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!

 Join Amy Shulke of Vanilla Arts Company for a relaxing colored pencil art retreat for intermediate and advanced colorers. |

fall colored pencil retreat

Online lessons and once-a-month sessions are fun but they can not replicate the value and joy of working side by side with an artist.

Join Amy for a relaxing yet challenging art retreat in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. This time of concentration is designed to help you grow in confidence, artistry, and technique; all while enjoying a secluded lakefront property ablaze with autumn color.

The goal for our mini-week will be to get you coloring more like an artist- working on large scale colored pencil images with greater realism and detail. This isn't copy-cat coloring, this is art!

Session #2: Fri, Oct 19 to Tues, Oct 23

Two spaces available



simple, yet beautiful!

Change your mindset and you'll change your coloring!

Taste of Vanilla is a FREE monthly mini-lesson program. We explore supplies, techniques, and methods from the artist's perspective.

Color like an artist, not like a colorer! Grow in confidence, independence, and personal style.

 Taste of Vanilla - FREE mini-lessons, changing your mindset about Copic Markers and colored pencils to help you add artistry, maturity, and realism to your coloring projects. | | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #coloring #howtocolor #realisticcoloring

Latest Livestream:

Amazing Maize-

Is your coloring a bit flat?

And do you also use lots of bright and gorgeous color? Those two things may be related!

Join Amy for a fun lesson about Universal Shading. Your insistence upon using only pretty colors kills off your chance to create amazing depth, dimension, and realism. Universal Shading solves that problem.

And pssssttt… it also makes coloring a heck of a lot easier!

Friday, October 12th 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!



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

"Ink & Hydrangea" is a 3.5 hour course on use of the Color Shifting technique to enhance the feeling of depth and distance in your realistic coloring projects.


  • Technique Deep Dive video shows you the theory behind Color Shifting and how to adjust your color temperatures.
  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary
  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides
  • technique instructional handouts

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