Coloring in Black and White using Copic Markers
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I think Coloring in Black and White using Copic Markers is so much fun and perfect if you don’t have many colors to choose from. I think many people get intimidated when coloring in Black and White because it starts to look the same and your shades start to get repetitive. So here’s a few tips on how to color a black and white scene.
Coloring in Black and White using Copic Markers – getting that color balance
- You still want dark, medium and light images. So break up your image and decided what to color dark, medium and light. I started with my smaller flowers and colored them medium. So, I colored them W3, W1 and W00. I added just a tiny bit of w5, for the centers of the flower.
- Next, I colored my leaves. I colored them W00 and very lightly used W3 and W5 for shadows. So now my leaves will appear a little lighter than the small flowers.
- Then I colored my one big dark flower using W1, W3, W5 and shadowed with W7.
- For the butterflies since I wanted their wings to seem a lot lighter (transparent-like) I used W00, W1, W3 and W5. So the darkest area was dark but the lightest was still very light.
- For my other larger flowers I wanted them to look white so I just shadowed them, leaving a white space. I used W00, W1, a tiny bit of W3 and then outlined the darkest part of my stamp with a tiny bit of W5.
In the photo below you can tell I have a variety of different shades in my flower bunch. You can tell it’s a black and white image but if it were in color there would be different shades of colors in this image. — I hope that makes sense! 🙂
Step by Step Tutorial
I wanted the cat to be darker than anything on this scene. It’s easy for it all to just start blending it. So, here’s step by step the of the Copic Layers of how I added color and texture to this adorable little cat!
Once I colored the cat fully I added color to all the wheel, grass and added some W00 and W1 to my background using my dotted technique. If you need a tutorial check out my How to created a Dotted Background using Copic Markers.
You can use any grey set, I chose the Warm Greys because it’s my favorite. If you are confused about the greys you should check out my free Copic Marker e-course where I go into details about the different colors. 🙂
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