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Eye for Color – #B28 Instagram Contest Winners

B28 – Royal Blue is a deeply vibrant blue. In fact, it’s a primary blue. This blue is a must-have in any Copic collection.

We asked Copic fans on Instagram to find and tag B28 – Royal Blue in their surroundings for our #EyeforColor contest. Check out all the entries, here.

Selecting a winner was tough, but somehow we managed to narrow it down. (See who won our last contest R29 – Lipstick Red).

And now…the winner! Join us in congratulating @Jazzeke on a job well done! You’ve won two markers of your choice!

First Place – @Jazzeke

Copic Contest entry B28 - Royal Blue

Runners Up 

Shout outs to the runners up: @lovethesurf, @eileenpg, @jenniferholly, @sandraluciallu, @manga_luvr, @skittles834, @hoomdepot, @infernobebe, @che_rubi, @prettysnowflake, @blueindya, @purdyeyes, @happylittleclouds, @swtdreamz03, and @wendy_marvel for their fantastic entries! If you’re in the US or Canada, you win Copic swag packs – just email an address to richard[at]copicmarker.com!

@lovethesurf @eileenpg @jenniferholly @sandraluciaillu @manga_luvr @skittles834 @hoomdepot @infernobebe @che_rubi1 @prettysnowflake1 @blueindya @purdyeyes @happylittlecloud @swtdreamz03 @wendy_marvel

Want another chance to win? Should we run another contest like this? Let us know in the comments, below!

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Invincible Character Study by Todd Nauck

Hey, everybody! My name is Todd Nauck. I’ve been a professional artist for about 18 years. You may have seen my work in various Spider-Man comics and books for Marvel or Young Justice and Teen Titans comics for DC Comics, to name a few.

I am currently drawing a new comic series at Image Comics called Guarding the GlobeIt’s a new book from Walking Dead creator, Robert Kirkman. The series is about a team of international superheroes. One of the stars of the series is a character called Invincible from Kirkman’s flagship superhero series by the same name.

I’m going to walk you through a grayscale character study of the current hero bearing the “Invincible” name.

Starting with a 9”x12” page of 96lb Canson recycled Bristol board, I do a rough pencil drawing of the figure. I use a mechanical pencil with .05 HB lead. Then I take it to inks. I primarily use Pigma Micron markers for inking with 08, 05, 01, and 005 tips. I also used a Kuretake brush pen to fill in the black areas.

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers
Now it’s Copic sketch marker time! First I lay down the base color for each part of Invincible. As a general rule of thumb, I use warm grays for colors like red, orange, yellow, and brown, and cool grays for blue, green, and purple.

I like to leave white areas open as I create shapes to use as highlights.

I pick a general light source as a starting point. This shot has pretty much a straight on (and a little from above) light source. I create shapes on each plane of Invincible’s face and body, for example each facial feature and muscle grouping. I make sure to leave appropriate white space for the highlight.

For each “color”, I’m using a different shade/tone for gray. W01 for “yellow” parts of his costume and C03 for the “blue” shoulder/chest part of the costume:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers

N05 (neutral gray) to render (sculpt the shapes with color) the black portions of his costume and W04 for his skin tone:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers

W03 for his lips and N01 for his goggles:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers
With base coats down, I move one color notch darker to start rendering the shadows. W02 to shade the “yellow” parts of his masked brow & cheekbones, neck, chest, arms, and abs:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers
C04 to shade his “blue” shoulder and chest muscles:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers
N06 to render his muscles, with the shapes coming out of the black portions of his costume and Wo5 to render his flesh tones:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers
In this close up photo, you can see where I drop in W05 shadows at his cheekbones, nostrils, left side of his nose, under the bottom lip, bottom of his chin and his smile lines. I also filled in his hair with W06:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers
I use a N03 Neutral gray to start a background element to help pop Invincible out in the foreground:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers

Now that I’ve laid down the base color and initial shadows, I like to go back over each section and layer in more of the base color to help darker certain shadows. I am applying the lighter base color on top of the darker shadows to make the shadows even darker, creating a type of layering effect:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers
Then I take a lighter shade of each gray and blend each section. I cut into the white areas as necessary to blend the color into the highlights. The great thing about Copics is that you can use a lighter color over a darker color and it won’t ”infect” the lighter color’ marker’s tip with the darker color. (And if for some reason it ever does, the tips are replaceable!)

