Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Doodle 161 - Using Copics For The First Time

Alright, today I didn't doodle per se, instead I trained with a brand new medium!

Yesterday I went on a rampage and bought several copic marker sets using coupons and sales.

I have never used Copic markers before, but I decided to jump right in and try to figure them out. I checked the Copic Blog and I found the very perfect way to try my hand at the markers, they are hosting a contest at the moment, this means I get to try the markers and try to get some prizes.

They provided the contestants with 2 line drawings to choose from. I am going to try and color both (you can enter up to 4 times, 2 times per drawing).

I got sooo caught up with my new tools and trying to teach myself how to blend them properly, that I was at it at least 3 hours! Yeah, I was having too much fun.

I really need to get some dinner and hit the hay, so I decided to stop for now and come back to it later.

The original line artwork was done by Anne Chihiro Takogawa.

And now, for my coloring attempt:

Line Drawing by Anne Chihiro Takogawa, coloring by Saudade - Copic markers on plain copy paper. Aprox 3 hours.
I messed up on the blending of her right cheek, you can see the original artwork sans colors on the top. As I colored it in the girl started to remind me of someone's artwork, and I found her to be very Glenn Keane like, sort of like Ariel or Rapunzel-esque, I think it is the wide big happy eyes.

I am very happy I took the leap into a medium I had never tried before, the markers are wonderful, they aren't magic, but they allow a great deal of blending and manipulation, can't wait to get better and then color in my own illustrations.

I am excited!


Moonlup said...

That looks amazing!

Rhissanna said...

I love the shading on the flying ribbons and her sweater collar. I've been reading a lot about Copics, so I'll be back to see what else you do with them.

doula_char said...

Once you are used to using real copics, this is a nice addition to Sketch Book, and it's free!

ania said...

That looks very well done, Saudade.

Also - with the weather being lovely and in the 70's, I keep saying to myself, "It's the end of the world as we know it, [but] I feel fine."

Take care.

LeAnn Woodward said...

Wow! You really brought her to life! This looks great. :)

charissa said...

What a great choice of color! The orange sweater just POPS off the screen!

Maggi Shelbourn said...

You are so talented! I love following your blog (even though this is my first comment)! I check out your artwork every day.

Laura P. said...

Wow, she looks fantastic! The colors are so pretty! I look forward to seeing you use them more. And congrats on branching out and trying something new! :) You're already doing great!

Kelly W. said...

She looks fantastic! I love the shading and colors. Fantastic job trying out a new medium!

Brooke said...

I LOVE the colors you have used! I hope you win!

And thank you for finally giving me the answer to the question I've always had in the back of my mind - what are so many artists using to color their art? (I knew it wasn't watercolors.) I may need to save up and find some coupons to get some.