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:

Lesson: The Value of Values

Depth & Realism are not about color

Too many colorers get bogged down by the color selection process!

Because you've been taught to color with blending combinations, you've likely developed the idea that depth, dimension, and realism are the result of using the perfect marker colors.

But that's not true.

Depth and dimension come from values, not color.

So how do we learn to choose and use our values wisely?

Simple. Strip away the color and start focusing on nothing but value.

Join Amy for an entertaining yet valuable lesson on how to visualize and use accurate values in all your coloring projects. This lesson will not only improve the depth of your projects but it will simplify the color selection process for you in the future.

Plus Amy will throw in her favorite method for coloring realistic grass. Stop coloring grass that looks like fur or forests. Grassy grass is simple but you've got to think it through!

Saturday, September 14th at 11am EDT

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

Monthly challenge projects for intermediate colorers. Copic, colored pencil, pens & novelty inks. Every month a fresh lesson using a new Power Poppy digital stamp. | VanillaArts.com | #copicmarker #coloredpencil #realisticcoloring

"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!

Scarlet Geranium is over 2 hours of video based instruction which includes an interesting sidebar discussion on how to build fences to increase your coloring accuracy.

Scarlet Geranium is the perfect companion to Sakura Blossoms where Amy explores the importance of coloring with the correct values for depth in floral images. She outlines her method to avoid projects that turn out paler than you expected.

Scarlet Geranium includes a Technique Deep Dive video where Amy shows you why good fences make great neighbors. Learn how to build fences to increase your coloring accuracy!

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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