I also cut in some N04 in the background to create a little more depth using W00 for the “yellows,” C02 for the “blues,” N03 for the “black” areas and W02 for the flesh tone.

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers
I cut back in with a little bit of my original shadow color choices to pop the muscles or facial features with a little more of a harder edge as desired:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers
Here’s a scan (as opposed to the previous progress photos) of the grayscale rendering of Invincible! It’s fun how our eyes will discern the colors the grays are representing:

Todd Nauck - Invincible Character Study with Copic Markers

My experience with working with Copic sketch markers has been about experimentation and practice. The fun has been in discovering the shapes I can achieve with the brush tip and the broad tip, utilizing saturation of the marker on the paper, and the layering and blending of colors. I’ve found that my style has evolved and probably will continue to evolve as I experiment and, most importantly, have fun!

Thanks for letting me share my Copic color process with you! Feel free to visit my blog and social networks for more of my art:

Official website: http://toddnauck.com
Copic Color Gallery: http://copiccolor.com/ToddNauck
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Todd-Nauck/128706905684?ref=sgm
Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddnauck
Deviant Art: http://toddnauck.deviantart.com/
Tumblr: http://toddnauck.tumblr.com/
InstaGram: toddnauck

See my art EVERY month in Guarding the Globe from Skybound Entertainment and Image Comics! Issue #1 has sold out issue #2 along with the second printing of issue #1 is on sale Oct 3rd. So there’s still time to get in on the ground floor!

This comic and many of my comics from my career can be found for sale online or at any comic book store.

I’ll also be a featured guest at the following conventions this fall:
Long Beach Comic Con, Nov. 3-4, 2012
I-Con, Nov. 10, 2012

Thanks again, and keep on drawing!

Todd Nauck

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Fall Coloring Contest Winners!

Copic Marker Fall Coloring Contest - Winner

Winning Entry by Alyssa Rose

Congratulations to Alyssa Rose, the winner of our Fall Coloring Contest! Alyssa will receive 5 markers from her Copic Color wish list.

Thank you to everyone who entered, you all did an amazing job and made choosing our four runners up a difficult task! Below are the runners up, who will each receive one marker from their Copic Color wish list:

Copic Marker Fall Coloring Contest - Runner Up

Tiffany McGouldrick

Copic Marker Fall Coloring Contest - Runner Up

Chris Allen

Copic Marker Fall Coloring Contest - Runner Up

Jennifer Dove

Copic Marker Fall Coloring Contest - Runner Up

Barbara Gibbons

Check out all of the entries on Facebook, and stay tuned for more chances to win!

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Copic at The Duck Store’s Tools of the Trade Show

University of Oregon Bookstore - Tools of the Trade Show
Join us at the University of Oregon Campus Duck Store’s 2012 Tools of the Trade Show, November 7th and 8th! This free event includes door prizes, show specials and artist demonstrations from a variety of vendors, including Copic Marker.

Hope to see you there!

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Coloring Gingerbread Cookies with Copic Markers

Kristy Dalman is the talented owner/artist/designer of Some Odd Girl digital stamps. On her blog, The Odd Girl, Kristy is celebrating her birthday by hosting a month of How Tos, Tutorials and Giveaways throughout October. Check it out, and be sure to enter her Copic 25th Anniversary Set giveaway by October 31st!

Read on to learn Kristy’s technique for coloring gingerbread cookies with Copic markers: 

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got a really simple and easy tutorial for you! We’re coming up on the holiday season and one of the big things we do is holiday baking. Fudge especially here :) So I thought I’d share with you how I got the texture on the gingerbread cookies on this card.

Coloring gingerbread men with Copic Markers

Do they look good enough to eat? To get started first you need to stamp your treats onto your paper (I use the XPress It) with Memento Espresso Truffle Ink. You can use whatever color you’d  like but the Espresso Truffle is a really nice dark brown that adds to the cookie look.

