Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Upcoming events!


Demos and classes in Oregon
Over the next few months I will be a lot of places in Oregon. If you live nearby, I'd love to see you at one of my events. I have classes I'll be teaching to adults, teens, and kids, so be sure to check it out!

Saturday, Jan 24th  Tigard, OR  Coloring classes at  Main Street Stamping and Stationary in Tigard, OR. Contact their store for more information and to register. 

Saturday, Feb. 7th  Springfield, OR  Springfield Public Library 11am to 1pm, Tracing Memories class for adults. We will be coloring images from around Lane County.

Sat-Sun, Feb. 14-15th  Eugene, OR  Oregon Asian Celebration 1-4pm each day in the kids' art room. All ages

Saturday, Feb 28th  Tigard, OR  Coloring classes at  Main Street Stamping and Stationary in Tigard, OR. Contact their store for more information and to register. I will teach coloring Easter Images, Tracing Memories, and Airbrushing.

Thursday, March 5  Eugene, OR U of O Bookstore, main campus location, Proudly Oregon event. I'll be making some great marker drawings and answering questions. (the photo is from last year's demo, where I am coloring a photo line art of a building on the U of O campus).

Saturday, March 14 Eugene, OR Girls Rule! for girls ages 9-14 and a caring adult. I'll be teaching some fun drawing workshops. More info later.

Monday, March 23rd Springfield, OR Springfield Public Library kids' Eric Carle art workshop. We will be making some great Eric Carle-style images. (Similar evens will be held in April at the Eugene Libraries.)

Classes and Workshops near you
We have a new Copic website! Visit the Copic classes website for a full list of 2015 classes and locations near you. Scroll down the page to see all the workshops and which classes are open now and which classes will be opening soon, since we have most of the year already posted. Note: if you take all three workshops in a location on one weekend, you get a $50 discount! See website for more info.


Feb. 6th Phoenix, AZ Standard Certification taught by Debbie Olson
Feb. 7th Phoenix, AZ Intermediate Certification taught by Debbie Olson

Feb. 13th Seattle, WA More Faces & Hair, taught by Michelle Houghton
Feb. 13th Seattle, WA Vintage values and Monotones taught by Michelle Houghton
Feb. 13th Seattle WA, Dress for Success: Coloring clothing and Accessories, taught by Michelle Houghton
Feb. 20th Houston TX Standard Certification taught by Lori Craig
Feb. 21st Houston TX Intermediate Certification taught by Lori Craig
Feb. 20th Orlando, FL Standard Certification Taught by Cindy Lawrence
Feb. 21st Orlando, FL Intermediate Certification Taught by Cindy Lawrence
Feb. 27th Detroit, MI More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones taught by Debbie Olson
Feb. 28th Detroit, MI, Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories taught by Debbie Olson

March 6th Calgary, Alberta More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones Taught by Sherrie Siemens
March 7th Calgary, Alberta Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories Taught by Sherrie Siemens
March 13th, Chicago, IL Standard Certification taught by Lori Craig
March 14th Chicago, IL Intermediate Certification taught by Lori Craig
March 13th St. Louis MO More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones taught by Michelle Houghton
March 14th St. Louis MO, Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories taught by Michelle Houghton
March 13, Dallas, TX Standard Certification taught by Debbie Olson
March 14, Dallas, TX Intermediate Certification  taught by Debbie Olson
March 20th Hanover, MD Standard Certification Taught by Cindy Lawrence
March 21st Hanover, MD Intermediate Certification Taught by Cindy Lawrence
March 20th Portland, OR Standard Certification Taught by Sherrie Siemens
March 21st Portland, OR Intermediate Certification Taught by Sherrie Siemens

Upcoming:
April 10 Phoenix, AZ More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones
April 11th Phoenix, AZ Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories
April 17th Charlotte, NC More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones
April 18th Charlotte, NC Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories
April 17th New Jersey,  More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones
April 11th New Jersey, Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories
April 24th Indianapolis, IN,  More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones

April 25th Indianapolis, IN,  Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Art for Oregon Asian Celebration, 2015

Once again, I want to share my artwork created for the Oregon Asian Celebration. Each year, I am honored to work with the celebration on some great illustrations. This is their 30th anniversary, and this is the 10th year in a row that I have had the honor of creating their artwork! I am so excited to be a part of this event.

