Advanced Copic Marker Class- Food & Photo Realism


Food & Photo Realism

Food illustrations are pretty trendy on the internet now... maybe we're all looking for a little calorie free comfort food?

This time, we'll be studying our photo reference to color white frosting accurately. White isn't white, so we'll discuss my philosophy behind choosing colors for white food (as opposed to coloring non-food white items).

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

"Christmas Cake" an Intermediate/Advanced Copic coloring class by Amy Shulke. Art of Coloring lesson on Food & Photorealism. |

Wednesday, Nov 16th from 1 to 3:30pm

Thursday, Nov 17th from 6 to 8:30pm

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

Lesson: Food & Photo Realism

Image: "Christmas Cake" by Vanilla Arts Co.*

* Yes, I know it's a plum pudding, not a cake. But when Americans think "pudding" we think boxes of instant custard like stuff.

Advanced Copic Class- Celebration Cupcake


It's a coloring party!

Join me for a cupcake coloring session at Remember When.

This is an advanced Copic class using May's Free Digi Club image, "Celebration Cupcake". Learn to color accordion pleats and realistic candles that glow. Finally, we'll color folds and waves in our frosting which is great practice for coloring clothing.

Frosting is like clothing? YES! Both frosting and fabric have gentle folds and waves. 

Thursday, July 21st from 6 to 8:30pm

Wednesday, July 27th from 1 to 3:30pm

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

Lesson: Gentle Folds & Waves

Image: "Celebration Cupcake" by Vanilla Arts Co.

An observation on coloring fabric with Copic Markers, colored Pencils

'Celebration Cupcake" a FREE digital stamp for subscribers in May 2016 |

Happy Friday!

I'm bringing back something old. I haven't made one of these in a while- pinnable versions of current projects.

First off, I'd love you forever if you'd be so kind as to pin this to your Copic and/or coloring related Pinterest board...

But this is also a subtle way to give you some extreme closeups of Vanilla Arts projects that you may be working on this month. (Added bonus: pinning the image makes it easier to find, rather than digging through my blog archives!)

Closeups? What's the point?

Check out the accordion folds on the cupcake's paper liner. While I show this process from start to finish in the speed coloring video, this extremely close shot is a much better clue to exactly how I treated the shadows. You can see exactly how much stroke texture I used with the Indigo Blue pencil!

Same with the spotlight pic on the cupcake's chocolate area. In order to give the cake a granular texture, it's necessary to switch from smooth blending to pointillism texture.

Last point to make about Celebration Cupcake: I've had several of my students ask for more lessons on fabric. The secret is, I'm always giving you lessons on fabric, I just don't give you actual clothing or curtains or images called "Hey, color this like fabric!".

Every object has a shape

And most items in life are either folded or have waves. Fabric isn't anything special. I don't color cloth any differently than I do an elephant, a baseball mitt, or a flower petal. In this case, the paper liner on the cupcake has sharp accordion folds and the frosting has gentler waves. Coloring these items is exactly like coloring a pleated skirt or a tuxedo jacket.

How big is the wave? How sharp are the edges? Which direction does the wave run? These questions are not unique to fabric, they're the same questions I ask about every image.

I've also had a lot of questions about my project supplies

This cupcake is a Free Digi Club image and FDC subscribers receive both the image and a supply list. I also post supply lists for every class image I teach. So it makes little sense for me to constantly list the exact markers used each and every time I toss a project photo into the blog here.

I also hate giving the impression that there is only one correct way to color something. Truth is, if you hand me this same cupcake image 2 weeks from now, I could grab completely different blue and brown markers and still color it just as convincingly. It's not the marker recipe that's important, it's the techniques used.

Instead of listing marker numbers which are only marginally useful, I'll try to feature some of the less obvious supplies used. And yes, I'm now an Amazon Associate. I refer enough people there every month, I figure I might as well make it official (plus it'll help pay my website costs).

Happy coloring!