Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Fuzzy Wuzzy Copic Tutorial

I've been looking forward to Valentine-making season for quite awhile now because it is the perfect time to play with one of my very favorite animal sets "Cuddles and Hugs"! Today I'm using the koala, I got a TON of requests in the past couple days to see these little fellas colored, which has me thinking many of you are a little leery of coloring "fur", am I right? It's not hard, but different than that blended Copic look you've probably been trying to achieve for smooth objects. Let's start with a pic of the real thing, shall we? If you have access to the Internet, you have images, from multiple views and poses, of practically anything you need to color! This is really helpful for selecting shades and figuring out shadows.

Koala fur is a bit trickier than others because it has these white tipped dark hairs and then a downy white undercoat, giving you this salt and pepper effect. How to achieve it? Mine won't look exactly like this, but their coats will have a nice hairy texture when I'm done. :)

I'm only using 3 markers for this today: W-1, W-3, and W-5, three shades of Warm Gray. While some areas of the real koala have this warm "yellower" gray color, others are a cool silvery gray, which I have in my Copic collection, but these are better for my DP and CS I'll be using. First I'm putting in some feathered lines with W-3 in the areas that will eventually be the darkest so you can see where to concentrate the most color: around the ears, and the underside of their arms, legs and back. you make these little stokes quickly, with just the very tip of the brush tip end, it will make the finest of lines when you want.

Now I went and filled in the rest of the body with these same little strokes for hairs, working in on direction mainly on the limbs so the hair seems to follow the arm or leg down, and working outward on areas like the face starting from the eyes. be sure to leave room between the strokes so the white can show through. I left the tummy and chin area completely white.

Then I went over those first areas with W-5 to darken. (I could have just done that to begin with but it's easier to add dark than take away, just anted to make sure I was liking those colors! :)

Now I'm going in with my W-1, that palest gray in small circles to blend over the hairs, not the Colorless Blender. This will bring all the colors together and keep the fur from looking "patchy".

After blending, I went back in with just a few strokes of my W-5 again to make a few of the details (like the tufts at the ears) a little sharper. Aren't they huggable??

And here is my finished card! I used the So Sketchy December Square Card Sketch, Basic Grey Cupcake DP and Sahara Sand for my base, as you can see these warm grays look really nice with that CS.. I added a few halfback pearls, the threading water punch on my border to match the scallops on my heart punches. "Hugs and kisses" is also from the "Cuddles and Hugs" set.
If you don't have Copics, try coloring your koalas the way I did in this sample, and/or this sample!
Hope this gave you some warm fuzzies!! Have a great day!

49 comments:

Pamela said...

Thanks for sharing your coloring. I have copics on my wish list...and maybe one day I will get to try and use them.

Love the card.

Have a great day.

pscole3467 at gmail dot com

Jerusha said...

Very cute. I can only dream of owning copics, but I love learning anyway!!

Jean from jlfstudio said...

Thanks for sharing this Koala color tutorial. I'm wondering if I can approximate it with my SU markers and blender pen? The shading ideas should give me lots to work with. I've always been unsure how to get a textured look to the work and your idea of looking at lots of real pictures and your analysis of the makeup of the fur makes the shading ideas make sense (unlike this comment I'm thinking - lol!).

Can't wait to see what else you come up with this year. Blog candy or no yours is a must view site!

ps. have you ever noticed how bizare some of the word verifications come up - mine tonight looks like it says "no initiative" - not sure what I think about that - a bit too much like chinese fortune cookies!

ALLY said...

Super duper cute card Melanie!!! That koala is one of my all time favs!

Mary Strauser said...

Love your card and thanks for showing us how to color with the copic. If Gina starts a club I am going to join so I can get some.
thanks for all your hard work in showing us how to do it.

Justine said...

Thank You, exactly what I was looking for.

kathleen said...

The fur looks great. I am so glad you didn't call it a Koala bear like so many people wrongly do,lol.
I love all of your blog entries and eagerly await them.
Kathleen
Australia

rebecca said...

I really enjoy your coloring tutorials. Even though I don't have Copics, I've learned a lot to use with my SU markers. They were expensive enough, so I'll have to wait until I can rationalize another big investment.

Deborah said...

Thank you for sharing this tutorial! I love the card.

Cassie said...

great tutorial melanie

JessicaK said...

You're right, Mel. Fur can be scary. Thanks for sharing this tutorial.

Laurie in MN said...

Thank you for showing us how to color animals.
Cute card.

Deb said...

