Universal shading and underpainting for realism
Join Amy Shulke, a professional illustrator and marker enthusiast for a fun peppermint lesson- Vanilla Arts style!
Marker Painting is a completely different approach to coloring with markers. Amy teaches students basic techniques and color theory based on the way artists use paint. Instead of focusing on "how" to color a selected stamp image, Amy shows you the "why" behind color selection, shade, layering, and depth. This provides students with the necessary knowledge to color any stamp image in their collection and every stamp they might purchase in the future.
This class contains challenges for confident colorers
Skill Level: intermediate to advanced
In a 17 minute technique lesson, Amy covers the concept of universal shading which will simplify your approach to shading objects that are striped, plaid, or multi-colored.
Then in 1 1/2 hours of fully narrated coloring demonstration, students will practice Amy's underpainting technique on the Cool Peppermint project. This project is more than simply coloring the same thing over and over. Each mint sits in front of something or behind of another mint; Amy walks you through the reasoning process helping you decide if each piece of candy needs to be pushed or pulled with underpainted shade . It's a lot of fun but it's fun with a purpose! You'll definitely have a firmer understanding of the underpainting process by the end of this project.
Techniques used in Cool Peppermint:
- Non-sequential blending combinations
- Use of photo references for accuracy
- Universal shading
- Temperature Balance
- Basic techniques for colored pencil details
Cool Peppermint Course includes:
- 17 minute video- a deep-dive look at Universal Shading using the Underpainting technique
- 60 minute video- color along style instructional video using Copic markers
- 30 minute video- color along style instructional video using artist grade colored pencils
- Cool Peppermint digital stamp in three handy formats (PNG, JPG, or quick print PDF)
- recipe guide
- printable full color sample, underpainting guide, detailed color map
Required Supplies: full supply list included in class package
- high-quality marker cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card recommended)
- Copic Markers- 0, BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29, R14, R17, R29
- artist quality colored pencils- Slate Grey, Greyed Lavender, Tuscan Red, Dark Purple, Poppy Red, Spanish Orange, White
Amy is a professional freelance technical illustrator with 25 years of experience in graphic arts. Amy began using colored pencils in 1985 and she started with DeSign markers in 1989. Colored pencils with a base of either marker or watercolor is her preferred process for portraiture and scientific illustration. She has a special passion for teaching crafters and shy artists to stretch their boundaries by adding established fine art techniques to their coloring projects.
Join Amy for fun and highly informative lessons which will not only change the way you color but the way you see color in the world around you.
"It's the OMG moments. That's why Amy's classes rock. She explains things that you've maybe noticed before but never thought much about. I love it!"
"At 62 years of age I have no illusions about becoming a great artist but. I am so appreciative of the change in my perception since taking classes with Amy at Vanilla Arts Co. Now I see the play of colors, the motion and the grace... It's a great way to view the world around me."
"I just love the things I'm learning and can't wait to start the next project. Your images are challenging for me and I like that. I'll never look at another image and how to color it the same again!"
"I warn people when they sign up for your classes-- it's not just Copic, it's sooooooooo much more."
"Thank you, Amy for your generous nature. There are many gifted people in the world but you share your gifts so freely. Your classes are wonderful and I sincerely hope that the new online project allows more and more students to fall in love with your classes."