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?

Copic Marker + Colored Pencil: Shading Complex Objects (Online coloring lesson)

Copic Marker + Colored Pencil: Shading Complex Objects (Online coloring lesson)

Wow, that is so complicated!

What did you think when you first saw the Indian Maize project here?

All those Copic Markers on each little kernel? And then she added colored pencil over the top of each one? I’ll bet it took weeks to color!

Weeks? Really?

I’ve noticed over the years, some very experienced Copic Marker fans add lots of extra steps to the coloring process that don’t really pay off in the end.

A lot of people make dimensional coloring harder than it has to be.

Do you?

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.

Copic Marker + Colored Pencil: Vibrancy & Translucency, a Halloween coloring lesson

Copic Marker + Colored Pencil: Vibrancy & Translucency, a Halloween coloring lesson

Bright color on Kraft paper?

It doesn’t have to be so hard!

Folks, I’ve seen a ton of Colored Pencil on kraft paper tutorials and videos. Ugh, they make my heart sink.

It seems like everyone advises you to basecoat the heck out of everything with thick layers of white colored pencil.

Have you ever tried this?

Because seriously, once you spend 15 minutes coloring everything white, you’ve got no tooth left over then to add all the brilliant color!

If you basecoat in white, you’re saying goodbye to any shot you have at realism.