Welcome to our Color Spotlight feature! Every so often we’ll showcase a different color and give ideas of color combos that will work with it.
Marianne’s Note: When I mention a color combo whatever color I put first is the color I put down as my base color, then I blend in the second color. Also, these colors on the screen are NOT accurate and are for comparison only.
BG10, Cool Shadow
Story behind BG10: BG10 was another color Copic included in the first 72 colors they released. This marker is available in all 4 marker styles and it has long been one of my must-have colors. BG10 is the first color in it’s blending family and is very versatile. It is very pale, and can work as a base tone for just about any blue, green, or BG blend you wish to make. For a color lighter than BG10, you have to jump to another blending group, like B0000, BG000 or BG0000
Available in these styles:
Copic, Sketch, Ciao, Wide
Natural Blend Family:
BG10, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG18.
Highlight BG000, Midtone BG10, Shadow BG13
Similar colors, other families:
R20, YG00, Y000, G40, BV000, E000
Marianne’s Unusual combos:
BG10 + G12, BG10 + C2, E00 + BG10
Advanced Color Rules for BG10*:
Complimentary: BG10, R30
Triad (simple 3 color combo): BG10, RV00, YR000
Tetrad (simple 4 color combo): BG10, Y00, R30, BV000
Pentagram (simple 5 color combo): BG10, BV11, V15, E21, G82
High Contrast: BG10, FBG2, B39, E18, R46
Compound: BG10, C4, BG78, RV34, T5, E18
*Advanced color rules are generated by Adobe Illustrator CS3 based on the digital representation of the Copic Color Spectrum set into a special color wheel. I generate these as suggestions for color combos to try when you are looking for a nice change, or you have a paper that matches this particular color and you want help picking other unusual colors to go with it.
The project I made for BG10: Boy with Fish
BG10 has always been one of my favorite colors to use for coloring sky. The other blue-greens made me think about water, so I had to draw something incorporating sky and water. A little boy getting ready to catch a live fish came to mind, as I thought about what could be happening on the banks of a quiet stream.
I mostly stuck to colors suggested in the advanced color rules, but I needed a BG that had more gray in it and was light, so I used BG72. I used G12 because I currently like that color- it seems like a nice Summer color. I colored his skin with YR0000 and E21 with hints of BV11 and other colors.
Drawn with a Gray 0.05mm Multiliner.
Colors Used: BG10, BG72, BG78, G12, G82, YG67, YR0000, E21, E18, Y00, W1, YG91, C4, 0.