Highlights and lowlights
Visualise where the light will fall and sketch lines as a guide – imagine the lightest parts of the hair will protrude out. Take three markers of similar colours and roughly shade the darkest parts. Then, flick the marker from the edges with a light stroke. Move towards the direction of your light areas. For the mermaid I started with COPIC 100 Black, and for the boy I used E49 Dark Bark. 3
Finish with the lightest colour, flicking in the highlight areas. Don’t use a circular motion as you don’t want to blend out the darker flicks in the hair. Lightly flick into the centre to fill in any white space that’s left. I used C2 Cool Grey for the mermaid, and E42 Sand White for the boy. Remember, practice makes perfect! Rosemary is one of The Greeting Farm’s Design Team Leaders. She lives in Texas with her husband and son 2
To get thin, delicate flick lines for fine shading, I find it helps if my markers are not too juicy. I take both lids off my Copics pens when colouring hair, to help get thinner lines. Now, bring in the medium marker and with the same flicking motion, extend the darker lines towards the highlight areas. This time, for the mermaid I used C7 Cool Gray and for the boy, E47 Dark Brown.