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The Cartoonist Studio Prize

Cartoonist Studio PrizeThis year’s Cartoonist Studio Prize, presented by the Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies, is sponsored in part by Copic Marker!

Prizes will be award to two comic creators – one for the best graphic novel of the year, and one for the best Web comic of the year. Each winning cartoonist will receive $1,000, as well as $250 in art supplies from Copic.

Submissions must be received by December 31st. Learn more about the Cartoonist Studio Prize and enter your work on the Center for Cartoon Studies website. Good luck!

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Painting with Copic Various Ink

Painting with Copic Various InkThis week’s tutorial comes from Laurie Henry, a talented painter who uses Copic Various Ink refills to create beautiful works of art. Read on to learn how she does it!

Get Out Your Brush and Let’s Paint with Copic Ink Refills!

Copic markers are wonderful markers, but did you know the refill ink could be used in a different way?  I am a painter, originally a watercolor artist, but now, my main interest is painting with alcohol ink. Copic Various Ink refills are fantastic for painting in this medium!

For this painting I will demonstrate a few simple techniques to get you started in your exploration of Copic ink refills as a painting medium.  The list of supplies is simple yet important.  It includes:

- Yupo – a synthetic, nonporous art paper (Yupo is almost like a sheet of plastic used for watercolor, but us alcohol artists find it a must! With Yupo, the inks sit on top of the paper and can be moved and manipulated without them soaking into the paper.  But you have to be quick! Alcohol ink dries incredibly fast!)

- Paper towel and/or cotton balls for rubbing

- 91% rubbing alcohol used to dip your brush in like you would use water when painting with watercolor

- Spritzer or toothbrush for splattering alcohol

- Various paint brushes

- Non-porous pallet – I use white ice cube trays

- Drop cloth or plastic box lid – catches drips while pouring

- Copic Various Ink colors: Y28 Lionet Gold, E87 Fig, G28 Ocean Green, B34 Manganese Blue, Y26 Mustard

- Reference turtle photo if needed

With my painting I decided on a simple beach scene to give you information on the techniques I use for painting with alcohol inks.

First, plan out your piece.  Where will the wave and beach meet?  Where is your turtle going to be placed in the scene? Will it be painted looking straight into the surf or at an angle?  Answering these questions differently can create a very different painting.

Pick up your paper and hang it over a drop cloth or lid to catch drips.  Pour the B34 onto the paper so that it flows down your paper.  If you are pouring toward the shoreline, be careful not to invade your designated sand area.

Painting with Copic Various Ink

Add alcohol with a brush to encourage the ink to spread and blend. Brush the alcohol and ink in the direction that the water is flowing so that when it dries, it looks like moving water. As you fill the ocean with ink, tilt and roll the paper to spread and blend the ink. Depending on how you tilt and turn your paper while the ink is wet, you can accomplish some incredible flowing images.  Continue to pour the ink and spread it with a wet brush until the ocean part of your paper is filled.

Painting with Copic Various Ink

Turn your paper in the opposite direction.  Grab the E39 and apply it much like the blue but in the opposite direction.  Add alcohol by the brush load to spread and blend the ink to create your beach.  You will notice that the ink dries very quickly as the alcohol evaporates.  If you need to “wake up the ink,” add alcohol to your brush and paint it on the ink.  Allow everything to dry well before proceeding.

Painting with Copic Various Ink Painting with Copic Various Ink

Tear off about 2-inch square pieces of paper towels and wad them up.  You can also use a cotton ball.  Dip a paper towel wad into some alcohol so that it is damp, but not sopping.  In a circular motion, rub along the shoreline, blending the blue and lifting to create a white foam look.  Rub anywhere you would like to lift to create the white foamy areas in the wave.  Use clean bits of paper towel as needed to lift the blue.

Painting with Copic Various Ink
When you are satisfied with the foaminess of your waves, hold your paper up and mist it with a spritzer filled with alcohol.  You may also load a toothbrush with alcohol to fling onto the paper. Be careful not to hold the paper too close to your spritzer or else it will not create droplets but blobs.  You may want to practice on a separate piece of inked paper to get your feel for the distance you need.  I hold my paper about 12 to 18 inches away.  Also place a paper towel over any sections of your painting that you don’t want to spritz so that it is protected.  