This year, the theme was Celebrating 30 Years of Love and Diversity. In brainstorming for the design, I asked myself, "What do I think of when I attend the celebration?" That's easy! The food, the music, the vendors and the variety...variety of people, of cultures, of art, and amazing performances.

We've shown the diversity of the people before, and as much as I would love to draw a yummy plate of all the foods you can find at the celebration, we decided to work with the theme of music from around Asia and the Pacific islands.

This year's poster is a compilation of 13 instruments from different countries. Each instrument is a separate, detailed marker rendering.

Starting at the top, going clockwise:
Mrindangam (drum)
Kulintangan (set of small gongs)
Buffalo horn trumpet
Pipa
Sompoton (bamboo/gourd pipes)
Pattala (ornate xylophone)
Ukulele
Dhyangro (leather drum beat with a bent stick)
Vina (stringed instrument with a resonating chamber)
Kutiyapi
Tibetan Trumpet
Sarangi
Center: Taiko Drum with the Kanji for "love"

With any of my work, especially with a client that I am trying to explain a concept to, I start with a rough sketch. Not very detailed, just enough to convey the idea. Here is the first pen sketch for the client. Needless to say, they were a little skeptical when seeing this sketch.

But after they were receptive to the initial idea, I made a slightly more refined sketch, not with final drawings, just showing more details.



At this point, the Celebration committee added input about instruments and countries represented by the instruments, so I had enough direction to make the final sketches.

For each instrument, I looked at extensive reference photos on the internet. Then I drew a top-view in pencil, traced it on my light table in multiliner, then scanned it into the computer. I fixed any line work that was wrong, then I scaled it to the size I needed (about 2x what the final artwork would be, so it had plenty of detail). I printed each instrument on nice paper so I could color it. It took me probably 2-4 hrs. per instrument to make this drawing.



Here are a few of the more complex instruments for you to see up close. All of these instruments are colored with Copic markers. I used a bunch of colors, so I can't tell you exactly what colors I used where.

Most of the instruments had a variation of wood texture. You can find many tutorials on this blog for coloring wood, just run a quick search. iIt seems like I used every E marker that Copic makes when coloring these instruments.



The brass trumpet was colored with a nice range of yellows and browns. I faded out the highlights on the ornate areas with the colorless blender. The little blue gemstones were tricky to keep clean while I was blending all the other colors around them.

The leather texture on the Taiko drum was made with the colorless blender, pushing color out.  The only digital addition is the pink heart and the Kanji symbol for "love".

If you live in Oregon, I hope you can make it to Eugene for the celebration. Each afternoon, Copic will be sponsoring a table in the Youth Art area. You can come and color your own instruments, or artwork from the past years that I have drawn.

See you there, Feb 14 & 15th.







Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cleaning Marker Nibs

Click here for the proper way to clean your markers.

I was so excited when Michelle Houghton, one of our wonderful Papercrafting instructors posted this article on Debbie Hodge's blog on the proper way to clean a dirty marker.

Please look this over awesome post, as she has some great tips and advice. (This is also the method we have used for many years here at the office for refurbishing our used markers.)

Happy Holidays!



Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Upcoming Workshops and Classes

2014 is nearly over, can you believe it? We have so many classes starting up next year that I can't help but get excited! If you haven't taken one of our great introductory coloring classes, then I encourage you to make this your year to learn. Visit the Copic website for a full list of 2015 classes and locations near you. Scroll down the page to see all the workshops and which classes are open now and which classes will be opening soon. If you took one of our classes last year, we encourage you to retake, as we have new manuals, new content, and so many exciting changes!

