I would like to show you with this tutorial that if you just start out to purchase/collect your Copic markers that you don't need 3 or 4 shades of a color by example R81, R83 and R 85.. however it is nice to have. On my picture here i have 3 markers pictured please ignore E34 every single step on my card is colored with only 2 markers out of one color section brown (2 colors E31 and E39), yellow (2 colors), red (2 Colors R22 and R39), green on sweater 1 color.
When i start coloring i have my Designer paper on the side of my white paper and i start scribbling. Once i have determined the correct base color lets say R27 i would pick R29 to add my shades. You would always pick a number that's about 2-3 shades darker than your base color. From you base color you can lift highlights out with the blender pen. All my supplies here seen can be purchased at 7KidsCollegeFund. Tab has a wonderful selection of Copic markers, Airbrush system and most don't forget about the right ink and paper. I love Memento Ink and Neenah Solar White Classic Ultrasmooth paper!!!!
I am using on my card today Sarah Kay's "Precious Moments" by Stampavie can also be found at 7kids College fund. This picture shows you the first base of color. Knowing that you can add darker areas with the same marker by drawing multiple times over one area - i made sure that i have just one layer of color to the overall.
Now i use the lightest colored pen E31 to pick up some ink with the brush of the tip of the E39 marker. NOTE: THIS IS TOTALLY SAVE FOR YOUR MARKER!!!! just don't do it with your Blender pen.
Now i use this ink that's on the tip of my brush to add the shades to the pants. I add the dark color from the top to the bottom. As the ink comes off the tip of the brush i am getting a nice blend of the color between the light brown and the very dark ink. I can use this to brush the ink out towards the center of the pants and even the two colors out.
On this picture you can see how i "feather" the brush from the left to the right, smoothing the lines between the darker line and light E31 base out.
This is a close up and shows you the colors a lot better. See the part underneath the patch? On this spot is currently only a second layer of E31. You can now use the blender pen to lift some color out or smoothen the ink layers.
Next is the hat. Only one color of yellow - making sure that especially on the top is only one layer! I try when i add the color to color in movements how the fabric would lay or flow. Look at the area where the band of the hat is and the hair... this gives me later on an easier guide to add highlights and i don't have to work too much with the blender pen to erase lines that point not in the right direction.
now i add some more ink with the same color to areas where i want shadows or structure. i can do this up to 3 or 4 times.
Same as with the brown color.. i use my lightest yellow marker to get from a really dark maker some ink to the brush.
Lift some color out on the top of the hat using 0 Blender pen.
To color the skin i use E00 and use R20 to add shades (here underneath the arm)
Some R20 to create the rosy cheeks (unblended color in R20 still on arm)
and now i "rub" in circular motion with E00 the R20 color to blend it.
on the bow you see the first layer of red, i pick with the lightest pen from a very dark color some ink to the brush.
working my shades with the mixed color right off my brush tip. You will have to pick up color multiple times off your darker pen. Once your darker color is off the tip of the brush use this moment to use the light colored pen to smoothen the layers out!
however.. i used the very dark color E39 to color the hair in.
Thank you for reading! I know my english is not very good but hopefully the pictures helped a lot to show the way i colored this image in.