Dimensional vs. Realistic Coloring: What's the Difference? (Copic Markers, Colored Pencils)

Dimensional vs. Realistic Coloring: What's the Difference? (Copic Markers, Colored Pencils)

The downside of dimensional coloring

So you have colored with Copic Markers and colored pencils for a long time now. You’ve got lots of beautiful coloring projects under your belt. You are NOT inexperienced!

And yet when you look at this fox, you are blown away…

Because this is sooooo not the same kind of coloring that you do.

But why not?

Why can’t YOU color with realism?

The Artist's Notebook: The Secret to Eye-Popping Color Palettes (Copic Marker, Colored Pencil)

The Artist's Notebook: The Secret to Eye-Popping Color Palettes (Copic Marker, Colored Pencil)

Have you ever found yourself half-heartedly scrolling through Pinterest, only to hit upon a coloring project that made you slam on the brakes? Once you look closer at the project, you’re blown away by the Copic Marker technique or maybe the texture created by colored pencils or watercolor…

As coloring fanatics, we’d like to think we're drawn to the technical skill and amazing technique. We know great coloring when we see it.

But honestly, what grabs your attention in the first two seconds has nothing to do with skill, technique, or even artistry.

So what’s the secret to eye popping projects?

Copic Marker + Colored Pencil: Shading Complex Objects (Online coloring lesson)

Copic Marker + Colored Pencil: Shading Complex Objects (Online coloring lesson)

Wow, that is so complicated!

What did you think when you first saw the Indian Maize project here?

All those Copic Markers on each little kernel? And then she added colored pencil over the top of each one? I’ll bet it took weeks to color!

Weeks? Really?

I’ve noticed over the years, some very experienced Copic Marker fans add lots of extra steps to the coloring process that don’t really pay off in the end.

A lot of people make dimensional coloring harder than it has to be.

Do you?

Spotlight Cards: Your Copic Coloring Is THE Focus, not the scrapbook paper! (Puzzled Pears)

Spotlight Cards: Your Copic Coloring Is THE Focus, not the scrapbook paper! (Puzzled Pears)

Elena Cazares teaches bright cheerful images using Copic Markers and colored pencils lessons at CraftsforPaws.com. Like Vanilla Arts classes, Elena’s class projects are too large for cards. Join us for the next episode in her Spotlight series making cards from big bold projects. Spotlight Cards let your coloring take center stage rather than the fancy papers, complex layout, or purchased ephemera normally used in cardmaking…