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10/26/10

Tuesday Tips and Tricks

Hello everyone!

I would like to introduce our new Tuesday blog segment to you!


From here on out, Tuesday is going to be dedicated to Copic coloring Tips and Tricks!
We will be sharing various tips and tricks so that you get the most out of your Copic markers. If you have a suggestion for what you would like us to show, please feel free to leave us a comment and we will do our best to show you!

Today's Tip is about making black using your Copics.

As you might already know, there is actually a black marker, number 100, but if you use it, you don't get any sort of shading.

Real black objects still aren't purely flat black. Take this black cat for instance:
If you look at that cat, you can see lighter areas and darker areas.  So to replicate these variations using Copics, you will need a set of grays.  There are actually quite a few shades of gray to choose from, depending on the undertones that you want your image to have.

For blacks, I typically stick to using the Cool Grays, which are designated by the letter C (partially because they come in the Copic Ciao marker style, which happens to me by favorite and partially because they look very realistic for your basic everyday black look).

Now here is very simple example:
I colored the bat in with the following Copic colors: C3, C5, C6, and C7.  You can see that the bat comes out looking black! Easy huh?


Here is another example you might remember from a previous post:



 The little witch hat is also shaded in using various Cool Grey Copics.

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