Well - it's started and I've been colouring one of my favourite images - a reindeer!
For a long time I avoided colouring furry animals because I wasn't confident about colouring their fur! If you are feeling bit unsure about it as well then hopefully this tutorial will help.
Now, today I am going to be using a really strong Copic red combination so it is really important that my markers are clean. (To be honest It's always important to have clean markers but with a deep colour like this even more so)!
I have chosen an image which I think shows off the technique to colour textured fur perfectly. It is also quite beautiful -
To colour textured fur I am basically going to make a lot of dots on the image with the brush nib of your marker. It is important that the dots are randomly placed and of different sizes.
First I covered the whole of the image which would be textured fur with dots using E41...
...then I added dots of E42 where I wanted the darkest parts of my image to be...
and I went back over the whole area again with E41.
I then coloured the darkest areas again with E42
Next I used E43 to colour the darkest area...
...followed by E44. (Don't panic - I know it is starting to look dark but adding the lighter colours shortly will even it all out)!
Next, I coloured with the same markers, in the same areas in reverse order...
E41 (all over)
To smooth out the area which goes from dark to light, I used a combination of E41 and colourless blender (but only use the colourless blender sparingly or you will end up with bald patches)!
Using the same markers, I carried on adding dots until the area was completely covered, the transition from dark to light looked 'smooth' and I had achieved a result I was happy with.
Using W00, W1, W3 and W4 I used the same technique to colour the fur on the mice.
Their ears are smoothly coloured with R11 and E81.
I finished colouring this lovely image with Copic markers as follows...
Bells - Y35, Y15, Y11
Bow, bauble and beautiful nose - R59, R56, R46, R24
Bauble - YG67, YG17, YG03
I really enjoyed colouring this cute reindeer - I do hope you found this tutorial useful.
Make it Colour Blending Card by Elaine Hughes (Marker Geek)
Archival Ink pad in Cobalt Blue
Blue Pearl and Glitter Card - Crafter's Companion
Thank you for popping by.
Happy Copic colouring