Tag Archives: copic coloring

Carolina Chickadee and Junco Illustration

holiday-bird-2016-finalEnjoyed creating my holiday card this year with two North Carolina mountain winter birds, the Carolina Chickadee and the Dark-Eyed Junco.  It is fun to have bare winter trees because it makes it easier to see and identify the birds.

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The Imperfect Three Pear Illustration

pears-threeThis past weekend I was inspired to do a quick color illustration with three pears came home from the grocery store.  Love that the size, color, and value are all different.  Since this is the first time that I rendered pears using Copic Markers, the results are not quite as successful as I like my work to be.  On the other hand,  it is always good for me to work with a new subject so I can be expanding my rendering skills.

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Red-Winged Blackbird Marker Illustration

red-winged-black-bird-imageIt was fun to practice a bird illustration with my Copic Markers.  This is a Red-Winged Black bird hunched down on top of a Sorghum plant. When using the darker marker hues on the bird, I was careful to include lighter highlights.  Also, when I added the first gold marker to the background, the value was too light. I decided to add a taupe marker right on top. This created a better value against the bird and the two different marker hues added more interest to the background.

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Copic Colors with Flowers

Flowers Color 2ASuper favorite subject to draw and color render with Copic Markers.  I enjoy capturing the flavor of each different flower as I draw them and add color. Below are photographs I use for visual references.

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Cone Flower and Copic Markers

Cone Flower Color AIt was fun to add color to my cone flower line drawing using Copic markers.  My goal was to mix several different color markers to create a realistic rendering.  I bought a container of cone flowers at the grocery store which was great to use as my visual reference for the marker color inspiration and free hand drawing.

Cone flower photographAugust Sketch 3

 

Copic Marker Color Flowers

Sunflower Pair AAlways enjoy working with a series of similar subjects.  Here are a pair of Copic Marker rendered flower  images.  I find that my drawing and rendering work will improve as I play around with the same subject.  I tend to let go of focusing on technique which frees me up to move into the expression of the image.

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Monarch and Milkweed Copic Marker Illustration

Milkweed Monarch FinishLove my opportunity to create illustrations for the Plough & Pantry magazine, which is a Farm-to-table living in the mountains and the foothills publication.  This illustration was included in “Milkweed:  Critical for monarchs, beautiful for your garden” article.  Fun to explore the monarch cycle and the connection it has to milkweed.  Cheers!