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Anime Expo 2012: Free Line Art!

Anime Expo Girl Colored By Marianne Walker
The Copic team is in Los Angeles, gearing up for Anime Expo 2012! Get in the spirit by downloading and coloring the line art for the image above, provided by our product specialist Marianne Walker. When you’re finished, show off your creation on our Facebook page!

This year we’re the official sponsor of Artist Alley. You’ll find us at booth #560:

Anime Expo Exhibit Hall Map
Learn about our appearances and events at this year’s show, held June 29-July 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. We hope to see you there!

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Copic at Summer CHA

CHA LogoJoin us at Summer CHA, July 17-19th in Rosemont, Illinois! Find us at booth #1642, where you can meet four of our Papercrafting Certification instructors. Lori Craig, Debbie Olson, Colleen Schaan and Marianne Walker will be on hand, demonstrating and answering questions.

      

Interested in taking a Copic Papercrafting Certification class before CHA? There are currently 
3 spaces remaining for our Standard Certification class on July 15th. The Intermediate Certification class, held on July 16th, is full.

Some Odd Girl Digital StampsDemo Sketch markers will be available to play with in the Some Odd Girls booth, #1320. Visit Kristy, The Odd Girl herself, and color in some of her fantastic stamp designs.

We hope to see you there!

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Guest Tutorial: Coloring Iron Man by Evan Burse

Evan Burse, host of Cartoon Block, walks us through the creation of an Iron Man illustration with Copic Sketch markers:

Be sure to watch the whole video to learn how to win great Copic prizes!

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Copic T-Shirts!

Copic T-Shirts

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One Week ‘Til Anime Expo!

Copic at Anime Expo 2011

Anime Expo 2011

Join us at Anime Expo 2012, June 29-July 1 at the Los Angeles Convention Center! This year we’re the official sponsor of Artist Alley. You can find us nearby at Booth #560.

Our product specialist, Marianne Walker, will be teaching a Copic workshop on Saturday, June 30 from 6:30-8:30pm in the Workshop 2 room. Arrive early, this class is popular and fills quickly every year!

Can’t get enough Copic? We’re also delivering programming for all skill levels in the Copic Classroom - Room #302. Imagine 800 square feet dedicated to everything Copic, all weekend long. We’ve also sponsored prizes for the Manga Lounge, which is a great spot to take a break and unwind. Hope to see you there!

Copic at Anime Expo 2011

Anime Expo 2011

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Guest Tutorial: Product Design by Spencer Nugent

Industrial designer Spencer Nugent describes how he creates product illustrations using Copic Multiliner SPsSketch markers and the airbrush system:



Find Spencer on the web:
Sketch-A-Day
Facebook

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Terryl Whitlatch at The Guild of Natural Science Illustrators

Guild of Natural Science Illustrators
Renowned creature designer and Copic artist Terryl Whitlatch will be a featured speaker at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators 2012 Conference, July 9-14 in Savannah, Georgia. If you’re in the area, be sure to attend the event and learn from this amazing woman!

Tales of Amalthea Art by Terryl Whitlatch

Tales of Amalthea Art by Terryl Whitlatch

Can’t make it to the conference? Tales of Amalthea, an online creature design course featuring instruction by Terryl, is launching very soon. Sign up to be notified when the first (free!) lesson is available!

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Visit the Copic Classroom at Anime Expo 2012

Art by Terryl Whitlatch

Tales of Amalthea Art by Terryl Whitlatch

Join us at the Los Angeles Convention Center, June 29-July 2nd for Anime Expo 2012! This year we’re the official sponsor of Artist Alley. You can find us at booth #560.

We’re also delivering programming for all skill levels in the Copic Classroom, room #302:

  • Star Wars creature designer and Tales of Amalthea instructor Terryl Whitlatch will talk about principles of creature design, story, concept art, animation & special effects, product & direction with Gilbert Banducci, and will also be signing her book, “Animals Real & Imagined.”
  • Japanese artists Kaoppe & Haruka will share their coloring process and professional stories.
  • Copic product specialist Marianne Walker will teach classes on Copic basics and ink & paper techniques. Paper and products will be available for class use!
Kaoppe & Haruka

Left: Art by Kaoppe, Right: Art by Haruka

Check out the Copic Classroom schedule and plan accordingly, the room will fill quickly.