Thanks for the great tutorial! I just got my first few copics this week!

Moni said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Gorgeous card! Hugs, Moni

Germaine Ferrao -Lenn said...

You hit the nail on the head - fur how to colour it, well thank you for showing how!! copics are on my list of buy and my birthday is nearing!

Bunny B said...

This is great!!! Awesome coloring!! :)

Nancy said...

Beautiful! Thank you for the tutorial. Copics are great, aren't they?

Tracey said...

Thanks for the tutorial! this card is fantastic!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the cute tutorial! You describe the steps so well you make me think, "I could do that too!" Great card sample, I love that dp.

Lisa H.

StampinCathy said...

Beautiful card and your coloring is amazing. I'm one of those that stampers that hope to own some copic one day. Thanks for the inspiring eye candy.

Pat Garvin said...

So glad I found your blog this week. Already have learned some good Copic tips. Thanks patg

Jessica said...

wow! they look so snuggly soft! adorable!!

Angi said...

Oh my goodness, your koala's are precious. You have given me the courage to try this. Love, love, love reading your blog every day. Hugs - Angi

mamichelle said...

They are adorable! Love your card and the tutorial was great! Thank you.

buggin2stamp said...

Melanie, your fuzzy critters on the card are as adorable as the real thing in the picture you posted. Thanks for sharing a tutorial on coloring animals. I usually don't use a lot of animal stamps because I struggle with coloring them. You make it look easy.

Elizabeth Velazquez said...

I love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

virgo5 said...

Thanks for the great tutorial Melanie! Your Koalas are so cute!

Amy Johnson said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial. I love the card! I can't wait to get my set in the mail!

Peggy Maier said...

Very nice job - they do look fuzzy!

kc_froglady said...

Fabulous! Thank you so much for step bby step of coloring :)

jules p said...

Girl..you are amazing with those copics!
You matched them very well.

Lisa Graves said...

Fabulous tutorial! Love the card.

mspiggy7 said...

Thanks again for a great tutorial. Your card is sooo cute & the coloring details are awesome. I would also love to see some butterfly tutorials in the future, too.

Shannon said...

Adorable! Your skills rock!!

Rose Ann said...

Your coloring looks fantastic, and I just love your adorable card!!

Anita Champagne said...

Oh my goodness, thanks so much for sharing your coloring technique. I am not very creative in my coloring. I have not purchased copics yet, because I was not exactly sure how to use them...but thanks to your demo I will soon give it a try. Love this little guy. Thanks for sharing and happy stamping.

Pam from Chicagoland said...

Thanks for sharing how you did this coloring. NOW I just need some copics of my own LOL.

Hugs,

JoyceB said...

You are amazing. I want to give that little koala bear a hug.

anni said...

Thank you for sharing the tutorial. I have such a hard time coloring with the Copics. I know there is a learning curve and I have to sit down and play with them some more. These tutorials are really helpful in getting me started and motivated!

Stephanie Niavez said...

I have never used Copics before so I am super excited to see these in action. Keep it coming so I can see more of your beautiful eye candy.
Thanks

Ret said...

awww, sure looks cuddley to me! Fantastic coloring!
Love it!

Manetta said...

hope this works...I cannot get a comment to stay here!!

Your coloring is like works of art...I hope someday I can "color" like you when I finally own one or two copics! I have saved your emails so someday I will be able to try and re-create your work!

Manetta Kanefsky

Lisa T said...

That is awesome. Who knew you could make something so cute with just grey markers? :-)

Marilyn Hitterman said...

Thank you so much for this tutorial on using Copics to make "fur" on animals. I've always wanted to know how one does that in any medium, but especially Copics now that I own a set! Keep those coloring tutorials coming! I'm copying every one so I have it handy!

Jan Castle said...

Will have to give this a try...don't have the Copic markers, but will practice with the markers I do have...Copics on my wish list. Thanks for sharing your expertise.
Jan

Lee (LuvLee on SCS) said...

That is such a cute, cute card!!! And THANK you for such a wonderful, visual tutorial!!! That realllllllly helps me tons!!!!

Toni K said...

Adorable! Your coloring on the koalas is awesome! They're so cute.

harrahx2 said...

nbelievable, that's all I can say...I may have to try to get me some Copics...

Libby Hickson said...

Hi Melanie! I dug up this tutorial today and it helped me color that sweet little koala! Gave you a shout-out on my post today. Thanks as always for the wonderful tips on here! http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/2009/07/for-my-btf-best-twitter-friend.html