Not being a Copic guru myself, and having taught myself color theory from books, a lot of what I've learned about rendering comes
from a whole lot of trial and error. I know a lot of my readers are interested in Copic marker rendering, but may not know where to find reliable resources. For this post, I've compiled the online resources I've found in hopes that it makes learning to render with Copics easier for you guys.
Coloring, "Manga-style": Tends to rely on coloring only within the same color family, generally starts dark and goes lighter. This isn't always true. Tends to have that watercolorish, washed out look.
A good basic primer: http://yiji.deviantart.com/art/Yiji-s-Complete-Copic-Tutorial-31743361
Note: A lot of these artists work from dark to light, I work from light to dark.
More realistic rendering methods:
Basic Copic Introduction:
An interesting technique I've never tried before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j52hmUgsVI&feature=related
Introduces a technique that utilizes a transparency sheet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bd1yWPDMsY
Lot of these techniques translate to Copics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mO2tr-3vYig&feature=related
Fade transitions, Prismacolor markers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VNYrM484wI&feature=related
I'm pretty bad at faking backgrounds, but the technique shown in this seems to work well for smaller spaces:
Fixing streaks in older pieces:http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/2008/11/fixing-old-streaks.html
Coloring large areas, perfect for skies or generic backgrounds:
"Flicking" technique, which takes advantage of the brush tip on Sketches and Ciaos: http://www.distinctivetouches.com/distinctive_touches/2010/04/thank-you-news-flicking-tutorial-oh-and-a-copic-giveaway.html
Marker blending on a plastic palette: http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/2008/07/marker-blending-on-palette.html
I wonder if you can do it on wax paper too
Using marker papers with your Copics: http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/2008/07/alcohol-marker-papers.html
Feather blending, a technique I still have a lot of trouble with: http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/2008/07/feather-blending.html
An ounce of prevention- What will ruin Copic markers: http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/2008/07/feather-blending.html
Actual marker paper allows you to blend better as the marker may remain wet longer, but I prefer plate, because I don't like that super slick blending for my own work.
I only have problems like this when I use anything other than plate Bristol, but with Plate, I have to let my lineart dry overnight or it will smudge: http://ilikemarkers.blogspot.com/2008/06/basic-coloring-troubleshooting.html
A little bit about rendering clothing:
This is what you can do with Crayola markers:
Copic is at the end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWGbK0svXpU&feature=related
Some artistic inspiration:
Did I miss anything essential? Leave me a comment and let me know.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Copic Rendering Linklist
Vigilante comic artist, illustrator, and comic craft blogger at www.nattosoup.blogspot.com. I have an MFA from SCAD in Sequential Art, which means I'm highly educated in the art of drawing funny picture books. I specialize in comics aimed at young girls, and enjoy the finer things in life- seinen manga, whiney autobio graphic novels, and science fiction.