Hope to see you there!

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Anime Expo 2012 – Another Great Copic Artist to Check Out

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Talented comic/storyboard artists Ben Juwono (@e1n) is attending Anime Expo 2012! Check out these great One Piece and Pokemon art works he’s created, and be sure to visit him in booth B21. We recently spoke with e1n, who was kind enough to share some wisdom with all of you in Internet land.

How long have been drawing?

I started drawing in 2002 when I first picked up a series called One Piece.  It inspired me to draw and it has very much influenced my style at the moment.

How long have you been using Copic markers?

I think I started back in 2007 or 2008.  Before that all my work have been primarily done in black and white, because colors scare me.  Thankfully I had a friend (@myrollingstar) who encouraged me to try out Copics – I’ve been using Copics since.

What do you like about them – as compared to other brands? 

The way the ink blends is very nice and smooth, somehow easier and better than other brands.  I mix colors a lot when I use Copics, for example, I shade skin with purple (V20 or V91) and the two colors blend nicely to create a new, consistent color.  Also the brush nib is very easy to work with, I can make broad strokes or tiny detailed lines with just that nib.  My favorite part about Copics, though, is the fact that it has a lot of desaturated colors.  I don’t like to color my artwork with vibrant, saturated colors, because it’s a lot harder to unify the colors, but Copics offer very very light, desaturated colors like the 0000 series.  They allow me to color lightly first to unify the colors, before adding the dark later on.  I don’t see this in other markers; a lot of the other brands I’ve used, the colors are way too vibrant for my liking.

When was your first Anime Expo?

My first one was 2007, and I’ve been at the alley ever since.

What’s your official booth number, what are you selling?

According to the recently released, tentative table assignment chart, I’m in B21.  I’ll be selling fanart prints of Pokemon and One Piece, as well as volume 1 and 2 of my original comic, “WAITT!”.  I also recently printed my sketches into a book, so that will be for sale as well, and I will be taking commissions (which will be colored with Copics, if color is desired)

What do you like about anime? 

I’m more of a manga reader. Comics speak to me more than animation. As for manga versus anime, I just find it a lot more pleasing to imagine the action in my head, rather than having it animated for me. It’s almost as if someone is already giving the action a context, and therefore limiting the imagination. In comics/manga, you just see the panels and you have to string the information yourself, so it feels a lot more interactive, and as a reader you’re more involved.

What inspires your art?

Humor and life experiences.  I try to incorporate a lot of humor into my pieces because I like to laugh and I like making other people laugh.  I also live a rather boring life, so whenever something boring is happening, I would draw a comic about how it could’ve been very exciting.

Have any marker pro tips to share?

Go from light to dark.  Start with very light colors and make sure all your colors work out before you start adding dark, more saturated colors.  This is probably against the Copic marker code, but NEVER EVER shade with the higher number color.  For example, if you’re coloring skin with E21, don’t shade with E23 or E25 because it will just look very boring and unnatural.  In nature, shadows are never of the same hue as the local color, and you can get a lot more interesting colors if you experiment other colors to shade.  I always shade my skin with a purple (V20 or V91), and I always try to shade other colors with its complimentary, like red with green, yellow with blue, etc.  Also, when in doubt, shade with BV20.  I found that color magical as it can shade almost anything and make the shadow look natural.

Any convention selling pro tips?

Be nice to your customers, greet them, talk to them and treat them not as customers, but as people with similar interest. Do not shove deals in their face or try to call them out from distance to come look at your table. If they didn’t have any intention to buy in the first place, they’re not going to. Make sure your booth stand out and can be seen from distance. Use decorations, attractive tablecloth.  Be as professional as possible in attitude and appearance, and customers will come.