Register Now!
Jan. 7th, Anaheim CA, Standard Certification taught by Sherrie Siemens
Jan. 8th, Anaheim CA, Intermediate Certification, taught by Sherrie Siemens
Jan. 9th, Anaheim CA, More Whimsical Faces & Hair taught by Colleen Schaan
Jan. 9th, Anaheim CA, Vintage Values and Monotones taught by Colleen Schaan
Jan. 10th Anaheim, CA Dress for Success- Coloring clothing and Accessories, taught by Colleen Schaan
Jan. 11th Anaheim CA, Coloring Flowers with Copic- taught by Marianne Walker
Jan. 11th Anaheim, CA, Coloring Photo Line Art (Tracing Memories), taught by Marianne Walker

Feb. 6th Phoenix, AZ Standard Certification taught by Debbie Olson
Feb. 7th Phoenix, AZ Intermediate Certification taught by Debbie Olson
Feb. 6th Miami, FL More Whimsical Faces & Hair, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Feb. 6th Miami FL Vintage values and Monotones, taught by Cindy Lawrence
Feb. 7th Miami FL, Dress for Success: Coloring clothing and Accessories, taught by Cindy Lawrence

Feb. 13th Seattle, WA More Faces & Hair, taught by Michelle Houghton
Feb. 13th Seattle, WA Vintage values and Monotones taught by Michelle Houghton
Feb. 13th Seattle WA, Dress for Success: Coloring clothing and Accessories, taught by Michelle Houghton


Opening soon:
Feb. 20th Houston TX Standard Certification
Feb. 21st Houston TX Intermediate Certification
Feb. 20th Orlando, FL Standard Certification
Feb. 21st Orlando, FL Intermediate Certification
Feb. 27th Detroit, MI More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones
Feb. 28th Detroit, MI, Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories

March 6th Calgary, Alberta More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones
March 7th Calgary, Alberta Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories
March 13th, Chicago, IL Standard Certification
March 14th Chicago, IL Intermediate Certification
March 13th St. Louis MO More Faces & Hair//Vintage Values and Monotones
March 14th St. Louis MO, Dress For Success: Coloring Clothing and Accessories
March 13, Dallas, TX Standard Certification
March 14, Dallas, TX Intermediate Certification

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Colorful Holiday Story

The other day I was going on a date with my husband.  I was suffering from a touch of BG05’s. Something needed to change my mood, so hopefully a nice date would work and decided to be YR18 about the whole thing. I was in the bathroom, getting ready for our dinner. Usually I go for the E04 look, but I decided tonight should be special so I reached for the R29 and proceeded to get ready. 

From the other room, I could smell the YR14 G14 that my husband was making. I love those! I hope he added some crushed E89 or YR30….mmmm! After finishing in the bathroom, I wandered out to the kitchen. Along with the YR14, he had bought some RV11 RV52. It was such a RV23 it made me smile, and it made my mouth water. 

“I love you Y38,” he said, as he presented me a bouquet of V12, V20, V05, and R43. I must admit, it made me R20! 

“What do we have BV29ed for tonight’s date?” I asked, as I looked into the deep E08 B79 of his eyes.

“I was thinking a romantic dinner date.” He said, reaching for his E39 wallet, tucking it into his E84s. 

I threw on my Y32 sweater and headed out the door with him. The B97 B24 was beautiful. The pale BG11 glowed on the YG17 and G29.  It casted soft  BG10s on the G24 across the street, along with our neighbor’s E01 in the yard.

Later that night, we sat down to a lovely dinner at a charming restaurant. Our table was decorated with V06 and RV69s. The Y17 candlelight  warmed up the dark E59 table. It was so romantic!

We stated out with some R24 appetizers, followed with a small YG05 with sweet slices of YR16 and BV04, and a side dish of some sautéed V28. We then enjoyed the main course of E23 encrusted RV42 with just a hint of Y26. For dessert, we had a lovely RV66 and V25 cheesecake. 

As we were leaving the restaurant, I grabbed a BG53 off the waiter’s stand. Waiting in the doorway, my husband paused and looked up. There, under the G46 he looked at me, his eyes twinkling from his E13 face. 

“I love you Y38!” he whispered as he gave me a tender kiss.

I returned the favor, leaving R29 on his cheek. Just then an older couple came up to the door. As we scooted to the side, the dear sweet lady said to my husband how he had such a nice face. My poor husband! He realized then that the R29 was perfectly planted on his cheek. It made him R20 RV29. We both laughed as we headed back to the car.

I could truly say that after that date, my BG05s were over. 

Happy Holidays!- From Marianne

Monday, November 24, 2014

Adding details with multiliners

Coloring a Bug
A few weeks ago I had a chance to color a few projects, one of which was the Medusa which I already showed you. The other project I finished was this giant Green Nymph Stick Insect illustration I drew.

