Dimensional vs. Realistic Coloring: What's the Difference? (Copic Markers, Colored Pencils)

Dimensional vs. Realistic Coloring: What's the Difference? (Copic Markers, Colored Pencils)

The downside of dimensional coloring

So you have colored with Copic Markers and colored pencils for a long time now. You’ve got lots of beautiful coloring projects under your belt. You are NOT inexperienced!

And yet when you look at this fox, you are blown away…

Because this is sooooo not the same kind of coloring that you do.

But why not?

Why can’t YOU color with realism?

The Color of Midnight: How to Create a Spooky Mood and a Realistic Glow (Copic Marker, Colored Pencil)

The Color of Midnight: How to Create a Spooky Mood and a Realistic Glow (Copic Marker, Colored Pencil)

The Color of Midnight: How to Create a Spooky Mood and a Realistic Glow (Copic Marker, Colored Pencil)

We simply cannot see clean, clear color at night. Hues do not exist in the dark. At night, the whole world is deep, dark, murky, and blackened. We call this “desaturated” but the truth is that because of our terrible eyesight, night time is extreme desaturation.

Keep Coloring: 5 Tips to Deal With Ugly Duckling Art Projects (Copic Markers, Colored Pencils)

Keep Coloring: 5 Tips to Deal With Ugly Duckling Art Projects (Copic Markers, Colored Pencils)

 You’re halfway into the Copic Marker or colored pencil project and things are not going well. There’s no way of dancing around it. The may only be half finished, but man! This looks TERRIBLE!!! What happened? Did you waste all that time and your expensive supplies? Should you just throw the dumb thing out? Maybe; just maybe… you’re not good enough to be a real artist? Stop right there! Today’s Inkwell is a blast of realistic insight on the normal creative process. Don’t pack up your Copics just yet!

Artistic Coloring: 10 Tools that Never Leave my Desk (Copic Marker & Colored Pencil)

Artistic Coloring: 10 Tools that Never Leave my Desk (Copic Marker & Colored Pencil)

“What do I need to buy for this class?” The supply lists for your average coloring class or free tutorial, whether it’s with Copic Marker or colored pencil… well, they’re always a little spartan. The list tells you exactly what you’ll need to complete the class project. Nothing more. Nothing less. Meanwhile in art classes, you’ll get a general supply list of things you sorta-kinda-maybe might need at some point. Today, let’s look at the top 10 tools I use every day, things that I grab so often, they never get put away. Some tools are borrowed from my work as an illustrator and may be new to you while others are common in the papercrafting world…