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.

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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

Some product may be provided by manufacturers for review and use. Compensated affiliate links are here at no cost to you. I appreciate your support of my work with your purchases! Full affiliate and product disclosure | My trusted partners in art

  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

What’s better: Black lines or implied lines?

What’s better: Black lines or implied lines?

I should know better than to ask what’s “better.” When it comes to art, there’s not always a “better!” But…..I tried asking AI what I should call this post, and it suggested I start a fight about what’s “better.” Argue away in the comments! ha!

Anyhow – today’s Colorado Craft Company release has two sweet stamps I asked if I could color up – there’s something about shiny metal planes that I love! And since I’m PARTYING LIKE IT’S 2024 (because we have aid going to Ukraine where I have friends anxiously awaiting our help!)…..I made my planes blue and yellow!

Tutorial: What’s better: Black lines or implied lines?

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!

Black lines

For me, black lines are more on the cartoon side – you can still make an image look dimensional, don’t get me wrong. But in real life there’s no black outlines defining the shapes we see! But some benefits:

  1. Crisper image
  2. Easier for new colorists
  3. Less worry about alcohol markers bleeding

What other benefits did I miss?

 

Implied lines

In my life as an artist I had always heard “implied” rather than “no” lines – no line coloring is a thing in crafting but honestly, it’s often not “no” lines at all. Even for my yellow plane, the top line by the highlight is still there. It’s just softer. Some benefits of implied line art:

  1. Lines disappear, so artist can alter the design (adding bolts!)
  2. Can appear more realistic
  3. Greater challenge to satisfy an intermediate/advanced artist

What else do you find as a benefit? 

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Cue the disco lights!

Students at Artventure told me just how hard it was to figure out how to sign up for the new class; and though I sometimes feel the ick of marketing (like I’m always shouting to the world that I’ve got a new class out!)……I really stink at getting the word out!

So bold and proud: Brushstroke Flowers is available – and it’s a card class! Pop over to see a preview video, get yourself a Buddha board and other supplies, and let’s get busy making beautiful flower cards shall we? CLICK HERE!

Colorado Craft Company Bloghop

As always leave a comment to be entered into the drawing! You can comment up until Midnight (ET) April 30th. CCC will announce the winners on May 2nd on their blog.

  1. CCC will give away one free clear stamp to a commenter on this post.
  2. If you use my affiliate link to make a purchase you will be entered to win the entire release.

 

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Drawing Plants part 2: graphite vs marker

Drawing Plants part 2: graphite vs marker

A few weeks ago I posted a graphite drawing I had created. And today – I’ve taken that same landscape and turned it into an alcohol marker drawing! Not an excellent one due to my color challenges, but I think I can say I rocked it nonetheless…..I’ll let you weigh in on that!

Tutorial: Drawing Plants part 2: graphite vs marker

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!

What I didn’t like….and what I loved

I had mentioned I had some mixed feelings. The color choices here are fairly atrocious – not because they’re bad colors, but because there are so few greens, I had to deploy every last bit of color theory knowledge to try to make different greens! (I can’t wait til Olo’s new colors come out!)

But what I loved here – the values ROCK! A watercolor mentor of mine has said to me for years that colors don’t matter one bit if the values are spot on. You can paint an entire landscape in pink and purple and it’ll read right if the farks and lights are correct. And that’s what this drawing proved to me – and since I had done a detailed value study, I was able to really rock this marker version! 

You can do the same – try a value study first before your next drawing or painting, and see if it helps!

Story behind the class

Sometimes a piece I work on makes NO sense as a video, sometimes only as a YT tutorial, sometimes it needs to be a class. It depends on how much I have to say about it! There were overwhelming numbers of techniques and textures involved here, and I considered making it a class right away, but thought, after a couple classes have bombed, maybe I should ask first. (I end up doubting my ability to know what people might want to learn!)

In this case I did ask – and a bunch of YT commenters said they DID want a class. Now we’ll find out if that’s true, LOL! I’ll be messaging the commenters, so I hope they are ok with that. 🙂 If you’re interested, class sign up is here…..and the other classes I mentioned in this video are linked later in this post!

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Classes recommended in this video

These are on sale through the end of March…

Tutorial: 14 Tips to draw better plants (part 1)

The aforementioned part 1 video!

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!

Draw an enchanted pumpkin house

Draw an enchanted pumpkin house

Have you ever seen a pumpkin house? I’d sure love to stumble on one while walking in a forest!

After creating watercolor pumpkins in my previous post – as well as a beginner watercolor class at Artventure – I thought I’d tickle the fancy of my alcohol marker friends. Maybe YOU will be inspired to try one! In the video I list a bunch of ideas for ways you can customize your own, and I’ll add more in this post after you see the video.

Tutorial: Draw an enchanted pumpkin house

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!

Customize your own pumpkin house

There are so many ways you can change up a pumpkin house drawing and make it your own:

  1. Google for pumpkin colors. There are blues, yellows, whites, stripes…..
  2. Google for pumpkin shapes too! Short and squat, concave or convex, perfectly round. Lots of options!
  3. Change the architecture. Use your grandma’s house or a favorite castle as inspiration!
  4. Give it a yard. Maybe a fence, a garden? What else could you add?
  5. Add a character! How about a mouse who needs a home?
  6. Change the time of day or weather. Sunshine? Rainy day? 

SALE!

This week only, both of the Enchantment classes are on sale. And if you get both together, you’ll get an automatic 5% off at checkout.

