Lamborgini Huracan in Verde Mantis

This drawing of a Lamborghini Huaracan in Verde Mantis is the second realistic drawing I've made and I finished it in May 2017.

This is one of the drawings I'm most proud of. Not because it looks extraordinarily good, but because of the techniques I used.

Used Materials

To make this drawing I used the following materials:

  • Winsor & Newton Promarkers (CG1, CG2, CG4, CG5, XB, G267, BL)
  • Winsor & Newton Bleedproof Marker Paper

The Reference Photo for the Drawing


Why is This One of the Drawings I'm Most Proud of?

As I said before it's not because it looks unbelievably good, but it's actually of the limitations I had while drawing it: I only had one green marker that I could use to create this color.

Because I didn't have three greens that would work well together I tried to make three values (light, mid and dark tones) with just one marker. 

From the things I'd learned by testing these for me new markers and from the first drawing I made with them, I knew that I could easily layer the same color over and over again to make darker tones. 

But I also noticed that you could dilute the color with the colorless blender to get lighter tones. However, this was quite the process...

The Somewhat Frustrating Process of Diluting the Ink of the Green Marker

To dilute a color you first layer a quick layer (otherwise it would dry too soon) with the colorless blender and quickly thereafter layer the green. And because the paper was already saturated with the colorless ink of the colorless blender, the green marker would give off less ink that mixes with the colorless ink. 

This process was very tricky and kinda frustrating as you don't have much control over the ink flow and you needed to be very, very quick. Using this technique it's also difficult to see how much colorless ink was on the paper. And if it wasn't evenly spread everywhere it could result in darker and lighter spots.

I think I made one or two test drawings and after I felt comfortable doing it for real I made this one. And I have to say it went surprisingly well.

The Result

Of course, to color is a bit uneven because of the lack of control I had over how the ink mixes and flows, but overall it turned out very well, especially for the second realistic drawing I made with a medium I'd only used once before.

And that's the story behind why this drawing of the Lamborghini Huracan in Verde Mantis holds a special place among my creations - it represents the ingenuity of creativity and resourcefulness, overcoming limitations to achieve a surprisingly successful result.