Copic Feathering Techniques (Disco Chicken part 1)

Copic Feathering Techniques (Disco Chicken part 1)

Oh, the crazy things my art makes me do. 🙂  BRACE FOR SILLINESS. As well as learning.

A little behind the scenes: I almost always have chickens/roosters on the brain. I collected anything with chickens on them for a long time (De Colores! iykyk!) Last year this time, I was in the middle of a giant PURGE and renovation of my home and got rid of a lot of chickens. But….I still have a lot. And when a chicken related holiday crops up….I gotta do SOMEthing.

Thus I bring you….Dance Like A Chicken Day. Today!

 

National Dance Like a Chicken Day is celebrated on May 14, and encourages people to dance like chickens. The holiday has been celebrated since the 1970s as an alternative to May Day. It’s a day to express oneself by flapping wings and strutting around like chickens. 

 

-some guy on the internet

Tutorial: Copic Feathering (Disco Chicken part 1)

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

When you don’t need feathering

If adding a lot of texture, say on the comb of the rooster or some detailed feathers, blending doesn’t matter. It’s underneath all that detail and isn’t required to be “beautiful” blending. It’ll give an overall feeling of transition from light to dark, but the line work covers it.

Also note that my coloring isn’t “perfect” when your nose is right up against the paper. Or, er, the jpg. Maybe there are some people who strive for that and achieve it, but I find it overrated! Step back from your work and look at it as if someone else made it. I guarantee you’re doing better than your close-staring will tell you.

APOLOGIES!

If you came by last weekend and my blog had blown up – please feel free to go back and check out the sweet kitties now. All is fixed, as you can see…..I tell ya, I’m tired of html kicking my butt!

Long vs short runways of feathering

The shorter the space that you’re filling, the harder it’ll be to create a soft, feathered edge, whether in one marker hue or multiples. It’s just too tiny a space to expect perfection! 

But in long feathers, you’ve got a lonnnnng runway to get from a marker’s darkest value to taking off like a plane into the atmosphere. It doesn’t mean you can slow down, especially with a juicy marker—a nice consistent, speedy motion will give you the best results but it takes practice!

It’s all about value

Looking at where the chicken ended up—excuse me, the rooster-—you can see the value differences that give him dimension. I had in my head where that disco light or spotlight will be cast on him, and I did opt to go lighter, just so I have “room” to get darker if needed when adding the background.

By the way, he practiced a LONG TIME on that toe-point. Roosters can’t normally bend their feet like that, so, ya know…

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“What good is this if I don’t draw?”

Well for one, you clicked on this post or video. And if you showed enough interest to click to see what’s going on and how the magic happened, well, you could get here. I don’t know your current level of experience, but I promise you can do so much more than you think you already can.

And secondly, you can apply this in much simpler coloring projects! If you’re coloring a bird that has no detail drawn into the outline, you can add a few feathers. Even a hint at them is better than a blobby shape that doesn’t look like a bird!

You can also use feathering to blend colors in anything! Remember to match the value of the two colors: if you’re blending a midtone yellow and midtone purple, it’ll be easier than blending colors with vast value (dark/light) differences!  Light, pale colors are easier when you’re starting out – and more practiced colorists can learn a lot from blending strong colors into each other.

Send me good wishes!

I’m elbow deep in studying my disco ball and figuring out how to render it realistically. Come back Saturday to see if I did it! Also – pop into the Zoom Open Studio at Artventure….log in and go to the events tab to see what time it’ll be in your zone.

Supplies

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  1. Copic Markers – https://bit.ly/31g1FYN
  2. Copic Hex Chart – https://bit.ly/3rq3AEX
  3. Neenah Cardstock, Solar White; I found a 12″x18″ pack of the 110lb at my local Kelly Paper but it’s the same as this smaller size that’s more affordable/available
    My normal fave paper is the 80# Neenah

As per Mom’s advice ART AND CATS!

As per Mom’s advice ART AND CATS!

Happy Mother’s Day weekend! I’m especially happy about this Mother’s Day that my mama is still here….after being scared we would lose her, she’s still kicking butt and taking names! So today I’m leaning in with some of her advice…..keep watercoloring, and go deeper with animals and portraits. And you get to be the beneficiary of my homework!

Tutorial: As per Mom’s advice: ART AND CATS!

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Inktober revisited!

