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Guest Tutorial: Reflections by Brandi York

In this week’s guest tutorial, Brandi York shares some tips for creating reflective objects with Copics. Enjoy!

Reflecting objects are difficult to render in any medium.  With a transparent medium like Copic Markers, you need to be thinking a few steps ahead, to know where to leave your lights, or where a different color will be laid down. Working with reflections is a good lesson in local color versus perceptual color, ergo, what color is it really versus what color does it look like.

Take time to study your reference, whether it’s a photo or real life.  This sort of observation is handy when rendering things like Christmas ornaments (as you’ll see below), the surface of water, chrome bumpers, so on and so forth.

For the sake of this tutorial, I’ll only talk about rendering one of the ornaments.  I used Copic Sketchbook Bleed Resistant Marker paper for this tutorial.  For this ornament, I used Y17, Y32, R02, R08, R17, R59, RV21, B39.

I start by carefully looking at my reference and the colors that are actually reflected in the ornament.  Laying down a quick layer of Colorless Blender, I layer Y32 and Y17 for the lights reflecting on the edges of the ornament.  Using R08, I lay in the base, local color of the ornament with a little R17 to help soften some of the edges:

Using R02, I knock down some of the yellows, before breaking out the BG45 and B39 for the reflected blues.  Afterward, I choose RV21 for the lighter reflected pinks, and a little more of the Y17 and B39 to reflect the swirl:

Next comes the R59 to add in some of the darker reds, with some B39 layered over for more depth.  Much of this is push and pull, using the Colorless Blender, to achieve the softer edges and shifts in color:

One trick is to keep layering the same color over itself to achieve a deeper, richer tone that doesn’t drastically change, like switching to another color.  For example, I layered R59 over the darker portion of the ornament to deepen the tone without completely shifting it, as I did where I added the B39.

It takes a little experimenting to see just how the colors play together in layering, as well as utilize that Colorless Blender to soften transitions from one color to the next.  But once you get the hang of it, your reflections will knock people’s socks off!  Have fun and play!

36 different colors were used.  Check out my Copic Color page for the complete list:
http://copiccolor.com/BrandiYork

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Creative Studio and Art for Hope – Interview with Drew Blom

We mentioned in an earlier post we’ll be demonstrating at Autodesk University. Come visit us while you’re there, and be sure to check out the art exhibits in the Creative Studio: AU SketchBook Gallery & Art for Hope.

Largely self-taught illustrator Drew Blom talked with us about having work (Calvin Hedge and the Iron Golem) curated into the Art for Hope show, his art making experience, and using SketchBook Pro Copic Edition.

Congratulations! How did it feel to be approached by Autodesk for this art show?

I was contacted by Chris Cheung at Autodesk to see if I was interested in contributing a piece for their Art For Hope benefit book in partnership with Viz Media. It was right around the time the Copic Edition of SketchBook Pro (SBP) was released. I planned everything digitally, printed out and did a traditional graphite rendering, scanned back in and used the new Copic settings to create the colors for my piece.

I was pretty humbled to asked to be part of the Art For Hope book. It’s a great cause, I was excited to work on the piece  – and excited to hear it was selected. It was quite an honor.

Unless you’re a big name who’s having their work reviewed all the time it is easy to work in a vacuum. I’m not a big name so it’s kind of fun to see that the piece is making an impression on others.

Anything you’d like viewers to keep in mind while viewing your piece?

The piece was created as a cover for my story Calvin Hedge and the Iron Golem. It’s a story about hope, so it was a natural fit for the anthology. The story is intended to be the first of a trilogy of YA fantasy novels. I am writing and illustrating a children’s book as a precursor to the world and characters early next year. The characters in the image were not just put in to fill the composition. They all have a part in the story. Knowing who the characters are really helps me as I work on the actual piece.

Calvin Hedge and the Iron Golem, Graphite, Strathmore 500, Digital, 11″ x 17″

How do you normally go about art making?

I use digital drawing tools like SketchbookPro for planning because it’s easiest to change, but for the actual work (rendering and line art) I prefer traditional media.

