - only differing in what shape it would usually take in the different cultures.
The people of the fine culture got a classic pipe. Painted in the minimalist style of Picasso's 'Dog' it drew parallels to the fine culture passion for art and also underlined how this culture would often accept more abstract visions of reality.
Mass culture got a classic cigarette.
This illustrated the fact that cigarettes is one of the worlds most widespread phenomena. This time drawn realistically with a 0.05 fine marker pen, it made a point of things being exactly what they are. No bell and whistles.
Finally, Underground culture got a lit marijuana joint.
Underground is often associated with being on the edge of the law, and this was further illustrated by painting the joint as a grafitti stencil - a classic trademark of the underground.