Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall Class updates

Do you know there are only 4 more months left in 2014? Wow, time is flying!

That means that you are running out of chances to take classes in your area. Next year we may not be going to as many locations, and our current workshop offerings will be different.

There is still time to register for any of our upcoming classes, and new classes are still opening for 2014. But remember, time is flying, so don't delay registering today! Visit the Copic website for registration and class details.

Papercrafting Certifications & Workshops

Sept. 5 Alexandria, VA  Standard Certification, taught by Lori Craig
Sept. 6 Alexandria, VA Intermediate Certification, taught by Lori Craig
Sept. 6 Philadelphia, PA Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Sept. 6 Philadelphia, PA Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Sept. 20 Boston, MA Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Sept. 20 Boston, MA Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Sept. 20 Calgary, AB Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Sept. 20 Calgary, AB Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Sherrie Siemens

Oct. 3 Vancouver, BC  Standard Certification, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Oct. 4 Vancouver, BC Intermediate Certification, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Oct. 4 Orlando, FL Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Oct. 4 Orlando, FL Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Oct. 11 Houston, TX Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Oct. 11 Houston, TX Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Cindy Lawrence



Oct. 11 Kalamazoo, MI Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Debbie Olson
Oct. 11  Kalamazoo, MI Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Debbie Olson
Oct. 24 Portland, OR  Standard Certification, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Oct. 25 Portland, OR  Intermediate Certification, taught by Sherrie Siemens

Other Events:
You know that I'm always busy doing something, coloring here and there, attending conventions and more. I love being able to share Copic markers with so many different ages and groups.

Salt Lake Comic Con Sept. 4-6th. Copic will have a booth and I will be ahnging out, answering product questions, and generally having a swell time. Come see us and get an awesome deal on markers! Salt Lake Comic Con

Teen Manga Drawing Class, Springfield Library, Monday, Sept. 22nd. Free for teenagers! Come learn to draw manga characters and use Copic products. This is a great introductory class.

Saturday, Oct. 4  I will be teaching a few different coloring classes at Main Street Stamping and Stationary in Tigard, OR. Contact their store for more information and to register. Spots are almost full!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Focal points


Coloring Backgrounds to create Focal Points
When you are presented with a complex image, where the details run together, it can be intimidating for the viewer if you color it all the same as well. Before you color, it helps if you identify focal points, or which parts of the image will be most important (if everything is important then nothing is important).

Here is a freebie image you can download as a simple color along to understand the concept. The bugs are nice but really appear to get lost in the mass of surrounding flowers.

Right away, I know that I want the bugs and a couple of the biggest flowers to stand out. So, I start by coloring the dark background and building out from there. (for simplicity, the tutorial will show flowers that are all the same color, but the same theory applies for multicolored flowers)


First, I isolate the focal points by coloring everything else in dull, grayish purple tones. One of the great qualities of Copic markers is that any lighter color can push a darker color out of the way. This means that even if I do tone my whole image grayish, when the time comes to add colors back into it, they won't be totally obscured.

Instantly it becomes easier to focus on the parts of the image that I want important. This trick works on just about any kind of image. (If you aren't confident enough to go as dark as I have gone here, then try the same thing with a very light gray instead.)


Next, I colored the top flowers in a pure, bright pink, RV02. I added Y11 to the centers of ALL flowers. This helps it make look like the whole cluster is made of the same flowers. You can still see the yellow through the purple background, but it's not overwhelming.

If you want the flower centers to stand out more on the flowers in the distance, simply go over them a few times and it will push the darker colors out of the way. This is a matter of personal preference.

You can leave the image like this, but I like to add even more depth. Right now I have basically two layers, the bright top layer, and the grayed out under layer.




For my final you can see I have 4 layers:

1. Bright Top layer (RV02)
2. Grayed under layer (V93)
3. Slightly darker grayed under layer (V04)
4. Darkest background layer (V17)

This was much easier to visualize than if I had tried to simply start on one flower and color each flower individually to start. The finished picture looks more complicated than it really is, and it is much easier now to identify the bugs as being the most important. A word of caution: Don't color the final bugs in dull, grayed colors or else they will get lost. Choose vibrant colors that stand out so they remain your focal points.

Multi-color variation
As I mentioned above, this can also be done with flowers of different colors. Here is the same illustration, this time with pale yellow and pink flowers.

Same as before, I colored the flowers in the background entirely with the grayish purple, then I went back in and colored over some of the flowers with a pale yellow. I left the other flowers alone. Then, I colored the hints of the farthest background with my darker purple to make it look even more dimensional.

