Oopsie Daisy, a lesson on the basic flicking technique for use with both Copic Marker and colored pencils. | MarkerPainting.com
 

Tired of traditional coloring?

It all starts to look the same, doesn't it?

Sure, those smooth-blended, cute card images looked amazing when you were first starting out...

But how much light to dark, smooth blending can a person do?

Every once in a while, you find a photo on Pinterest or Instagram where the coloring is so amazing. It's full of depth and realism... and that person is using the same exact markers you're using! What gives?

It's not you, it's your technique

The problem with most marker lessons and tutorials is that they're based on the copy-cat theory.

"I'll show you how I colored this project and by watching me color, you'll be able to do it too!"

Which works for that one image. But eventually you hit a brick wall where you've seen it all and understand nothing.

 
 

Is your coloring flat?

Do you struggle with:

  • depth or dimension
  • light sources
  • overall realism
  • shade and shadow
  • basic blending technique
  • marker color selection
  • color values
  • use of texture

Marker Painting Workshop is my home for individual solutions to your coloring problems.

Workshop classes are sold a la carte with forever access.

Student Loyalty Discount: Amy's live students earn $10 discount on workshop classes. Email Amy at amy@vanillaarts.com for BEFORE making your purchase to receive a discount code.

 
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I'm just starting out but I've been lurking in the Workshop classes for a few months. I can't believe how much I've learned already. It's like my very eyeballs are changing and I'm seeing shade and highlight and texture everywhere! Thanks so much, Amy!!

- Amy M.

 
Oopsie Daisy, a lesson on the basic flicking technique for use with both Copic Marker and colored pencils. | MarkerPainting.com

Marker Painting Basics is skill-building instruction

Designed for moderate beginners through advanced students- Once you have mastered the basic blend with Copics, we can build upon that skill to increase your realism.

Every class covers a new art-based technique or concept.

Practice your new technique on the class image but apply the lesson to all your future coloring projects.

Marker Painting Basics is perfect for:

  • Moderate beginners who already have basic Copic blending skills
  • Intermediate colorers who are tired of "monkey see, monkey do" classes
  • Experienced colorers looking to challenge their current skills
  • Shy artists who want more than craft-level classes

I recommend that students start with Marker Painting Foundations if you do not have basic blending skills before starting a Marker Painting Basics class.

 

Classes available now:

See class descriptions for specifics.

More Than Luck: a FREE mini-workshop

Level: any level including beginners

Length: 1 hour (total video time)

Medium: Copic Markers + artist grade colored pencils

Topic: learn to use photo references to find inspiration for color, texture, and realism. 

Gray Matter: Learn to underpaint with grays for depth

Level: average blending skills for best results

Length: 2 hours (total video time)

Medium: Copic Markers + artist grade colored pencils

Topic: learn to use gray markers to achieve the colors required for simulating shade on objects. A great intro to realism.

 

Oopsie Daisy: learn the flick stroke

Patreon Class: originally ran August 2016, updated version here

Level: complete beginner and up

Length: 1 hour (combined video time)

Medium: Copic Markers + artist grade colored pencils

Topic: learn to use the flick stroke with both Copics and colored pencils. Flicking is essential to improving your blending skills.

Flutterby: learn to layer using the Push & Pull technique

Patreon Class: originally ran September 2016

Level: complete beginner and up

Length: 1 hour 15 mins (combined video time)

Medium: Copic Markers + artist grade colored pencils

Topic: learn to use the Push & Pull method to add both depth and dimension to your projects. A great intro to shading.

 

Choose your level with each lesson:

All classes contain a basic lesson using Copic Markers. Those looking for challenges can continue on to add colored pencil details and accents.

Classes work on two levels depending upon your focus. New students concentrate on the "how to" demonstrations while experienced colorers learn from the time-out segments on color theory, composition, focus, and artistic intention.

Because the classes are forever access, you can rework the lesson months or even years later to glean new information about realism or color theory.

Basics classes are non-sequential. Take them in any order you wish.