Hello Crafters! Colleen here with a Copic coloring tutorial for Coloring Foliage. So many of the MIC images include trees, bushes and grass… I figured this would be a good tutorial to begin with.
I started by merging the Park Bench for 2 background with the Sitting Jane character image… and then I pulled out my Green and Yellow Green collection of markers!
Step 1: There are three separate “foliage” sections – the bushes in the background, the leaves sticking out from the bushes and the grass. I start by basing them each in a different light color. (Grass-YG11, Leaves – YG21, Bushes G82)
Step 2: For coloring, I focus on one area at a time. Starting with the grass, I added scribbles of G24 to darken the grassy area a bit. Notice that I didn’t cover up all of the base color.
Step 3: I went back in at this point and added a layer of YG11 over the entire area to soften the G24 and to bring out the yellow tone again.
Step 4: Add shading with dots of G05. Don’t worry about precision here… vary the size of the dots.
Step 6: Once the grass is done, move on to another area – here… the bushes. I’ve added scribbles of G42 to brighten the base color a bit.
Step 7: Add dots of YG45 to further pull out the yellow tone.
Step 8: Scribble with G46 to continue to darken the shadow areas. (Hint – leave each layer dry completely to create crisper lines.)
Step 9: Add thin scribbles with G28.
Step 10: Add a touch of G29 to the darkest shadowed areas. (Notice how loose the scribbles are!)
Step 12: Move on to another section of foliage (the leaves). Add a touch of G02 and G07 to the center of each leaf. Do not blend
Step 13: Once each section is colored, add any cast shadows or darken any areas necessary. You should have a different “tone” to each green area… but they should all work together.
Then… just color up the rest of the image – creating smooth blends that will contrast with the texture of the foliage!
MIC Images – Park Bench for 2 and Sitting Jane
Copic Markers – (foliage listed in tutorial)
Skin – E00/E21/E33/BV01
Hair – YR30/YR21/YR23/YR14
Dress – R81/R85/R89/RV99
Shoes – C9/C7/C5/C3
Bows – B41/B34/B14/B24
Bench – E42/E44/E25/E57/E47
I hope you find this tutorial helpful!
Happy Coloring – Colleen!
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