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Drawing a Lighthouse with AspireColor Markers and Anita HartCarroll

Updated: Nov 12, 2020

Anita HartCarroll of VeryCreate.com created a beautiful lighthouse drawing tutorial using AspireColor markers. Follow along to draw your very own lighthouse, and make sure to check out VeryCreate.com for art supply reviews and tutorials.


The finished product! Read below for step-by-step instructions.

Step 1: Using marker paper, sketch the rough shape of the lighthouse, palm tree, house and shrubbery with faint pencil lines, leaving plenty of room on all sides for mounting and color testing. You don’t want a coloring book effect here, so feel free to use dashes or the smallest, least amount of lines possible just to give you a guideline.


Step 1: Sketch the rough shape of the lighthouse, palm tree, house, and shrubbery.

As you begin adding color, start with the lightest lights in each section, building layers with the next darkest color, then going back and blending with the original light if needed.

Step 2: Using AspireColor Marker PB76 Sky Blue and the chisel end, color in the glass (bulb) portion of the lighthouse, leaving about one half inch blank on the right side of the glass. Fill in the left side with AspireColor Marker PB185 Pale Blue Light. An overall streaky look works well here to imitate the looks of reflections in the glass.

Color in the right section of the lighthouse roof with AspireColor Marker WG3 Warm Grey and then PB185 Pale Blue Light on top of it to get a unique color.


Color in the left section of the lighthouse roof with AspireColor Marker CG4 Cool Grey.


Draw in roof details with AspireColor Marker CG9 Cool Grey.


Color in the left rim of the lighthouse floor and the right gutter of the roof with AspireColor Marker Y36 Cream.


Color in the right window with AspireColor Marker WG5 Warm Grey.


Color in the middle window and door with AspireColor Marker BG7 Blue Grey.


Draw in Details with AspireColor Marker 120 Black.


Step 2 - Instructions above

Step 3: Draw in the right railing with AspireColor Marker B67 Pastel Blue using the fine tip end.


Draw in the middle sections of the railing with AspireColor Marker CG4 Cool Grey.


Draw in the left section of the railing with AspireColor Marker B63 Cerulean Blue.


Draw in the lattice of the glass and the lines under the walkway of the lighthouse with AspireColor Marker CG6 Cool Grey using the fine-tip tip end.


Using the chisel end of AspireColor Marker Y36 Cream, color with one swipe the top left corner of the lighthouse tower.


Using AspireColor Marker CG1 Cool Grey and the chisel end, draw vertical lines down the center of the tower, then expand the area into the upper right portion of the tower body, going directly over the right window. Use this same color for one vertical stripe on the left side of the tower body.


With AspireColor Marker CG2 Cool Grey and the chisel end, color in the lighthouse tower on the middle left side using long vertical strokes and continue coloring towards the right until it meets the pale first color of the tower body.


Now use AspireColor Marker CG4 Cool Grey with the chisel end and draw a wide darker stripe of shadow just to the left of center of the tower body. Quickly blend the left edge into the middle tone grey with CG1 Cool Grey to soften the edge just a bit.


Using AspireColor Marker CG1 Cool Grey with the chisel edge, color the bottom of the building. Then color the building and the roof over the grey shadow with AspireColor Marker YR27 Powder Pink. Color the tile roof area with AspireColor Marker R131 Skin White.


Step 3 - Instructions above

Step 4: Using the fine-tip end, draw in the lines of the roof with AspireColor Marker BR96 Mahogany, leaving some areas untouched for a broken look.


Color the doorway of the cottage with AspireColor Marker GG7 Green Grey and shade with 120 Black.


Using the fine-tip end, draw in the roof shadow under the eaves of the cottage, the door-frame shadow on the left side, and the right corner of the cottage with AspireColor Marker BR95 Burnt Sienna.


With the chisel end, color the pathway using horizontal strokes with AspireColor Marker BR104 Brown Grey.


Scribble in the top edges of the shrubs with the chisel end of AspireColor Marker Y41 Olive Green. Using the same marker and the fine-tip end, place some palm tree fronds on the right side of the palm tree leaves and a few in the center and left side, in a sort of starburst pattern. Make sure it looks randomly placed, not picket-fence evenly spaced.

Using the chisel side, scribble in the placement of the shrubs with AspireColor Marker GY48 Yellow Green.


With the fine-tip end, draw in some palm fronds with AspireColor Marker GY59 Pale Green.


Reinforce the black areas on the left side of the roof, around the windows as shown and on the left side of the glass tower lower band.


Step 4 - Instructions above

Step 5: With AspireColor Marker Y42 Bronze Green and G43 Deep Olive Green, use the chisel end to draw flicks of palm fronds in a starburst formation using the example below as a general guide. Switch to the fine-tip end to give a few palm frond tips a sharper end.


Lay in the trunk of the palm tree with broad strokes of AspireColor Marker YR25 Salmon Pink. Then use BR96 Mahogany with the tip of the marker and with jagged strokes cover most of the trunk, letting some of the pink peek through on the right side. Shade the trunk using jagged stroke and the fine-tip end of AspireColor Marker BR95 Burnt Sienna.

Color the ocean with broad horizontal strokes using AspireColor Marker PB76 Sky Blue and immediately using B67 Pastel Blue to blend into a new color. It will be blotchy, but that’s great because it imitates ocean waves and windy patches.


Reinforce the left edge of the lighthouse tower with a thin line of AspireColor Marker CG4 Cool Grey.


Shade the pathway using horizontal strokes and the chisel end with AspireColor Marker BR104 Brown Grey.


Scribble in some foliage with AspireColor Marker GY167 Pale Green Light, letting some of the background paper show through for sparkle.


Add some variation in the shrubbery with AspireColor Marker GY47 Grass Green using the chisel side.


Step 5 - Instructions above

Step 6: For the final touches, color in the hills in the distance using AspireColor Marker P83 Lavendar with long horizontal strokes, not blending, as this hints at land mass variations.


Create a few small dots and flicks to hint at individual leaves in the shrubs with AspireColor Marker GY47 Grass Green and a few of G42 Deep Olive Green.


Using the 0.4mm tip fineliner illustration pen included in your AspireColor set, draw a tiny thin line for the tower antennae and around a few of the window frames.


Lastly, using the chisel edge of the palest blue, AspireColor Marker PB185 Blue Light, draw some horizontal strokes in the sky to hint at the sky peaking through clouds. Make sure you don’t create uniform strokes and shapes, as nature is not cookie-cutter and you will want variety in sizes of clouds and the distances between them.


Step 6 - Final touches, instructions above

Sign your masterpiece and enjoy!