I’ve been asked a few times how I color hair, and I’ve been dying to use my new cobalt liners, so here’s how that goes down.
Start off with your lines: I use Copic multiliners (Sepia and Cobalt here). I used Sepia for the skin and Cobalt for the hair, since I’m planning for the hair to be blue. You could use black for everything, but I find it looks better with colored lines
Color in the Skin: next, color in the base (lightest) skin color. I used [E000: pale fruit pink] here, cause she’s gonna be pale. (Tip: move your marker in little circles to get even coverage)
Notice how the skin color bleeds into the surrounding hair, I do that on purpose! It helps the hair and skin color go together better…. yep ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Put down your lightest hair color: used [BG10: Cool Shadow]. Her hair’s gonna be blue, so her highlights are gonna be green-tinted.
Shade with Mid-tone: I used [B02: Robin’s Egg Blue] here, the blue color that I want her hair to be.
(Hair Shading Tip: move your maker from the roots of the hair towards the highlight. do the same from the tips of the hair to the highlight. this gives a sort of gradient going towards the highlight)
Repeat: wait a few minutes, and then repeat the last step with the same marker. Copic color will get darker the more layers you add.
notice how I’m defining the individual bunches of hair, and how there are more highlights on the left side of the image (because the light source is coming from that direction)
Use Purple for the shadow: We used green for highlights, so lets get some purple in there for the shadows. This gives the hair more dimension. I used [V22: Ash Lavender] for this.
Blend and add more Shading: basically just fuck around until you’re happy.
Add highlights with a gel pen: My favorite part. If you don’t have a white gel pen, get one, cause they’re magic. They make really crisp highlights. you can also use white acrylic paint
Use markers over the Gel Pen: I used the [E000] and [BG10] over the gel pen to soften the highlights in some places. You can also use the markers to blend the gel pen slightly.
Aaaaaand you’re done!: I went ahead and shaded the skin in too ✧・ﾟ: *✧・ﾟ:* *:・ﾟ✧*:・ﾟ✧
hope this was helpful in any sorta way at all even tho im shit at explaining stuff lol. have fun kids
So I just got like 7 Copic markers, any tips on how to use them?
Best method - get some thick paper (if it’s too thin the ink will bleed through to the other side), draw a simple character as lineart, and then experiment with the markers! Use both the brush and blunt tips just like you would a normal marker/pen/etc. If you want to save your copics until you’re more comfortable with markers in general, I would experiment with cheaper ones, like Prismacolour or just plain ol’ Crayola.
One really cool thing I discovered a few years back was if you layer the copic marker on top of coloured pencils (specifically Prismacolor Scholar brand), you can push the ink around like paint!! I think it’s the chemistry of alchohol-based ink on oil/wax-based lead or something, idk.
My first piece using copic markers ♡ I’m still not the best at blending but I’m very pleased with how it came out considering I’ve never used copics before! The lovely lady is the Korean model Bae Yoon Young
I saw you using the Art N Fly markers in one of your videos and I wondered how you like them and how they compared with copics and other alcohol based markers you've used before. I'm considering buying a set for myself. I love copics, but they're so expensive.
They’re good for their price, but not as good as copics obviously. I do recommend them if you don’t want to spend much, but I also suggest looking into the brand Finecolours (similar to copics except they cost less and don’t have a brush tip)