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Walkthrough: Colouring with Copics Version 2 by Khallandra Walkthrough: Colouring with Copics Version 2 by Khallandra
More of a walk through then a tutorial isn't it - changed the name for it
Medium: Copics on Bleed Free Paper
:note: Highlighting Bleed Free Paper here as these techniques will likely not work on thicker papers - give it a go you never know
Understanding Level: Knowledge of Copic colours (cause I name them) and how they blend
"Glossary": Light - Any Copic with a number ending between 0 and 3
Medium - Any Copics with a number ending between 3 and 7
Dark - Any Copic with a number ending in 7 and above
Super Light - Any Copic with a number ending in more than one 0
Type of Copic: Predominantly 'Sketch' variety

Tutorial on how I did the following art work:

Apologies for any typos and what not, it's been through several passes of proofing, so hopefully minimal. Took a very long time to put this together, I hope it helps someone :blush:

These are just some of the techniques I use and just for people's curiosity. Most artists probably don't use as many Copics as I do for things, you can get away with a handful instead of the entire desk load I use :blush:
I have to put them away between each section I'm working on otherwise I'd drown in them ;)

Edit: I might also do thinks completely backwards to the way others do them so this is just a 'how I work' type thing. Sorry if it's a bit waffle-y. I also keep my lineart/sketch underneath my marker paper the whole time until it annoys me or I've drawn something out completely wrong (I change my mind a lot as I colour).

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MangaOtakuTB15 Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Just something for thought (Cause I find the parts labeled "Sketch and Reference" and "ine Art" transfer seems to be a good method to use prior for any medium used). When you were referring to shades and highlights, would displaying them on the normal paper prior to making the lineart on manga paper become an issue later on if done that way (I mean using the the normal paper as a...color guide on shading and tinting for your manga paper, not like tracing out the shades/hightlights way).
Khallandra Nov 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I hope I'm on the right track; I mark out foreground and background elements in different colours and often don't transfer them to my marker paper just leaving them underneath my colouring, sometimes they do get in the way and I have to pull out my lineart cause I've just confused myself. I generally only do highlights that I have to not colour, like a sun beam or a glowing dot or water molecules or a ghost even, so I know that's a place I have to colour differently. But facial highlights, hair shadows, glows and what not I don't mark out (probably why I'm still on a sharp learning curve with shadowing ;)). I also tend to stick to my 'guide' as much as I can, but if it's glaringly wrong I just ignore it. Sometimes I'll dabble in full colour schemes on the lineart normal paper, but those I usually do via a photograph and my tablet digitally.
I usually clip my lineart underneath my marker paper, even as I colour, as a guide as I'm going along. Only works cause my marker paper is so thin, thicker paper it just doesn't show through in normal light.
Hope I was on the right track with the question :blush:
MangaOtakuTB15 Nov 28, 2012  Student General Artist
You were! Thanks for the answer! =)
awesome tutorial :3
Khallandra Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks :) I hope it comes in handy sometime :D
Your coloring sure is awesome.
Mine is waaay simpler XD
Khallandra Apr 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yeah this one is an improvement on my last colouring tut, I just tend to want to use all of them ;)
vilijntje Apr 15, 2012   Filmographer
Very helpful! Though I don't own any copics ;)
Khallandra Apr 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Someone the kids can transfer to pencils, watercolours and what not I hope :)
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