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.

Learn to Color with Amazing Realism- Art-Based Copic Coloring Lessons Online

Marker Painting Workshops- Add simple painting techiques to your marker projects to immediately boost the realism in your coloring! |

Adding realism to your coloring doesn't require a magic wand

Cloring with depth and realism is a skill.

It's not a mystical gift bequeathed upon you at birth by three doddering fairy godmothers, no matter what Disney movies say.

A skill is something you can learn.

Yes, you.

"Gray Matter" A class on marker photo-realism |
"Gray Matter" A class on marker photo-realism |
"Gray Matter" A class on marker photo-realism |

Above are three projects from my Marker Painting Online Workshop called Gray Matter.

pssstttt.... only one of 'em is mine.

Two are from students.

One student has taken my coloring lessons for just over a year. She's pretty darned good but she's not tried photo-realism with me before.

The other student is new to me, fairly new to markers, and really-really new to colored pencils.

Can you tell which is which?

And that's my point: realism is a skill

You don't have to be touched by an angel to add more realism to your coloring- no matter what level you're currently at.

"More", for some, may be getting the cherry rounded and spherical looking.

More for others, more may be capturing accurate details.

More may be finally understanding the difference between shade and shadow.

More might be adding highlights that make objects look wet and shiny.

And if you're already amazing, more can be turning the amps up to eleven.

Technique is the key

That's why I teach students to use age-old and well established painting techniques with their markers. These techniques work for professional artists and there's no reason why paper crafters can't join the party.

You can do this! More is just one step up from what you're already doing.

Join me for Marker Painting Online Workshops

Marker Painting Workshops- Try the free mini-workshop to improve your Copic coloring skills and sample Amy's unique teaching style |

Take the free mini-workshop to get feel for my teaching style.

No investment, no strings, just an easy to understand lesson which will change how you look at your next coloring project.

Your next project?

Yep. My classes always have an image which we will always color together, but the lesson itself? The lesson  is NEVER about the image.

It's about a technique and the thought process you use to apply that technique.

This is information you can use on ANY stamp.

Marker Painting Workshops- "Gray Matter" a lesson on underpainting techniques for marker colorers |

After you take "More than Luck", you're ready to try your hand at photo realism with "Gray Matter".

This is a full length workshop that gives you a deep dive on color value and accurate highlighting.

All my Marker Painting Workshops (even the free one) have forever access, great individualized feedback, and on-call instructor access.

Don't let the projects intimidate you. Those three samples show you how technique can is the great equalizer between a new colorer and a trained artist.

You can do this!

And don't forget, I have Basic level classes too!

Marker Painting Basics, beginner level projects with deep dive technique videos. |

Perfect for those who are nervous about their skill level or for those who prefer the casual hobby approach to coloring.

Marker Painting BASICS gives you a new image + lesson every month to improve your technique and keep you actively practicing.

Because practice is how you grow.

60 day access to monthly releases means you'll always have a fresh challenge waiting for you and an older class to go back and try again.


Let's color together soon!

Join me (and the growing student groups) as we laugh and learn and practice our coloring technique.

Free Digi Club: Copic & Prismacolor Coloring "Spring Basket"

Free Digi Club- A new copic coloring image every month- "Spring Basket" March 2016 |

Ignore the snow outside; we're coloring spring!

Spring Basket is an image by student request. We're coloring grass this month, a whole basket full.

This digital stamp absolutely FREE from now until April 1st, 2016.

Every month you'll receive an emailed link to a new free image plus a recipe sheet. Join at any time, you don't need to wait for the beginning of the month to start!

Each stamp has a corresponding speed coloring video!

Want more instruction? The monthly Free Digi is the basis for online video-based lessons! Watch, learn, and color from the convenience of your home.

Each lesson is available for about 60 days (two full months). This month's Spring Basket lesson is 3 hours of videos broken down into easy to digest segments. I walk students step by step through every part of the coloring process and we take interesting sidebar discussions which relate what we're doing with markers and stamps to the wider world of art.

Spring Basket lessons include:

  • How to choose the best medium for your image- Copic? Prismacolor? Watercolor?
  • Matching paper to media- it's not Sophie's Choice but how to make the best of an unfortunate conflict
  • Image transfer- going where no printer can go
  • Sneaking watercolor into your projects
  • Simplifying complex detail
  • Why your eyes are far more important than your hands
  • Undertoning- how and why
  • Creating blending groups
  • Blending vs layering
  • Zen grass technique
  • Color sculpting ovals

You'll be amazed at the skills you learn plus all the tidbits and tips! Each class is fun and a great way to expand your knowledge and technique.

Join the fun- join the club, join the class. You can do this!

“Halloween Moon”: Art of Coloring, challenge Classes


Halloween Moon- an intermediate Prismacolor colored pencil lesson.

Lesson: Intro to solvent-free pencil blending + secrets to using black paper

Medium: Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil

Level: Intermediate

Stamp: "Halloween Moon" digital stamp combination from Vanilla Arts Co.

Date: Thursday, October 15 from 6-8:30pm or Wednesday, October 21 from 1-3:30pm

Location: Remember When in Macomb Twp, Michigan

Learn to layer and blend colored pencils without the use of solvents or colorless blenders. | | #coloredpencil #howtocolor #prismacolor