You've got a great stamp image and lots of pretty Copic Markers
A lot of people get stuck right there.
Either they panic because they don't know where to start or they plow onward despite feeling lost.
Neither tactic results in good coloring. Neither method will ever result in the kind of coloring you admire on blogs and YouTube.
And it's not about blending. I know, some people will tell you "Go take a Copic class and learn how to blend. Then it'll get better."
But blending skills are not enough. You can be the best blender in the world...
People could fall at your feet in awe...
The angels might cry over your fantastic blending skills...
Your coloring friends might give you nick-names like "Silkie" or "Smooth Rider" and they might spread word about your amazing abilities to towns, villages, and even the most remote hamlets...
But it's all a lot of nothin'
if you don't know where to put the shade
How many blog articles on better blending have you saved?
How many inspirational projects have you pinned?
How many times have you patted yourself on the back for rescuing a blended are that was quickly heading south?
How many times have you wished upon a star "Oh, if I could only blend like that lady that blog the other day..."
You're wishing for the wrong thing
Anyone can blend. There's no special skill involved; in fact, many people stumble into good blending techniques from simple experimentation and practice. I hate to break it to you but blending isn't that hard.
Copic Markers want to blend. It's a chemical thing that's embedded into their physical makeup. They're a single purpose tool whose whole reason for being on this earth is to blend.
All you have to do is get out of the way and let the marker do it's job.
Smooth blending is n0t the reason why amazing projects look amazing
It's all about the shade.
If you want to improve the look of your finished marker projects, you have to stop guessing where the shade goes.
I know you've done it:
"Hmmmm... maybe I'll put the dark markers over in this corner..."
"I'll put some shady colors over on this side because that's what this handy little sunlight-directional arrow chart is telling me to do..."
Shade is the key to coloring with depth and dimension but if you're always guessing where it goes... well, I hate to break it to you, but that problem isn't going to solve itself.
Depth and dimension doesn't just happen because you included some shady areas in your project. You can't just thow some darks on willy-nilly. Nope, you've got to choose the correct colors for shade and get those colors into the areas where it will look the most natural and realistic.
Realism comes easily when you understand where to place your shade and highlights. But it's not a skill you can learn in three blog posts.
Most Copic instructors focus on blending skills or playing with fun and trendy techniques. They teach you how to color like a crafter.
I approach the subject differently.
Marker Painting Foundations teaches you to paint with your markers, to use your markers the same way artists and trained illustrators do.
We break down images in order to understand their parts and what the shapes represent. Then you learn how to apply the same mental processes and techniques to other images.
And don't get intimidated, this is not an advanced class! This is beginner level instruction designed to get you started using Copic markers correctly, right from day one. The projects are all beginner level but the results you'll get look advanced!
Enroll at any time, work at your own pace
Students always start with lesson one, so you'll never feel as if you're the lone newbie on the block.
Twelve weeks and twenty six lessons and over a dozen digital stamps designed to challenge your thinking.
Rethink the way you approach markers. Color confidently with a better understanding of color, shade, shadow, light, and highlights.
You can do this!