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New Year’s Coloring Contest Winners

Copic New Year's Coloring Contest

Winning Entry by Lisa Sandoval

Congratulations to Lisa Sandoval, the winner of our New Year’s coloring contest! Lisa will win three of our new 3 piece Sketch blending sets.

Thank you so much to everyone who participated, you all did a fantastic job and your entries blew us away! Needless to say, judging was a bit difficult for this contest. Below are our four runners up – Congrats!

Copic New Year's Coloring Contest

Bethany Turner

Copic New Year's Coloring Contest

Palini

Copic New Year's Coloring Contest

Vera Sng

Copic New Year's Coloring Contest

Larissa Pryor

Special thanks to Anne Chihiro Takogawa for providing the line art for this contest.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more chances to win!

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Shading with Red Copic Markers

Kristy Dalman is the talented owner/artist/designer of Some Odd Girl digital stamps. Read on to learn Kristy’s technique for shading with red Copic markers. Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

Shading with red Copic markers

Products Used:
Copic Sketch Markers: R24, R37, R59, R89

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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Eye for Color – #R05 Instagram Contest Winners

R05 – Salmon Red is a soft, subtle, red with a pinkish tint. This red is useful for coloring lips, rosy cheeks, sunrises, flowers, and more.

We asked Copic fans on Instagram to find and tag R05 – Salmon Red in their surroundings for our latest contest. Check out all the entries, here.

Selecting a winner was tough. After much debate, we were narrowed it down. (See who won our last contest B28 - Royal Blue).

And now…the announcement! Please join us in congratulating @Darksparkle on a job well done! You’ve won two markers of your choice thanks your keen eye for color, and this very salmon red crab shell – which is awesome, pure awesome.

First Place – @Darksparkle

R05 - Salmon Red crab shell photo by @Darksparkle.

R05 – Salmon Red crab shell photo by @Darksparkle – congrats!

Runners Up 

Shout outs to the runners up: @prisnexus, @smartymcsly, @kylakupid, @jeeniferholly, @blueindya, @mellisamade2, @misscaffeine, @fumakirk, @lexibrabes, @angrybirdmummy, @annaarg, and @hnakashim_naoki - thank you for your outstanding entries! If you’re in the US or Canada, you win Copic swag packs! (just email an address to richard [ a t ] copicmarker.com)

red eye picture @smartymcsly red heart image red house image red dog collar picture red salmon picture red sky image red sunset picture red lab equipment picture red seal image red gunpla image red wallet picture

Want another chance to win? What color should we use for our next contest? Leave a comment, let us know!

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Blending Copic Markers by Baylee Creations

Products Used:
X-Press It Blending Card
Copic Sketch markers
Copic Multiliner SP BS

Copic Colors Used:
B91 B99
B01 B02 B05
YR15 R43
Y35 RV66 V06 YR15

Check out Baylee’s YouTube channel for more great Copic videos!
You can also tell her nice things on Twitter.

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Copic at Wizard World Portland Comic Con 2013

Wizard World Portland Comic Con

Join us at Wizard World Portland Comic Con, February 22-24th at the Oregon Convention Center!

The convention will feature over 70 comic creators, as well as special guests Stan Lee, Bruce Campbell, Dean Cain, Henry Winkler and many more. Hope to see you there!

 

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Copic Coloring Tutorial

Copic design team member Sherrie Siemens walks us through her coloring process on a Melissa Frances stamp image:

Copic Coloring Tutorial by Sherrie Siemens

Supplies:
Classic Elegance Papers, tags and die-cuts, sprigs and pearls (Melissa Frances)
Stamp “Pearl” (Melissa Frances)
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink (Tsukineko)
X-Press It Blending Card

Copics for coloring the skin: E000, E01, E11 and R20

My light source is the upper right so add in shadows on the face accordingly. This is a very small space so be sure to work with the tip of the marker when adding in shadows for the nose and eyelids. Use the tip-to-tip transfer technique to color in the blush on the cheeks:

Copic Coloring Tutorial by Sherrie Siemens

The beginnings of a pleated dress. This is unblended using copic colors E30 (for the base) and feathering in E42 and E43 for the shadows in the pleats. Be sure to use a feather stroke:

