I THINK I DID IT! Oh man. This one was just a little more bitten off than I might have been ready for….it was days of work and study, and that doesn’t even count the chicken dancing! 🙂

I asked AI to give me a description of my disco chicken to post on the Copic Award page….it did pretty well!

A flamboyant rooster is captured mid-dance on a reflective dance floor, a shining disco ball overhead casting light around the room. The rooster’s wings are spread wide in a dramatic pose, evoking the sense of movement and dance.

Before we get underway with the video…..I posted a reel on instagram and a short on YouTube showing a much simpler disco ball than you’ll see in today’s main video. check it out to see how simple it CAN be! 🙂

Tutorial: How to draw a Copic Disco Ball

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!

Drawing a disco ball

You can use any earth modell with longitude and latitude lines as a model – the above pic is looking upward at the globe, and you can see how the lines curl around on the left/right and top/bottom.

Mine is far more complex than it needs to be – you could make one with significantly smaller mirror pieces, and without the airbrushing too.  But the principle is the same.

  1. Place blocks of color on the disco ball, lighter where you want highlights.
  2. Mask out a few of those blocks so they remain bright and sharp.
  3. Color OVER all that initial color – airbrush works, but how about distress inks with a very soft brush? Powdered colored pencil or charcoal? A watercolor wash? Whatever you use, let some color show through and some get covered.
  4. Draw in some of the lines between mirror panels: in the light areas use about an 80% dark color (a grey blue or purple) and in light areas, drop in a few dashed highlights.
  5. Stand back and admire!

Draw a disco floor

Basic perspective lines will really help here – with all the lines leading back to a vanishing point in the middle, on the side, wherever.

  1. Draw the underlying color in any pattern.
  2. Add tje perspective grid on top, with the tiles being dark with glowing light parts, and light popping up through the grout.
  3. Add a little bit of line work but only if needed.

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Make it *sparkle*

To create a feeling of magic — throw in some pixie dust! Not only will this add the feeling of magic to your drawing, but it can cover any messes made. I used a colorless blender for some of the lighter dots, and a gel pen on top as well.

Copic Award Entry

I sent it to the Copic Award contest – wish me luck and go add my drawing to your favorites!


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  1. Copic Markers – https://bit.ly/31g1FYN
  2. Copic Hex Chart – https://bit.ly/3rq3AEX
  3. White Uni-ball Gel Pen AMZ  • BLICK 
  4. Masking:
    1. Frisket Film roll 
    2. Frisket Film sheets
  5. Fingertip Knife
  6. Paper:
  7. 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: Neenah
  8. My normal fave paper is the 80# 


  1. Gab

    Oh wow this is the coolest thing ever!

  2. Sarah B

    Absolutely wonderful how you brought it all to magical life! Truly astonishing. Thanks for making my broken heel recliner bound day!

    • Dana Driscoll

      I love this Chicken! lol

  3. Allison L Waibel

    This is the most fun I have ever had watching a drawing video. From the dancing…you to the dancing…chicken. I so admire your creativity, and ability to create simply from an idea in your head. You deserve to win this contest from the amount of effort and the amount of skill that this took. You are amazing! I’m going to go vote for you RIGHT NOW!

  4. Karen L.

    Hahaha! I was wondering how you were going to pull off a chicken and a disco ball together, and you did it in spectacular fashion! Well done!

  5. Karole Moore

    Really enjoyable video. Your imagination is wonderful.


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