Visit Ben online: http://bjwno.net/

 

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Anime Expo 2012 – Copic Artist to Visit

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Heading to Anime Expo 2012? Be sure to check out Hyberbooster Studios and get your hands on an original Copic commission by Bordin Markinsul. Check out these galleries of his commissions on Facebook.

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Elisabeth Bell

Interview with Elisabeth Bell for Copic MarkerElisabeth Bell is an Arizona-based children’s illustrator and stamp designer. Her creations are colored with Copic markers by stampers worldwide, and she incorporates Copic and other traditional & digital media in her own creations. Read on to learn more about this talented artist!

Tell us about yourself!
Being an Aussie girl at heart, raised in Australia and blessed with Indonesian roots, I have been drawing for as long as I remember. With a strong affinity for the pencil and paper since I was very young, my Dad believed in me and helped me to follow my dream to become an artist. With his help, I took extracurricular art classes after school each week when I was in year 12. Because of this, I was accepted into the only animation program offering a Bachelor’s degree in the entire Southern Hemisphere at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University straight after I graduated from high school. Each year this university only accepted 20-25 applicants out of hundreds, so it was a very big deal for me.

Elisabeth Bell
What is your earliest memory of drawing or making art?
Oh man! When I was pre-school, I remember making a booklet filled with “things about me,” which included my hand prints, brief details about my favorite foods, etc., and a drawing (please read, “scribble”) of my family and myself. Unfortunately, I don’t have that booklet with me as it’s back home in Oz somewhere. I had wanted to throw the book away when I was ten years old, thinking it was simple rubbish, but my Mum was pedantic to keep it. And I’m SO glad she did. Treasures like this only come once in a lifetime!

My earliest memory of drawing stems back to Disney’s, 1950 Giant Golden Book, Cinderella, in the early 80s. You know, the very large, hard cover publication with illustrations by Retta Scott Worcester, inspired by Mary Blair, that is no longer in print. When I was in preschool, I would borrow this particular book from the school library. Every. Week. In fact, no one else had the chance to borrow it, because it was always out in my name! I would stare at the beautiful pictures by Worcester and copy them in my own childish, five-year-old hand. Of course, the dresses never looked quite the same. Or the faces. But the large hooped skirts that swept when you walked (yup, I played princesses too), the dainty slippers and bright colors, reflected in my starry six-year-old eyes whenever I drew. Disney was my ultimate creative genius idol when I was five years old.

Interview with Elisabeth Bell for Copic MarkerWhat are your biggest sources of inspiration?
Without a doubt, my children. I have three young ones, the youngest being 4-years-old, plus a 5-year-old and a wonderful 10-year-old. As my absolute fave subjects to draw are young children, my little ones end up becoming the models surreptitiously. They each keep me on my toes and epicly busy as a mom and a creative. Always in that order!

Other artists also inspire my work, such as Holly Hobbie, Mary Blair, Preston Blair, Glen Keane and, of course, Disney. If you love fairy tales and the works of the artists named here, you’ll most likely find an affinity with my style.

How do you describe your work?
Whimsical. Sweet. Lovely, fun and dreamy. Soft. Light-hearted. For the young and the young at heart. Fantastically family-friendly. Images that are prone to make you smile. I’d like to think that they make you want to pick up some fresh flowers, along with a cup of warm fuzzies, on your way home from work to bring to your family.

Interview with Elisabeth Bell for Copic Marker

What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Having the honor of being one of the artists with each company that I currently work with, and have had the privilege to work with, is a large highlight of what I do. Seeing how our collaborative efforts to bring my designs into the world has affected so many people in wonderful ways is amazing. Without all the fantastic people who I work with, none of it would be possible.

What are some of your favorite quotes?
“Do. Or do not. There is no try.” – Master Yoda
“Every obstacle is an opportunity.” – Happy Feet 2
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” – Walt Disney

Many stampers use Copic markers to color your designs. Can you tell us a bit about your experience with Copics?
Since I first began creating designs for rubber stamps and craft-related products, Copic markers have been the medium of choice for many of the crafters and stamp addicts who use my designs on their gorgeous creations.