Copic Coloring Tutorial by Sherrie Siemens

To deepen the shadows in the pleats use the tip to tip transfer technique taking a little E49 color and blend it in with the E30 base tone:

Copic Coloring Tutorial by Sherrie Siemens

Use the same technique for pleats coloring on the waistband sash. This is the unblended photo so that you can see where I put the shadows. Use BG11 for the base and then deepen the shadows using BG53 and BG57:

Copic Coloring Tutorial by Sherrie Siemens

After blending I noticed that the color was a little too green and too vibrant. I added some more blue tones and cooled the color at the same time by adding C1 over top:

Copic Coloring Tutorial by Sherrie Siemens

Airbrush the white embellishment with BG57. A light misting is all it takes:

Copic Coloring Tutorial by Sherrie Siemens

Here is a finished close up of her face so that you can see the details in the facial shadows. The hair colors are E11, E25 and E49:

Copic Coloring Tutorial by Sherrie Siemens

Final card project. I cut out Pearl and mounted her on my decorated card. Another little tip: Buy white embellishments so that you can customize them to suit your project. The pearls were originally white; I colored them with BG11:

Copic Coloring Tutorial by Sherrie Siemens

Find Sherrie on the web:
Blog: Card Creme

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Coloring Eyes with Copic Markers

Coloring Eyes with Copic MarkersIllustrator and Copic fine art instructor Brandi York shares her techniques for creating a realistic eye with Copic markers.

Rendering a realistic eye starts with understanding a little about the anatomy of an eye.  If you are unfamiliar, Google “anatomy of the eye” and you’ll find all sorts of amazing images of the construction of the eye itself.  The iris itself is cone shaped, leading back into the eye and the pupil.  With that in mind, it’s easier to understand how the light bounces through, a key part of this tutorial.

Knowing that my light source will be coming from the right side, I start an eye with a bit of shadow, using BV20 and BV23, creating a bit of depth within the eye.  Because of the cone shape of the iris, the light coming from the right will actually bounce off the left side of the eye, with the shadow deepest on the right.  For sake of ease, I will put the light reflecting on the eye back in at the end with a white gel pen.

I use the BV20 under the eyelid as well, as the lid and lashes cast a shadow on the eye, deepened within the cone of the iris:

Coloring Eyes with Copic Markers

Next I add a little color.  In this case, I decided to go with a blue eye.  Using B41 and B45, I mimic the light pattern I started with the BVs previously.  There’s also a slightly darker ring around the iris, which I lay in here with the B45:

Coloring Eyes with Copic Markers
Using B52, I darken the ring of the iris, as well as create the shadowed lines within the iris.  Take a close look at an eye, whether your own in the mirror or from a close-up photo.  There is more to an iris than just one color!  There’s a great deal of depth and shadow as well as a shift of colors (in some cases, some people have multiple colors to their irises):

Coloring Eyes with Copic Markers

 

Coloring Eyes with Copic Markers

I come back in with my BV23 to add a little more depth in the shadow beneath the eyelid, before adding some skin tone around the eye with R01 and BV20 just to make it pop a little more.  I also used the Colorless Blender to smooth out some of the shifts in tone within the iris.  Here, I’ve taken a Multiliner and started edging around the iris just a bit.  T0 also comes into play, softening the shadow in the white of the eye:

Coloring Eyes with Copic Markers

Next comes a little more work with the Multiliner, adding lashes, edging a bit more of the iris and darkening the pupil.

Coloring Eyes with Copic Markers
Once I’m satisfied with the depth of color, I’ll add the finishing touch: the reflected light in the eye is added in with a white gel pen.  See how much the eye suddenly pops and looks more real?

Coloring Eyes with Copic Markers
Lastly, I add a bit of color into the tear duct, using R20 and BV20 for a bit of shadow.  I also add a bit more T0 around the eyelid, to give the illusion that the eye is set back into the skin around it.  And last but not least, some lower lashes (you’ll notice not right up against the eye, as there is a ridge between the eye itself and the lashes):

Coloring Eyes with Copic Markers

Depending on how realistic you wish to get, you can add a little or a lot of detail.  Though eyes are small, they are important pieces of the face, creating a depth of character and soul.  Play and experiment; use photos and yourself to really look at the details of the eye to add a sense of realism that you may not have tried before!

