While writing a list of posts I need to write for my actually-blogging-the-backlog-of-monthly-challenges series I started off thinking I’d do all the monthly art challenges (like MerMay and Junicorn), then all the Monthly Copic Colours, then all the Scrawlr Boxes. But I’ve since decided to do things chronologically instead. And the oldest challenge that needs writing about is the December set of Copic Colours.
This will actually be the first Copic Colours blog post, even though I’ve done a bunch of them now. I did mention them once before though, way back in December’s Arty Advent Challenge.
The Copic Marker Twitter account releases a set of three colours every month. At the time of the December set, they were a three pack you could buy. Since then the Colours of the Month challenge has moved away from Copic, and onto other brands, but we’ll get there when it comes to it.
This is the tweet from December.
I don’t have any of those colours, because I only had a few Copics at the time (not that I have many more now), so I swatched all of my blue markers and worked out which three most represented the three Copics: B00, B12 and B18.
I did a sketch for an image I wanted. I have no idea what inspired a merman in December, but there you go.
And then before I started colouring, I tested out some layering to see what other shades I could get.
You might notice at the bottom of that page there, that one of the pens ran out. Typical. The problem with cheaper markers is that when they run out there aren’t refills for them. Which really sucks.
And so the merman and his swatch sheet languished in my WIPs (work in progress) folder for months. Five months actually. But I finally got a replacement marker for that shade and finished the poor merman.
I really like the colouring. The anatomy could do with some work, but I’m pleased nonetheless. And I enjoyed the concept of a monthly colour challenge so much I’ve done a few more.
Which I will be blogging about soon, I promise.