These kitties were drawn in October 2023 originally – larger. Comments at the time asked that I put them out as printables so people could color them and put them on their projects! Sorry it took me so long 🙂

 

Who Me Kitty

This first kitty is one who’s looking up for any number of reasons….innocently denying knocking the plant off the counter? Smelling chimken? Needing scritches?

To color this kitty with any medium, keep the color to the interior of the black line areas….and keep it light. Don’t worry about the lost edges around the outside of the cat; the human eye will fill it in!

Angel Kitty

The angel kitten could be staring out at the rainbow bridge on a sympathy card, or looking at mama and the canopener and hoping for something tasty!

I recommend going even lighter with the color on this kitten; pick a nice strong color for the eye since that’s what people will be drawn into!

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Portrait work

I’m not real far into the class but I feel like I’m seeing some improvements. My people are starting to look more recognizable as the person in the reference photo, and that’s a big part of what I want to achieve! 

Dog painting

I have two good art friends who gave me conflicting advice on this painting. And In some ways both are right! On the left is version 1….its closer to the very bluish reference photo, which was what I was going for; I should have just done some thumbnails first but I don’t always take my own advice! I would have seen I’d need to change some values to make the painting work better.

On the right, one friend said I overcompensated from the blue version; she liked the strong color and called it dramatic. The other friend, though, said in the first one I fell into her trap with black dogs – too. much. blue. She said she used to use prussian (she’s an oil painter) and had to just put the tube away so she wouldn’t be tempted! I hadn’t used prussian, but I had tried glazing with French Ultramarine, and just went too far.

So my questions…..does the dog’s face highlights need a little darkening with a slight glaze? Just the top of the yead, I like the more neutral colors down in the darker ares. And how about the background? Try a dark glaze? I’m more afraid of that, I could totally ruin it with kissed edges around the dog’s head. Maybe, though, it’s just done as is. Sign it and put it in the shop. What do you think?

Patrons!

Y’all have told me to remind you over here and on YouTube when there’s a new tutorial for the $10+ folks, so here’s your reminder….it just went live this morning! Don’t forget to post yours, I want to see your kitties!

Not a patron yet? It’s easy to join! These watercolor tutorials are for those who sign up for $10/month or more; and there’s now 5 in the collection. 

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Drawing Vintage Roses for Mom (easiest coloring ever)

Drawing Vintage Roses for Mom (easiest coloring ever)

This year’s Mother’s Day celebration is so much more meaningful to me. In the past, even though Mom was up there in years, I had thought she’d be around forever. She’d been through so much, she’d fight off anything, right? But the last month or two has shown me not to take her for granted one BIT. And this year I wanted to make her the most special card I’ve ever sent her!

In the video I’ll show you parts of the drawing process, and of course talk through it as I am wont to do. 🙂 Then the color begins – I did fancier coloring than needed for this image, because on the card, I did NO blending and it still looks phenomenal!

Tutorial: Drawing Vintage Roses for Mom 

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Shading part 1

I began by creating linear shading in just one direction in each section. I wanted to see the overall effect it would have – is there enough contrast? Not really.

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Shading part 2

Then I added cross hatching in other directions to create depth with different values. Much better, imho!

Adding color

While I did fancy shmancy blending, that’s not really needed here. The card has just ONE color for the red and one for the green. Then gouache for the babys breath. It couldn’t be easier! You could even do an ink blended background – just make it a light enough color that the red and green can cover it up.

Vintage Roses printable

You can get this image for FREE if you purchase $50 at art-classes.com! I’ll be doing it manually since my plugin seems to be acting erratically. But within hours of your purchase I’ll get the image added to your downloads folder, so check back in. 🙂 

Supplies

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  1. Olo sketchbook 
  2. Olo markers 
  3. Olo marker hex chart 
  4. Titanium White gouache
  5. Vintage Roses printable
  6. Multiliner SP 
  7. Airbrush:
    1. ABS3
    2. Air Compressor – (only need comp and cord, not this kit)
    3. Cord, if it doesn’t come with the compressor 

Ways to use Moonglow in your next painting

Ways to use Moonglow in your next painting

It’s a deep dive into MOONGLOW! If you love the watercolor hue from Daniel Smith the way I do, you may already know everything I’m about to show you. But if not—you’re in for a treat to explore a color with many uses!

One of my YouTube subscribers commented this, so you can thank them for this post:

Tutorial: Ways to use Moonglow in your next watercolor painting

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Ways to use Moonglow

These paintings were sketched to show you approximately how they were painted (below)….if they’re available as originals I’ve linked them, and if they’ve been added to my BRAND NEW SHOP for prints, that’s linked too!

