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Terryl Whitlatch at Anomaly 2012

Terryl WhitlatchAccomplished creature designer and Tales of Amalthea instructor Terryl Whitlatch will appear as a keynote speaker and demonstrator at Anomaly 2012, a premier event featuring artists in film and games at the Beaty Biodiversity Museum in Vancouver, Canada.

Terryl is considered the foremost creature designer in the world and is known for her work on Star Wars, The Katurran Odyssey, Jumanji, The Polar Express and more.

Her latest Star Wars project, Book of Sith: Secrets from the Dark Side was released in February.

Anomaly 2012
Interested in learning creature design with Terryl from the comfort of your own home?
Sign up on the Tales of Amalthea site for first access to an upcoming free lesson!

- Step-by-step instruction with professional creature designer Terryl Whitlach.
- In-depth lessons for drawing real and imaginary creatures according to anatomically accurate zoological references.
- Color application techniques and rendering tips using Copic markers.

Join the journey. Sign up today!

Terryl Whitlatch - Tales of Amalthea
Read more about Terryl in our interview with the famed illustrator.

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Earth Week 2012

Copic Earth Day
Watch this space Monday – Friday for tips and giveaways each day!

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Limited Edition Copic Sketch 25th Anniversary Set!

Copic Sketch 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Set

Copic 25th Anniversary Set Colors

The Copic 25th Anniversary Set includes 36 of our most popular colors.

Coming Fall 2012: Limited Edition Copic Sketch 25th Anniversary Set!

- 36 colors
- Special black marker bodies
- Super brush nib
- Standard fine nib (previously available for Copic markers only)
- Pre-order at your favorite Copic retailer today! 

Commemorate Copic’s 25th anniversary with this limited edition 36-marker set, available Fall 2012. A limited number of these sets are available, so contact your favorite Copic retailer to place your pre-order!

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Guest Tutorial: Coloring and Shading Flowers by Sharon Harnist

Papercrafting designer Sharon Harnist, one of our Design and Education/Instruction team members, is back this month to share her tips for coloring and shading roses with Copic markers.

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics
Flowers and botanical images are my favorite things to color and one of the most requested tutorials, so today I’ll show you a few tips for achieving realistic coloring, shading and shadows for flowers and leaves.


1.  Stamp image with Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card.

2. Choose a 3-color blending group (here I used R20, R22, R27) and quickly base coat the roses with the lightest color.  You don’t need to be concerned with taking your time and coloring in small circular motion; you’ll be doing enough blending later!  You can even leave the a few areas white, like the very tip ends of the petals. Here, I’m using R20:

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics

3. The illustrator will usually give you an idea of where the shading, or deeper/darker colors should be; those areas will usually be cross-hatched or indicated with lines or stippling. Color those areas with your mid-tone color (R22):

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics

4. Go back with your first, lightest marker (R20) and blend the colors together:

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics

5. Also, keep in mind that areas/petals that are closer to you will appear lighter and petals that are towards the back or bottom of the flower will naturally appear darker; color those areas with either your mid-tone or your darkest color (I used R22 and R27):

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics

The rose on the left has the darkest R27 color added, while the rose on the right does not — you can really tell the depth this adds, can’t you?

6. Go back and add some depth to your mid-tones and deepest recesses of the flowers with your darkest color (R27). Also, where some petals cast a shadow on other petals, use your darkest color to indicate shadows. Blend with your mid-tone color, if necessary.


7. Again, choose a 3-color blending group (I used G21, G24, G28). Quickly base coat the leaves and stems with the lightest color in your blending group (G21), leaving a few white spaces as highlights if you wish:

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics

8. Use your mid-tone color to add depth to the areas indicated by the illustrator (usually on the lower half of the leaf) and on leaves that are further away from you or towards the back of the plant (G24):

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics

9. Go back and use the lightest G20 to blend the two colors together, if needed.

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics

10. (Above) – Use the darkest color in your blending group (G28) to add depth to the leaves and where any leaves might be turned away from you, showing the bottoms of the leaves (where they would naturally have less sunlight cast on them). Do the same on the stems and other leaves, where some leaves might cast a shadow on the stems and leaves below them.

