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:

Practice works... until it doesn't. What happens when you hit a plateau and you aren't improving anymore?

Learn why rushing to practice can actually slow you down, and what to do about it.

Latest Livestream:

Pretty in Pink-

Pink sounds like such an easy idea. It’s soft and delicate and oh so sedate…

Except your pink Copic projects tend to glow and scream loudly “Hey world, I’m the pinkest of the pinks!”

What happened?

RV Copic markers have some interesting characteristics not found in the other marker color families. Learn how to avoid choosing pinks that are anything but quiet and sedate.

But also, part of the problem is you. We’ll discuss why projects tend to get darker than you intended and what you can do to keep things soft and delicate.

Friday, April 12th at 11am EST

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!

"Velveteen Rabbit" is a nearly 4 hour course which shows you how to expertly use Copic markers and colored pencils to achieve that cuddly rabbit fur and those realistic glassy eyes. Learn how to bring life and personality to this cute bunny and other animals like her.

  • Technique Deep Dive video teaches how to control your pencil for professional results

  • extended cut demonstration videos with instructional commentary

  • helpful lesson aids including photo references and color guides

  • technique instructional handouts

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