Coloring gingerbread men with Copic Markers

Next, gather your Copics. I’m using E40, E41, E42, E43, E44 and 0. Start out by laying down a nice smooth layer of E40 on all the areas you want to have the cookie look. After that we are going to start adding texturing using a random swirly motion with the very tip of the brush tip.

Coloring gingerbread men with Copic MarkersStart with E41, then add in more with E42, not blending between. Closer to the edges, add more in with E43 and E44. The cookie is flat so you won’t be worrying about making him look dimensional, which is why adding texture helps alot! After you’ve done that, go over the whole thing again with E40 to bring it together.

You can keep adding more layers and texture until you get it how you like!

Lastly, I went in with my 0 (colorless blender) and added some more of the swirly randomness just to add a bit more texture. You can also do that with some colorless blender on a cloth, dabbing it on.

I hope this simple tutorial helps give your cookies some more crunch!

Card supplies:
Stamps: Some Odd Girl – Gingerbread Kaylee
Pattern Papers: Echo Park, Studio Calico
Copic Sketch Markers: E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E71, E74, E77, R01, R24, R37, R59, 0
Ink: Memento Expresso Truffle, Olive Grove and Ladybug

Find Kristy on the web:
Copic Color: http://www.copiccolor.com/SomeOddGirl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SomeOddGirls
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SomeOddGirls
Blog: http://www.theoddgirl.com/
Some Odd Girl Shop: http://www.someoddgirl.com/

Kristy’s Copic classes:
Created from Color: http://www.createdfromcolor.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/createdfromcolor

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What’s Your Big Idea?

Ink Factory Studios - Big Idea Sketchbook at Chicago Ideas Week 2012
In celebration of Chicago Ideas Week (October 8-14, 2012), Ink Factory Studio has created the Big Idea Sketchbook, a temporary installation in front of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Ink Factory Studios - Big Idea Sketchbook at Chicago Ideas Week 2012
The record-breaking sketchbook, fabricated by Ron Gard and Chesterfield Awning Company, invites viewers to grab a Copic marker and draw their big idea. All are welcome to participate through October 14th! What would you draw?

Ink Factory Studios - Big Idea Sketchbook at Chicago Ideas Week 2012
We love supporting big ideas! Check out all of the events we sponsor, or submit a sponsorship request if you think we can help with yours.

First photo and last two photos by Jyoti Srivastava.

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Character Design with Copic Markers

Brianne Drouhard works in the animation industry as a character designer and storyboard artist, and directed the “Amethyst, Princess of Gemworld” DC Nation shorts, which will be premiering on Cartoon Network very soon! “Billie the Unicorn” is her first children’s book.  It was entirely colored by hand using Copic markers and colored pencils.

Recently I went to Disneyland with a friend.  One of my favorite rides is Space Mountain, and I always joked that they needed a Space Mountain princess for Tomorrowland. So this piece was inspired by an indoor roller coaster!

After the trip, I searched to see if there had been any mascots created specifically for Space Mountain.  All that came up was this lovely couple, and I do not know who or where this photo is originally from:

Old Space Mountain costumes

I didn’t have a whole lot of time before starting this demo, so here are the few sketches I came up with before starting the final piece.  The orange hues seemed to be a good nod to keep for nostalgia, but the final piece is quite different.  I’d like to try this character again in another month:

Space princess development sketches

Usually when I start a piece, it can take a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the subject and size.  I tend to work straight until the image is finished.  It helps to work fast while the ink is still wet, blending the colors is much easier.

First I rough out a drawing. I use different types of paper, but usually it’s Ingram 22lb animation paper. It can be purchased unpunched. Also, since this piece was colored on 22lb animation paper, it isn’t as absorbant as Bristol paper. This can cause the ink to pool, and can make blending difficult, so I had to take care to not overwork the paper.  Something to think about when choosing paper. The warm hue of the animation paper is a quality I prefer:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard

After the first initial drawing pass, flip the drawing. This is a popular trick to check for anything odd in the drawing, usually for me the eyes get wonky:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard

Flip it back over, and make a clean final line with a #2 pencil:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard

