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!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Classes and Events Update

Local Events and More!
What a busy time of year! You saw the neat blog posts from images I've been coloring at demos and events. I love going out and meeting people, letting them see what I do, and helping them take their coloring to new, exciting places. I love seeing how excited you get when you learn something new!

First of all, I want to update you on some upcoming local events that I will be demoing at. 

This Saturday, April 26 from about 2-4pm, I will be demoing at the Ben Franklin Crafts in Springfield, OR. You don't want to miss it!

Then, Sat. May 17th, in the afternoon, I will be hosting a drop-in studio event at the U of O Bookstore, Eugene, OR.

This summer: I will be teaching free teen and adult workshops for the City of Eugene Library, from July 15-18th. More information will be posted on the Eugene Library website as it gets closer to event time.

Save the Date: I will be hosting some awesome workshops at Anime Expo over the 4th of July weekend, down in Los Angeles, CA. You don't want to miss those workshops.

Certifications and Workshops
Have you taken one of our live classes yet? They are jammed full of great stuff! Register today for a class near you! Visit the Copic website for registration and class details. Note: If you are in Pittsburgh, there are still openings available in those classes, so email nancy@copicmarker.com or register online today!!

Our classes are jam-packed with useful tips and tidbits. We encourage you to retake Certification classes if they come to your area, or if you see one taught by one of our other instructors, as each teacher brings their own skills and flavor to each class. Our workshops are great, whether you have taken a certification or not. Each class covers basics, but goes into further depth than we have time to cover in our main Certification classes.


April 29, Pittsburgh, PA  Airbrushing for Papercrafters taught by Colleen Schaan
April 29, Pittsburgh, PA  Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Colleen Schaan

May 1, Pittsburgh, PA  Tracing Memories  taught by Marianne Walker
May 1, Pittsburgh, PA Alcohol Ink Painting taught by Colleen Schaan
May 2, Pittsburgh, PA Standard Certification taught by Cindy Lawrence
May 2, Seattle, WA Standard Certification taught by Sherrie Siemens
May 3, Pittsburgh, PA Intermediate Certification taught by Cindy Lawrence
May 3, Seattle WA, Intermediate Certification taught by Sherrie Siemens
May 10, Salt Lake City, Whimsical Faces & Hair cancelled
May 10, Salt Lake CityTracing Memories workshop, cancelled
May 16, Minneapolis, MN Standard Certification, taught by Debbie Olson
May 17, Minneapolis, MN Intermediate Certification, taught by Debbie Olson
May 24, Dallas, TX Whimsical Faces & Hair workshop, taught by Lori Craig
May 24, Dallas, TX Airbrushing workshop, taught by Lori Craig

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

June 6, Ottawa, ON, Canada Standard Certification taught by Sherrie Siemens
June 6, Houston TX, Standard Certification taught by Cindy Lawrence
June 7, Ottawa, ON, Canada Intermediate Certification taught by Sherrie Siemens
June 7, Houston, TX, ntermediate Certification taught by Cindy Lawrence
June 7,  Hanover, MD Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Lori Craig
June 7,  Hanover, MD Airbrushing for Papercrafters, taught by Lori Craig
June 20, Grand Rapids, MI Standard Certification, taught by Debbie Olson
June 21, Grand Rapids, MI Intermediate Certification, taught by Debbie Olson

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Coloring a Whimsical Pirate

Coloring a Pirate Ship
A week or so ago I posted a pirate picture that I had drawn and colored while at a demo in Canada. This week I figured before I left town again, I'd better share some of the photos I snapped of it in process, and talk about my techniques a bit. I did not write down colors, but I used about 50 colors in total.

I started with a rough pencil sketch, and traced it with a Comic Master LED Light table onto nice, smooth piece of Copic Illustration paper, Natural White (both are available on the Copic website or can be special ordered through your local Copic dealer). I didn't have access to the right paper for copying onto, so I actually printed my outlines onto regular copier paper.

I started with a base, light brown on the boat. Probably an E11, but I don't remember. Notice that I colored lighter on the parts of the mermaid closer to the light, but, otherwise, it is just one base color.

Someone commented about the soft, watery look in the sky and sails. This look is much easier to achieve on copier paper, as the paper is so soft, ink flows easier. I started with a light blue and feathered out from the ship, then I came back with a colorless blender and pushed the blue back towards the boat. You can see an older blog post on this technique here. Then, using a darker blue, I added the blue shadows and dots in the air.

Here is a closeup on the mermaid. I added depth using a range of darker browns, and a pale blue/gray overlay to make the wood look weathered. This is the same treatment that I will use on the rest of the wood. I was careful to keep the highlights light.


This next photo shows the wood finished. Look at how different it looks having grays, blues, and darker browns streaked in. All browns I layered on in the direction of the woodgrain. I tried to make the wood look grayer/bluer closer to the water, where it would be more weathered by the elements. I was tempted to add barnacles and stuff, but I got sidetracked, so it stayed plain wood. I added a hint of pale yellow to the sunny side to warm up the mermaid face. On her tail, I dabbed my brush tip from the colorless blender to make the texture.

Look close at the sky under the sails, along the bottom right side. Do you see the rope ladder I drew in with a light gray marker? As this is not an important part of the picture, I didn't want black lines to draw attention to it, so I left it soft and subtle.

Next I worked on the closer sail. I wanted it to also have that weathered, faded canvas look. So, with a pale yellow, pale warm gray, pale earth tone, and pale cool gray, I streaked in colors, leaving the middle of the canvas open. I took a colorless blender, and started in the middle of the white area, pushing all the color back towards the seams and edges.

Again, the strong weathered look has a lot to do with how soft the paper is. Sometimes I purposefully choose a soft paper if I know I want my final result to be very soft. Because I layered a lot of colors, the blender will pick up each tone unevenly, also accenting the mottled, natural faded look.

I colored his coat with Boo, B26, B39 and C9. I was careful to not overblend, as I didn't want to lose the highlights, but I wanted the deep, rich blue to stand out. Then, I colored his pants in cool grays, with hints of the blue from his coat thrown into the shadows for good measure. The sword is also cool grays, with a pale yellow overlay to warm up the highlights. His beard is BV20 and pale yellows. Skin is E00, E11, E13, E15, E17, and pale blues and light yellow highlights.

On his feather, I started with a yellow base, to warm up the sunny side of the reds. Then, I pulled a dark brown into the red shadows. The parrot I also colored with yellow first, then layered on my darker greens. Notice I did not blend the brass looking glass, but kept those color streaky as I wanted it to appear more shiny. I colored the cannon and anchor in grays a couple different gray families.

Here is the final picture, scanned in for better color representation. That's the trouble with phone photos I take while coloring during a demo...if I even remember to take step-by-step photos. The colors are never accurate because demo lighting is always funky.

Notice my treatment of the waves. I used BG01, BG13, and the same blues from his coat. I left a lot of areas white, then hit them with a pale yellow to pull out the sunlight.  I used our new opaque white to add  the final highlight/streaks into the waves and on his sword/cannon.

Coloring this took about 4-5hrs. Drawing and inking it took just over an hour. I really love how it came out!