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Easy Highlighter Drawings

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Hey everyone, fun project today! I recently took over the Tombow USA Instagram account to share a project using their brand new MONO Edge Highlighters, and I wanted to show y’all too! I discovered a fun way to really make drawings pop by coloring them in with highlighters, aren’t the colors so much fun?


  1. MONO Edge Highlighters

  2. MONO Drawing Pen or Fudenosuke Brush Pen

  3. Paper

Okay, for these drawings I’m working directly into my journal, but you can use whatever paper you like best. They don’t bleed through most papers, so I was able to draw directly into my art journal without them bleeding through to the next page. Yay! I’ve found that the highlighters work nicely on smooth paper!

Step 1: Sketch out your girl (or whatever you’re drawing) and ink it.

Step two: Color it in! This is the super fun part. The MONO Edge Highlighters have a really cool palette, I think their yellow is unique because it’s a golden yellow, which makes for a nice skin tone.

I like to leave a couple of spaces on faces white, for skin highlights. And I use the red, pink, and blue highlighters for the face shadows to give it dimension.

Click the video below to watch the process!

Highlighter art! Today I’m taking over the @tombowusa acct, using their new MONO Edge Highlighters. I would love it if you could hop over there and say hi!! ❤ . #Tombow #tombowusa #tombow2018dt @tombowusa #getmessyartjournal

A post shared by Katie Smith (@studio.katie) on May 14, 2018 at 11:20am PDT

Now that we’ve learned how to draw with highlighters, try experimenting with the colors. Give your girl some wild and colorful hair, or stick to just the one color.  The neat thing about highlighters is that you get even more shades by layering the markers.

Feel free to comment below with any questions you have about the MONO Edge Highlighters and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Have fun creating with your highlighters!

#artjournal #doodle #drawing #tombow

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