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Daffodil Copic Marker Rendering

daffodil-2 Last week I bought a container of daffodils and found time to create an illustration with my fine black markers.  It was great fun to add color to the drawing using my Copic markers.  I was actually on a phone meeting, with the flowers on my desk, when I completed the first quick sketch to organize how the flowers would fit together.

quick-sketch-aThe drawing below is on marker rendering paper. I started with a light pencil drawing and added the fine line marker on top, erasing the pencil when I was done.  Notice the bee started on the left side and then moved to the right in the finished drawing.

first-drawing-aHere are the flowers that I used for my visual inspiration.













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!

Copic Marker Interior Rendering

Class Finish AHere is a finished in class demonstration that I did from my summer marker class.  Below are the first two steps that I used in a PowerPoint for the students to follow.  I had a total of five steps and included the list of Copic markers that were used.

FloorClass LampClass Hues B

Humming Bird with Columbine Illustration

Humming Bird AGreat to be part of the Plough & Pantry magazine team. This time I was challenged to include a Ruby-Throated Humming bird in my image that was rendered with Copic Markers.  For me, it turned out to be a good lesson when color rendering a new subject to take the needed time to practice. It wasn’t until the fifth rendering of the bird that it worked out right!  Click on the image below to reach the magazine website and check out the digital Spring 2016 edition.



Creative Inspiration Sketchbook Cover

Journal cover

I love getting a new sketchbook and taking the time to create a collage front cover.  This new sketchbook cover uses a leaf image from my Copic markers practice collection as the focal point and is surrounded with decorative papers. The cover provides me with creative inspiration, motivation and reminds me of the progress that is being made on my art expression journey.  I also enjoy collecting decorative papers while visiting art supplies stores in my travels.


Copic Coloring Sunflowers

Sunflowers Jar 2It was great to have my small 5″ X 7″ sketch pad, pencil, eraser and fine line marker at a meeting I attended last week.  This gave me a chance to draw a couple pages of sunflowers.  Back at the house, a container was added and Copic Markers were used to color the images.  I challenged myself to use unique hues/colors in the center of the flowers.  In this image, two different valued blue-green markers or turquoise, (BG18 & BG57), a violet or purple (V17) and a blue (B26) plus a green (G85) were used.

Copic Coloring Tip:  You will find in the Copic Marker 2014 Product Catalog on page 25, a chart that shows the first number of a marker refers to the saturation within a color family, note the chart below. I also describe a marker color with a low first number in the green family, like G14, as a spring green and a marker color with a high first number, like G85, as an olive green.  Check out more about these markers on their website:   copicmarker.com

Copic Number System


Creativity Strategy Finding the Time to Draw

Single Sunflower AStarting a new semester at the college begins with tons of time sitting at meetings. Fortunately, I remembered one of my creative strategies.   I had my small sketchbook and a fine line marker.  I was able to use some of my meeting time to sketch. Back at the house color was added to the image with my Copic Markers.

With all the demands in life, carving out quality time to work on your drawing skills can be a challenge. However, I have found a few strategies that help me find the time to practice. Notice the last one worked out great for me this week.  Here are the steps I take that may help you.

Find your creative energy zone. Think about the time of day where you can bring your best creative energy and are not tired. Review your week and note what you have planned during that optimal creative-energy time. Maybe you can alter your schedule to allow for drawing during your most creative part of the day and schedule other activities, like shopping and chores, for times when you are tired.

Make an appointment with yourself. Once you have identified your creative-energy time, write in appointments on your calendar that say “Working on Drawing.” If you block out specific times in your week to draw, you are more likely to actually practice.

Redefine your drawing time. Another helpful tip is to tell people you are “working”.   Unfortunately, our culture respects working more than creating. Therefore, if you present it to others as work they are less likely to try to convince you to do something else. This is especially true with homework.

Keep it manageable. I have found that scheduling each drawing appointment for a half hour to an hour is easier to fit into my schedule. If you schedule three one-hour drawing appointments a week and stick to this for a year, you will have spent 156 hours on drawing.

Fill voids with drawing practice time. If you bring your sketchbook and drawing tools with you, you can find spare moments to practice drawing -in the doctor’s office, riding in the car, sitting in that boring meeting.

What strategies do you use to find time to work on your craft?  What about adding one new strategy to carve out time in your busy day to create or practice?