Copic Enchantment

This Level 4 class will teach students how to create 10 magical scenes, in a “slimline” (3.75 x 8.5) format perfect for cardmaking – but easily adaptable for animé artists too! Half are horizontal, half vertical scenes – and all can be adapted or just portions used for other size formats and art as well!

$52.99 $49.99

Winter Copic Enchantment

This Level 4 class will teach students how to create 10 wintry magical scenes, in a “slimline” (3.75 x 8.5) format perfect for cardmaking – but easily adaptable for animé artists too! Half are horizontal, half vertical – and all can be adapted or just portions used for other size formats and art as well!

$52.99 $49.99

Fresh Pumpkins Watercolor

This new watercolor class is for beginners! Join Artventure for free, then look in the menu bar on the left for the class. It’s only a few bucks for four pumpkins!

What features would you add to your pumpkin house?

Even if you don’t plan to draw one, add some ideas to the comments and maybe someone else will be inspired!

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Magical Rainforest Class: A peek into one lesson with a dinosaur!

Magical Rainforest Class: A peek into one lesson with a dinosaur!

Is a dinosaur magic? And do they live in the rainforest? Frankly both could be true, but I’m going to guess not. I’ve mashed together a bunch of things that have been going on in my head and in my news feed – and turned it into some really fun art you can learn to make with your alcohol markers in the new Magical Rainforest Class!

Let’s deal with the rainforest first; Have you seen the news stories about the children who were lost in the rainforest for 40 days? Oh my, what a story of tragedy – and ending in the blessed survival of the children! READ THE STORY

And then there’s another story about the Brontosaurus being restored to its rightful place after being displaced for 100 years (ineffectively!) by the Apatosaurus. It’s a rather long crazy story I tell in the video but you can read more in an article here. I decided the Apatosaurus would win the battle for who gets into my drawing.

Tutorial: Dinosaur in magical rainforest

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!

Scene first?

Typically I don’t color a scene first – I start with the featured image. But in this case, the scene is the bonus lesson in the new Magical Rainforest class, and the dino was just for YT – and thus, it’s scene first.

Dino sketch

The sketch for the dinosaur is also included in the bonus lesson, in case you decide to try this kind of a scene!

Colors

In class I use Copics, but you can also adapt to other brands. Note that Olo doesn’t have the pale colors that the other two do, but…..Olo users are likely used to finding adaptations 🙂

Magical Rainforest Class

This is a level 4 class – and a little of the backstory is that I wanted to have a Level 4 alcohol marker class that wasn’t as pricey as the Enchantment series or other advanced classes. Magical Rainforest Class is a good chance to see if you’re at that level without having to break the art bank to pay for a big class! So it has fewer lessons in it to keep the price manageable.

A little reminder: use code SUPERPOWER to get 10% off throughout June on all adult classes!

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Olo Markers + Colored pencils on colored cardstock

Olo Markers + Colored pencils on colored cardstock

Hello and welcome to my stop on the Colorado Craft release partayyyy! I’m super happy to welcome you here for this little garden party today – be sure to read to the end to check out ALL the giveaways! 

My project is complex but simple….I used Olo Markers along with Prismacolors to make a 7-stamp-set-one-layer-card!

 

 

Tutorial: Olo Marker + Prismacolor on Colored Paper 

If you haven’t tried Olo yet, they’re a marker that I’ve reviewed — and made a hex chart for! While they’re missing some colors I’d loe to see, combining them with pencils really does solve that issue pretty well. 

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!

A few tips

To set up a layout, just stamp everything in a light ink on desert storm cardstock – let them layer over each other! Pencil and marker will cover most if not all of the excess lines. 

Color from front to back; don’t get distracted by the cacophony of stamped lines, just tackle one bit at a time.

Try just one or two images in this technique before this many. It was a bit…overboard. LOL!

Bleed-through

Neenah does allow some color to bleed through; but I did only a limited amount of blending so that was minimal. It was easy to add a layer of desert storm behind the card front, which also gave it a little more heft as a card to survive better in the mail.

One of my Patrons will be getting this card! In the next few weeks I need to get a new batch out. If you’d considered joining our little Patreon band now’s a great time to maybe get in for a card!

Join Artventure

My little Mighty Networks community called Artventure isn’t so little anymore! I’m SO excited about how it’s taking off. Lots of people are sharing their work, encouraging each other, getting answers to questions, and inspiring each other. Best thing? No ads, no algorithm, no viral dancing…just ART! 🙂 Join us – it’s free!

The new little gouache class will be there in the near future; I’ve got the class videos ready and the classroom built but now I’m awaiting Apple’s approval. (Any time you sell anything through an app they get to weigh in, lol!) The class won’t be expensive – but you’ll need a few things so see the post over there with a peek and a supply list if you’d like to be ready ahead of time. 

THREE Giveaways!

Giveaway 1:
I’ll be giving away the
Veg Out  set from this release to a lucky winner that CCC will draw from all the comments left on my social media hangouts like this blog, YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook – the more sites you visit, the more you increase your changes!. Leave a comment, follow or like and be sure to join my email list too.

Giveaway 2:
CCC will be giving away a complete bundle of this release to one randomly chosen winner that has placed an order using my link!

Giveaway 3:
CCC will be giving away 3 sets to 3 randomly chosen winners on their Instagram. 

Bloghop!

It’s a hop of course so check out the others who’ve made beautiful creations with these stamps. Hope you get inspired!

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