Art of Coloring: Advanced Copic Class on Strong Color Combos, "Hollyhock"

Advanced Copic coloring class for Sept 2016, "Hollyhock" learning to tame strong colors |

Bold Blooms...

Join my advanced coloring class as we take on a last burst of summer with this "Hollyhock" botanical image.

Marker blending combinations almost always run from light to dark. This month, we're learning how to control the transition from one high number marker to another

Wednesday, September 21 from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, September 22 from 6 to 8:30pm

Please note the new week for the Wednesday class. We're moving this class up a week to better allow these students to attend watercolor classes.

Remember When Scrapbooking in Macomb Township, Michigan. Seats are limited so call to RSVP

Lesson: Bold to Bold Color Transitions

Image: "Hollyhock" by Vanilla Arts Co.

Friday Art: Threeby color study, "Lotus" in Copic and Luminance Pencil

Beeson Lotus Threebie Instagram.jpg

A little color study for you today

And by little, I do mean little... at least for me.

I try to do at least one color study per week, it's my way of keeping my drawing skills sharp.

99.999% of my work outside the classroom setting is devoted to developing class curriculum. This means that I spend a ton of time working below my skill level, out of my style, or using a commercial image. I love teaching but it definitely takes a toll on my creative spirit.

Threebys are like yoga for my brain

At only 3 inches square, I can't make the "I don't have time for that" excuse. So even if an image takes me several hours over many days to complete, it's still a fraction of the time a large scale image would take.

The constraint of working small also forces me to focus on only the most important details. Maybe I work on accurately capturing shape or spacing. Sometimes I celebrate color. I try not to much time planning; not planning something to death is a lesson in itself. 

Few of my Threebys are worthy of public viewing- they're exercises, not the main event. You can find them scattered around my studio, in the bottoms of drawers, wedged in-between pots of gesso and GAC. Most hit the circular file after spending a few weeks bouncing around my desktop.

I've decided to start taking my Threebys more seriously

I'll start posting some of them here.

They're a peek into my brain. If you're clever, you may catch new techniques born here. Or product testing. Or new color combinations.

Thanks to Linda Beeson for the Lotus photo!

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