Drawing faces on balloons

The face can be the most important detail when making a character and the focal point of a design because that is the first thing we look at. It is not as important as it is drawn in detail, it is important how the expression of that character's face and his character is presented.


When I draw faces, I usually search the idea and inspiration on the internet by the keywords of the character I am making. So, for example, I drew quite beautiful dreamy-in-love eyes in the picture above, but I did not draw them straight in line and thus ruined everything. Therefore, the position of the cartoon elements on the face should also be taken into consideration, ie it should be concentrated on the work.


What is also important is the choice of the tip pen. For latex balloons I use quick-drying markers which come in two variants:

  • First is the one where the color is separated from the color activator and it needs to be shaken to mix the ingredients. Such markers often contain a ball which helps to mix the color with the activator. This type of quick-drying markers is great for filling larger surfaces, especially as a second paint, as well as for color mixing. Specifically, when you draw over an already drawn part that is already dry, the color activator in this quick-dying tip will still dissolve the bottom layer and the two colors will mix. The other problem with these markers is if the color and the activator are not sufficiently mixed, ie the color activator is separated and the balloon may burst from this chemical.
  • Another type of high-speed markers suitable for balloons is the so-called Permanent markers, which do not need to be shaken, and they are ideal for drawing thin lines, and when I want to draw details in lighter color over darker without mix colors. Those markers do not dissolve another color, because they are made out of different composition and do not contain solvent.

I have heard about the problem of some types of quick-dying markers when the balloon burst, that it is possible for the paint to spill over someone's clothing (supposedly one bride), even though it was dry on the balloon, but after the balloon burst, these crumbs move to the first surface that accepts, and they remain there. I don't know if that's true.

Basically, there are several types of quick-dying markers that can be used on balloons, and each has its advantages and disadvantages.