Painting with Copic Various Ink Painting with Copic Various Ink

Now it’s time to paint in the turtle.  

With a thin brush dampened with alcohol, lift an outline for your turtle.  Too much alcohol on your brush and your background will spread.  Lift until you have your cute little guy defined in your piece.  A good rule when brush painting with alcohol ink is the more detail you need, the dryer your brush needs to be.

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For detail work I typically work in layers, building the image as I go.  For the lightest areas, lift the ink with alcohol.  For the darkest areas, allow the layer on your paper to dry and then add another layer on top.

Using ocean green  (G28) and a small round brush, paint a layer on your turtle shell. If your brush is too wet, the ink will spread beyond the area that you have lifted so be aware of how wet your brush is.

Painting with Copic Various Ink

 Mix a little Ocean Green with Fig  on a non-porous pallet.  Paint a layer of that mixture on top of the Ocean Green layer that you have already laid down.  Leave the lighter areas in your turtle alone (or lift if you need to) to show the wrinkles in the turtle’s neck and the lighter areas on his legs and belly.  Gently touch places on the turtle’s head with a brush that is semi- dry with the mixture of ink where you want to add turtle spots.

Painting with Copic Various Ink

Using a combination of Y 28 and E 87 paint in the dark areas on the turtle to give his shell texture and depth.  Lift the area around the bottom edge of his shell to create the light shell border.  For the darkest areas, allow some of the Ocean green / Fig mixture to dry on your pallet.  Add a tiny bit of alcohol onto your brush, pick up the paint mixture, and paint in the darkest darks. Paint in his tail.

Painting with Copic Various InkFill in the turtle’s eye and lift the light details of his shell.  Looking at your reference photo, look for the subtle changes in light and dark that you can add to your turtle to bring your turtle to life. 

Painting with Copic Various Ink

At this point in my painting, I felt like the turtle looked pretty good (although I lifted to make certain his belly was distinct) but the sand around him needed some work to unite the two into an action scene.  To accomplish this, add a little Y 26, Mustard, to give the sand a bit more depth. Use a squirt bottle filled with alcohol and squirt very controlled streams of alcohol on the sand beginning close to the turtle’s body turning the paper so that the alcohol flows away from the turtle toward the edge of the paper.  With a wet brush and a combination of Fig and Lionet Gold, paint the turtle’s footprints in the sand to show where he has been. 

Painting with Copic Various Ink

And there you have it!  A baby sea turtle starting his journey into the ocean!

There is such a wide range of looks that you can achieve by knowing a few simple techniques.  Pouring, flowing, spritzing, and direct brush, can create some fun pieces.  Painting with the Copic refills is a great way to experiment and creates very dramatic images.  The Copic ink refills flow very nice and leave a super shine on the paper.

Tips: While you paint, be aware of the amount of alcohol on your brush as that will determine how much control you have on the placement of your ink.  Also, dust on your paper can be your enemy in that it leaves scars in the poured ink.  I also have to constantly remind myself to not rest my hand onto the paper as I paint as this can leave a print in the newly poured ink and wreck the look.  The ink also stains your clothes so wear an apron or your junk clothes if you are sloppy like me.  Your hands will also become stained but with a little soap and a good nailbrush, you will be as good as new.

Painting with alcohol ink is the most rewarding medium for me to paint with.  It gives a great look in painted pieces with vibrant color.  A painter, with a little practice can paint realism to abstract. Yes, I am intoxicated by Copic alcohol ink refills!  But in this case, it is a healthy addiction!

Find Laurie on the web:

Portfolio
Facebook

See Laurie’s work at these upcoming events:

October 26th  - Huffhines Art Trails in Richardson, TX

November 2nd – Snowflake Craft Bazar in Plano, TX

Sherman Snowflake Festival in Sherman,  TX

March 8th - Garret Art Gallery in McKinney, TX  - Featured Artist

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Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo

Comikaze Expo 2013

Visit Copic Marker at Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center, November 1st – 3rd! You’ll find us at booth #440. To stay current on everything Copic during Comikaze, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

We hope to see you there!

