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Copic at Emerald City Comic Con

copic at emerald city comic con in seattle

Stop by the Copic booth – #306!

Join us in Seattle for Emerald City Comicon. Visit Booth #306 for the latest Copic products, exclusive show specials, and more!

If you aren’t attending, don’t fret. We may be coming to show near you! See the full list of our upcoming convention appearances for 2013.

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Reflected Light Tutorial

Comics creator Jayleen Weaver (Marker Guru) runs Gurukitty Studios with her sister. They’re self-described as the craziest little comics and animation studio to ever try to hash out a living. Read on for her tips on rendering reflected light with Copic markers:

Reflected light is when the light hits an object, then bounces off that object and hits another part of it. It creates a high contrast area on the shadow side of an object. It can be really subtle, or really intense depending on the light, and the objects.

I’ve done 2 examples of it in my dynamic skin tutorialand my snow and icicles tutorial, but now I’m going to show a more subtle use of it.

Here is a “real world” example of my pillow sitting on my pink chair:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

Notice how the bottom edge of the pillow has a pink cast to it? That’s the light bouncing off the chair onto the bottom edge of the pillow.

In artwork, adding reflected light can add harmony and unity to your drawing. Something that was often said to me when I was in school was “add a bit of your background colours into your characters to make them part of the same world.” Well, the statement is true, but it sure doesn’t help you figure out how to do that in a believable way. Adding some reflected light into your image is a great way to do it.

Creating Subtle Reflected Light:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

Bright colours like dark reds and blue will almost always cast their colours onto surrounding objects, given the opportunity.  So,  I made my example one of my characters with a red cloak on.

The light source for this image is coming from the front left of her, so her shadows are going to be minimal. The light, however, will cast onto the inside of the hood and onto her shoulder, causing the light to bounce back onto her face and hair:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

I’m going to work light to dark as usual. I’m not going to go over the whole process as I’ve done that in many of my other tutorials. I’ll go over the red parts a little bit, since they’re the one area I don’t work light to dark.

First, I lay in base colours of E0000 for skin, W0 in her hair, and R20 for her cloak.

I used R20 for her cloak because red in a very stainy colour. If I make mistakes with red it’s really tough to correct them later on. So I always start with pinks or oranges in reds and work my way up to the dark reds. That way I have plenty of opportunity to make adjustments before there is no turning back:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

I then start working in my shadows, with my favourite BV31. Keeping in mind the direction of the light source:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

I then carry on colouring her hair with Warm Greys, and skin with E00 and touches of R20:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

When I start working on the cloak, I block in some shadows with V95 (which is by the way, an excellent colour for under painting shadows on reds). With reds I find it comes out a little nicer if I work from light to dark, then fill in mid tones after. It helps prevent the ink from getting too over saturated on the darker colours. I will also do this with dark browns, blue, and greys:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

I then dive into the reds with a layer of R14. This is the base colour of the cloak:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

I start pulling in some mid tones with R27. I work from the darkest points out:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

This next step is where I start pulling in my reflected light. I use the palette technique to do this part so that it blends in easier. I use an acrylic block, and I dob some R20 onto it. I then pick it up with my lightest skin tone E0000:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

Then when you start working it into your art work, the red comes off quickly, and blends into the E0000, making a soft transition of colour. With red colours, I recommend touching your marker to a scrap paper after picking up some red. It will make it a little lighter in colour but it prevents a harsh dot from appearing on the spot you start:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

You’ll want to add the red reflected light to the areas closest to the cloak. In her Bangs, her jaw line, far cheek, a bit under her lip and nose, and definitely in her eyes. Since eyes are so glossy they will be reflecting back that colour.

Then you finish up the details however you like (eyes, and lips etc) then it’s time for some white highlights with my hero, Copic Opaque White!

Copic tutorial: reflected light

The final result is a portrait that has colour unity!

Copic tutorial: reflected light

That was a really subtle example. If we were on the other side of her, we might have seen much more red in her shadows, and in her hair.

Reflected light is everywhere, and can even be something kind of extreme like when a sword blade, reflecting the light from the background can cut right through the shadows on someone. I doodled an example of that:

Copic tutorial: reflected light

I hope that this tutorial inspires you to experiment with your lighting!

Find Jayleen on the web:
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New 6pc Ciao Marker Sets

Copic Ciao 6pc Sets
We’ve put together 6pc sets of our most popular Ciao colors – Perfect for starting or growing your Copic marker collection!

Each Ciao marker is refillable and features replaceable Super Brush and Medium Broad nibs. The same great features of our Sketch marker, in an even more economical size.

Sets include the following colors:

Pastels: RV21, V04, Y21, YG11, B23, BG15
Brights: R32, Y06, YG06, B00, B05, V17
Primary: R37, YR04, Y15, G07, B29, BV08
Skin: E000, E00, E11, E15, E18, E93
Sea: 0, 100, C3, G21, BG72, B93
Jewel Tones: RV69, BV17, R59, BG09, G29, Y28

Which set is your favorite? Contact your local Copic retailer for availability, or grab ‘em in our online store!

