About a week ago, I spent eight hours in a classroom with twenty women. We colored. We shaded. We erased. And we did all of this with Copic® markers. When we were finished, each of us was certified as a Standard Copic Marker Designer. This means we are allowed to teach the techniques (the basics only) of using these very special markers. TEACH? Not yet. I still need a lot of practice before I feel adequate to teach anyone how to use them.
Here are a few key details:
- Choose the right paper. If paper is too porous, the blending can be muddy and you will use a lot more ink.
- This is more than coloring. This is more like painting—mixing colors, adding colors, saturating.
- Don’t be afraid to “mess up” the marker. They practically clean themselves!
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. There’s a marker that ERASES boo boos!
Here are a few of the practice pieces I worked on.