Understanding Universal Shading
This class originally ran as a Livestream in October 2018. It was filmed live and unscripted.
This is a different style of presentation than the normal Marker Painting Workshops. Amy speaks live and off-the-cuff, so this is a more conversational and less formal feeling class. Includes an introduction video with the opening of the class and a student Q&A session at the close.
Then in a series of demonstration videos, students will practice coloring the Amazing Maize image. Instruction includes all elements, the cast shadowing, underpainting base markering, and pencil details. Over 2 hours of demonstration video.
Join Amy Shulke, a professional illustrator and marker enthusiast for a live coloring demonstration. Real coloring in real time.
Are you ready for realistic coloring?
Online video classes are not real, at least not real in the way you assume.
The projects are planned months in advance. The lessons are tested and simplified. The demonstration is rehearsed. The footage is shot multiple times and edited for clarity. The script is….well, it’s a script!
Everything about an online art class is designed to make the project look easy and amazing.
But that's not how real art works
Vanilla Livestream breaks the production barrier, giving you a real look into the real time artistic process.
Does a complex image overwhelm you?
Do you look at Amazing Maize and think: all those Copic Markers on each little kernel? And then I have to use colored pencil over the top of each one?
Adding a lot of extra steps to the coloring process doesn't really pay off in the end.
Learn how to use the universal shading technique to simplify the shading process on multi-colored objects without sacrificing realism and depth.
Don't make dimensional coloring harder than it has to be!
Amazing Maize is an intermediate level demonstration
We welcome colorers of many levels at Vanilla Arts, but basic marker painting techniques are not covered in this class.
Advanced classes assume you’ve mastered basic techniques and are ready for independent work using artistic skills. Read more about Vanilla skill levels here.
Skill Level: Intermediate
We do not recommend this course for first time Vanilla students.
- Push & Pull
- Universal shading
- Overpainting with colored pencils
- Over 2 1/2 hours of video demonstration with Q&A timeouts. Work at your own pace.
- Recipe guide
- Printable photo reference, underpainting guide, detailed color map, and full color sample
Please note: Q&A session was for students who attended the live session
Basic computer skills are required to access class materials.
If you struggle with websites, video players, downloads, printing digital files, and communicating in discussion forums, this course may not be right for you.
We recommend that you try our FREE More Than Luck course to get a feel for how our site works and the type of computer skills you'll need to make the most of your learning experience here.
Required Supplies: printable supply list included in class package
- High-quality Copic-friendly marker cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card recommended)
- Copic Markers
- Technical pens - Triplus Fineliners (0.3)
- Artist quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier recommended)
- Tombow Mono Zero Eraser, Round
- Mod Podge or Hake dusting brush
- Acrylic clipboard, glass mat or hard surface and drafting tape to secure your project to the surface
- Pencil, pencil sharpener
- Erasers - black and white polymer, white sticky tack
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!"