Before you lay down any coloring, figure out where you want your light source to be and place a cup or bottle there so you can have a reference to work with. Remember to move your light source placeholder if when you rotate your paper!! LOL I usually default to my light source to the upper left corner so all my streaks in the ocean will radiate from that area. They’re not all the same angle either which you can see in the first step below. Once I set down that first layer, I tried to keep all my strokes in those same directions. Sometimes I curved a little or went the wrong way – but that’s ok because in the end it will look fine.
Start with … B52
Below add… B93
Blend a little with … B00
Make pronounced streaks with … B52, B93
Now starting at the bottoms of the water use … BG11
Then add … BG15
(I should have made these strokes in the same direction as my sun rays but I just had to do a little more blending to fix it later on. Plus I could argue that this is the direction the seaweed was growing. LOL I could have made the strokes longer if I had went the other direction – however, either way would work in the end result.)
Below add a little … G85
Blend the bottom ocean with and add more coloring in the sand … G00 (That’s G-Zed-Zed, Not “goo” as in goop. He he he)
Add in Seaweed (YG93, YG97, G85, G82, G40)
Add more color from the bottom up with … G21
Blend that in with … BG11
Use the Blender on the Mast to clear it out a little.
Then in the water add more defined streak from the bottom with … BG72
Blend in the ocean with a little … BG11
Color in the Dolphins (N1-N9)
Dot in texture into the Sand (E51-E59)
Ship (E42-E49, T8) and Ship Window (N3, N4, N8)
(More notes for you… such a shame I colored up all that seaweed as I was rater fond of it. If you want you can use a darker blue and color the ship in as a silhouette which would look fantastic! However, I decided to bring out the ship upfront and went with the dark browns – but don’t worry, I’ll add more seaweed in later on.)
Add Algae and more Seaweed with … E81, E84, E87, YG91, YG93, YG95
For the Bubbles, use the Blender marker by resting it on the paper until a nice white circle is created; making big and small one depending on how long you rest the marker on your paper.
Coral (R02, R05, R08, R29 and V12, V15, V17)
Starfish (YR65, YR68, YR09)
Shellfish (BG10, BG01, BG05, BG57)
Fish (FY61, Y06, Y18, BG57, BG09)
Create reflection patterns from the sun with a White Gel Pen and tone down some areas with N1 if they’re too bright. I did this on the Dolphins so the top part would be the brightest. I added reflection patterns to the ship and seafloor too to help brighten up the image. Then use the White Gel Pen to fill in the drawn Bubbles in the image.
One of the best aspects about coloring the underwater scene is it’s OK to get blue everywhere!! As you could see, I wasn’t too careful on my coloring knowing that I could fix it later or use it to my advantage. In this case, the little blue all over lends well to a water scene so don’t be too worried about it – just have fun! As you might have noticed, I had a some blue scribbles at the bottom of the image left over from a previous image which I eventually blended out and moved on. So see… no worries, just color for fun! 😀 Thanks for dropping in and I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial.
Make it Crafty – Underwater Shipwreck
Colored with Copic Markers
by Barbara (http://ForgottenScraps.blogspot.com)
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