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Loud & Vibrant Color: Finding Balance for Outrageous Colors

 
Vanilla Livestream lessons for Copic colorers. Ultramarine Blue is a bold and vibrant color which can easily overwhelm your projects. Learn to balance gem tones to make mature and sophisticated color palettes. | VanillaArts.com
 
 

A clown Car crash?

We've all been there.

You pull out your favorite color marker for a brand new stamp. Maybe it's Ruby Red, Emerald Green, or Ultramarine Blue.

Oh, glorious color! So yummy.

Vanilla Livestream lessons for Copic colorers. Ultramarine Blue is a bold and vibrant color which can easily overwhelm your projects. Learn to balance gem tones to make mature and sophisticated color palettes. | VanillaArts.com

But the stamp image has lots of little pieces and elements to it, and every one of those things needs another color.

So you end up grabbing lots of other markers, just to make it work.

And when you're done, it looks like the aftermath of a Crayola factory explosion.

Color riots happen to the best of us!

They're a bit embarrassing because you're not an eight year old girl. Adults are supposed to have better color sense and mature taste...

...right?

A simple color like Ultramarine Blue can take over and dominate any image. It's so loud and attention hogging that suddenly all you see is glowing blue.

"Gem tones" are the nice name for vibrant extroverted color.

"Obnoxious" is a little closer to the truth though.

I suspect this is why Copic sells so many 0, 00, and 000 markers. People want to use bolder colors but they can't figure out how to do it with sophistication and taste.

 

But the world is full vibrancy!

And darn it, we want to use our favorite color!

Finding balance is the key to using extroverted color. Balanced color palettes add serenity and restore order to lively color.

Vanilla Livestream lessons for Copic colorers. Ultramarine Blue is a bold and vibrant color which can easily overwhelm your projects. Learn to balance gem tones to make mature and sophisticated color palettes. | VanillaArts.com

But color palettes can be intimidating. You've seen pre-made color palettes on Pinterest and other websites... but creating your own color palettes? That sounds hard!

So let me ask you...

How's that grabbin' colors at random method woking out for you?

Four simple steps...

Yes, I use four simple steps when I design new color palettes for student projects and those for my professional artwork.

And it's not hard. You don't need an advanced degree or a genius I.Q. to do it.

  1. Minimize

  2. Neutralize

  3. Balance

  4. Desaturate

That sounds fancy but I can show you how to do it in just one lesson!

You can learn to balance your vibrant Copic Markers and Colored Pencils to create mature and sophisticated coloring projects!

 

Join me for an online introduction to Color balance

Learn to tame your favorite bold and vivacious colors so that they fit nicely within your project instead of grabbing center stage.

It's not hard. You can do this!

Sorry, this class has expired. For the current list of Vanilla Livestream classes, please see here.

Vanilla Livestream lessons for Copic colorers. Ultramarine Blue is a bold and vibrant color which can easily overwhelm your projects. Learn to balance gem tones to make mature and sophisticated color palettes. | VanillaArts.com
 

What is Vanilla Live-Stream?

It's a live broadcast- just like the evening news but with me instead of the creepy weather guy in a toupee...

Vanilla Livestream lessons for Copic colorers. Ultramarine Blue is a bold and vibrant color which can easily overwhelm your projects. Learn to balance gem tones to make mature and sophisticated color palettes. | VanillaArts.com

We'll have fun coloring with lots of Copics!

This is just like my local intermediate & advanced level coloring class, but online!

I'll walk you through my creation process, discussing the ins and outs of each image. We always cover a bunch of artsy tips and tricks which you can apply to tons of other projects. There's even a live chat feed so that you can ask questions and I'll answer live.

Every month, we tackle a new art technique or process, helping you develop your artistic skills and realism!

Can't attend live?

Not a problem!

All livestreams are recorded and available to members immediately for replay. You can watch six months worth of recorded sessions, replaying them as many times as you need to understand the lesson and finish the project.

You can't do that in my live class!

 

20% off Heart Abloom!

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Marcella Hawley, the amazing artist at Power Poppy is giving all my Patreon members 20% off the class digital stamp! It's an instant download from PowerPoppy.com; just print it to a Copic safe paper and color along with me!

Want to know more about how this works?

Want the project supply list and lesson info?

 

march Live-Stream:

Vanilla Livestream lessons for Copic colorers. Ultramarine Blue is a bold and vibrant color which can easily overwhelm your projects. Learn to balance gem tones to make mature and sophisticated color palettes. | VanillaArts.com

You must be an enrolled at Patreon.com/VanillaArtsCo to participate

Sorry, this class has expired. For the current list of Vanilla Livestream classes, please see here.

Lesson: Finding balance for gem tones and vibrant colors

Stamp: Heart Abloom by Power Poppy

Medium: Copic Marker and Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Skill Level: Intermediate through advanced colorers. Once you can blend Copics smoothly with confidence, you're ready to join us! No drawing skills necessary.

 

Join me online for Color balance with ultramarine

And lots of fun!

