Realistic coloring. Realistic advice.

Tired of banging your head against the wall when the latest free tutorial or marker recipe doesn't turn out the way it looks online?

Looking for something beyond blend, blend, blend?

Frustrated because everything you color looks flat?

Realism isn't difficult... but it is downright impossible if you stick to crafty coloring shortcuts and standard blending techniques.

Real life is full of texture, pattern, contrast, and desaturation. Life is so much more than light-medium-dark blending combinations.

Let's add some life to your coloring!

You can do this!

Latest Video:

This one’s all about realistic food texture

…stop trying to blend everything smooth! Real life is not smooth and your coloring should not be super smooth either!

Latest Livestream:

Cool down this summer heat with a cool neutral palette!

Join Amy for a fun lesson on developing texture and transparency with Copic Markers and Prismacolor Colored Pencils on mid-toned kraft paper.

Amy shows you her techniques for skipping and scumbling to more accurately capture a variety of textures to enhance the realism in your coloring projects. Sand is not smooth, coral is not smooth, and starfish are never smooth, so why do you keep blending them?

Then we’ll tackle the gorgeous glass cloche dome with Amy providing several of her best glass secrets. You’ll love how easy it is to create stunning glass effects!

Friday, August 9th at 11am EDT

Replay available for those who can't attend or want to watch it again!

Vanilla Livestream is recommended for intermediate to advanced colorers. Basic techniques are not covered.

"Strawberry Trio" the week 12 project in Marker Painting Foundations

From beginner to wow!

Marker Painting Foundations is a beginner level class and a new approach to adult coloring.

Learn to use your Copic Markers the way artists use paint- with style, originality, and amazing depth & dimension. MPF is a drastic change from adult coloring tutorials which lock you into using specific recipes and follow-the-leader style demonstrations.

No more copy-catting!

You can color independently with confidence. You can get realism and artistic flair from your Copics

You can learn to paint with markers!


Latest Workshop Class:

Forever Access!

Marker Painting Workshops provide challenges for colorers who want to do more than blend!

Calendula is a 90 minute online course which shows you how to expertly use Copic markers and colored pencils to add dimension and realism to yellow florals using the overpainting technique.

If you’ve tried underpainting with Amy, you’ll love the added challenge of overpainting!

Calendula is the perfect companion to Lemon Zest, giving you comprehensive yellow instruction. Over or under, delicate or bold… you’ll never shade with orange again.

Two Technique Deep Dive videos are included, one on how to accurately shade the color yellow and one on ditching the rules for greater artistry.

Helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides help you color on your own. Technique instructional handouts guide you through the process.

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