Be good and follow the rules...
But what if the rules are silly and rather useless?
And what if the rules lock you into a lifetime of flat, bland, childish coloring?
You've been sold a bill of goods
You fell for the snake oil and bought the Brooklyn Bridge.
To blend Copic Markers smoothly, choose markers from the same color family. Always match the first (intermediate) number, then select markers whose final number are at least 2 spaces apart.
I'm not saying the trio method doesn't work. Markers matched according to the trio rules do blend rather well.
But trios are a complete snoozefest.
They also lock you into flat, cartoonish coloring. Do you want depth, dimension, and realism?
Then you have to break the rules.
I understand the desire for rules
A lot of Copic fans come to coloring from the craft world where projects are laid out for you in numbered steps:
To color a martini:
Starting with a YG95 marker, gently fill in the entire olive with a single coat of marker. Do not leave any white space or go outside the olive's outline.
With a YG97 marker, add a small crescent shape to the right side of the olive.
yadda, yadda, yadda...
Tutorials like this make self-teaching easier, right?
So do recipes. "Color a perfect Maraschino Cherry with these three markers!"
Recipes not only take the guess work out of coloring, they also act as an escape clause for colorers.
So this martini project doesn't look very real but it's not me that failed, it's the recipe. I could color like a professional if I could just find the perfect blending combination!
If you want to color with depth & realism: rethink the rules
Actually, you need to pitch the rules right out the window.
And burn your recipes in a backyard bonfire.
In my new beginner level coloring course, I teach marker students to approach color as painters do, using color as a flexible tool rather than a set formula.
You don't have to be a formally trained artist to use color instinctively and convincingly. Everyone can use painterly techniques.
You don't have to be locked into a lifetime of coloring tutorials.
You can learn to color independently without the need of recipes and rules.
break the rules. color like a rebel.
Marker Painting Foundations is a twelve week course with 26 lessons.
Real lessons, not demonstrations. We use real images, not exercise boxes and spheres.
In weeks 1 to 3, we work on the standard blending thing. How to do it, how to trouble shoot it, understanding from a chemical level how blending works. It's basic stuff but with my usual Vanilla twists.
But starting in week 4, we get crazy and branch out into areas no other marker course goes:
value teeter tottering
shade versus shadow
pushing with desaturation
hot spots and low lights
Uhm, yeah. This is all beginner stuff too. This is the stuff that crafty tutorial writers don't know or don't understand.
My goal isn't to teach you how to color this stamp or that stamp. I want to give you lifetime tools.
I want you to blend like a rebel and color like an artist.