This gorgeous cookie tray is colored in Copic markers and crafted together by the supremely creative Lynda Nielsen using my “Cookie Girl” rubber stamp design:

Interview with Elisabeth Bell for Copic Marker

Another absolutely stunning portrayal of crafting expertise using Copic markers is by the exquisitely talented, Janiel Corley. Janiel used my “Janiel’s Harvest” digital stamp design:

Interview with Elisabeth Bell for Copic Marker
Our third stunning example of Copic coloring and crafting finesse is by Lilian Tan. Her creations always blow my mind away, especially with how expertly she applies Copic markers in each of her designs. The painterly effect she captures is incredible! Lilian used one of my “Watering” rubber stamp designs:

Interview with Elisabeth Bell for Copic Marker
When first being introduced to the world of Copic, a friend and avid Copics lover told me that Copics are the Cadillac of all markers. She is absolutely correct! Talk about marker colouring heaven!

Interview with Elisabeth Bell for Copic MarkerFor any creative who loves to use colour in their work, an extensive colour palette is essential. Copic has this down to an art, with a symphony of colour selection! My favourite is the Copic Sketch marker. The soft brush tip glides onto the surface of any media, distributing colour with a smoothness that I can only liken to silk! Needless to say, I am in love with the remarkable markers that are only defined by Copic. I join in the chorus by many crafters around the world in heralding that Copics are the marker of choice!

Any words of advice for new artists?
Remember that as an artist, no one else creates like you. As a creative, you are infinitely unique. In the way you draw, in the very depth of your line work, the clarity of your perceptions and how you go about perceiving the world through your art, the way you translate ideas into imagery and apply your techniques onto your media. So you must share your creative voice. Keep drawing. Keep creating. And enjoy the journey. The successes you’re looking for pertaining to your work WILL come to you.

Find Elisabeth on the web:
Elisabeth Bell
Elisabeth Bell Illustration
Elisabeth Bell’s World Challenge Blog
Twitter: ElisabethJBell

More of Elisabeth’s designs can be found on the following sites:
Elisabeth Bell’s Little Cottage Cuties Collection through Whimsy Stamps
Elisabeth Bell for Susana’s Custom Art and Card Design
Sweet Pea Stamps
Elphine House
Belles ‘n Whistles
Whiff of Joy

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Guest Tutorial: Coloring A Manga Character by Baylee Creations

Products Used:
-HB Pencil
-Copic Multiliners
-X-Press It Blending Card
-Copic Markers
-Sakura Gelly Roll Pen

Copic Colors Used:
Skin: E50, E51, E53, E43
Eyes: Y15, Y38, T5
Hair: R01, R02, R20, R21, R22, BV31, T2
Sweater: V15, V17, BV17

Find Baylee Creations on the web:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/bayleecreations
DeviantArt: http://www.bayleecreations.deviantart.com

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Park Your Art Contest – Winning Art!

Congratulations to Caitlin McClean of Knoxville, Tennessee for winning our 3rd annual Park Your Art contest! Her winning piece – ‘Fancy Fantasy’ – earned her First Place, $350, Copic marker supplies, and artwork displayed in a highly visible location for an entire year!

The ‘Dreams‘-themed art contest was open to artists across the nation. Competition was steep this year with over 70 entries – 15 of which were from Eugene.

The contest was sponsored by the Epark Eugene, Ninkasi Brewing, the University of Oregon’s Ethos Magazine, and Copic.

Thanks to each and every one of you who entered, encouraged a friend to enter, or helped spread the word with a like, tweet, or a share.

Park Your Art Contest Winner

Fancy Fantasy by Caitlin McClean

Let us know your reactions in the comments below! Which part of this intricate piece did you notice first?

Fancy Fantasy by Caitlin McClean

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