I hope this helps you speed up your coloring and simplify the layering process. Enjoy the free image download!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Free Events this Summer

Summer keeps rolling along and I have been super busy. I have been working on a lot of projects that will help people learn more about Copic markers. Yes, that's my job, to help people feel creative and discover their own talent for coloring.

I hope you have also spent your Summer being creative. Whether it is in art, gardening, home decor, writing, or teaching. There really isn't anything I'd rather do than be creative or teach others how to be creative. Like this doodle I made this morning, I am here to be creative!

(0.3mm multiliner, Spica glitter pens, and BG01, B24, YG17, B41)

So, as part of my creative summer, I have scheduled a few great FREE events here in Oregon.

Saturday, July 26th I will be hosting a Free Make 'n Take and book signing from 1-2pm at Main Street Stamping and Stationary in Tigard, OR.

Friday, Aug. 8th Chalkfest in Springfield OR. Free, from noon to 6:30. I will be making large chalk drawings. There will be food, Farmer's Market, Family Fun zone, All Day DJ. Sponsored by ESAP

Saturday, Aug 16th Kids Create! Eugene festival. 11-3pm, at the Hult Center/Hilton Eugene. I will be hosting Manga Drawing/Coloring Demos.

Certifications & Workshops
As Summer keeps rolling along, I will have more free events and convention appearances, so keep tuned in. Meanwhile, you should register for one of our great workshops or certifications. We just revamped all the Certification Training . There are many Copic Certifications and Workshops coming up. Visit the Copic website for registration and class details.


Aug 8, Garden City, NY Standard Certification, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Aug 9, Garden City, NY  Intermediate Certification, taught by Cindy Lawrence 
Aug 8, St. Louis, MO, Standard Certification, taught by Lori Craig
Aug 9, St. Louis, MO  Intermediate Certification, taught by Lori Craig
Aug 9, Chicago, IL Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Debbie Olson
Aug 9, Chicago, IL Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Debbie Olson
 
Aug 15, San Jose, CA, Standard Certification, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Aug 16, San Jose, CA  Intermediate Certification, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Aug 23, Milwaukee, WI  Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Debbie Olson
Aug 23, Milwaukee, WI  Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Debbie Olson
Aug 23, San Marcos, CA Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Aug 23, San Marcos, CA  Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Sherrie Siemens

Sept. 5 Alexandria, VA  Standard Certification, taught by Lori Craig
Sept. 6 Alexandria, VA Intermediate Certification, taught by Lori Craig

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Welcome Michelle!


The Copic Papercrafting Instructor and Design Teams are so excited to add a new instructor to our fabulous team… Michelle Houghton!

Michelle has done a number of special events and demos for us over the years and we are thrilled to finally have her on our teaching team.  Michelle has a BS in Fine Arts and an MA in Teaching with years of experience teaching high school art, live workshops, and online crafting classes. 
Michelle likes to work with a variety of mediums and styles, often experimenting and looking for unique and interesting ways to use them.    We look forward to working with her and can’t wait to see her in action!

And of course we can’t have a celebration without gifts… so we are giving away some great Copic prizes! 

Join us in welcoming Michelle by visiting each of the blogs listed below for a chance to win.  Don’t forget to leave some love at each blog because EACH TEAM MEMBER will be giving away a Copic T-Shirt and a 7-piece Doodle Kit to one lucky winner. 
Commenting will close at midnight on Sunday, July 6th and winners announced on individual blogs on Monday, July 7th (Note: Prizes are limited to the US and Canada).

Copic Design and Instructor team blogs:
Michelle Houghton  http://www.scrapweaver.com/

Meanwhile, if you are heading to Anime Expo this weekend, be sure to visit me in the Copic room, #507. The room will be jam-packed with fabulous things to do, prizes to win, and awesome new workshops. I can't wait to see you there!



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Anime, Workshops and more!



Summer is here and I sure am busy! Read carefully to find where I will be this Summer, or to take a workshop. Lots to do for all ages and interests.


Anime Expo
July 3-6,  I will be hosting a range of classes at Anime Expo in downtown Los Angeles. Copic will be sponsoring our own workshop room, with classes on everything from basic Manga inking, to creating your own Kaiju Beasts (like Godzilla or Mothra).

Here's a fun downloadable anime girl to color that I drew for Anime Expo a couple years ago. Enjoy!

FREE Workshops this Summer
If you are in the Eugene area, I will be teaching some free workshops through the City of Eugene Libraries.