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CTN Animation Expo

CTN Animation Expo 2013Come see us at CTN Animation Expo, sponsored in part by Copic, November 15-17 at the Burbank Convention Center in Burbank, California!

You’ll find us in booths B12 & B13, where you can check out our products and see demos from top Copic artists, including Terryl Whitlatch and Jackson Root, throughout the show.

Join famed creature designer Terryl Whitlatch for the following presentations:

“Paleontology of Mythology”
Friday, November 15th
6:30 PM – 7:15 PM
Location: Sunset A+B
Presented by Terryl Whitlatch
“This session will demonstrate how mythical creatures are scientifically reimagined as living species, especially appropriate for the film industry. This will be conveyed via examples of my actual paleontological reconstruction work and then using the sample principles in designing and “reconstructing” creatures from mythology. This will be done in power point format, and I’ll be cross referencing creatures I’ve developed for a variety of film productions.”

Workshop: Creature Creation Live! with Terryl Whitlatch
Saturday, November 16th
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Location: Vine A+B
Join Creature Designer Terryl Whitlatch as she creates an imaginary animal from beginning to end, explaining her process as she goes along. You are encouraged to bring your art materials and follow along. Terryl will be using the Grey Ink Pro 10pc Copic Marker set.

We hope to see you there! 

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Coloring Venom by Todd Nauck

Comic artist Todd Nauck explains how to color Venom with Copic markers:

Venom by Todd Nauck
Don’t miss Todd’s earlier video on drawing and inking Venom!

Find Todd on the web:

Website 
Copic Color Gallery
Facebook
Twitter 
Instagram

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Dare2Draw Portfolio Reviews at NYCC

Dare2Draw at NYCCWe’re very excited to be sponsoring Dare2Draw‘s portfolio reviews at this year’s New York Comic Con.

Check out the schedule above to see the great professional artists who will be dropping by to provide mentorship. This is a great chance to network and get feedback on your portfolio – Don’t miss out!

Drop by Table D11 in Artist Alley, October 10th-13th at the Javits Center.  You just might have a chance to win Copic prizes!

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Robot Sketch by Spencer Nugent

Industrial designer Spencer Nugent describes the techniques he uses to create complex Copic sketches:

Spencer Nugent Copic Robot Sketch

Be sure to check out his tutorials on product design and rendering surfaces as well!

Find Spencer on the web:
Facebook
Twitter
www.sketch-a-day.com

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Spooktacular Giveaway

Spooktacular Giveaway
We’re celebrating Halloween with giveaways all month long! Come back each day for a new chance to win. Good luck!
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3 Winners Per Day:

Copic 25th Anniversary Sketch Marker Set - Fine Nibs
Each day in October, 3 winners will each receive one Anniversary Edition Copic Sketch marker. Enter once per day for a new chance to win!

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1 Winner:

Copic Sketch 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Set
One grand prize winner will receive a 36 piece 25th Anniversary Edition Copic Sketch Marker set. All entries over the course of the giveaway will be included in this drawing. Enter each day to increase your odds of winning!

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Entry period ends October 31st, 2013 at 11:59pm PST.

 

Fill out my online form.

Can’t see the form above? Enter here.

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“Elements” Dragon Series Part 2: Sky

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: SkyComics creator Jayleen Weaver (Marker Guru) is back with a series of tutorials focused on the elements, depicted through dragons. Read on for Part 2: Sky!

Trying to come up with a unique topic for a Sky tutorial was a little tough. I wanted to do something different than just colouring sky, or doing stylized smoke and clouds.  Creating a misty landscape can be pretty tricky with a medium like markers, so I thought I’d give it a shot.  I was trying to think of something that wasn’t just colouring in the lines, and show a different sort of technique all together.  Most elements of the sky are going to be something you don’t necessarily colour, but rather show other elements reacting to it (i.e. blowing hair, flowing leaves, sideways rain). I hope this is interesting. :)

I’m going for a misty winter scene here. The “sky” element being mist. To do this, I am not doing any line art at all. I did all my image planning on thumbnail sketches in my sketchbook. These are about 8cmx13cm big. I just started laying in some colours and chose the one I liked the best out of the few I did. Mist will fade out the details and colours as things go farther back. they’ll appear mostly as silhouettes. As things come forward, they’ll be darker and have more detail.