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics

Note: White seam binding ribbon was custom colored with Copic R22 and R24 Various Ink Refills. Roses were cut out and popped up on Copic High-Tack Foam Tape.

Coloring and shading flowers with Copics

Find more Copic papercrafting inspiration from Sharon:
Copic Color Gallery:

Copic Sketch Markers: R20, R22, R24, G21, G24, G28
Copic Various Ink Refills: R22, R24
Stamps: JustRite Papercraft-With Sympathy clear stamp set
Paper: Copic X-Press It Blending Card; Lily Bee Design-Head Over Heels 6×6 Tiny Tablet;
Gina K Lipstick Red Heavy Base Weight cardstock
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Copic Double-Sided Foam TapeSpellbinders Romantic Rectangles die; white paper doily; white seam binding; sewing machine + thread

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Copic at Anime Central 2012

Come see us at Anime Central, April 27th-29th in Rosemont, Illinois! You can find us at Booth 35.

We’ve provided prizes for Doujinshi Central and the Art Show. Prizes include:

Doujinshi Central
One Grand Prize
Two 1st Place Prizes

Art Show
One Grand Prize – Awarded by Anime Central Guest Judge
Three 1st Place Prizes – one awarded to each category (Traditional Media, Digital Media, Non-Traditional Media)
Three 2nd Place Prizes – one awarded to each category (Traditional Media, Digital Media, Non-Traditional Media)

Anime Central Prizes Sponsored by Copic

Anime Central Prizes Sponsored by Copic

Anime Central - Prizes Sponsored by Copic

Grand Prize

Anime Central - Prizes Sponsored by Copic

First Place

Anime Central - Prizes Sponsored by Copic

Second Place

We hope to see you there!

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Guest Post: Blue Hair by Brandi York

This week, artist Brandi York gives us details on coloring the blue hair of her goblin character. Enjoy!

Coloring Blue Hair with Copics - Tutorial by Brandi YorkLast time, we covered unusual, fantasy skin tones with our little goblin.  This time, we’re going to look at her blue hair with ringlet pigtails.

As always, I’m using the Bleed-resistant Copic Sketchbook and Copic Sketch markers.

Unusual hair color, like unusual skin tones from our last tutorial, take a bit of experimenting to find the right combinations.  Take some time to layer various colors together to find the right combination of lights and darks before starting on your actual piece.

I start with B45, laying in the basic pattern of her hair, my strokes following the direction of the hair.  Remember, draw every direction, not every hair.  With the brush tip of the Sketch markers, this is much more easily achieved.  Go back over it once or twice to help create a bit a definition in the chunks of hair and value as the hair rounds around the head and the ringlets.  Start big and work down to smaller chunks. You’ll notice it’s pretty rough, but that’s okay.  Our next colors and layers will help refine it down.

Coloring Blue Hair with Copics - Tutorial by Brandi York
Switching to BV23, I lay in some simple shadows, again following the direction of the chunks of hair.  Use that brush tip to your advantage.  You can get thick and thin lines in one stroke, breaking up the areas nicely.

Next comes the BV25, emphasizing the darker spots of the hair, around the curls and in the deeper chunks of hair.  I also go back to the B45 to soften the edges and tie it all in together.

Coloring Blue Hair with Copics - Tutorial by Brandi York
I use a bit of BV17 to add a bit more depth and color into the shadows of the hair, stroking in the direction of the hair.  Sometimes adding other colors in the shadows can help create a sense of depth, as well as tie other colors from the piece in, making everything work together.

Coloring Blue Hair with Copics - Tutorial by Brandi York
With a bit of practice, patience and of course, the right paper, the layering will all come together and you’ll have a lovely rendering of whatever your subject, whatever the strange and fantastical skin and hair color may be!

Coloring Blue Hair with Copics - Tutorial by Brandi York
See more of Brandi’s fantastic illustrations on Copic Color, and add your own work while you’re there!

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Copics and Street Art with NoverNYC & GWB

Throughout April, we’ll release a series of interviews with the street artists of GWB.

The idea started after weeks of tweeting wildly colorful #CopicART pieces by graffiti artist @NoverNYC of GWB in New York City. (Here’s a colorful slideshow of his recent work.)

