Last week I had a chance to create a quick demo for a student in need of some direction in my Visual Development class at the Academy. He was emerging into the gray scale rendering aspect of the course. I place a strong emphasis on understanding how gray tonal values work in relationship to color.
I began with a drawing in blue pencil followed by black line pen. The I added the gray tones with markers.
Once the analog work was done I digitized the image and brought it into Photoshop to enhance the grays through tints.
Finally I made use of color tints to bring additional life and interest to the subject. Really made a difference!
A simple black line and gray marker sketch becomes more interesting when a digital approach is added to the process. Try it sometime and see what this technique can do for your art.