Every artist has a preference for tools and it usually winds up being the ones they have the most control over. Graphite and colored pencil are my go-to most of the time. Markers and pen-and-ink techniques are also a part of my process. I like the digital tools available because of the speed and ease of making changes. But I am still a sucker for the texture and depth of traditional media. The computer does “perfect” really well. But the hand of the artist is more readily visible with traditional media.

I did a talk recently explaining the process a little bit here. My part starts about 20 minutes in:

I use traditional Copic markers as well and am planning on using them as a monochromatic underpainting layer for a children’s book I’m writing and illustrating. After that I go in with digital color, similar to the Autodesk piece. I just need to start building up my grayscale collection of Copics.

Underpainting is a technique that has been around for a long time. In traditional oils it is used to define value and texture before a full-color realization is done over the top.

Calvin Hedge and the Iron Golem, underpainting

With the piece above, I used graphite pencils for the values, lighting and materials. It’s my version of underpainting and brings in the texture of the traditional media I’m working with.

With my upcoming children’s book I’m exploring a new process where the initial planning of the composition is done with SBP. The piece is then printed off and traditional Copics are used to lay in value, lighting and texture to the scene. Once the values are defined and the edges are contained with colored pencil the piece is scanned back in and a full color treatment is done digitally. This allows the texture of the paper and the markers to build up as they naturally would in a 100% traditional piece but also allows for the speed of doing final colors digitally.

What makes Copic your marker of choice for that?

The Copics blend very well, and with a set of grays you can lay in value incrementally. I like to feel in control as I’m creating the piece and the Copics are very natural and easy to reign in.

Have you been using SketchBookPro (SBP) very long?

In one way or another, I’ve been using SketchBookPro since version 1.1. I started out using it for storyboards but now use it for a lot of other things like planning out my compositions and coloring my final pieces.

How about Sketch Book Copic Edition?

I picked it up the day it was released. I did a pretty quick update when the announcement was posted.  I already was using the markers so it was a natural transition.

It’s is a very natural sketching tool. Because I work on a tablet computer, I appreciate the gesture-based navigation. For coloring it is a bit different than I’m used to for my comic work, which is based on laying down flat color for selection and then building up volume. Its closer to traditional media which makes it very easy to get started with. You can tell the software was developed from an artist’s perspective.

The Copic presets are helpful as well. The palettes make sense and are great for narrowing in on a limited palette. The brush presets make the transition from traditional to digital media pretty smooth.

Any advice to people wanting to give SBP Copic Edition a try?

If you’re used to traditional Copics you’ll be familiar with the color palette. And the actual use of the digital preset brushes is pretty close too. Just like with traditional markers you can’t lay in light color over darks. It was a bit odd at first because I was used to standard digital tools, but over time it became an advantage because it kept me in the same mindset from traditional to digital.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Thanks for taking the time to talk to me.

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Connect with Drew online: http://about.me/drewblom

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Guest Tutorial: ‘Tis the Season by Debbie Olson

Papercrafting designer Debbie Olson is one of our Design and Education/Instruction team members, and this week she’s sharing a Christmas card project that utilizes several Copic products. Enjoy!

Copic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the SeasonI am happy to be able to share a paper crafting post on the Copic Marker blog this week! I chose this delightful Mo Manning Little Elf Mim digital image to explore rendering a glass ornament today. The Little Elf Mim digital image was printed with a Canon Inkjet MG5220 on X-Press It Blending Card.

Copic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the SeasonCopic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the Season

When we consider rendering a surface like a spherical ornament, we need to decide the finish of the ornament. A satin finish would have less reflectivity than a standard glossy finish. The red ornament on the left might be convincing for a satin (or non-glossy) finish; however, it would not work for a glossy ornament as well as the blue-green one on the right. One Google image search for glass ornaments will convince you that reflections on a glass ornament are totally dependant upon the environment in which the ornament was photographed. So, today I’ve simplified reflections on an ornament that might have light coming from a large window on the right, along with a second point of reflected light on the opposite side.  On the blue-green ornament above, I used only three markers for my first coat, BG11, BG32, and BG72.  Later I will add more depth and color in the shadow areas, but these work as a base with the light areas being highly saturated, or intense, and the shadow areas being less saturated, or muted.