The real bug belongs to someone here in our offices, and as soon as he showed it to me, I told him I wanted to draw it. (This post is getting an advanced label because of all the colors and details I drew in.)

I started by looking at the original photo and drawing it in pencil, then inking over it with a 0.1 mm multiliner. Then I photocopied the outline onto our nice, Sketchbook paper.


The photograph is pretty dull, and I figured  it wouldn't hurt to brighten up the colors a bit, so I chose to color it with a base of YG01. Then, I layered on YG03 and YG61, looking at the color placement on the photograph. However, the photo looks like a dry, dead bug, and I wanted this bug to look a bit more alive, so I rounded my blending a bit more to make it look less flat.

To dull the colors slightly I added whisks of YG91, and deepened shadows with G94, G17, and G28. To really darken shadow areas, I pulled in E49 in the darkest shadow areas.

You'll notice the bottom wings are a slightly different color. I colored those wings with a base of E70 and hints of E74.  I smoothed it out with E21, and added the lighter greens to the wingtips.


The darker, orange/browns you see in the veins and on the little spikey bits, I colored with YR27.To make the wings look a bit more transparent, I used the colorless blender to fade them out, and wash out the colors a bit.

Then, although it doesn't show up as well in the original photo, I wanted the wings to look even more transparent, so I lightly drew in where the legs would be, if they were visible. I kept these colors lighter than the greens I used on the legs, and I made the edges soft so it really looks like they are peeking through the wings.

At this point, I really like how the bug is coming along.  To keep my colors consistent on the legs, I colored each pair individually, instead of coloring all 6 legs at the same time.

In the photo, the two large back legs have a totally different tonal quality, but I chose to color them more balanced, just changing the lighting on each leg slightly. Then they match better.

Here is a photo of the stack of colors I used for coloring the bug. Because I drew the bug so large, I have plenty of room to use all these beautiful colors. I love having lots of room for tiny details!

Adding detail with a gray multiliner
The last detail that I really wanted to work in were the beautiful veins on each wing. I didn't want to draw them in with a black pen, as that would have overwhelmed the drawing. But, I also needed to draw them in something that wouldn't run, should I decide later to add more marker details. That ruled out colored pencils. So, I worked with one of our new Warm Gray multiliners.

You can see in this close up how detailed I can get with the 0.1mm Warm gray. I love it! It doesn't overwhelm the colors underneath, merely accents it. On the top wings, where I colored it the lightest, I added fewer veins, I more gave it the suggestion of veins. This heightens the feel of a highlight.


Here is the final bug, complete with Opaque White highlights added to the wings for details (Opaque white with the super-fine brush). I hope you enjoyed this illustration process and got some ideas for your own work.

May you have a blessed Thanksgiving Week!






Sunday, November 16, 2014

Coloring Medusa, part 2

Adding scales to the snakes
Friday I showed you the steps I used for the first part of this Medusa image. Today I'm going to step you through the finishing touches I used to make the snakes come to life. This process isn't complex, it is just very meticulous and precise, so it gets an advanced label.

Once the entire mass of snakes were fully shaded and blended as smooth greens, I needed to add texture. This part took hours to complete, but I am thrilled with how the final result ended up.

Each snake scale was made by carefully touching the artwork with the fine nib of a colorless blender in the Copic Classic marker style. The longer you hold the blender in one spot, the more it will push color out of the way. I could have used a textured cloth or something else to do this step faster, but I wanted to carefully and precisely place all the scales in such a way as to enhance my illustration.

Once the green scales were added, then I took a YG17 Sketch marker and carefully added a few dots of darker green randomly in the shadows on the snake. This makes it look more like scales. Last, I went in and added shiny white highlights with the Opaque white with a brush.

Compare the top and bottom version of this step. The top is fine, but the bottom has a lot more variety and subtlety to the coloration.

Here is a shot of the head partially colored. Compare the snakes that have scales to the snakes without. The scales really make the snakes look even more alive and believable.

Last, here is the finished, color-corrected version of the illustration that I scanned in. You can see how I added hints of Opaque white to the gemstones, to each snake, and to the teeth.

Overall, I am pleased with the way it came out and I'm excited to add this piece to my portfolio.

Later I'll post some more tutorials from the other pictures I colored this week. Enjoy coloring!