We asked a selection of artists to create with only G17, YG17, and YG23 for March's #CopicColors. Here's what they came up with.
Whether using 20 markers or just 3, Levi Prewitt tends to approach every piece the same way: by aiming for 5 values in his piece. This includes both the black linework and the white of the page. When creating this piece for March's #CopicColors, he added, "Simple color schemes can make your work stronger, and also let you compensate for a relatively small collection of markers!"⠀
Adam Munoa has loved dinosaurs every since he saw the first Jurassic Park movie as a kid. He found this month's #CopicColors to be the perfect excuse to draw one. ⠀
On his technique, he says, "It's pretty simple. First, I get a rough base sketch laid out. Then, working from light to dark I begin to layer up the drawing. When the marker hasn't completely dried yet, I go over it multiple times. You have to be fast but it really aides in the layering/blending process and helps to build your values when working with a limited color palette. ⠀
Another thing to note is that I like to keep my marker strokes going around the forms. This helps to better help define the shapes of what ever I'm working on. After my markers are all laid in I grab a black ballpoint and white gel pen to draw in the final details and, boom, I'm done."
You might recognize Matt Brundage's work from our March #CopicColors launch image. Yes, that is, in fact, only three colors of Copic markers.
Tila Assgari is an interdisciplinary artist, working with two-dimensional materials and three-dimensional form. She loves that alcohol inks lend such beautiful, unique reactions and textures on a large range of materials. Instead of the markers themselves, Tila's preferred method is directly using Copic Various Ink Refill bottles for her art.⠀
For this month's #CopicColors, she wanted to see how the effects produced by same inks transform based on the surface. Here are a few of her creations. First, a 9" x 9" lightbox inked on Duralar film using all three colors of the month. Next, three paintings on mineral paper, each featuring one of this month's colors. Finally, coasters made by directly inking previously glazed white tiles. The inks are sealed with varnish before being sealed with resin.
Chihiro Howe is a master of manga and limited color palettes.
More and more, Tressina Bowling has been challenging herself to create pieces with just one color pallet. When she first saw March's #CopicColors, she knew she wanted to do something a bit creepy and organic, so she decided it was the perfect opportunity to draw Swamp Thing.
Sandy Allnock loves having parameters for her art since a limited selection of colors gets her thinking. When presented with this month's #CopicColors, she was posed with troubleshooting the cross of color families and the lack of really light and really dark tones. Her solution? Copic airbrush! She finds the soft spray of color always provides a "tint" of any color, and helped adjust the entire piece lighter.
Vjeko Miloradovic prefers sketching on toned gray paper because it gives the opportunity to play with white pencil and bring life and dimension into drawings, like with this frog created for March #CopicColors.
Jiji Knight adores limited palettes and found March's #CopicColors to be a match made in heaven. She said, "They have a great value hierarchy that lends itself well to creating something cohesive and legible." She found her inspiration in her favorite season, the upcoming spring!
Melody Howe created this four-paneled journey of "self-discovery."
Emily Warren Rice
Emily Warren Rice was inspired to create her piece based off of March's #CopicColors. She knew she wanted to do something with a lot of greenery, and she had a blast filling her paper full of all these little plants and succulents.