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10 Helpful Links About 24 hr. Comics Day

October 1st is 24 Hr. Comics Day (24HCD). Artists worldwide accept the challenge every year, creating a 24 page comic in just 24 hours.

What’s it like? Who started it? How can I participate? To help answer these questions, and promote this wonderful event, we’ve compiled a list of 10 helpful links:

1. 24 Hour Comics Day site

2. 24HCD Event Locator

3. 24HCD Blog

4. 24HCD Twitter

5. #24HCD Hashtag feed

6. YouTube Videos from Last Year

7. About Nat Gertler, The Founder

8. Blog Post on the Experience by Artist @Matt Madden

9. About DIVA’s Eugene, Oregon Event

10. Some 24 Hr. Comics by World Record Holding Artist, David Chelsea

[BONUS]: Scott McCloud’s describes “The Phenomenon”

[EXTRA BONUS] Blitz Comics’ Survival Kit

Check out our previous posts on David Chelsea, who’s Snow Angel comic was recently featured in Dark Horse Presents – Issue 2.

If you live in Oregon, join us at the event on Saturday, and at the DIVA’s related show “Art of the Graphic Novel”, which opens Oct.7th. See you there!

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Line Art Download – #Copic3K

Well, you did it…you blew us away! We set a goal to reach 3,000 Twitter followers, and we blew right past that yesterday thanks to our amazing Copic community.

To show our gratitude, we’re giving away one piece of FREE Line Art for every 1,000 followers – so click to download a hi-res version, print it, and enjoy coloring!

As you already know, numbers aren’t everything – especially out there in the Twitterverse. That being said, we’re especially lucky because we don’t just have 3,000 ‘followers’. We have 3,000 Copic-loving fans, collectors, and professionals. Join us if you’re out there, or just watch our feeds on #TutuorialTuesday and share in the #CopicLove.

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September Coloring Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our September Coloring Contest – Working With Limited Colors! Below are the winners. If you were a 1st-3rd place winner, we’ll be sending you a message through Copic Color to get your address.

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/AutisticPride

Copic September Coloring Contest2nd place: http://www.copiccolor.com/MissAlaineous

Copic September Coloring Contest3rd place: http://www.copiccolor.com/jmatt777

Copic September Coloring Contest

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
We had a hard time choosing the winners, so here are a few more awesome entries!

Copic September Coloring ContestCopic September Coloring ContestCopic September Coloring Contest

Left to right: http://www.copiccolor.com/jmatt777, http://www.copiccolor.com/reks7, http://www.copiccolor.com/mustangpam

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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Color Spotlight: BG10

Welcome to our Color Spotlight feature! Every so often we’ll showcase a different color and give ideas of color combos that will work with it.

Marianne’s Note: When I mention a color combo whatever color I put first is the color I put down as my base color, then I blend in the second color. Also, these colors on the screen are NOT accurate and are for comparison only.

Copic Color Spotlight: BG10


BG10, Cool Shadow

Story behind BG10:
BG10 was another color Copic included in the first 72 colors they released. This marker is available in all 4 marker styles and it has long been one of my must-have colors. BG10 is the first color in it’s blending family and is very versatile. It is very pale, and can work as a base tone for just about any blue, green, or BG blend you wish to make.  For a color lighter than BG10, you have to jump to another blending group, like B0000, BG000 or BG0000
Available in these styles:

Copic, Sketch, Ciao, Wide
Natural Blend Family:

BG10
, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18.
Simple Blend:

Highlight BG000, Midtone BG10, Shadow BG13
Similar colors, other families:

R20, YG00, Y000, G40, BV000, E000
Marianne’s Unusual combos:
BG10 + G12, BG10 + C2, E00 + BG10

Copic BG10 Advanced Color Rules

Advanced Color Rules for BG10*:

Complimentary: BG10, R30
Triad (simple 3 color combo): BG10, RV00, YR000
Tetrad (simple 4 color combo): BG10, Y00, R30, BV000
Pentagram (simple 5 color combo): BG10, BV11, V15, E21, G82
High Contrast: BG10, FBG2, B39, E18, R46
Compound: BG10, C4, BG78, RV34, T5, E18

*Advanced color rules are generated by Adobe Illustrator CS3 based on the digital representation of the Copic Color Spectrum set into a special color wheel. I generate these as suggestions for color combos to try when you are looking for a nice change, or you have a paper that matches this particular color and you want help picking other unusual colors to go with it.

The project I made for BG10: Boy with Fish
BG10 has always been one of my favorite colors to use for coloring sky. The other blue-greens made me think about water, so I had to draw something incorporating sky and water. A little boy getting ready to catch a live fish came to mind, as I thought about what could be happening on the banks of a quiet stream.

I mostly stuck to colors suggested in the advanced color  rules, but I needed a BG that had more gray in it and was light, so I used BG72. I used G12 because I currently like that color- it seems like a nice Summer color. I colored his skin with YR0000 and E21 with hints of BV11 and  other colors.

Copic Color Spotlight: BG10

Drawn with a Gray 0.05mm Multiliner.

Colors Used: BG10, BG72, BG78, G12, G82, YG67, YR0000, E21, E18, Y00, W1, YG91, C4, 0.

Your turn! Share your BG10 work with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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Working With Limited Colors (Contest!)

Because Copic markers are so transparent, you can easily layer and blend colors. This makes it easy to start with a few colors and mix many in-between colors.

Here is a cute girl heading back to school. To color her, I used only 6 colors. V20, V25, E00, E13, Y13, and R59.

It is easy to see that I colored her shirt and skirt using only V20 and V25, but not all areas are easy to tell which colors I used.

