I’ve been working on my shading with Copic markers. I wanted to use some larger images to practice what I’ve been learning. (GASP), I have used another stamp company besides A Muse and Memory Box! I think this is a first My LSS owner gave me a couple of these American ArtStamps to make samples with, and I’m really loving these funky people.
I wanted to keep the card base fairly simple to showcase the beautiful image and the shading techniques, so I just added a simply Memory Box design paper to a 4 3/4 square card. I didn’t have a wide range of greens to shade with, so I used some of the lighter greens that were too bright for the darker Moss color I used on the bottom. I was able to fix that by applying Warm Grey #2 on top of the lighter green, blending it in nicely. I love this technique, since I don’t have two or three versions of each shade of color that I own.
I also didn’t use the blender pen on this image, other than in the blue areas. I simply used the greens and the warm grey to blend over and over into each other. Here’s a close up of the coloring….
Finally I added a little clear Spica glitter pen here and there for some sparkle. I will say the biggest thing I’m learning is that it is a process, and it takes several layers of coloring, shading, going back again and again to get it right. Luckily I love coloring and find it theraputic The best thing is that it also makes it hard to ruin it- you can usually find a way to fix it!
In case you’re interested- here are the Copics I’ve used. For the green on the tree I used Moss, New Leaf, Grass Green, and Warm Grey #2. I also added Warm Grey #6 to the undersides of the tree to make the Moss darker. The yellows are buttercup yellow, mustard, and a little light camel. Blues are Manganese blue and powder blue. The snow is powder blue only, faded with a blender pen. Browns are light camel and caribe cocoa. The red is Cadmium red, and shadows on the boots were made with Warm Grey 6.
Let me know what you think! Would you be interested in more posts about Copic coloring? Thanks!