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Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers

This week’s guest tutorial is by Anat Ronen, a talented illustrator who works on large murals as well as a much smaller, 3″x3″ format. Enjoy, and be sure to leave your comments for Anat below!

Copic artwork by Anat Ronen
I used to think I couldn’t draw and paint portraits. I used to be terrified by the mere thought of drawing somebody. Then about a year ago, I got on a Facebook group that draws and paints on small pieces of paper, or to be exact, on sticky notes. I usually paint murals, so the concept of limiting myself to such a small piece was both terrifying and challenging. The first few trials were pretty much doodling along, until I suddenly saw the opportunity in the small area. We had a daily theme, which really opened my mind and presented many challenges. At one point, I wanted to try a portrait. The small scale makes the work fairly quick, and the square makes it almost as if I was using a grid.

Time passed and since then I’ve completed more than 550 “sticky notes.” I moved to acid-free, thicker paper because people started buying them, and a sticky note is not that good for art purposes… I am sharing with you here my steps towards a black and white portrait.

Step 1 – Identify the reference photo. Try to choose a picture that is well contrasted, that shade and light are very visible. It will help you later with shading your own portrait, and giving it depth and realistic look. Since I limit myself to a 3”x3” square, I crop the picture so I have the same exact image I am drawing in front of me while I am at it.

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen
For this piece I used acid-free multimedia paper, a 3B pencil, an eraser, a 0.05 Copic Multiliner, a 0.2 pen, a black marker, C1 through C5 cool gray Copic Sketch markers and a white gel pen.

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen

Step 2 – I sketch the general lines of the portrait using a soft pencil. The small, restricting size allows me to refer to the borders as guides, like a grid. Of course, you can do any shape you want.

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen

Step 3 – I go over the lines – still watching closely my reference picture – with a thin pen:

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen

Step 3 – I block in the black areas. Not every portrait will have black areas, but this one has lots:

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen

Step 4 – I have a set of Copic cool grays, C1-C5. While I don’t have all the colors and not too many at all, I do have sequenced color markers to make the blending as smooth as possible.

I determined that the lightest skin color would be a gray C1. I go over the entire face area with the C1 and then block the shaded areas with C2:

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen

Step 5 – I move to C3 to start forming the darker shades and freckles. At all times I check again and again if the pen lines need some thickening or additional lines here and there (such as the eyes, lips, brows). If I feel that the color is too dark for a particular area, I quickly blend it with the C1 to reduce the damage.

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen

Step 6 – Moving to C4 and to the darkest areas. Refining some pen lines (hair, lips):

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen

Step 7 – Here comes the white gel paint. I use it for several effects: 1. To correct any minor darker mistakes (such as eye pupil placement) 2. To add some highlights (hair, fabric or even skin) I lay the gel and quickly smudge it with my finger to create a gray and a less precise area (see the fabric in the bottom left). 3. Adding some light reflection in the moist areas such as the eyes and lips.

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen

Step 8 – I check everything to see if I need to refine lines, or add more shadows or highlights. Working with a gel pen is limiting in a sense that you can go over it with a pen, but not with a Copic, so you have to do it as a last step.

Creating a Portrait with Copic Markers by Anat Ronen

Find Anat on the web:
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Rendering Surface Finishes with Copic Markers

Industrial designer Spencer Nugent shares his techniques for achieving dimensionality through a variety of surface finishes (matte, shiny and glossy) using Copic markers:

Enjoyed this tutorial? Be sure to check out his product design tutorial as well!

Find Spencer on the web:
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2013 NAEA National Convention

National Art Education Association

Join us at the 2013 National Art Education Association convention, March 7-10th in Forth Worth, Texas.

We will be hosting an Exhibitor Showcase Workshop on Friday, March 8th from 4-5:50pm. Markers are required at many art schools, so come and learn techniques that will help your students interested in fashion design, illustration, product design, comics, architecture and more! Participants will receive a complimentary art lesson plan for use with Copic markers, as well as sample markers.

Hope to see you there!

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Upcoming Convention Appearances

Copic Trade Show Booth
We hope to see you at one or more of these upcoming conventions:

February 22-24: Wizard World Portland. Booth #801/900
March 1-3: Emerald City Comicon Seattle. Booth #306
March 29-31: WonderCon Anaheim. Booth #TBD
March 29-31: Sakura-Con Seattle. Booth #710
April 26-28C2E2 Chicago. Booth #109

Copics in Artist AlleyAbove: Melissa Lim & Cindy Chen showing off their Copics in Artist Alley at Anime Expo 2011. 

Stay tuned for more updates on our 2013 convention schedule!

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CartoonBlock: How to Color Korra Using Copic Markers (plus Giveaway!)

