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 color, color palettes…

… and why you look like an awesome coloring genius in class but the projects at home kinda fizzle and fall flat.

Latest Livestream:

It sounded so easy…

“I’ll color the flowers with a barely-there light green and fade the petals into white edges using a colorless blender…”

But all the greens looked yellow on the paper, so you had to go darker than you wanted.

And then the colorless blender turned the Copic ink all funky blue… and you’re not sure, but it kinda looks like some of your light green areas have faintly purple edges?

What in the heck is going on?

Green Copics are not as advertised - they’re not green ink!

Join Amy for this fun lesson on pale greens which includes a bit o’ color chemistry. We’ll get you coloring the pale greens you want rather than spinning the wheel of fate.

Saturday, May 11th 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!


New Workshop Class:

Forever Access!

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

"Jellybeans" is a nearly 4 hour course which shows you how to expertly use Copic markers and colored pencils to add incredible realism by changing how your brain interprets the shape of objects in the real world.

  • Technique Deep Dive video teaches how to read the roadmap or an object’s form

  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary

  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides

  • technique instructional handouts

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