Realistic Coloring: How to add authentic texture to your Copic Marker and colored pencil projects

Realistic Coloring: How to add authentic texture to your Copic Marker and colored pencil projects

Do you blend everything smooth?

My latest Copic Marker Coloring Tips video at YouTube is all about texture.

As a beginner, most colorers focus on blending skills. After all, the blends are what originally attracted you to markers in the first place.

So you dream about blending, you practice blending, and the color blends are what you notice most when you go online to look at other coloring projects and tutorials.

Blend, blend, blend.

But wait, are you stuck on blending?

New Online Copic Course - Marker Painting Foundations is open!

 

Beginner lessons can be fun!

Beginner level coloring doesn't have to make you feel like a kindergartner.

You're an adult, right? Just because you're new to something doesn't mean that you come into it with an empty brain and zero skills.

Somehow you managed not to kill yourself with Crayola crayons back when you were in grade school. So instead of spending hours coloring blending boxes and sphere exercises, we're jumping right into the fun and challenging stuff.

Because no one starts from square one with coloring.

Week one was full of consumer information

All the marker details that Copic lovers crave. Beginner marker suggestions, product knowledge, nib styles...

And the dreaded Copic numbering system.

 

Week two is full of kisses

And lots of paper details like fiber content and coatings and composites... basically, we're eliminating the confusion you face when trying to choose marker papers, cardstocks, and papers for mixed media.

Plus we're getting ready to explode a marker.

Not. Kidding.

It's not too late to join!

Marker Painting Foundations does not have a sign up period. There's no official start date.

Always open enrollment. Start anytime.

Lessons are fed to you on a regular basis so you always start with lesson one instead of joining a class in progress.

And because you have forever access, there is no such thing as falling behind! If life gets busy or you extend your Caribbean vacation by another month, you simply pick up where you left off. Do what you can, when you can.

 

You'll love the concepts and the discussions!

I never do anything normal, so you know I've got a unique take on beginner marker lessons.

My videos and exercises will challenge your thinking and the student discussion board helps us clarify ideas and expand upon the topic.

 

Every colorer has knowledge gaps

Marker Painting Foundations- 12 weeks to learn Copic coloring online. | VanillaArts.com

Especially if you're self taught. You can only get so much from reading blogs and watching free YouTube tutorials.

Now is the time to fill in the gaps and get some real instructor feedback.

Improve your coloring- whether you're a beginner, an intermediate, or someone looking to move from regular Copic blend-coloring to convincing depth and realism.

 

Join the Marker Painting Foundations class

This is more than coloring, it's painting with markers.

And you can do this!

Marker Painting Foundations: A beginner's Copic coloring course (more than exercises!)

 

I'm breaking all the rules!

Marker Painting Foundations, my brand new, online Copic Marker coloring course does not look like your usual introductory level class.

Nope. Because coloring little blending squares and sphere exercises is pretty darned boring!

Don't worry, we still cover all the good stuff:

  • What marker colors to start collecting

  • What supplies to purchase

  • How to hold the marker

  • What order to apply colors

  • Essential marker stroke techniques

  • How to fix a mistake

  • How to blend

  • How to fix blending problems

  • How to shape and layer objects

 

And once I've got all the essentials covered, we move on to coloring.

Real coloring.

Because you're an adult; you really don't want to color kindergarten level images any longer than necessary.

The whole point of an extended length course is to turbo charge your coloring abilities. That means ditching the cartoony digi stamps and jumping right into the realism.

We're covering the foundational materials WHILE we color, with style!

Learn to blend outside the normal Copic blending groups with a cocktail lesson.

Learn to blend outside the normal Copic blending groups with a cocktail lesson.

Create depth and learn to layer with a floral lesson.

Create depth and learn to layer with a floral lesson.

Learn to enhance your marker work with this lesson on highlight and frost.

Learn to enhance your marker work with this lesson on highlight and frost.

Learn texture and deep desaturation with this strawberry lesson.

Learn texture and deep desaturation with this strawberry lesson.

This course is perfect for:

  • complete beginners

  • self taught colorers who feel as if they've missed key information

  • long time beginners who still encounter problems with blending, shading, or developing convincing depth

  • frustrated colorers who struggle when coloring unfamiliar stamps

  • colorers who find themselves in a rut where every image starts to look the same

  • crafters wishing to push beyond craft level coloring, to boost depth, realism, and artistry in their projects


Marker Painting Foundations: color with confidence

Get it right, right from the start.

Because you can't color artistically if you're always worrying about the basics.

Marker Painting Foundations: A beginner's Copic course that is more than coloring exercises. | VanillaArts.com

This Twelve Week Course includes:

  • lifetime access to the entire course and all support systems

  • 30 to 60 minutes of video every week- fully narrated lessons with technique demonstrations

  • mid-week supplemental handouts to spark further thought

  • supplemental handouts combine to form a printed reference manual for a lifetime of use and reuse

  • 12 useful and reusable PNG digital stamps (also PDF and JPG alternate formats)

  • bonus supplementals and consumer information to help support your understanding of marker painting techniques

  • support community board for instructor guidance, student interaction, help, Q&A

  • grandfather status to new course materials when I make curriculum improvements and upgrades

Class launches Friday, January 13th 2017

Get in on Foundations from the beginning! 

Always open enrollment. Join any time.

I can't wait to color with you!

 
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Advanced Copic Marker & colored pencil: "Fair Isle Stocking"

 
"Fair Isle Stocking" a Copic and colored pencil coloring lesson for intermediate + students. | VanillaArts.com
 
 

Texture, texture, texture...

Most crafters love the smooth blending effects that Copic Markers offer.

But life is full of texture. The first step to adding realism to your images is to admit that smooth blending is not appropriate for every single stamp image you color. Real life is full of lumpy, bumpy, and craggy surfaces.

Knit objects are one of those stamps that look so much better with texture. This month, we'll knit and purl with markers and colored pencils!

Join us for art based coloring lessons. You'll love the students and the challenge!

Wednesday, Dec 14th from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, Dec 15th from 6 to 8:30pm

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

Lesson: Knitting with Markers

Image: "Fair Isle Stocking" by Vanilla Arts Co.*

"Fair Isle Stocking" a Copic and colored pencil coloring lesson for intermediate + students. | VanillaArts.com