New to Vanilla Arts? Wondering where you fit in?
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:
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:
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?