 

Moonglow is mixed with YO ithroughout

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Moonglow is mixed with YO iand TRO throughout

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Moonglow is throughout shadows.

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Moonglow is mixed in treeline in back and shadows

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 More paintings with Moonglow

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Moonglow is mixed with TRO and YO in the hare

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Moonglow is mixed with French Ultr. after ink drawing

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Moonglow is background color

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Moonglow is background plus some shadows in flowers

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Moonglow is everywhere – including the aurora borealis!

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Moonglow and YO throughout

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Moonglow is mixed with TRO in the rabbit

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Moonglow is mixed in building colors to push them further away.

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Moonglow is mixed iwith YO in sheep and Shepherd.

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Moonglow chimp…aka “The Thinker”

The chimp has been designated a thinker due to the intense expression…he has his arms crossed as he ponders the meaning of life!  🙂

This painting was a fun experiment! I wanted to paint something with a lot of Moonglow to help answer the request from a subscriber; I’ve used the color enough to know some colors that work well with it, and that I can render something that “should” be black in a way that gives it more life.

I’m mostly quite satisfied with the outcome – although I’d love to have been looser with my technique! The first wash is always nice and loose but I tend to get so tight and controlled in the end stge, so it’s a battle of style I think I’ll keep fighting my whole life. ha!

The chimp painting is available as the original painting HERE, or prints (and pillows, bags etc) HERE.

Don’t forget the fundraiser!

In my previous post, I launched a fundraiser to help pups in need of new furever homes. Check it out and shop for some Cricket swag!

Supplies

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  1. House of Hoffman Palette 
  2. Daniel Smith Watercolors: 
    1. Moonglow 
    2. Yellow Ochre 
    3. Transparent Red Oxide 
  3. Brushes:
    1. Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #10 
    2. Winsor Newton Kolinsky Sable Series 7 Round #8
    3. Winsor Newton flat 3/4 sable one stroke brush 
    4. Da Vinci Maestro Kolinsky Sable Round 2 
    5. Da Vinci Series 17 Maestro Long Needle, Size 9 
  4. Saunders Waterford Cold Press Sheets
  5. Artist tape 3/4″ 

How to draw black fur in colored pencil | Remembering Cricket

How to draw black fur in colored pencil | Remembering Cricket

Last week I heard about a sweet dog that passed away. Or rather than passed away, she was…deliberately killed. 🙁 She was bred to be a hunting dog, but when she was a bit too rambunctious and disturbed her mama’s hunting day, Cricket was taken to a gravel pit and shot. My heart just breaks typing this.

 

If any dog deserves a memorial portrait, it’s Cricket. The family’s kids will remember her, and hopefully the mama will live with regret for what she did and bragged about. But please, if your dog isn’t living up to what you expect, please just take it to a shelter. It may not be adopted from there, either, since we don’t have enough people willing to adopt dogs — but at least give the doggo a chance.

Enough about that. Let’s get to some of the cutest parts of Cricket – her fur!

Then we’ll talk about my shelter FUNDRAISER!

 

Tutorial: How to draw black fur in colored pencil | Remembering Cricket

Watch the video below and scroll to the end to leave comments or questions — or click HERE to watch it on YouTube and leave comments over there. I read both dutifully!

Underpainting with color

When creating black fur, or really anything black, I like to mix in some color – so it won’t look like just a blob of value but will have some “life” in the black.

I added a light grey, blue, and purple in the highlights of a smooth black fur area – then added the blacks. Mixing with blending solution helps to break down the pigment and get it to move with a blending stump.

 Even if you don’t draw animals – you can use this technique on anything that you color!

Dramatic background

I had one heck of a time getting her body to look right in the layout I had begun – so I opted to just get rid of it and make it black. Which turned out to be a good test with this new-to-me Strathmore Colored Pencil paper. It didn’t do an amazing job, but it wasn’t awful either. Definitely using blending solutions on this paper is the way to go.

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Fundraiser for shelter

I’ll be raising money for a shelter near the place where Cricket once lived – in hopes of saving other doggos who need help now! You can purchase Cricket swag and all the money I get from those will be donated. I’ll also be donating a % from pet commissions through the end of May. So if you’re interested in the swag:

  1. On my site 
  2. On FineArtamerica 

If you’d like a commission, drop me an email – we can discuss medium, size, etc, and I’ll quote you a price!

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