We asked a selection of artists to create with only Y00, B02, & B24 for August's #CopicColors. Here's what they came up with.
Desarae's work is known for its intricate line work and detail, so she wanted to experiment with cross-hatching using this month's #CopicColors. "The August colors inspired me to draw inspiration from the ocean," she said, "and anyone who knows my work knows that means cephalopods."
Brendan found inspiration for #CopicColors in storms out on the ocean tied in with some mythical elements. The dragon is the Lightning Guardian, protecting those that are pure of heart during their nautical adventures, while the girl is basically a girl version of Poseidon, called Poseidess - just appropriated to today's culture.⠀
Marc Van Daele
Of course we expected to see some aquatic creatures from Marc (handle: "Marccthesharkk") for his #CopicColors pieces this month! Which is your favorite: octopus or Mecha Shark?⠀
For the octopus, Marc said there are very few things he enjoys doing more than drawing tentacles with a brush pen, so he wanted to utilize that the best he could. For Mecha Shark, he was feeling very inspired by Jake Parker and wanted to create a new Mecha Shark design for himself.⠀
We absolutely cannot get over this #CopicColors piece created by Elsa Chang.
Elsa was inspired to create something for her love of avians. "There are a few birds that sport the colors blue and yellow and the Blue and Gold Macaw being one of them," she said. "I used B02, B24 and Y00 on their own for the bird and woman and combined all three to create different shades of green for the leaves in the background."
How impressive is this? These aren't fluorescent colors you're seeing - Rhiannon used August's #CopicColors to draw this shark and then colored the background using a black Copic marker.
Rhiannon treats Copics like watercolors and usually works from the lightest value up to the darkest. However, in some instances, she went backwards and established shadows first so she could build values against it. She also layered a lot of the colors over each other multiple times.
Samantha Dion Baker
We love sketch journaling, and Samantha Dion Baker is releasing her new book, Draw Your Day, on 8/28! Be sure to check out our interview with Samantha on our blog, here.
Paul is known for his portraiture, especially that of pets. Really comfortable with using Copic grey markers, Paul said he's been enjoying challenging himself to create an image in color with each month's #CopicColors that he'd normally do in grey.⠀
When Michael first saw August's #CopicColors and how bright they were, he knew he wanted to create some sort of contrast with black and white. With this piece, he also wanted to incorporate stippling, a technique that he's grown to love.
August's #CopicColors reminded Maruti Bitamin of the beach on a midsummer's day, which inspired this piece.
What have August's #CopicColors been inspiring you to create?
Taira San No Atowaku
Taira's inspiration for August's #CopicColors was to utilize the basic mixture of yellow and blue to create green, which is one of the anime character's Shera Greenwood's primary outfit colors.
What other techniques do you use when working with a limited color palette?
Lauryn Welch of Art Prof runs a project drawing and documenting birds, so August's #CopicColors immediately reminded her of the brightly colored Steller's Jay's (or Camp Robber Birds) she saw while at an artist residency in Colorado.
Be sure to check out Art Prof and all the neat work they do!