Hello crafty friends! I am back with another project for Whimsy Stamps and today I want to show you a Copic coloring process from start to finish, with focus on clothes and hair. Let’s check it out!
As always, when it come to coloring, I want to point out that this isn’t a skill that just miraculously appeared out of thin air one day (I wish!) but this is something I have been practicing seriously for the past two years. I am taking the classes at Kit and Clowder and keep practicing to improve my confidence. When I saw “September Rose” in the Whimsy Stamps shop, I knew right away I had to use it since it’s just perfect to work on clothes and hair.
I know this is one of the longest videos I’ve published so far, but I wanted you to see the entire coloring process without speeding it up too much – I know that this can be frustrating sometimes because you don’t see exactly where and how a stroke was placed. Especially with hair, which is still super challenging for me, I need to see where everything goes (and see it more than once).
With this image by Whimsy Stamps, coloring the clothes and hair is actually quite easy because of the artist drawn lines. They give you an indication of where folds are in the clothes, and where there are strands of hair. Of course, it still takes some work to figure out what is on top and what’s partially hidden (and therefore, where highlights and shadows go) but the artist drawn lines are really helping here.
Now that I’ve colored her up with Copics, I want to repeat the process with other coloring mediums, like watercolor or colored pencils. I might be weird, but I love to challenge myself and see if I can apply my skills with consistency. Getting it right might indeed be luck, but when I can repeatedly color in a complex image perfectly (or just: well), then I know I have mastered the technique.
Since I wanted the focus to remain on this image, I kept the rest of the card very simple, and used a muted, subtle patterned paper for accents as well as some natural yarn and sequins by Pretty Pink Posh.
Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got inspired!
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