Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Copic coloring - Tutorial 2

A second popular method of coloring with copics uses fewer markers. The results are a little more muted.

First, pick two color values from each color grouping - one very light and one very dark - you need a very large contrast between your two to make this method work. Color your dark colors onto a non-porous surface - I am using my clear acrylic palatte (with a sheet of white paper under it so you can see the contrast). Anything nonporous will work - CD case, even an acrylic block....

Next, take your lighter color - swipe it through your darker color to pick up some of it

Your tip will look something like this (sorry for the blur - and I forgot this step with the brown so I did it with the green) - see the little dark dab up at the corner? its ok. These markers are designed not to stain when you do this:

Now, color like normal, starting at the edges. The color that you place immediately after your "swipe" will be darkest - as you color more, the dark color will be gone, and you'll be left coloring with the original lighter color. Its a natural shade. If you want more shadows, apply more color direct from the swipe to that portion of your picture. Here, I've added the shadows to the same portion of the same image we used in the first lesson - see how its darker to the bottom right?

And here is my image, all done:

By way of comparison, here is the same image colored using the "first" 3 marker color value blending method (stamp is Unity Stamp Company - Eco Chic)

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