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: Sky
I thought this one had the best mood. I’ve set this up on my desk, and I’ve prepared a half sheet of 8.5″x11″ paper and, using my blue pencil, I draw in the borders of my image. I do this for most images, but an image without line art tends to need an end point more than others. I’m doing this as a print later, so it’s a 5″x7″ box.

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: Sky
The first thing I’m going to do is take my C0 in the Wide marker and do a base colour over the whole square (I have a bunch of empty Wide markers that I keep around. When I need a colour in Wide, I quickly make the colour I need with Various Ink refills). At the same time, I also put in the impression of a few hills of snow in the foreground. This is very subtle, so I made it a little darker just to see it.

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: Sky
Still only using C0 in Wide, I use the edge of the Wide to tap in the lines where I wanted trees to be. It worked wonderfully. I did all the trees in C0 for now, I will darken the foreground ones up later on.

At this point I switched to the Sketch marker in C0 because I needed the brush nib. I started blocking in my dragon. This is where you need a little finesse.

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: Sky
Using the brush nib, I’m poking the areas I want darker and not doing a lot of moving around beyond that. I’m darkening up the area with the same colour layered, focusing on the largest mass areas of the dragon and the foreground legs. It’s all going to have a bit of a watercolour-y effect.

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: Sky
Next I’ve taken to C1 in the Sketch marker and started darkening the foreground trees and adding a little ground foliage and detail. I’m not going to add too much dark or detail in this, because I think that would be too harsh, but a little will go a long way. I’m making sure to add some dimension to the trees by darkening areas that are closer (middle of the trunk, forward reaching branches) and fading of smaller branches and farther away areas. There’s lots of subtlety here, but hopefully it looks good by the end!

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: Sky
I’ve now gone in with C4 and very gently brought out some details in the foreground tree and some bits of foliage, and I blended with C2 and C0. I’m pretty happy with this as it is, and I want to keep it from getting too crazy, but I want to add a TINY hit of colour in here…

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: Sky
I’m going to make a hint of pink and yellow with Y000 and R000 along the horizon line. It’s really subtle, even subtler in the scan. I used the brush nib and very gently stroked the Y000 in. While it was still wet, I dotted R000 along the middle and blended with 0 (colorless blender).

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: SkyThe last step is making this really pop with some Copic Opaque White. I used the 1/2″ flat synthetic watercolour brush and loaded a small amount of Opaque White and lots of water. Test it on scrap paper. I did a big wash over the top 1/3rd of the image, and used water to soften the transition down. I then took the edge of the brush and, using a gentle sweeping motion, added some snow to the hills. I switched to the #2 round brush to add some snow pack onto the branches of the foreground trees.

Copic Marker Elements Tutorial: Sky
Here is the final image. Scanning can kill a lot of the subtlety of this type of work. It’s fun to experiment and use your tools and your brain in new ways every time you pick up a marker :)

Tools Used:
Copic Sketch markers (R000, Y000, C00 – C6)
Copic Wide markers (C0, C2)
Copic Opaque White
X-Press It Blending Card
Copic Sketchbook
Lead holder with 2mm non photo blue lead.
Opus Capella 1/2″ flat & Opus Allegro #2 round brushes (synthetic watercolour)

Find Jayleen on the web:
Gurukitty Studios
Blog
Copic Color
Facebook
Twitter

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Copic at Autodesk CAVE

Autodesk CAVE
Join us at Autodesk CAVE, a creative gathering for illustrators, concept artists, cartoonists, animators, and designers of all kinds.

All attendees will receive Copic Sketch marker samples, as well as the opportunity to see Sketchbook Pro’s digital simulation of Copic markers demonstrated by professional artists such as Terryl Whitlatch.

The Computer Arts Vegas Event (CAVE) will be held at The Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas from December 2-4, 2013. Learn more and register at www.autodeskcave.com!

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