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The Problem of Pink: Why Copic Blending Trios let you down

 
Pink Copic Blending Trios fail at realism. Why shading with red or hot pink markers disappoints you every time. | VanillaArts.com
 
 

Blending trios stink for pink!

Copic Blending Trios do not really add realism to your coloring. Learn the method artists have been using for centuries- Color Sculpting. It's easier than you think and no math required! | VanillaArts.com

Deep down you know I'm right.

We've all been there. We want to color something pink and according to all the Copic laws, we're supposed to select three pink markers in a row.

Which leaves you sitting there with one or two red markers.

To color something pink?

Yep, and it all goes downhill from there.

Stop shading with red markers!

And ditch the hot pink markers too.

Want to know why your pink coloring always looks nice but totally fake? It's because you're using a BLENDING combination instead of a SHADING combination.

They're not the same thing, no matter how many people use the terms interchangeably.

 

Let's try to color pink bunny slippers...

Pink Copic Blending Trios fail at realism. Why shading with red or hot pink markers disappoints you every time. | VanillaArts.com

...using the standard Copic rules.

The R20s are a popular Copic Blending Trio and the lighter end of that set feels very pink.

But if we use the +2 method, we end up with R24 which next to R20 looks downright red. I don't see any red in that bunny slipper photo!

Instead, let's try some RVs. RV11 might work but look at where that run of color leads us. I don't see any pinkish-purple in our bunny slipper photo either.

So then you fall back to the standard Copic Cop-out.

Yes, the Copic Cop-out.

When you can't shade something accurately, you step all the way down to the zeros and color the slippers super pale.

Because at least they're still pink then, right?

So basically, the Copic rules are saying that we can never color anything medium pink.

Nope, you have two choices in Copic-land: you can either shade with an inappropriately dark red or magenta OR you can make everything washed out and barely pink.

 

But the world is full of medium pink!

Pink Copic Blending Trios fail at realism. Why shading with red or hot pink markers disappoints you every time. | VanillaArts.com

And rose, blush, salmon, coral, amaranth, flamingo, and tons of other glorious middle range warm rosy colors.

Look, the problem isn't with Copics markers, the problem is with Copic Blending Trios.

You've locked yourself into a world of coloring by the numbers, using mathematics when you should be using your eyes.

You're also trying to squeeze realism and realistic depth out of a marker rule that wasn't designed to generate realistic color.

That Copic "shading" technique? It's a shortcut for quick and easy coloring projects.

Artists do not do this weird shading thing that Copic experts teach. Artists don't purchase or mix paint, pencils, or pastels using "+2" or "+10 +2" rules. In four and a half years of art school and decades as an illustrator, I've never taken a class or read a method where you step-up in color to simulate a step-back in depth. This Copic shading stuff simply doesn't work for realism.

And Copic's pink problem makes that crystal clear.

 

Join me for an online introduction to Color Sculpting

Color sculpting is a method that has been used for centuries to create depth, dimension, and realism. 

It's not hard. You can do it too!

Sorry, this class has expired. For the current list of Vanilla Livestream classes, please see here.

Pink Copic Blending Trios fail at realism. Why shading with red or hot pink markers disappoints you every time. | VanillaArts.com
 

What is Vanilla Live-Stream?

It's a live broadcast- just like the evening news but with me instead of the creepy weather guy in a toupee...

Pink Copic Blending Trios fail at realism. Why shading with red or hot pink markers disappoints you every time. | VanillaArts.com

We'll have fun coloring with lots of Copics!

This is just like my local advanced level coloring class but online. 

I'll walk you through my creation process, discussing the ins and outs of each image. We always cover a bunch of artsy tips and tricks which you can apply to tons of other projects. There's even a live chat feed so that you can ask questions and I'll answer live.

Every month, we tackle a new art technique, helping you develop your artistic skills and realism!

Can't attend live?

Not a problem!

All livestreams are recorded and available to members immediately for replay. You can watch six months worth of recorded sessions, playing and replaying them as many times as you need to understand the lesson and finish the project.

You can't do that in my live class!

 

20% off "Rose' All Day"

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Marcella Hawley, the amazing artist at Power Poppy is giving all my Patreon members 20% off the class digital stamp!

It's an instant download from PowerPoppy.com; just print it to a Copic safe paper and color along with me!

Patreon Members: log into the class page to get your monthly discount code.

Want more info about how this works?

Want the January supply list and lesson info?

 

February Live-Stream:

Pink Copic Blending Trios fail at realism. Why shading with red or hot pink markers disappoints you every time. | VanillaArts.com

You must be an enrolled at Patreon.com/VanillaArtsCo to participate

Sorry, this class has expired. For the current list of Vanilla Livestream classes, please see here.

Lesson: Color Sculpting technique for realism, focus on pink and light red objects.

Stamp: Rose' All Day by Power Poppy

Medium: Copic Marker and Prismacolor Premier Pencils

Skill Level: Intermediate through advanced colorers. Once you can blend Copics smoothly with confidence, you're ready to join us! No drawing skills necessary.

 

Join me online for Color Sculpting with Pink

And lots of fun!

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