Erase the pencil, leaving a light imprint. The pencil will smear when marker is used on top, so it’s better to lightly erase it. I also erase the sketch on the back of the paper. The line will bleed through once color is laid on it. Make sure to lay another piece of paper underneath to protect your desk, and to help the ink absorb into the paper:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard

The first color I lay down is usually light – this time it’s Dull Lavender.  The color follows the form and where the shadow should be.  I also tend to use Copic Sketch.  I mostly use the brush end, especially on characters, as that tip is easier for me to control:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard

Her hair is Pale Cobalt Green:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
A little bit of blue Col-Erase pencil is used for texture. This will make your marker nibs dirty, but I haven’t found it to affect the markers color later. Just clean it off on another piece of paper by making some brush strokes:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
Adding some Orange, I started the detail on her costume. I also layed in some Milky White and yellow Col-Erase in her hair. Her eyes are Napoli Yellow:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
I filling out the rest of her costume with the same Napoli Yellow used for her eyes. Reusing colors in other areas can help tie a character together. Her comet pigtails and tights are Mint Green, and I added a little yellow and red colored pencil in areas. The inside of her cape will be Bougainvillea:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
Once the main color is filled in, I lay the Dull Lavender back in for the shadows and gradients:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
Time to start the sky with Agate. I used Sugared Almond pink for her cheeks and make-up:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
The sky is filled in using the broad end of the marker, and Orange is brought in for background space streaks:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
Manganese Blue and Bougainvillea is overlaid on top of the Agate.  My camera had trouble picking this up.  Sky seems to look better when more than one color is used, so don’t be afraid to mix them:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
Once all the main colored is laid in, I start inking her eyes and fine details with multiliners:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
Now that everything is where it needs to be, Special Black, Warm Gray #10 and Manganese Blue are layed over the background as a gradient.  Be careful, as the black can easily leave unwanted streaks and fingerprints:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
Special Black, colored pencil, white gel pen for the stars, and multiliners are used for finishing touches:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard
The final space princess:

Copic space princess coloring tutorial by Brianne Drouhard

Find Brianne on the web:
Website:  www.briannedrouhard.com
Blog:  www.potatofarmgirl.blogspot.com
DeviantArt:  www.potatofarmgirl.deviantart.com
YouTube:  www.youtube.com/user/potatofarmgirl (there are process marker demos there)
Copic Color: www.copiccolor.com/Potatofarmgirl

Purchase Brianne’s work:
Original art available at Gallery Nucleus
Sketchbooks available at Stuart NG Books

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Visit Mark Brooks at New York Comic Con

Visit Copic artist Mark Brooks at New York Comic Con, October 11-14 at the Javits Center! You can find Mark in booth #CC12.

Copic Marker will be in booth #N306, near Artist Alley in the North Javits building (down the hall).

Mark Brooks New York Comic ConMark Brooks New York Comic Con

Mark Brooks New York Comic Con

Left: Traditional work. Right: Enhanced with Photoshop.

Find Mark on the web:
DeviantArt
Twitter

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Using Screen Tones with Copic Markers

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

Green Dragon with Screen TonesOnce upon a time, back before there was Photoshop and the Pop Art Movement, artists needed a way to add consistent and reliable texture and tone to their images. Screen tones became widely used in the 1930s by artists in the cartooning and advertising fields as a shortcut, and became the industry standard for background tones and texture. The screen tones are made up of a matrix of dots that build up a visual tone or gradient, depending on the density and size of the dot. Today, screen tones are used both digitally and manually (traditional-style) by artists that want a particular look and texture, particularly popular in Japan among Manga artists. Used with Copic markers, screen tones can really add a lot of pop to your work and give it that polished and professional look of the comic book industry.

Screen tones are quick and easy to apply. All you’ll need is a couple of screen tone sheets, a fine cutting knife (such as an X-Acto) and a burnishing tool (I use an old flat plastic pallet knife). In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to apply the tones and talk about two different ways that they can be used.


To begin, these are what screen tones look like when in their package. As you can see, they come in a variety of styles. They are typically backed in a waxed paper sheet, which is easily peeled back to expose the sticky side of the screen tone.