Copic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the SeasonHere I’ve used some Toner grays for the fur on Mim’s outfit and a cool gray for the metal top of the ornament.

Copic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the SeasonNext, I rendered skin tones using E50 as my base tone, and adding E11, E13, and even some BV00 for shadows.

Copic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the SeasonHere I have added the reds to her outfit as well as adding some BV02 and BV04 in shadow areas on the ornament. While the ornament had looked dark enough to me earlier, after I added the reds, I knew that I needed to darken the ornament and cool its shadows further.

Copic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the SeasonHere I have added the holly leaf and hair—almost finished!

Copic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the SeasonI wanted some subtle tones surrounding Mim. I added a pale yellow to her highlight side and a pale blue-violet to her shadow side, softened on the outer edges into the white of the paper with the colorless blender.

Copic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the SeasonUsing my Copic Airbrush System and a Spellbinders square die template as a mask, I added more warm tones to the upper right and cool tones to the lower left.

Copic Marker Tutorial by Debbie Olson: 'Tis the SeasonMy finished card is 5-1/4” square. I hope that you get a chance to create a reflective surface with your Copic markers soon!

Supply List:
Stamps: Little Elf Mim (Mo Manning digital stamp image); Winterberry (sentiment, Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Pure Poppy ink for sentiment, Chamomile Distress Cube to distress edges of cardstock (Papertrey Ink); Little Elf Mim digital image was printed on a Canon Inkjet MG5220 on X-Press It Blending Card.
Cardstock: X-Press It Blender Card (Copic); Pure Poppy, Rustic White (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper: 12 Days of Christmas 6” x 6” designer paper pad (My Mind’s Eye)
Copic Markers: BG!1, BG23, BG32, BG72, BV0000, BV00, BV02, BV04, R20, R22, R24, R29, R89, RV99, YG61, YG67, YR30, YR21, T0, T2, C3, 0, E50, E11, E13, E43
Accessories: Hawaiian Shores Grosgrain, Pure Poppy Vintage Button (Papertrey Ink); natural cotton crochet thread
Other Tools: Copic Airbrush System, Sparmax Air Compressor, Janome sewing machine, sanding block
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Debbie’s Paper Crafting Blog: Thinking Inking
Debbie’s Art Journal Blog: Sketches in Time

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Happy Birthday, Toshi!

Hey, Copic fans! We want to take a moment to wish Toshi Yokoyama a very happy birthday!

As you may know, Copics are manufactured in Japan by Too. Corporation. Toshi is the director of Too., and is also a dear friend to us here at Copic Marker USA. We want to thank Toshi for helping us share the highest quality markers in the world with artists and designers in the United States and Canada, and for aiding us in bringing professional manga artists from Japan to conventions here in the USA.

Thanks for everything you do for us, Toshi! Enjoy your day!

Toshi Yokoyama (far left) with professional creature designer Terryl Whitlatch, professional manga artists Kaoppe and Ran Mutsuki, and some of the Copic Marker USA gang at Anime Expo 2011.

Leave your birthday wishes for Toshi in the comments! 

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PaigeeDraw Coloring Contest

Copic PaigeeDraw Coloring Contest
Copic PaigeeDraw Coloring Contest

 

 

 

 

 

Copic PaigeeDraw Coloring ContestIt’s time for another coloring contest! Color one or all of the images above, provided by PaigeeDraw, with Copics and submit your creation(s) by December 19th for a chance to win 2 markers from your Copic Color wish list! Click the images above to download larger versions.

Don’t have a Copic Color account? Get started today! Copic Color is the place to track your marker collection online, access it from your mobile phone, share your artwork, and connect with other artists.

How Do I Enter?
- Upload your entry to the “Coloring Contest” tab on our Facebook page.

Rules
- You may submit one entry per day through December 19th.
- Entries may be shared on Copic Marker web properties.*
- We’ll select our favorite and announce the winner by December 30th.
- Everyone may participate, but only residents of the United States and Canada are eligible to win.**
- To win, you must have a Copic Color account with at least two markers in your wish list.
- If you have won a Copic coloring contest within the past 90 days, you may participate but are not eligible to win.

