Autumn Leaves (Copic): PreClass

Welcome to class! In this lesson we’ll discuss supplies needed for the course. If you’re an intermediate to advanced colorist you may have all you need!

Before we start…a little housekeeping

I retain the copyright to the content you are learning in class. That means…

  1. Do not sell or give away the concepts from my classes – you may not re-teach my instruction contained or created within these lessons.
  2. Do not post a video tutorial or step by step photo tutorial of your own redraw of class content.
  3. Do not repost any handouts you receive in class.

However…I love to see students making strides and taking this teaching and personalizing it with your own skills.

  1. DO make your own designs and develop your own style! I love that!
  2. DO gift your creations made with these techniques, of course!

At the bottom of each lesson you’ll see some ways to share your homework and ask questions, so that’ll be handy for you.


The paper utilized for this course is up to the student – you can use your favorite. However it’s demonstrated on a toned paper, which can cause both challenges (colors are duller), and opportunities (add pencil for a real POP of contrast)!

The demonstrations in the lessons are done on Neenah Environment Desert Storm – you can get it by the ream or in 25-sheet increments.

Copic markers

While there are specific colors used in the demonstration – you can use whatever colors you would like! The great thing about leaves is that they can be all kinds of colors! Make notes about what colors you specifically liked in combinations so you can use them later.

If you’d like to use the swatch sheet seen in the video, click HERE.

Marker List: Y06 – Y17 – YR16 – YR23 – YR24 – YR07 – R24 – R37 – R89 – E17 – E39 – E49 – YR27 – YG03 – YG17 – W6 – W4 –  W2


Colored Pencils

If you are able to achieve small details with your markers – rock on! But if you want to add that little “sparkle” to your work, add a little bit of pencil; grab a few colors that are just slightly brighter than the markers you’ll be using; you don’t want to entirely cover any leaf in pencil (then you might as well create it in pencil!) but the additional details achieved can make your art pop. A few suggested colors:

  • Black
  • White
  • Cream
  • Yellow
  • Orange
  • Green



Quick links to share your work wherever you like:

Artventure Community

Where you’ll be right in Sandy’s pocket for quick feedback and answers to questions

Student Facebook Group

Our closed group is a safe place to share for those in all our classes who love the ‘book!

Social media & blogs

Post wherever you like to share, and let your friends know which class you’re taking. They might like it too!