July 15th, 6-7:30pm, Downtown Library "Tracing Memories, Relaxation Coloring" Color scenes from around Eugene, learn how to create your own outlines from digital photographs, and have fun.

July 16th, 2-4pm Downtown Library Teen, Markers & Airbrush Art. Learn how to color with Copic Markers and experiment with the airbrush system.

July 17th, 2-4pm Bethel Branch, Teens, Intro to Zombie Drawing.
July 18th, 2-4pm Sheldon Branch, Teens, Intro to Zombie Drawing. This fun class will leave you screaming for brains! Come learn the basics of anatomy and how to make your own Undead.

Upcoming Papercraft Classes
If you are in the Portland area, I will be teaching some coloring classes and be hosting a book signing at Main St. Stamping in Tigard, on Sat. July 26. More details later.

Certifications and Workshops
There are a LOT of Copic Certifications and Workshops coming up. Visit the Copic website for registration and class details.

Now Open, Filling Fast!
June 20, Grand Rapids, MI Standard Certification, taught by Debbie Olson
June 21, Grand Rapids, MI Intermediate Certification, taught by Debbie Olson

June 27, Boston, MA Standard Certification, taught by Cindy Lawrence
June 28, Boston, MA Intermediate Certification, taught by Cindy Lawrence

July 11, Philadelphia, PA Standard Certification, taught by Cindy Lawrence
July 12, Philadelphia, PA Intermediate Certification, taught by Cindy Lawrence
July 18, Madison, WI Standard Certification, taught by Debbie Olson cancelled
July 19, Madison, WI Intermediate Certification, taught by Debbie Olson cancelled

Aug 8, Garden City, NY Standard Certification, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Aug 9, Garden City, NY  Intermediate Certification, taught by Cindy Lawrence 
Aug 8, St. Louis, MO, Standard Certification, taught by Lori Craig
Aug 9, St. Louis, MO  Intermediate Certification, taught by Lori Craig
Aug 9, Chicago, IL Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Debbie Olson
Aug 9, Chicago, IL Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Debbie Olson
Aug 15, San Jose, CA, Standard Certification, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Aug 16, San Jose, CA  Intermediate Certification, taught by Sherrie Siemens

Opening Soon!!
Aug 23, Milwaukee, WI  Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Debbie Olson
Aug 23, Milwaukee, WI  Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Debbie Olson
Aug 23, San Marcos, CA Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Aug 23, San Marcos, CA  Airbrushing for Papercraft, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Sept. 5 Alexandria, VA  Standard Certification, taught by Lori Craig
Sept. 6 Alexandria, VA Intermediate Certification, taught by Lori Craig

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Upcoming classes

Just a quick note about some upcoming events, later I'll post a great tutorial.

There is still room in my South Chicago classes coming up! Each class is only $99 and lasts 4-5hrs. No Prerequisites.

May 31, South Chicago area, IL, Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Marianne Walker
May 31, South Chicago area, IL, Tracing Memories, taught by Marianne Walker


We have a bunch of other great classes coming up, so check out the Copic website for registration and class details.
 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Demos in Salt Lake area, Utah

This weekend I will be in the Salt Lake City, UT area, hosting classes at a variety of stores. You can come and meet me, take a workshop, get a book signed, and learn how to color better! Contact each store for more details, or to purchase books in advance (in case they run out).

Friday, May 9
7-9pm Heartfelt Creations, Sandy UT
Beginner Make N' Take
Drop in and join us for this free, cute Make n' Take, coloring this exclusive puppy in a wagon image I drew. This is simply a card front, not a finished card. This easy project is a great way to become familiar with using Copic Sketch markers. All supplies are provided.



Saturday, May 10
10am-12pm Treasured Memories, West Valley, UT
Tracing Memories, Salt Lake LDS Temple
Want to learn how to take your own photographs and turn them into beautiful works of art? Come to this Tracing Memories class where we will color a photo-illustration of the Salt Lake Temple (other images will also be available). Finished is a 5 x 7 framable work of art, perfect as a Mother's Day gift or image for your home. This project is perfect for beginners. Call the store for more information and to reserve space, as seating is limited. Ask for Alisa, (801) 478-4441


Saturday, May 10
1pm to 3pm, Murray Library, Murray UT
Basic Faces & Hair
In this free workshop, we will be touching on some coloring fundamentals for faces and hair. Join us to color this cute pair of kids, playing dress-up. This is a great chance to bring in your own images and ask questions. All supplies provided.

So, if you are in the Salt Lake City area, and want to learn more about Copic markers I hope you can find a few minutes to stop in at one of these great events!