I know. It’s a common mistake.
Most Copic colorers use gray markers to color elephants because the elephants stuck in your brain from childhood are gray. So you might grab a few N markers to get the job done, some would grab the C markers since the cool bluish grays are so pretty.
A rare few would have pulled out their W grays. Not because they’re thinking about brown elephants but because there’s some silly Copic rule floating around out there that says “If the object is alive, use a W gray”.
So all living things that are gray are warm gray?
Tell that to the koala, the gorilla, and my Russian Blue cat. I guess they’re all dead because they sure aren’t Ws.
Your brain lies
It makes generalizations, it takes shortcuts, it believes the illustrations it sees in children’s picture books.
It tells you to follow stupid rules about warm and cool grays.
You can't trust your brain when it comes to color.
Which is why you’re going to be shocked when I tell you that pumpkins and school buses are basically the same exact color.
I know. That’s a hard one to wrap your brain around. Give it a moment.
We all make color assumptions
Chalk it up to faulty memory, general laziness, or the fact that we tend to believe everything our kindergarten teacher said.
Yep, that sweet lady lied to you too. She was the one who started a lot of this bunkum, that elephants are gray, that pumpkins are orange, and that clouds are white.
Clouds are not white?
Boy, this day is just full of revelations, isn't it?
One way to add artistry to your coloring...
... is to stop coloring stereotypes and start looking at the color things actually are.
Which means that you might want to rethink using that black marker to color hair.
Aww, geeze... my brain lied about hair too?
The weird thing is that when you color things the color they actually are in real life, people get all excited about what you’ve done.
“Wow, that looks so real!”
“You’re so creative!”
“She’s such a talented artist!”
Uhm, yeah. As if it takes great talent and skill to use the eyeballs you were born with.