*Web properties include Copic Marker, Copic Color, the Copic Marker Facebook page, the Copic Marker Twitter page, and the Copic Marker Tumblr page.

**This contest is run by Imagination International, Inc., the distributor of Copic Markers in the United States and Canada. We are legally prohibited from sending product to other countries.

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Copic at The Creative Studio


We’re very excited to be a part of Autodesk University in Las Vegas, November 29th – December 1st. Join members of the Copic team in the Creative Studio, which is completely free and open to the public!

Jackson Root, artist and Copic expert, will be on-hand each day to demo SketchBook’s Copic marker features and share his tips & tricks for traditional art with Copic markers.

On Thursday, December 1, at 11am, there will be some Copic Q&A on the stage as well.

Hope to see you there!

Hours of operation:
- Tuesday – 9:30am-7pm
- Wed & Thurs – 9:30am-6pm

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Catalog Contest Winner

It’s announcement time! Thank you to everyone who entered the Copic Catalog Contest last month. We narrowed down the entries to our top 10, and left the voting up to you. A huge thank you to the nearly 1,200 voters!

Without further ado, the winner is… Sydney Neff! Congratulations, Sydney! Check out her Copic Color gallery to see more beautiful horse illustrations.

Dreamcatcher by Sydney Neff

Dreamcatcher by Sydney Neff

Sydney will receive her choice of a custom 24 marker set based on her Copic Color wish list, or $100 cash, and will be featured in our 2012 catalog alongside Copic-loving professionals.

Thanks again to everyone who entered or voted in this contest. Be on the lookout for more chances to win. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know!

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Guest Tutorial: Visual Journaling by Jackson Root

This week’s guest tutorial is by Jackson Root, a talented illustrator in Southern California. Enjoy!

Visual JournalingVisual Journaling with Copic by Jackson Root

The importance of keeping a sketchbook can never be emphasized enough. If you can get in the habit of sketching every day, you will undoubtedly see great improvement in your drawing. According to Walt Stanchfield, who practically wrote the book on Disney-style animation, “Quick sketching is the shortest route to training yourself for capturing those spontaneous gestures and poses that are so essential to good drawing”. It is important to keep in mind that visual journaling is the capturing of events in your sketchbook as you perceive them, in your own experiences. Draw your breakfast, draw your lunch. Draw your clothes wrinkled on the floor as you threw them just as you got home, and record your thoughts about the event.


Visual Journaling with Copic by Jackson RootLast year, I traveled to Hong Kong and Indonesia where I experienced many things that I had never before known. Everything interesting that I heard, saw and read I recorded in my sketchbook as I explored these new places, and today I have a collection of images that tell a story far better than any photograph because every line that I drew came from my own personal translation of the event.

I call this process ‘visual journaling’ because it is the combination of expressive sketching and in many ways you assume the role of reporter, sometimes I like to imagine that something I am currently sketching is something I have never before seen, like a visitor on a distant planet or far-away land.

Visual Journaling with Copic by Jackson RootTry and make a sport out of sketching, call it a mental exercise. You can use these sketches as reference for later finished pieces or allow them to be their own works to serve as reminders or a chronicling of the past. Feel free to write all over the page, try to use text as a graphic element; after all, letters are graphic symbols that we have trained our brains to ‘read’.

Resist the tendency to worry what others will think of your drawings or writings, these can be completely private, this is your own personal diary as an artist!

You don’t have to visit some far-away land to make interesting drawings in your sketchbook. Simply take a walk and find a street you’ve never gone down before, explore your neighborhood, have fun, and keep it loose!

Visual Journaling with Copic by Jackson Root

Copic products used in these images: Sepia Tone Kit, warm gray Sketch markers, Multiliner SPs


Find Jackson on the web:

Web Site: http://www.jacksonroot.com
Copic Color: http://www.copiccolor.com/Jackson

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Veteran’s Day Blog Hop

Copic Marker is proud to support our nation’s deployed heroes through Operation Write Home®. This organization has sent over one million cards overseas so our service members can keep in touch with their loved ones while they’re away. That’s a lot of cards! We want to invite you to join in this amazing service and send in your most beautiful cards to be used by our nation’s most amazing heroes. Visit http://operationwritehome.org for the details, and be sure to check out the Mailroom section for all the important guidelines.

