Pink

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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Free Digi Club: "Sakura Blossoms" a free Copic friendly digital stamp for coloring

 
Sakura Blossoms, a FREE digital stamp + recipe, perfect for Copic Markers, colored pencils, and watercolor. | VanillaArts.com
 

Pink, Pink, Sakura Pink!

Sakura Blossoms, a FREE digital stamp + recipe, perfect for Copic Markers, colored pencils, and watercolor. | VanillaArts.com

"Sakura Blossoms" is my new Copic coloring image, free to subscribers of my Free Digi Club from now until April 2017.

No strings, no spam. It's just a free image for you to color.

Subscribers to the FDC receive one free image every month, delivered right to your email inbox.

My digital stamps are ideal for Copic marker coloring. That means the objects are full of wide open spaces to blend. There are no distracting texture marks!

I want your coloring to shine through, not my drawing skills.

That's what the "Vanilla" in Vanilla Arts Co. is all about. I give you the vanilla base, you add the hot fudge, the sprinkles, the whipped cream, the Copic ink, and lots of love!

 
 

Want the full Sakura Blossoms lesson?

"Sakura Blossoms" online Copic coloring class. Teaches the benefit of establishing darks plus how to shade fragile pinks. | VanillaArts.com

Join the class on Patreon!

Marker Painting Basics classes are perfect for beginner or casual level colorers or self taught intermediate level marker artists who feel like they've missed out on some of the key elements of art instruction.

"Sakura Blossoms" is just over 2 hours of instruction which includes interesting sidebar discussions on color values, shading fragile colors, and how to avoid the pitfalls of pastel color palettes.

The best thing about Patreon classes is that they're NON SEQUENTIAL! You can join the group at any time without feeling lost. You can drop out when life gets hectic and rejoin when you're ready and you won't be behind.

happy coloring!

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Friday Art: Threeby color study, "Lotus" in Copic and Luminance Pencil

 

A Little color study for you today

And by little, I do mean little... at least for me.

I try to do at least one color study per week, it's my way of keeping my drawing skills sharp.

99.999% of my work outside the classroom setting is devoted to developing class curriculum. This means that I spend a ton of time working below my skill level, out of my style, or using a commercial image. I love teaching but it definitely takes a toll on my creative spirit.

 

Threebys are like yoga for my brain

At only 3 inches square, I can't make the "I don't have time for that" excuse. So even if an image takes me several hours over many days to complete, it's still a fraction of the time a large scale image would take.

The constraint of working small also forces me to focus on only the most important details. Maybe I work on accurately capturing shape or spacing. Sometimes I celebrate color. I try not to much time planning; not planning something to death is a lesson in itself. 

Few of my Threebys are worthy of public viewing- they're exercises, not the main event. You can find them scattered around my studio, in the bottoms of drawers, wedged in-between pots of gesso and GAC. Most hit the circular file after spending a few weeks bouncing around my desktop.

 

Iā€™m taking my Threebys more seriously

I'll start posting some of them here.

They're a peek into my brain. If you're clever, you may catch new techniques born here. Or product testing. Or new color combinations.

Thanks to Linda Beeson for the Lotus photo!

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