What I learned in Art and Design school was to pick up the colored pencil or marker and put it to it’s paces.  Before you start drawing anything at all, get familiar with all the possibilies the tool can offer in terms of thick and thin lines, width variability, the shapes it can achieve if pressed a certain way, what happens when you apply with different pressure, etc.

Once familiar, your work will certainly take on a more pro-like quality rather than a one-directional one.  Here are some examples of doing just that:

ex.1 A brush is used to produce realistic flower petals.

ex. 2  Using a flexible brush such as our Dual Tip Markers allows for thick and thin lines making it great for lettering or calligraphy work.  Practice lifting and pressing down on the paper to achieve this dynamic thick and thin.

With this kind of tool, one can quickly block in large areas with the brush tip and then turn it over to the fineliner tip for the precise detail work.

ex.  Use a sponge