For Veteran’s Day, we’re happy to be a part of the Operation Write Home 11.11.11. blog hop!

The Operation Write Home cards below were designed by Copic Design Team Member, Sharon Harnist.  These cards use the Strength and Hope stamp set manufactured by Gina K Designs and illustrated by Theresa Momber.  For the entire month of November, Theresa is donating all of her proceeds from the sale of this set to the American Cancer Society!

Copic Veteran's Day Project by Sharon Harnist1.   To create these backgrounds, airbrush a piece of Copic X-Press It Blending Card with BG53, B45 and YG03:

Copic Veteran's Day Project by Sharon Harnist
If you don’t have Copic’s Airbrush System or want a more graphic look, you can lightly draw a grid on X-Press It Blending Card with a pencil, then color in the grid with markers (I used the same colors as above):

Copic Veteran's Day Project by Sharon Harnist
For either background, the next step is the same: 

 2.   Place Copic Colorless Blender solution in a mister bottle.  Using a solid/chunky rubber stamp and working quickly (the Blender will dry quickly, once exposed to air), generously mist the stamp and quickly stamp onto the background.  Wait a few seconds and you’ll slowly see what happens — the Blender will create a ghost image, by pulling/removing the colors from the background:

Copic Veteran's Day Project by Sharon Harnist3.   To finish the cards, the sentiment is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and the backgrounds added to black card bases (with white interior).

Copic Veteran's Day Project by Sharon Harnist4.   On the grid card, the ribbon was stamped with Memento Dandelion ink onto X-Press It Blending card and then shaded with Copic Y08 marker:

Copic Veteran's Day Project by Sharon HarnistThese cards were kept to two thin, flat layers so they would not require additional postage for mailing.

Sharon Harnist
www.PaperFections.com

{Thank You Card Supplies}
Copic Products
: B45, BG53, YG03, Y08 Sketch Markers, Airbrush System ABS-1N, 0-Colorless Blender Various Ink, X-Press It Blending Card
Stamps:
Strength and Hope by Theresa Momber for Gina K Designs.
Paper: Memory Box Licorice Notecards & Envelopes
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Dandelion ink pads
Accessories: Ranger Mini Mister, WR Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper, yellow narrow grosgrain ribbon
 

Your turn! Create your own Operation Write Home card, and share it with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Now hop on over to SRM Stickers for more Operation Write Home inspiration!

 

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Halloween Costume Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our Halloween Costume Contest! Below are the winners.

1st place will receive 12 markers from her Copic Color wish list, an empty 36 piece wallet and an “I <3 Copic” bumper sticker!
2nd and 3rd place will receive “I <3 Copic” bumper stickers.

1st place: http://www.copiccolor.com/bananapancakes

Copic Halloween Costume Contest

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2nd place: http://www.copiccolor.com/janetb

Copic Halloween Costume Contest

3rd place: http://www.copiccolor.com/mushroomgirl

You can view the full album of entries on our Facebook page.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, stay tuned for more contests!

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Catalog Contest: Vote For Your Favorite!

We’ve selected our 10 favorite entries to the Copic Catalog Contest – now it’s your turn to determine the winner! Vote for your favorite from the pieces below.

One lucky winner will receive a custom 24 marker set based on their Copic Color wish list, or $100 cash, as well as being featured in our 2012 catalog alongside Copic-loving professionals.

1. Dreamcatcher by Sydney Neff

1. Dreamcatcher by Sydney Neff

2. Flowing by Kerrie Jenkins

2. Flowing by Kerrie Jenkins

3. Jump by Karen E Haley

3. Jump by Karen E Haley

4. Lillith by Valen Richards

4. Lillith by Valen Richards

5. Muse by Ykano

5. Muse by Ykano

6. Glory Days by Corinne Gaspard

6. Glory Days by Corinne Gaspard

7. Owl Radio by Christopher McAfee

7. Owl Radio by Christopher McAfee

8. Untitled by Sara Moodie

8. Untitled by Sara Moodie

9. The Seventh Gate by Catherine Miller

9. The Seventh Gate by Catherine Miller

10. A Brisk Fall Day by Elizabeth Chesterman

10. A Brisk Fall Day by Elizabeth Chesterman

Have a favorite in mind? Vote below! Only one vote per IP address. Voting ends November 15th at midnight PST.

