Welcome to a celebration of the Human Rainbow! I’m Sandy and I am a huge fan of diversity; maybe it’s part of my squirrel-brain that loves to leap from one medium to another, one style to another….I just love everything that makes life so diverse and unique!
Over a decade ago I had noticed very little attention was being paid to diversity in the industry I was working in – stamping and cardmaking. I began “adapting” images from the drawings to change skin tones, facial features, and hairstyles to reflect a more colorful world. It caught on, at least a little, and I’m so happy I could help introduce more artists to the joy of representing all kinds of people in their art!
In this course, you’ll find five lessons plus a bonus one at the end that’ll take you and your markers on a journey with me into representing different people. I do hope it’ll be as enjoyable for you as it has been for me to prepare the lessons!
The drawings in this course were not made from individual reference photos so we won’t be coloring by using them; however a few images will be included to help you see what to look for in coloring the drawings. (No need to download these, they’ll be provided in each lesson.)
This video gives you a quick overview of the colors needed, and some ideas for figuring out what color you need if you’re using a non-Copic alcohol marker. Affiliate links below are provided; your purchase helps support the website at no cost to you:
Watch the video below for more information and tips:
The course demonstrations are created in Copic markers; but since more people are starting to purchase other brands of alcohol markers, I decided to try to make that a little easier on people and create a “set” of colors to use across all the lessons. They’re in this 2page pdf:
I recommend printing page 2 on the cardstock you intend to use for this class, then swatch your brand into the blocks so you have a nice color reference for yourself throughout class.
That chart is numbered 1-32; you can indicate your color number in the block, BUT – on the screen in class, the number for each color will be used (1-32) since listing several brands at once would be too chaotic in a video!
You might want to put a piece of tape around your markers and number them 1-32, then you can quickly grab the one you’re looking for and not need to revisit the chart every 10 seconds.
To test your colors, print this chart and make a quick swatch of the colors before starting each lesson – it’ll give you an idea whether you need more or less of different colors. You might also want the Human Rainbow Collection to create your own rainbow chart.
When you finish coloring these images, you’ll likely want to photograph your work to share. Many times it’s hard to capture a real “black” background correctly! Here’s a few tips:
As you work through lessons, feel free to share your work. A few options below are available; note that at this time in early 2023, many students have moved over from Facebook to Artventure, so you’ll find much more interactivity there. Plus I check it habitually all day long, and it’s a great place to ask questions! (And hey, it’s free, too!)