The Legend of Korra fans, rejoice! CartoonBlock is back, showing you how to color Korra, step-by-step – and offering you a chance to win a set of Copic markers by joining us on CopicColor.

Enjoy watching, and be sure to look for all the details and directions on how to win!

For more from Evan Burse, please visit CartoonBlock:
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Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers

Copic Design Team Member Sharon Harnist is back with us to share a flower coloring tutorial for this birthday card:

Hello, I’m happy to be back for the first time this year with another flower coloring tutorial for you, since they are my favorite things to color! Today I’ll be showing you how to color this pretty bunch of JustRite Papercraft Poppies:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers

So let’s get started! I wanted a soft ivory background for these flowers, so I used Ivory Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight Cardstock to stamp the flowers withMemento Tuxedo Black ink. This cardstock is nice and thick (120 lb. weight) and has the wonderful property of having virtually no bleed-through to the back of the cardstock, so it is great for projects where the back shows and you don’t want to see your coloring!

1. First, I selected a red blending group I wanted to use for the flowers: R30 / R32 / R35 / R39 and base coated the flowers with my lightest R30:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
2. Then I used the next darker R32 to shade the centers of the flowers and at the base of the flower bud (where the flower petals are bunched together and more concentration of color would naturally be), upward. You want to leave the lightest R30 showing on the flower parts that are closest to you, such as the outer edges:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
3. Then I went back with my lightest R30 and blended these two colors together:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
4. Next, I used my middle darker shade of R35 to deepen the color at the base of the R32 shading above, going back and blending the two together with the R32:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
5. Alternatively, you could use R32 to pick up color from the darker R35 and blend outward from the center or base of the flower petals. Using this tip-to-tip blending method concentrates the darkest color where your marker touches the paper first (towards the center), and makes a smooth blend outward to the lighter marker color, as the darker color comes off the lighter marker’s tip:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
6. Next, I went back with R35 and colored the up-turned (underside) petal edges and defined a few petals that were further behind other petals. Notice how this step really starts to define the petals:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
7. Finally, I used my darkest R39 to shade the very centers of the flowers, to give them their trademark dark poppy coloring:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
8. Next, I decided I might have over-saturated the flower centers with too much dark color (looking a little “blobby”!), so thank goodness for Colorless Blender! I went back with my Copic Original Colorless Blender tip and dotted away some color from the flower centers:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
9. Then I defined the stamens with dots of Black Atyou Spica Glitter Pen:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
10. Moving on to the leaves, I chose a blending group of G20 / G21 / G28 and base coated the leaves with my lightest G20:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
11. Next, I used my middle tone G21 to color the flower stems and shade the base and centers of the leaves:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
12. Next, I shaded the stems (with my darkest G28) that were further away / in the background, and next to the petals, where the petals would be casting shadows onto the stems:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
13. Then I went back and blended the two colors together with G21:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
14. For the background, I started by using very light BG0000 to color around the flowers:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
15. Then I used a little darker BG000 to deepen the color closer to the flowers, and 0-Colorless Sketch Blender to soften and fade/blend away any harsh lines of the outer edges of the BG color:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers
To finish the card, I die cut the image with My Favorite Things Postage Stamp Die-namics STAX die and sponged the edges with Memento Toffee Crunch ink. The image was popped up on the turquoise card base with Copic Foam Tape:

Coloring Poppies with Copic Markers

The JustRite Birthday Wishes sentiment was die cut with Spellbinders Back-to-Basics Tags die, popped up on Copic Foam Tape, and tied with ribbon to the colored image.

Thanks so much for joining me today! ~ Sharon Harnist

For more Copic papercrafting tips, tutorials and samples, visit Sharon’s blog, PaperFections, or follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Exciting New Color & Ink Workshops – Video and Review

Curious about what the new Copic 2013 Color & Ink Workshop is all about? Take a look behind the scenes with this video by instructor Colleen Schaan and find out just what types of inky fun you’re in for!

Here’s what recent attendee Sandy Allnock of Operation Write Home had to say (read the entire review, here):

“I can truly say this class is worth the $300 cost…At the end of Thursday I was already feeling I’d gotten my money’s worth by now knowing how to better utilize markers that I had bought…This really expanded how I see that big black bag of markers, and that alone – totally worth it! So if you see a class coming near you…SIGN UP. Don’t wait to pass go or collect. Just sign up!”

Coloring form the class by Sandy Allnock.

Coloring from the class by Sandy Allnock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Join our Regional Instructors for TWO consecutive, fun filled days of coloring, creating and getting inky! Expand your coloring skills, experiment with unique surfaces, learn new inking techniques and advance your airbrushing aptitude in this totally hands-on workshop.

We will be including the following four classes during this two day event:

  • Coloring Various Skin Tones and Hair Styles
  • Oodles of Doodles and Backgrounds
  • Airbrushing Made Easy
  • So Many Surfaces

View our upcoming class schedule or sign up to be notified of future classes!

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