Do you use Copic math?
You sit down for a little Copic coloring time.
You decide to color a daisy, or a fluffy bunny, or a piece of cake.
So you pick out your main color and then you start doing the math...
"Let's see, if my cake is YR31 then my shade color would be YR31 + 2 = YR33 but they don't make a YR33 marker, so maybe I need to do +3 or +4... but they don't make those markers. Darn it!
So let's try YR31 + 10 + 2 = YR43 but they don't make that marker either! Ack!"
Wait a minute, did you want to color or did you want to do math equations?
Look, I know they mean well...
The idea started out simply- find an easy way for colorers to choose the correct shade colors for any project.
A lot of colorers swear by this addition method. "It's totally great!" It takes the guesses out of shading.
And the shading you get looks kind'a, maybe, sort'a almost realistic. Or at least "realer" than your projects looked before.
But hold on. I'm about to blow your mind...
Did you know that artists do not shade?
This shading stuff? Shading is something crafters do.
But artists? The folks who paint and draw with stunning realism? We don't shade and we definitely don't do math problems to choose our colors.
Don't you love the part of the show where Bob Ross sits down and does long division to decide which tube of paint to use?
NO! Bob Ross never had a math segment because ARTISTS DON'T DO MATH!
So how do artists create depth, dimension, and realism?
All objects have a shape, correct? Cubes, spheres, cylinders, or strange organic shapes that are hard to define.
And all three dimensional shapes have edges, right? The sides, tops, and bottoms.
As those edges get further away from us, the color desaturates- it gets grayer and less brilliant, less pure.
So all of those Copic formulas telling you to color the edges of an object one or two steps darker? They're telling you to do the wrong thing!
Copic says to ADD more color when you should be using LESS color.
And that's why your coloring isn't getting more realistic.
You can practice and practice and practice... but if you're always "shading" using Copic math, you are never going to add any realism.
Artists do not "shade". We use our eyes and our powers of observation to determine what the color is doing as it moves away from us. Then we duplicate what we see on our projects. That's Color Sculpting.
Relax, it's easier than it sounds!
People have been using this method for centuries. They used to teach it to kids, so YOU can totally learn to do it too!
It's not magic.
It's not math.
It's using the eyes in your head and the brain behind them. You were born with all the tools required to color sculpt, you just need to learn to pay attention to what you're seeing!
Join me for an online introduction to Color Sculpting
Friday, January 19th at 10:00 am EST
Livestream #3, using Power Poppy's "Layer Cake"
(Here's a handy-dandy time zone converter to calculate your local time)
What is Vanilla Live-Stream?
It's a live broadcast- just like the evening news but with me instead of the creepy weather guy in a toupee...
We'll have fun coloring with lots of Copics!
This is just like my local advanced level coloring class but online.
I'll walk you through my creation process, discussing the ins and outs of each image. We'll cover a bunch of artsy tips and tricks which you can apply to tons of other projects. There's even a live chat feed so that you can ask questions and I'll answer live.
Every month, we tackle a new art technique, helping you develop your artistic skills and realism!
Can't attend live?
Not a problem!
All monthly livestreams are recorded and are available to members immediately for replay. You can watch this archived session (plus several more), playing and replaying them as many times as you need to understand the lesson and fnish the project.
You can't do that in my live class!
20% off "Layer Cake"
Marcella Hawley, the amazing artist at Power Poppy is giving all my Patreon members 20% off the class digital stamp!
It's an instant download from PowerPoppy.com; just print it to a Copic safe paper and color along with me!
Patreon Members: log into the class page to get your monthly discount code.
Want more info about how this works?
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You must be an enrolled at Patreon.com/VanillaArtsCo to participate
Friday, January 19th at 10 am EST
Lesson: Color Sculpting technique for realism, focus on white or light colored objects
Stamp: Layer Cake by Power Poppy
Medium: Copic Marker, Prismacolor Premier Pencils, Distress Ink (optional background)
Skill Level: Intermediate through advanced colorers. Once you can blend Copics smoothly and with confidence, you're ready to join us! No drawing skills necessary.
Join me online for an Intro to Color Sculpting
And lots of fun!