We decided to ask GWB a few questions about street art. So here’s round one. First up is NoverNYC. Be sure to watch this space as we update with responses from the rest of the group later this month:

novernyc copic art batman and joker

1. How did you get started with art, who were your earliest inspirations for creating artwork?

NoverNYC: I got started with art by drawing from comic books, owning so many comic books, I was drawn to start drawing myself. Besides comic books, I was always interested in graffiti. Coming from the Bronx, I was always inspired by graffiti, one person that inspired me to do graffiti was kase2, who lived in the same neighborhood, and I used to watch him paint all the time.

2. Who inspires you now, how do you stay creative, what keeps you going?

NoverNYC: Right now, I get my inspiration from so many people, some are totem2, daim, peeta. I also gain inspiration from the other members of the group I’m a part of. They all do really amazing work. What keeps me going is how far I can take what I’m working on, what kind of effects I can create. When it comes to graffiti, it’s a form of art you can only get better at over time.

3. What role do black books play in your art making process? 

NoverNYC: Black books are something to keep the edge going, a sketchbook to perfect my skill before I put it onto a wall.

4. Do you consider filled blackbooks stand alone works of art, or part of a larger process?

It isn’t only a filled sketchbook, but a blueprint to what we plan on doing. It’s also part of a bigger process because for most artists, it’s the foundation of most wall art, where a wall piece might start from.

5. Have you always been drawing in sketchbooks this way? 

You get better as you progress, with that said, I haven’t always worked on black books, but over the years I have filled some. I’ve also put a lot of work in other writers’ black books.

6. Do you do any planning sketches before you start hitting the books?

 The sketches in the book are the planning process before I begin the real work on a wall, that’s where I see what colors work best, and try out new or different styles, such as 3D, wildstyle, or characters.

7. Is there anything you’d like to say about the recent increase in awareness about street art?

NoverNYC: It’s great that it’s being paid attention to on a regular basis worldwide. It’s being used by different high fashion designers, and that’s opening doors to all graffiti writers to use their art as a means to make a profit off of their own work, and gain a platform of respect as a widely accepted form of art.

8. Anything you’d like to say to people who simply perceive street art as vandalism?

NoverNYC: For those who have that kind of opinion, I don’t have much to say. If it wasn’t for the vandalism that started out graffiti, it wouldn’t have reached the magnitude it’s at today, and I myself probably wouldn’t have had a part in it.

nover nyc street art graffiti green goblin

9. Do you ever consider your work to be at the cutting edge of typography?

NoverNYC: Yes, one of my main goals is to manipulate my tools of choice to create realistic scenes or effects like 3D, steel, water, rocks, metal, etc.

10. How can an untrained viewer learn to decipher some of the wilder letterforms?

NoverNYC: From an untrained eye, it can be visible, for some people it isn’t. The best way to decipher what that work of art represents, you have to take in everything you’re looking at. Its colors, its shapes, the mood it puts you in, or what it makes you think of, as it would be with any other form of art. But it can be taught to be legible.

11. Do you ever find yourself obsessing over letters, like bending and warping them in your mind?

 Yes, all of the time, that is my goal, to create an individual style and call it my own. That is one of the main concepts of graffiti, to be known individually for our own craft, to bring something to the table.

12. Should people give graffiti writers respect from an artistic calligraphy and lettering design perspective?

NoverNYC: Of course. Even if you don’t agree with the illegal aspect of graffiti, it deserves its respect from all aspects of the lettering or calligraphy perspective.

13. Do you ever consider graffiti writing to be contemporary calligraphy?

It is already considered contemporary calligraphy, right now it’s being used in all forms of mainstream art and fashion, fonts being created to look like different types of graffiti styles.

14. What’s the future of graffiti, where is street art heading?

NoverNYC: The future of graffiti is heading into becoming something more accepted, it’s heading in the right direction. I hope it opens more doors for graff writers to be able to express their work. I also hope that the future of graffiti is headed into a time where people with a prejudice against street art can understand it and business owners will be more open to having graffiti on more walls.

15. Why do you like using Copic markers in your blackbooks?

Out of all the markers I use, Copic markers give me the most control, I get the best effects and illusions out of them. They bleed the least from all the other brands I use. They also have the best color selection I’ve seen. Most of my greatest pieces have been done with Copic markers.

Check out his latest work, here - and tweet nice things to NoverNYC on Twitter.

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