For her skin, I used E00, E13, and V25 with touches of R59. Her hair is a blend of the Y13, E13, BV25and a tiny bit of R59.

R59 is a very dark red. To get the R59 to not be so strong in her hair, and to deepen the shadows in her skin, I applied the R59 by using the brush tip of the E13 and pulling color directly from the tip of the R59. This is called tip-to-tip blending. It is great when you have to shade in tiny areas, or if you have a limited color range.

CONTEST! Download the blank image here and color it with only 6 colors. Share your creation on our Facebook wall by September 23rd for a chance to win a marker from your Copic Color wish list. Be sure to leave your Copic Color user name with your work, along with a list of the 6 colors you used!

For more ideas on how to color this girl with a limited range of colors, please visit the ilikemarkers blog.

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.

To be eligible to win, you must reside in the U.S. or Canada. You must have a Copic Color account at the time of entry, with at least one marker in your wish list. Deadline is September 23rd, 2011.

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Graffiti Blending Contest Winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Graffiti Blending Contest! Below are the winners. If you were a 1st-3rd place winner, we’ll be sending you a message through Copic Color to get your address.

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/Bonneauh


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

3rd place: http://copiccolor.com/evb


HONORABLE MENTIONS:

We had a hard time choosing the winners, so here are a few more awesome entries!

http://copiccolor.com/missmaggiejoxoxo


http://copiccolor.com/jefcompton


http://www.copiccolor.com/LysaQ

http://copiccolor.com/knittingnonsense


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 Michele Leonello

Michele Leonello is a fantastic Italian car designer who was generous enough to give us some insight into the industry. Read on to learn more, and be sure to check out his web site and YouTube videos!

Tell us a bit about yourself!
Michele Leonello - Leonello Design

My name is Michele Leonello, and I’m a 30-year-old Italian. I live between the cities of Milan and Como with my girlfriend Camilla and my cat Milù.

I started my car design life when I was 19, beginning when I was a student in the University of Architecture. From there I moved up to the Alfa Romeo Style Centre, where I worked with a great team of designers and have collaborated on major products. Today I run my design studio, Leonello Design, composed of important companies in the industry and other great designers.

For 4 years I followed the important Masters of Automotive Design in Italy, took the Polytechnic of Milan and the Scuola Politecnica di Design SPD in Milan, where I teach freehand sketching & rendering. The goal is to train future talent in the industry, and I hope they have the opportunity to live their greatest dream.

When did you begin creating art?

I started making art at 3 years old. The credit belongs to my father Giuseppe, an amateur painter. When I was a child he drew anything for me: animals, plants and objects.

I come from the most beautiful island in the Mediterranean Sea, the Sardinia, and my father helped me to increase my attention to detail, colors and shapes, leading me to draw in the garden or in the country. Over the years he has always been present, and sometimes very critical. But in the end, he has always supported my choice to broaden my education by studying art at the Art School of the City of Cagliari.

Michele Leonello - Leonello DesignWhat are your biggest sources of inspiration?

My sources of inspiration are varied. Certainly as an Italian, I’m pervaded by the ideas of ??beauty, harmony, and the elegance of proportion. I call this the Essence of Beauty. My first source of inspiration is women – the proportion of the bodies, eyes, muscles, the harmony of the movements, which I try to convey in drawings when I have to design a new car. When we fall in love or we are struck by someone, it is often because of aesthetic vision. More than 60% of cars are bought for their aesthetic appeal. I also find inspiration in nature, photography, visiting a museum in Milan, or admiring the grace and elegance of my cat. I forgot that a great source of inspiration is to have a great culture in the area where you work – the story, and the people who made it big.

What’s your favorite thing about being a car designer?

To have great responsibility in what you do. Designing a car is not a simple thing. Hundreds of people work on a project, but the style is the final determining factor for the success or failure of the project.

What’s the most difficult thing about being a car designer?

There are many difficult aspects in the field. Many responsibilities, always looking for new ideas and solutions. You are under pressure often because you must comply with the deliveries. The most difficult, but also ironic, is that you always wait so long before you see the project on the road. From the first sketch to production, the process can take up to 2 or 4 years. So we never enjoy the car, because it is old and we’re already thinking of the successor.

Why do you prefer Copic markers for your illustrations?

I was introduced to Copic when I started my career at Alfa Romeo. My good friend Manuel taught me some tricks and techniques. I consider them the best products on the market because the range of color in the final result is fantastic. Being able to create many shades allows you to always achieve a high level of quality.

Sketching and rendering are still fundamental in process work, even if you use a lot of digital tools. Getting your hands dirty, painting, and presenting a beautiful drawing done with Copic gives you more satisfaction than digital work. It is like you are an artist/designer.

Michele Leonello - Leonello Design

What are you working on right now?

Right now I’m working on some important projects, but for confidentiality I cannot say the name of the client. I can only say that my staff and I are thinking up some beautiful cars that you will see soon.

Any events coming up that you’re involved in?

The most important events for the end of 2011 are the new Masters in Polytechnic School of Design, the creation of a workshop with a famous brand in Asia, the realization of Copic Day Workshop 2011 with my friend Manuel Mondellini of COPIC Italy,  and a television series dedicated to the world of car design.

Any words of advice for aspiring car designers?

This is a good question! The biggest advice is don’t believe that you have already reached the finish line after your studies. What comes after is not comparable. At that moment, true professional life begins. It takes humility, determination, respect for those who will help you, and continued creative growth.

View more of Michele’s work:
http://www.leonelloartdesign.com
http://copiccolor.com/leonellodesign
http://www.youtube.com/leonelloartdesign

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