Templates, Tutorials, Tips & Techniques

Thanks to Asela Hopkins from Hop Art Studio she has created a template that you can download for your Copic Ciao caps.  I did this with all of my Ciao markers and I love it.  Makes it so easy to find.  I have listed the link here for easy access. Just click Copic Ciao Lid Label Template  

Here are the steps:
1) printed on Neenah Solar White cardstock
2) additional step I did that I got from my student Yara: color each of them with the corresponding color so you can easily see what color you are getting when you pull it from the shelf
3) punched out each with a hole punch
4) used a glue dot to adhere and bam....you are done!  Easy...peasy, right?


Cloud Template
For those of you who attended my class on Backgrounds with Copic Markers, the Cloud Template that we used in class can be found at Bev Rochester's Blog here

Coloring Hair & Copics- A Picture Tutorial
1.     First stamp your image using copic-friendly ink of choice - I prefer Memento Tuxedo Black ink (or print out image if using a digital image).  The image I am using is a digital image from Some Odd Girl that I cropped for a  tutorial/class on coloring hair.  She is called Alice Mae. 
2.     I start with my darkest color.  In the sample below I used E25 as my darkest color.  Color the deepest shadows and roots using a very light flicking motion or feathered stroke.  Your strokes should always begin at the darkest part of the hair and brush outward.  You should also color in the same direction as the strands of hair.
3.     Take your next darkest color or your mid-tone, in this case E31, and very lightly flick from about a third of the way into the darker color toward the "highlight", covering part of the strokes you already colored. 
4.     At this point, I go back to the darkest color (E25) and darken up the edges again using the very light flicking motion. 
5.     Then I go back in with mid-tone, E31,  and blend the E25 edges out using the very light flicking motion. You could be done at this point if you prefer a lot of highlights or white space.  For this class or tutorial, I chose to continue on with another step. 
6.     For the final step I used the lightest color, in this case E50, to lightly blend out the mid-tone color E31.  Again I used a very light flicking motion starting about a third of the way into the mid-tone color and flicking into the lightest area.  I used very little of the E50 to blend.


     7.     I finished coloring the entire head of hair using the same technique throughout.


Copic Numbering System - What do the letters on my marker mean?
  • Many people are overwhelmed by the numbering system, but if you break it down it is fairly easy to understand.
  • The letter indicates the color family they belong to: [B- Blue] [BG- Blue Green] [BV- Blue Violet] [G- Green] [YG- Yellow Green] [Y- Yellow] [YR- Yellow Red] [R- Red] [RV- Red Violet] [V- Violet] [E- Earth] [C- Cool Gray] [N- Neutral Gray] [T- Toner Gray] [W- Warm Gray]
  • The numbers explain the qualities of light, dark and gray colors in that marker.  The first number stands for the saturation or how vibrant the colors is.  0's will be very vibrant while 9's will be more dull or gray.
  • The final number indicates how light the marker is within the saturation group.  The smallest number will be the lightest marker shade.
o     Example: BG01 is light and makes a nice bright highlight color; BG05 is     a vibrant mid-tone, or middle color; BG09 would be a strong shadow that matches that color group. If you substitute a BG99 for your shadow, it will add a lot of gray for that color blend and may look out of place.

1 comment:

  1. I love your tutorial, thank you for this.

    Smiles Sher