We asked a selection of artists to create with only Y21, R32, & RV69 for May's #CopicColors. Here's what they came up with.
Pocketful of Letters
As soon as Christina saw this month's #CopicColors, she immediately thought of the colors you tend to see in quartz and crystals and had to put her vision to paper. Since purple and yellow are complementary colors, she found RV69 (Peony) and Y21 (Buttercup Yellow) worked beautifully together, and adding R32 (Peach) as a transitionary color between those two brought the piece to life. She said, "The way the Copic Sketch markers blend together give me all the heart eyes and happy feels."
Jackson Dryden is no stranger to drawing robots, and he said this piece for May's #CopicColors came out of thin air. He's always thinking about the future of Artificial Intelligence: What will robots and tech be like in the near future? Will they be used for good, evil, or both? He found the candy-like color combination of the markers and slightly dark subject matter to be a wonderful contrast, and had a blast mixing and layering the colors along with his black ink brush pen.
Kent Hamilton is constantly drawing monsters, aliens, and especially Cthulhu-like creatures for his job at Petersen games. He thought it'd be fun to take May's #CopicColors to draw something scary and monstrous using colors not typically associated with it, like light pink (R32) and yellow (Y21).
Not only is Amy Mebberson the creator of #PocketPrincesses, but she's always loved drawing pinup girls and showgirls in a funny manner. A technique she tried for the first time in her May #CopicColors piece was mixing the Copic Various inks in a little palette to obtain an extra midtone to help blend the core colors. She applied this new ink mix with a brush, and then used the brush tip on Sketch markers to blend them together.
When Julia saw this month's #CopicColors, she thought of the beginning of spring and spring blooms.
For anyone who ever wonders, "What colors are good for skin tones?", Samuel Shin shows us that any colors are great for skin tones. He decided to use May #CopicColors Y21, R32, & RV69 to create this portrait of his girlfriend, Melissa, in honor of her birthday in May.
David is a big fan of Japanese mythology and iconography. He found May's #CopicColors to be interesting, and helped juxtapose the two lions in a way that was subtle and fit his style by switching the two red hues between the figures. This piece was created in a style that he used for his Tarot Deck, for which he also used Copic markers to create! His process involves a rough sketch, followed by light box transferring it to 130 lb Waterford cold-press paper. He then inks them with a brush pen and fills them in with Copic markers.
How smooth are these blends on Kennth's #CopicColors pieces for May?! Even with a palette across color families, saturation levels, and blending groups, he manages to blend the colors seamlessly.
Kenneth enjoys Copic sketchbook paper's quality, its smoothness of how Copic markers just glide right across it, and its versatility when adding mixed media.