New to Vanilla Arts? Wondering where you fit in?

Hello, Beginners!

If you’ve never picked up a Copic Marker before, it’s obvious that you’re starting out fresh.

But what if you already have some marker experience? When is a beginner not a beginner anymore?

Beginners are getting to know their markers.

  • Can you hold and control a Copic Marker?

  • Do you understand what to look for in a marker paper and why paper is more important than markers?

  • Do you know how to flick and how to swish? Do you understand the difference between the two strokes and when to use each?

  • Can you use the Copic numbering system to select simple color blends without guidance or recipes?

  • Can you smoothly blend two markers from the same ink series into a perfect color gradient?

  • Can you smooth-blend areas larger than 1.5” square?

  • Do you understand how to apply simple color gradients to shapes for basic dimension?

Helpful articles for beginners:

Vanilla Arts classes for beginners:

Marker Painting Foundations -  A 12 week online course that takes you from absolute beginner to intermediate level coloring. Uses Copic Markers with small amounts of colored pencil and technical pens.

Marker Painting Foundations - A 12 week online course that takes you from absolute beginner to intermediate level coloring. Uses Copic Markers with small amounts of colored pencil and technical pens.

Oopsie Daisy -  a one hour online class that introduces you to the Flick stroke and how to use it to create both dimension in basic shapes. A preliminary introduction to the Push & Pull method for depth.

Oopsie Daisy - a one hour online class that introduces you to the Flick stroke and how to use it to create both dimension in basic shapes. A preliminary introduction to the Push & Pull method for depth.

Flutterby -  a 1.25 hour online class that introduces you to the Push & Pull method for creating depth with layered objects. Further practice for basic flicking plus an introduction to strengthening depth and dimension with “magic” colored pencils.

Flutterby - a 1.25 hour online class that introduces you to the Push & Pull method for creating depth with layered objects. Further practice for basic flicking plus an introduction to strengthening depth and dimension with “magic” colored pencils.

 

Hello, Intermediates!

You can blend and you’re pretty good at following Copic Marker tutorials. What moves you beyond the beginner zone into intermediate level challenges?

Intermediate students are expanding their skills beyond tutorials.

  • Can you color any gradient smoothly and can you troubleshoot blending errors as they happen?

  • Can you create your own color gradients without the use of the Copic numbering system?

  • Do you understand the difference between depth and dimension?

  • Are you looking for a shading process that makes more sense than directional lighting arrows?

  • Are you beginning to play with color palettes, injecting your own taste into tutorial projects?

Helpful articles for intermediates:

Vanilla Arts classes for intermediates:

Tulips & Ribbon -  a 2.25 hour online class that reinforces Amy’s Push & Pull theory for depth and dimension and helps you perfect flicking and overflicking for non-traditional blends.

Tulips & Ribbon - a 2.25 hour online class that reinforces Amy’s Push & Pull theory for depth and dimension and helps you perfect flicking and overflicking for non-traditional blends.

Baby Pumpkin -  a 1. 25 hour online class which introduces you to paper staining and the underpainting technique as well as complementary shading.

Baby Pumpkin - a 1. 25 hour online class which introduces you to paper staining and the underpainting technique as well as complementary shading.

Lemon Zest -  a 2.5 hour online class which walks you through underpainting for depth and dimension along with how to treat soft and sensitive colors like yellow for maximum realism.

Lemon Zest - a 2.5 hour online class which walks you through underpainting for depth and dimension along with how to treat soft and sensitive colors like yellow for maximum realism.

 

hello, Advanced Colorers!

You’ve tried just about every tutorial and you’re searching for something more.

Advanced Colorers seek independence and artistry.

  • Can you color most projects without reading the tutorial?

  • Are you regularly 2 to 3 steps ahead of the teacher in coloring classes?

  • Do you frequently make major changes to improve the look or originality of your projects?

  • Are you frustrated with the lack of realism you see in your Copic projects versus what you see from artists using other mediums such as paint or colored pencil?

Vanilla Arts classes for those seeking greater realism:

Sakura Blossom -  a 2 hour online class which introduces you to Amy’s floral techniques, complex color runs, and color kissing.

Sakura Blossom - a 2 hour online class which introduces you to Amy’s floral techniques, complex color runs, and color kissing.

Chocolate Box -  a 1.45 hour online class covering the problems of high value colors like black and how to expand your Copic collection to values beyond what is offered in the marker palette.

Chocolate Box - a 1.45 hour online class covering the problems of high value colors like black and how to expand your Copic collection to values beyond what is offered in the marker palette.

Doughnut Stack -  a 2.25 hour online class which starts you on the path towards photo-realistic coloring through the use of underpainting and alternative mediums for accuracy.

Doughnut Stack - a 2.25 hour online class which starts you on the path towards photo-realistic coloring through the use of underpainting and alternative mediums for accuracy.