Welcome! I've been working (among other projects) on Copic class prep over the past few days, and it's been really enjoyable. Sometimes I get so busy with the business-y parts of my jobs that I forget how much I really like the fun parts! So I thought I'd share some ideas with any of you who might think that you'd like to sketch--even if you are pretty sure that you either (a) don't have time, or (b) don't have the ability. You see, there' s Big Secret: Sketching is really not rocket science!
I'm hoping that if I share some quick sketches, you'll be inspired to pull out your pencils, Copic Multiliners, and Copic markers, and just give it a TRY. . . And to cut down on both the time needed and the blank page intimidation factor, we're going to make these sketches "thumbnail-sized"--small and quick to finish. I have a 5" x 12" Copic Sketch book (sorry--out of stock) that I've used here, but don't feel that you have to wait until you acquire a sketchbook. You can use any of the papers or cardstock that you'd usually use with your Copic markers.
I used the inside of a rectangle die to pencil in my little 2" x 2-1/2" rectangles. That's not a magic number--it was just a size that I felt comfortable with. You might enjoy something a little larger or a little smaller. Next, I pulled up a reference photo that I really liked. The basis for this sketch came from free wallpaper HERE, and they have some really gorgeous wallpaper too! If you look at the original photo, you can see that I kept just the basics for my thumbnail sketch. I liked the sheep, but not enough to spend an inordinate amount of time trying to put them all in. Remember--this is about capturing the basics. What appeals to you in a scene--is it the color? The subject matter? In this scene, it was both the colors and the feeling of serenity that it had. So that was what I wanted to capture in my thumbnail.
I like to sketch with my Copic Multiliners; the Cool Gray and Warm Gray Multiliners are my favorites most of the time. But if you are hesitant to begin with ink, start your sketch in pencil. As long as you erase, nobody will ever know the difference. . .
After you are satisfied that you've captured the important parts, go over the pencil lines that you wish to keep with your Multiliner. I used a Warm Gray 0.1 here--that's a fairly small tip, but I'm working in a small area too. As I drew my ink lines, I added a few lines that I decided were important, even though they hadn't appeared on my original pencil sketch. Next I erased my pencil lines and left a clean, crisp image to color. Because Copic Multiliners are both Copic-proof and water-proof, you could even watercolor your sketches if you prefer. Me? I like Control, baby! I used my Copic Markers. . . By the way, the Multiliners also come in several COLORS if you prefer color to neutral tones.
The two previous steps didn't take me long at all--a few minutes at the most. This step, however, I got a little carried away with, as you can see by the number of Sketch markers that I managed to use in a 2" x 2-1/2" rectangle. (Issues? Who, ME?) Again, I left the sheep out, but I still captured the parts that I loved--the incredible color gradation (though mine is more saturated by a long shot), and the way that the sun burst though the tree. Perfectly accurate? No. Suitable for a thumbnail sketch? Absolutely!
Here's a second one for you. Today as my husband drove us home from the grocery store, my sixteen-year old commented on how beautiful the clouds were. I absolutely agreed, and pulled out my phone to start snapping cloud formation pictures. (Don't tell me you've never done that.) I loved the clouds in the picture above, even though my windshield visor was in the way, and the camera distorted the picture enough that the trees and telephone poles appear to be leaning in.
Here's my thumbnail sketch, and I'm sure it took fewer than two minutes.
Here is my sketch after I inked the lines that I wanted to keep, with my Warm Gray 0.1 Copic Multiliner. It's feeling quite a bit busier than the first sketch. If busy scenes make you nervous, SIMPLIFY.
And here is my finished thumbnail sketch. Again, I used a LOT of markers for a 2" x 2-1/2" area. But you wouldn't have to do that. In fact, you could just keep your line art and NOT color it. (But just don't tell me about it, because I want everybody to like coloring!) :-}
That's it for tonight. I hope that you will consider pulling out your pencils, pens, and markers for some quick thumbnail sketching this coming week. Thanks for visiting,