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Guest Tutorial: Christmas Project by Sharon Harnist

Papercrafting designer Sharon Harnist is one of our Design and Education/Instruction team members, and she’s back with us again this month to share a Christmas card project that utilizes several Copic products.

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist
I’m honored to be back with you this month, to share a Christmas card — before you know it, it will be time to start sending them out!

After stamping the Wagon of Toys image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto X-Press It Blending Card, I colored it with these Copic Sketch markers and Atyou Spica Glitter Pens:

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist
Next, I die cut and embossed the image with Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities dies.  While the cardstock was still in the die, I airbrushed Y23 around the outer edges of the image:

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist
To create the background paper, I airbrushed R39 and YG95 directly onto a background rubber stamp:

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist
After airbrushing, I spritzed the background stamp with a mister filled with Colorless Blender solution, to reactivate the airbrushed colors:

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist
Working quickly after the Blender Solution is sprayed, stamp onto X-Press It Blending Card (image on the left above is the stamped image).  The background paper was trimmed, the edges sponged with Distress Ink and machine stitched to a dark blush card base.

The ribbon was custom colored, to match the image — it started out white!  Simply color the ribbon (I used rayon seam binding) with the chisel end of a Sketch marker. The color doesn’t have to be uniform for this technique — we’re going for a vintage/shabby, mottled look:

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist
Then place the ribbon into a baggie and add a few drops of Colorless Blender inside the bag.  Scrunch the bag around, working the Colorless Blender into the ribbon:

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist
Remove the ribbon from the bag and place it onto tissues or paper towel, blotting the excess ink.  I like to scrunch/wrinkle the ribbon quite a bit, to achieve a wrinkled vintage look:

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist
Here’s the final result — a wrinkled ribbon, variegated in color:

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist
I ended up adding a few additional drops of R29 Various Ink Refill to my ribbon so the color would match the wagon and card base a little better.

Copic Christmas Card Project by Sharon Harnist


Happy Christmas card making! ~ Sharon

You can find more Copic papercrafting inspiration from Sharon here:
Blog: www.PaperFections.com
Copic Color Gallery: http://www.copiccolor.com/SharonHarnist

Christmas Card Supplies:
Copic Products: Sketch Markers-YG93, YG95, R22, R24, R29, R39, BG10, BG13, E41, E42, E43, R83, R85, Y23, Y26, V12, V15, V17, W0. W1, C1, C3, C5, C7; Atyou Spica Glitter Pens-Clear & Lemon; Colorless Blender; R29 Various Ink Refill; Airbrush System; X-Press It Blending Card
Stamps: Lockhart Stamp Company – Wagon of Toys, JustRite Stampers – Vintage Wallpaper Background Stamp
PaperHero Arts – Hero Hues Blush Mixed Folded Cards
Ink: Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black; Ranger Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink
Dies: Spellbinders Classic Square Nestabilities dies and Grand Calibur die cutting machine
Accessories: Sparmax AC-101 Windstorm Airbrush Compressor; Winter White Hug Snug Rayon Seam Binding; Ranger Mini Mister & Ink Blending Tool; sewing machine; foam tape

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October Coloring Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our October Coloring Contest! Below are the winners.

1st place will receive a marker from her Copic Color wish list and an “I <3 Copic” bumper sticker!
2nd and 3rd place will receive “I <3 Copic” bumper stickers.

1st place: http://www.copiccolor.com/mustangpam

Copic October Coloring Contest - 1st Place

 

2nd place: http://www.copiccolor.com/dhp7799

Copic October Coloring Contest - 2nd Place

 

3rd place: http://www.copiccolor.com/gezusfreek

Copic October Coloring Contest - 3rd Place

You can view the full album of entries on our Facebook page.

Thanks again to everyone who entered, stay tuned for more contests!

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Artist Interview with Kristy Dalman

Kristy Dalman is a talented paper crafter and stamp designer living in Michigan. She is a wife, mom, and owner/artist/designer of Some Odd Girl digital stamps. Read on to learn more about how this amazing woman turned her passion into a career.

