After taking a lot of painting classes over the years, I still struggle with contrast and shading. Whenever I'm applying a shadow, it always appears to be too dark or just right until I walk away from the image and then look back and I see that it's too faint.
Promarkers make it super simple to shade images but I still need a lot of practice to get enough contrast. This simple card was my practice project for this afternoon.
Letraset, the company that makes the Promarkers, is coming out with a sets of markers they've named Blending Sets. They should be available this month at retailers. I need to order a couple of those sets since they've selected colors that go together well.
The outer shadow surrounding the leaves doesn't even show up in the photo. I wanted it to be subtle, but visible.