Mini Copic Course: City Sidewalks
City Sidewalks Pre-Class
Welcome to class!
This intermediate course needs markers and paper – no other supplies! It’s a look-ma-no-stamps adventure. Scenes will be general winter scenes, good for anytime through the cold months of winter, not just for Christmas.
If it’s been a while since you colored with your Copics, you may wish to review the Copic Jumpstart course content – including the introductory videos in the PreClass lesson in that curriculum. You may wish to refill markers and change out ragged nibs before getting started on this course!
(There are no videos in this pre-class lesson.)
NOTE SOMETHING NEW: The “forums” on this site were functioning poorly. So instead, comments are now allowed on each lesson. Ask a question, leave a link to your blog post…whatever you’d like. You might scroll through older questions to see if your questions have already been answered – or learn from what others ask!
Students are invited to share on the #citysidewalks hashtag – visit the link on occasion too and see what other students are creating! You’ll learn much from each other. When you post, feel free to list marker substitutions you tried in the captions so your fellow students can get an idea what else to try – however, remember not to share *everything* from class. Invite your friends to come and learn for themselves too!
You may use whatever paper you normally choose for your Copic coloring. In the class, Neenah Solar White (ream, or 25-pack) is used. On slick papers, or really thick papers, some of the techniques may turn out differently due to the way those papers blend.
- Get your pens inked up, especially your colorless blender!
- We’ll use BV0000, BV000, and BV00, this time they’re not listed just for fun.
- B000 or Boooo are fine for these lessons.
- B21/B24/B29 are used as a sky combination – if you have a go-to nighttime blue, you can use that instead.
- B21 is used for much of the snow; B23 or B32 could work here too, or possibly B12.
- R27 was selected as a “general” red. Use any medium red you have – we’ll shade with greys.
- Y000 can be substituted with Y0000, but I recommend having a light yellow.
- YG91 and YG99 are more realistic greens; you can use others, but I do recommend these for pine trees.
- These are the same colors as are used for the other wintry class, Winter Wonderland.
Neenah Solar White paper is used throughout both this and Winter Wonderland classes.
White for snow can be achieved with a variety of tools; in the videos in this class, a colorless blender marker and a Uni-ball white gel pen are used. However you can use other products too, and I’ll be posting a YT video soon testing some products to use for snow:
- Copic Opaque White stays more “white” than gel pens, which can sometimes absorb color from underneath them. The brush that comes with this bottle shown below is VERY tiny, so I use a #4 brush with it.
- White acrylic paints, and perhaps even white gessos, may work, too; color a piece of scrap with a flood of color and try different paints you have to see how they react. Let them dry overnight to see how they absorb color. Any watercolor brushes used with acrylics need to be washed REALLY well….don’t ruin a beautiful brush just for snow!
- Other white pens; Inkssentials is a favorite of many people, and I just ordered the sharpie and Dylusions paint pens, so I can’t yet vouch for how fat the nib might be.
- The Liquid Pearls can add some dimensional snow, though sometimes the dots are larger than you might wish.
- White sprays can also be used—but scribble a bunch of color onto some scrap and spray it first to test it. Let it dry overnight and see how it reacts; some brands may melt right into the Copic ink and disappear.
In this intermediate Copic Marker class, 5 lessons will teach techniques for coloring a wide variety of Christmas holiday scenes. Each lesson builds upon the last, developing skills that lead to success in the following technique.
- Downtown Promenade
- Park Bench
- Stone Bridge
- Shopping District
- Small Town
See the free pre-class lesson in the Curriculum tab to view the supply list.
What does “intermediate” mean here?
The class is taught with paper and pens – no stamps, no sketches, no net! That doesn’t mean it’s going to be terribly difficult, but it does mean that at least a basic facility with Copic markers is a must. Some experience with making marker strokes, blending, and flicking is needed; as well as the willingness to put a lot of color on the paper. Scenes are not for the timid who are hoarding ink in their pens. *smile*
This class is appropriate for artists working in any genre – cardmaking, fine art, animé, etc. Lessons are taught on a small paper – each is 4-1/4″ x 5.5″ but can be adapted to a larger size as desired – just remember if you double the size of the paper, you may need to double the size of marker strokes.
Watch a preview of the class in this video (watch directly on YT via THIS LINK)
- Lectures 6
- Duration 1.25 hours
- Skill level Intermediate
- Language English
- Assessments Self