Box of Colors

Photorealism & Tools for Independence (Marker Painting Foundations 2)

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Join Amy Shulke, a professional illustrator and marker enthusiast for a fun and informative coloring 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, depth, and form. This provides students with the necessary knowledge to color any stamp image in their collection and every stamp they might purchase in the future.

Take your coloring to the next level-- coloring with independence, creativity, and your own unique voice.

 

What’s holding you back?


What’s keeping you from coloring independent projects?


Our 12 week Marker Painting Foundations course taught you techniques and concepts to develop amazing coloring skills.

Now with Box of Colors, we’re developing your artistic process.


We’re focusing on one challenge-level image and all small the steps it takes to go from white paper to photo-realism.

You've learned to underpaint, but can you choose your own underpaint colors?


Do you always second-guess yourself? Which colors look best?


Box of Colors breaks down the underpaint selection process, using color theory and logic to build the color instincts you're missing.

 

You've learned that photo references are important... but do you actually use them well?


Many students don’t always understand what to look for. It's so much easier to copy the demonstration than to read your own details from a photo.


Photographs and real-life references don’t have to be intimidating.

Select great photo references for your next coloring project. Then understand how to read the secrets in the photo…what to look for, what to filter, what to simplify, what to ignore.


Realistic representation is at your fingertips.

You've learned about “warm” and “cool” colors, but do you understand why it matters?


Sometimes you know we do things a certain way in Vanilla Classes, plus you see that it looks good, but darned if you can explain why. In Box of Colors we work our way from one end of the color spectrum to the other, discussing the pitfalls and pratfalls that can happen when mixing colors.


We’re not coloring a set of watercolor paints because they’re pretty…

We’re practicing and experimenting with every possible color you will encounter on your own, in the future, with other projects. Warm colors, cool colors, warm colors that lean cool, and cool colors that shift warm. Neutrals that aren’t very neutral and neutrals so neutral they’re snooze-worthy.


Your Box of Colors project becomes the reference point for a Lifetime of Colors.

 

Box of Colors is an advanced art lesson and an advanced coloring demonstration.


Basic techniques are not covered.

For advanced classes you need a firm grasp on basic techniques and be able to use them confidently. We move fast in the advanced classes and introduce concepts which have more than one solution. Students rely on their taste or judgement to complete the project.


Skill Level: Advanced

Techniques Used:

  • Flicking
  • Push & Pull
  • Perspective
  • Color Theory
  • Temperature control and adjustment
  • Using photo reference
  • Photo Realism
  • Detail work with colored pencils


Course Includes:

  • Over 10 hours of video demonstration with Q&A timeouts. Work at your own pace.
  • Recipe guide
  • Printable learning aids, photo reference, underpainting guide, detailed color map, and full color sample

Required Supplies: complete printable supply list included in class package

  • High-quality Copic friendly marker cardstock (Cryogen Curious Metallic is what is used for this project)
  • Copic Markers
  • Artist quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier recommended)
  • Glassine paper
  • Mod Podge brush or Hake dusting brush
  • Clipboard or hard surface (glass mat is recommended)
  • Drafting tape
  • Pencil, pencil sharpener
  • Erasers - black and white polymer, white sticky tack, Tombow Mono Zero (round)
 






We recommend Marker Painting Foundations as a prequel to Box of Colors

If you haven't yet taken MPF we highly recommend having taken enough of Vanilla Arts classes so that you have the knowledge and skills to keep up with this fast paced advanced level class.


(intermediate and advance skilled classes)


Your Instructor


Amy Shulke
Amy Shulke

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!"

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Immediately! As soon as you're through the registration and payment processes, the class material will be automatically opened for you.
How much of the course will I have access to? Do you stagger the release of information?
This course is 100% FULL ACCESS from the moment you join. Work at your own pace and take as much time as you want to complete the lesson.
How long do I have access to the course?
Lifetime access! You have unlimited access to the content for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Is the digital stamp included or do I have to purchase it elsewhere?
The digital stamp is included in the class materials. No new purchase necessary.
What if I'm missing markers or supplies from the required list?
I'm very liberal about supply substitutions BUT please understand that not all markers and pencils behave the same way, even if the colors are very similar. Every substitution you make will change the look of your finished project and the more substitutions you make, the harder your project will be to complete. If you are missing a color and want advice on alternatives, email [email protected]
What if I use a different brand of marker?
I'll be honest, I use Copic because of their brush nib. I've yet to find another maker brand with nibs as springy and juicy. I would suggest that some of my techniques are unlikely to work well without a brush nib... but if you've got other markers and are willing to match my colors to your brand, GO FOR IT. Sorry, but I won't be much help troubleshooting any problems you encounter because I won't be able to test your blends myself.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact me in the first 30 days and I will give you a full refund.