One way to use the screen tones is to cut a rough shape about the size of the area that you wish to cover with the screen tone. Sticky side down, screen tone is sticky enough to hold its place, but you won’t have to worry about it ripping the paper, it has a very low tack. Using an X-acto knife, cut away the excess area and simply peel off the unwanted tone. The screen tone sheet is very thin; you need only apply very little pressure to slice the sheet, and not your artwork! Remember to always use care with the sharp blade, and cut away from your fingers and body!

Voila! There you have a very simple application of a screen tone. In this case, I have chosen to use the tone to describe the texture and darkness of the skateboard. If you look closely, you can see the matrix of dots that make up the tone.

Now I’ll demonstrate another technique for applying the screen tone to finished artwork, which includes a soft colored pencil, like a non-photo blue.

Here we have a very simply colored artwork, in which I made sure to keep the tones on the lighter side, as I will be adding darker tones as an overlay using the screen tones.


At this point I will take a screen tone sheet, which in this case is a gradient that fades from light to dark. As the screen tone has a semi-transparent backing, I can place it above my artwork without worrying about it sticking in place (no, that’s not a bad photo, that’s the gradient of the screen tone!).

Red Dragon Screen Tone Overlay
I have placed the sheet above the artwork and will now use my colored pencil to draw the shapes that I will ultimately cut and place on the finished piece. Drawing lightly, the pencil lines will be erasable with a white vinyl eraser.

Red Dragon With Screen TonesTracing my lines with the X-acto knife and peeling away the excess, I now have a consistently toned image that fades in its tone from light (near the top) to dark (at the bottom of the tail)!

Another way to use screen tones is to add nifty texture and effects to backgrounds, which can supercharge an image and draw attention to certain areas, or away from others.

Green Dragon Screen Tone Overlay

Here I have chosen a sunburst pattern and, after peeling the waxed backing, have placed it stick-side down on the artwork. Cutting along the lines of the drawing, I simply peel away the excess areas, rub the screen tone into place, and presto! Instant impact!

Green Dragon with Screen Tones
I encourage you to pick up a couple of screen tones and experiment using them with Copic markers! Here’s a tip: You can use Copic markers on top of the screen tones for interesting transparent color overlays or overlap the tones for added texture and effects. Hope you enjoyed this bit of how-to. Now be careful with those X-Acto knives, and have fun!

Find Jackson on the web:
Web Site: http://www.jacksonroot.com
Copic Color: http://www.copiccolor.com/Jackson

Share your screen tone work with us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Eye for Color – #R29 Instagram Contest Winners

R29 – Lipstick Red is a bright, rich and lustrous red. This red one of the most important colors we make. It’s a primary red, the reddest of reds. This is a must-have color in any Copic collection.

We asked our fans to find and tag R29 – Lipstick Red in their surroundings for the #EyeforColor Instagram contest. Be sure to check out all the entries to see how lovely this red can truly be.

Selecting a winner from over 300 entries from around the world was even tougher than last time we did this with Y06 – Yellow.

We now announce the winner. Join us in congratulating @Juicybombshell for a job well done – and winning two markers of her choice!

First Place – @Juicybombshell

Winner of the Eye for Color Copic Contest on Instagram

Runners Up

Many thanks and a quick shout out to all the runners up  - @ariadne_v, @direy20, @finalflantasy, @infernobebe, @jazzeke, @jenniferholly, @joanebrands, @katpie001, @korpannita, @lonfongraffiti, @moshiyoko, @prettysnowflake, @rickrickboom, @sammie__l and @ydoom30 - for such wonderful entries. If you’re in the US or Canada, you win Copic swag packs – just send an address!

@rickrickboom @direy20 @moshiyoko @ariadne_v @sammie__l @prettysnowflake @londongraffiti @korpannita @katpie001 @joanebrands @jillianerickson @jennniferholly @jazzeke @infernobebe @finalflantasy

Want another chance to win? Let’s do it again. This time it’s #B28 - so find and snap that color in your surroundings, tag the pic with #B28, and mention @copicmarker for a chance to win two markers of your choice! Deadline is midnight on October 15th – multiple entries okay. Good luck!

Which of these do you like most? Leave a comment and let us know!

RULES: New photos that you took, only. Only add the hashtag to photos taken for this contest, please.

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