Do you have formal art training or are you self-taught?
If you can count art in elementary and High School “formal training” :) I would consider myself self-taught. I’ve been drawing since I can remember, encouraged by art teachers in school and by my grandmother. It’s my calm and my zen.

How long have you been a paper crafter?
Wow, now to sound old… I got into paper crafting by a gift from my MIL (now she is but wasn’t then) for my birthday in 2000. I mostly dabbled until my daughter was born in 2005 and then I was an avid scrapbooker! Babies are adorable! You know how many pictures you can take of them and love every one of them? :) I didn’t start making cards until about 3 years ago when I became friends with my super friend Leah. She totally got me hooked because she made it look so fun!

You worked in retail grocery for 11 years before going full-time with your business, Some Odd Girl. What motivated you to quit your job and become an entrepreneur?
I’d say 11 years in retail grocery was a big motivation all by itself. Just kidding… well kind of. I really have always wanted to do something that I could be creative in and for a while I felt I was doing that there (I was a cake decorator for 3 years) but after 11 years doing basically the same thing day in and out my heart wasn’t in it anymore. I never lost my love for art and when friends of mine gave me the idea, I ran with it. It then snowballed to the point where it became a choice I could make and I gladly chose Some Odd Girl. Happiness, art and family were my big motivators.

Your business is almost 2 years old, and you have a big following. How does it feel to be living your dream?
When you stop and think about it in terms like that, and its so true, I can’t help but to be stunned. Its taken so much of hard work to get here and I feel like there’s still such a ways to go but I’m positively GIDDY to get the chance to explore the future! I wouldn’t have said that 3 years ago.

Any words of advice for paper crafters thinking of turning their hobby into a business?
It may sound cliche but DON’T GIVE UP! It may take a long time (or at least feel like it!) but every day that your put in, honing your craft, improving your skills and refining your ideas is one day closer to making that dream a reality! Don’t let anyone tell you you can’t, you can and you will if you put your heart into it! Read and research everything you can.

Who or what are your biggest sources of inspiration?
My all time favorite artist is Alphonse Mucha, his works are amazing and mesmerizing! Another fav of mine is Joshua Middleton, a comic artist. He’s a big Mucha fan as well so maybe that’s why :) My kids, though fantastic at driving me crazy, are also a great inspiration. Joy and wonder and pure imagination in 2 overly energetic balls.

How long have you been using Copic markers? Why do you prefer them over art tools?
I’ve been using Copics since February 2010, we have an anniversary :) Shortly after going live with Some Odd Girl I realized that coloring these stamps was going to be something I really needed to do and do well. I started with pencils but wanted a more vibrant, saturated look. Regular water based markers never made me happy because of the unevenness and streaks so when I discovered Copics, after an exhaustive internet research fest, I was skeptical and intrigued! I never thought a marker and I would be partners but they were different. I love how you can do anything with them and they’re “green” :)

Any tips for Copic beginners?
The 3 P’s! Practice, Paper and Patience! I just coined that ;) You won’t grasp the technique involved overnight but by having a good paper, taking the time to read tutorials and practice your patience will pay off! Without those 3 things you’ll just be frustrated.

What type of background noise do you prefer while you’re coloring?
Talk radio. LOL! Specifically the Freebeer and Hotwings Morning Show, I get the podcast and love listening and laughing while I color. It helps me not to “overthink” which I’m good at doing.

Favorite holiday tradition?
When I was a kid I would have said spending Christmas Eve at my Uncles doing Fondue but now a days decorating the christmas tree with my kids has to be #1. Something about a white tree (oh yes, a big white tree too!), twinkley lights, sparkly bulbs and smiles is heart melting!

Find Kristy on the web:
Some Odd Girl Digital Stamps: www.someoddgirl.com
Some Odd Girl’s new line, Nouveau Girls: www.nouveaugirls.com
Kristy’s blog: www.theoddgirl.com
Kristy on Copic Color: www.copiccolor.com/someoddgirl
Follow Some Odd Girl on Facebook and Twitter

Share your papercrafting work with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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