See more of Brandi’s illustrations on Copic Color, and add your own work while you’re there!

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New Year’s Coloring Contest

 

Copic New Year Line Art

 

Copic New Year Line Art

We’re ringing in the new year with a coloring contest! Color one or both of the blank images above with Copic markers and submit your creation by January 20th (11:59PM PST) for a chance to win three of our new Copic blending sets!

Click the images above to download larger versions.

Special thanks to Anne Chihiro Takogawa for providing the images for this contest!

PRIZES
1st Place: 
Three of our new 3 piece blending sets! Winner’s choice.
2nd and 3rd Place: Copic bumper stickers.

CONTEST CRITERIA:
- You may submit up to two entries for each image (4 entries total).
- Entries must be colored with Copic markers.
- Entries must be received by January 20th, 2013 at 11:59PM PST.
- All entries may be used in Copic digital marketing.*
- Everyone may participate, but only residents of the United States and Canada are eligible to win.*
- Winner will be selected by Copic Marker and announced by February 1st.

PROMOTIONAL USAGE OF SUBMISSIONS
By submitting your artwork, you are agreeing to allow Copic Marker the right to use submitted art for promotional purposes in connection with this contest. No art will be reproduced without reference to cover contest or for sale. Exclusive use of art, or usage without specifying this contest, requires negotiations with artist(s).

Enter by January 20th at 11:59PM PST: (can’t see the entry form below? Access it directly here)

Fill out my online form.


Good luck!

*Digital marketing includes Copic web properties, social media and email campaigns.

**This contest is run by Imagination International, Inc., the distributor of Copic Markers in the United States and Canada. The winner’s shipping address must be in the United States or Canada, as we are prohibited from shipping outside of our distribution region. You may find the Copic distributor for your region here: http://copic.jp/en/contact.html

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2012 Copic Tutorial Roundup

Copic Marker Tutorials 2012
Happy New Year! Are you planning to improve your Copic coloring skills in 2013? Here’s a quick list of all of our 2012 tutorials for your reference. Thank you so much to all of the artists who contributed!

Comics & Manga:
Airbrushing Comics by Jayleen Weaver (Marker Guru)
Coloring A Manga Character by Baylee Creations
Coloring Iron Man by Evan Burse (Cartoon Block)
Creating Sketch Cards with Copics by George Webber (No Cash Comics)
Using Screen Tones with Copic Markers by Jackson Root
Invincible Character Study by Todd Nauck
How to Color InuYasha with Copic Markers by Evan Burse

Design:
Product Design with Copics by Spencer Nugent
Architectural and Technical Sketching by Jackson Root

Illustration:
Coloring Hair by Brandi York
Coloring Curly Hair by Brandi York
Goblin Illustration by Brandi York
Coloring Blue Hair by Brandi York
Coloring Fabric Folds by Brandi York
Bridal Illustration by Brooke Hagel
Creating Lace with Copic Markers by Jennifer Hancock (The Illustrated Bride)
Copics on Gray Paper by Brandi York
Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Alex Bodnar
Character Design with Copic Markers by Brianne Drouhard
Watercolor and Copic Markers by Brandi York
Basic Lighting with Copic Markers by Jayleen Weaver
Create a Mystical Mood on a Budget by Garrett Ley

Papercrafting & Scrapbooking:
Scrapbooking with Copics by Sharon Harnist
Spring Tulips Card by Debbie Olson
Creating Patterns with Colorless Blender by Kristy Dalman (Some Odd Girl)
Coloring and Shading Flowers by Sharon Harnist
Wedding Gift Box Project by Kristy Dalman
Creating Fur with Copic Markers by Kristy Dalman
Cardmaking with Copics by Sharon Harnist
Coloring Gingerbread Cookies with Copic Markers by Kristy Dalman
Coloring Red Poinsettias with Copic Markers
by Sharon Harnist
Creating Fluffy Texture with Copic Markers by Kristy Dalman
Holiday Card Project by Sharon Harnist

New tutorials coming soon!

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