Hi there! You might remember that a little while ago I promised to launch a new series on my blog, with tutorials on Copic colouring. Well, it’s finally here and I sincerely hope you’ll enjoy it 🙂
It wasn’t an easy decision as I personally think there are plenty of artists out there who do way better job with these babies, however I was approached many times by people asking about a tutorial on my colouring, and I guess you guys know best what you’d like to see here 🙂 Still I think I need to answer some potential questions…
1. I’m not affiliated with the Copic brand, X-Press Graph-X Supplies or any store that carries Copics. Just a big fan.
2. My collection of Copics is relatively small, as of now I own approx. 160 markers. I try to do best with what I’ve got and it often means that I’m using unusual combinations. The beauty of Copics is though, that more often than not… well, it works! I’m so NOT a purist in mixing the colours in the same family 🙂
3. My colouring can be all over the place, messy, imperfect. If you’re looking for impeccable, I suggest you hit another place, lol
Right! How about this lovely Summer Blossoms image from Flourishes?
I decided to use the sketch from the July Release Challenge on the Flourishes blog:
Today I’d like to show you my blending techniques. I suspect there many be nearly as many ways to blend, as many there are users… and there’s no right or wrong, as soon as you learn the basics. To me, the key to successful blending is to use feathering, which means working from the darkest colour towards the lightest one and easing on the pressure as you do so. The rest is open to individual preferences and in the tut below you will see that I lay down the colours in a multitude of different combinations. It all comes down to what feels right for the moment.