Copic Blueprints I: Preclass

What’s a blueprint?

To assist students in creating the scenes, a set of guidelines are provided for each lesson. The center area is blank for creating the art, but the locations of walls, tables, counters, as well as some of the perspective involved are indicated in those guides or blueprints!

This is done so that students are doing the drawing – not just coloring in a scene like a coloring book! This is a level 4 class, so expectations are that students will dive in to really learn how to create each scene so that they can go on to change things up and create their own; ideas will be included in each lesson about options to try.

The PDF download can be printed on Copic-friendly paper, though need NOT be with Copic-friendly ink; the inner part of each blueprint (the area for drawing the scene) doesn’t touch anything but a dot of ink for the vanishing point. Alternatively, the blueprints could be printed on regular copier paper, and a card-sized piece of paper taped down in the middle to draw on.

For those in countries outside the US: use your printer’s size settings to adjust the size.


As for which paper to use – whatever you normally make your Copic art on will be fine! The lessons are taught on Neenah Classic Crest Solar White:

Misc supplies

Also a mini mister filled with colorless blender may be helpful too. Not required but it’ll create some effects better than just using the marker.

A white gel pen will also help – I use the Uniball Signo White Gel Pen.

Copic Colors

In this course, many of the elements in each of the settings learned can be colored with whatever colors you have, though these are the Copic marker colors used by the instructor; Recommended would be a decent range of greys of any type. Then whatever else you have! Links to Ellen Hutson’s shop (my fave place to get Copic stuff) are below the photo.

I retain the copyright to the content you are learning in class. That means you cannot sell or give away the concepts from my classes – no re-teaching of my specific lessons, nor posting a video with your re-draw of the class lesson; especially not sharing any downloadable handouts with others.

You absolutely are encouraged to post and gift your creations made with these techniques, of course! Please DO make your own designs with any techniques you learn here, adapt these lessons, and develop your own style. I love to see students making strides and personalizing lessons! Tag me on Instagram, I’d love to see what you’re making!