Understanding the importance of form for realism
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.
Want to learn how to take a basic oval shape and turn it into a jellybean?
The Jellybeans workshop will take you beyond underpainting,.. beyond push and pull.
We will be delving into the form of objects, reading objects as surfaces, color bouncing and highlights, color kissing for artistry and realism.
Learn the roadmap to reading the form of an object; adding realism by interpreting photo references.
Students learn to look at the form of objects rather than the color to create greater realism in all their coloring projects.
Jellybeans is an advance 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: Advanced
We do not recommend this course for first time Vanilla students.
- Swish & Flick
- Push & Pull
- Highlights and color bouncing
- Overpainting with colored pencils.
- A two part, 28 minute Technique Deep Dive lesson in which Amy shows you the roadmap to reading the form of an object and translating that into your coloring.
- Over 4 hours of video demonstration which allows you to work at your own pace.
- Jellybeans digital stamp in three handy formats (PNG, JPG, or quick print PDF)
- Printable photo reference, underpainting guide, detailed color map, and full color sample
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: complete printable supply list included in class package
- High-quality Copic friendly marker cardstock (X-Press It Blending Card or Cryogen Curious Metallic White is recommended)
- Copic Markers
- Technical pens - Staedtler Triplus Fineliner (0.3)
- Artist quality colored pencils (Prismacolor Premier colored pencils use for this project)
- 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)
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!"