Copic Hex Art
Copic Hex Art Pre-Class
Welcome to Hex Art class! I’m excited you’re ready to learn more about those Copic markers you love so much.
This class is long-requested; I taught it while I was still traveling and teaching across the US – many weren’t able to get into those classes, and I decided I would try the daunting job of putting together the 42 videos and getting it online!
Lessons are broken up into groups – with several of the techniques in each one. They all build on each other, so I recommend you follow along in order to begin from the beginning and grow from there.
All videos are in real-time….the final lesson includes a crazy sample piece in a 2 hour real-time video for those interested in watching that much!
Video 1: Pre-Class Welcome! (1:44)
Just a welcome and quick idea where we’re headed! If you can’t see the video below, click HERE.
Before you start: helpful tips
I recommend that you gather a few items to have on hand:
- Your color chart(s). They won’t be referenced during class but I always have mine nearby, and if you find a color used that you don’t have, your chart can help you out. Here are a few charts if you don’t have one yet:
- Copic Ciao Labels if needed for the ends of your markers (print on label paper and punch out with a hole puncher)
- A notebook to jot down questions, ideas, tips to try out later. Especially if you’re inspired with an idea for later – “Try the pine trees technique on next landscape.” So you won’t forget you wanted to go try it out on more than a hexagon!
- A white gel pen – for me, sometimes a pen works better than colorless blender to cover up a tiny place I went out of the lines. You may also want it for some of the techniques. (My favorite is the first item listed below.)
- Paper: use whatever paper you normally create your art on, with one caveat – you’ll want to send it through your printer. I use Neenah cardstock for mine – and a Copic sketchbook for the sample piece at the end. Your learning will have the most value if you complete the class using your normal paper. (You’ll need to print out 8 pages, download will be in the first lesson.)
- An extra sheet of blank paper to place beneath your work. Copic marker IS supposed to bleed through – and I find having a scratch piece underneath will absorb the excess color. Using Copics on a slick table surface can cause ink to pool below your work and pull back up through the paper in an unwanted location.
- A small binder might be helpful – you’ll print out an 8 page class handout, and you can either holepunch them or put them in plastic sleeves to keep your class materials together. If you took the Copic Jumpstart class – put both class materials together! (And print out extra blanks of some of the Jumpstart color charts in case you want to test something before trying it for class!)
You may also want to be sure to re-ink your markers and do a little Copic maintenance before you dive in! Here’s a video from my YouTube channel that might be of help. Watch below or click HERE to see it on YT.
If you’re struggling to find a place to put all your markers, I did a bit of a roundup of ideas from people across the web – smoe of these might help you out! Watch below or click HERE to see it on YouTube.
The supplies below are the complete list for the ENTIRE class. Note that if you made it through the Copic Jumpstart class with your current collection of colors – you don’t need to shop more! The paper I use in class is Neenah Classic Crest Solar White – but I encourage you to use whatever paper you normally use. You’ll want to practice your techniques on that paper.
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Non marker supplies:
Markers used by instructor, adapt as needed:
Once conquering the basics of Copic markers, it’s time to dive in and learn how to use different marker application techniques to advance your art skills! In this class students will learn 42 techniques, taught in a systematic way so the ideas build upon each other. The finished product is a piece of Hex Art suitable for framing and displaying in the studio!
Students will practice a variety of ways to blend with textures, techniques using the colorless blender, and a variety of ways to create natural elements – sky and sea, minerals and plants. The 42 videos (3.5 hours) are broken into six themed lessons which will enhance a deeper understanding of marker strokes, color layering, and light and shadow!
Recommended prerequisite: Copic Jumpstart Class. Markers used in that class will be adequate for this Hex Art class, even if not the same colors as the instructor uses. Adaptation by students is encouraged! See supply list for this class in the free preview lesson in the “curriculum” tab.
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- Lectures 7
- Duration 3.5 hours
- Skill level Intermediate
- Language English
- Assessments Self
I really enjoyed this class. Sandy is a wonderful artist with lots of Copic expertise. She shares how to create a variety of textures with Copics. She demonstrates every texture 2 times with lots of helpful tips. You practice and record markers used on worksheets. Then you color in a hex chart which becomes a piece of frameable art by the end of the class. A genius method for teaching and so useful.
Absolutely loved this class and made it to the end. The variety of techniques was exactly what I needed and I was pleasantly surprised when my initial attempts looked "right" building my confidence as I went along. Sandy is an excellent art teacher (and artist as well) and makes this form of art very accessible. Thanks!
You are an AMAZING teacher...thank you!! I love your classes. I live in OR so maybe if you have a class in your state (up from mine), I would love to attend if at all possible and meet you in person.
Such a fun class. Sandy does it once again by providing an easy and informative class to learn new techniques
Having a blast
I am having so much fun with this class. It is just right in several small videos. Sandy teaches her techniques so good. Thank you!!!