Thursday, January 7, 2010

Copic Formulas

Good morning all. I've been working on a few other projects this week so sorry for the lack of posts, but I will be returning tomorrow with a Farm Fresh Friday card for The Greeting Farm. I will also update this post to include color samples for each and add some other formulas as I figure them out. Some of these I have learned from others and there are some that I have tweaked from others. Then there are those that I just made up.

Caucasian: R00(all over), E00(all over), E11(shadows), E93(cheeks), R00(all over)
African: E13(all over), E17(shadows), R85(cheeks), E13(all over)
Latina: TBD
Asian: TBD

I follow-up with the lighter color again to help blend the edges. some colors don't give a creamy look when blended and will appear mottled instead. So that is why I'm still working on the Latina and Asian skin tones.

Brown: E35(all over), E57(feather), E47(feather), E35(feather)
Blonde: TBD
White Blonde: E50(all over), E42(feather), E43(feather), E50(feather)
Red: E17(all over), E19(feather), E27(feather), E17(feather)
Black: C5(all over), C7(feather), C9(feather), C5(feather)

I will break the hair into sections to color. Just like you would for fixing your own hair. I will color a whole section in with the lightest color, then feather with the next color from scalp then again from the tip of that section leaving a small section in betwen the two on a curve where a highlight would be. I would then do the same thing with the next darkest color, but not going as far as the previous feathering. I will then follow-up with the lightest color using the feathing technique again, but cross it into the highlight area. Using the feathering technique helps me give the hair texture. Feathering is where you start on one side and pull your marker to another side and flicking up at the end so that you have an end that gets thin to a point.

Red: R24(all over), R29(1/4 to 1/2 in shadows), R59(1/8 to 1/4 in shadows)
Deep Red: R24(all over), R46(1/4 to 1/2 in shadows), R59(1/8 to 1/4 in shadows)

I will update this over the weekend with samples.


Stef H said...

thank you soooo much for these tips! very helpful.


Kim said...

You are such a sweetie for posting this, THANKS!

Tammy said...

It's always great to see how others put their Copics together for specific colors.
This is a great help.

Oh loved seeing your craft room on TGF.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mary - it's always so fun to read how someone colors! thanks for sharing!
just noticed on the reds at the bottom of your post you have E24, I'm thinking you mean R24??? I have all the reds and all the faves! lol thanks again!
Pam Going Postal

karen said...

awesome!! I am keeping a close eye on this! I am always stuck for coloring skin. I just do an all over of whatever I grab first. I think it will be great to try different nationalities! I also wanted to expand my copic collection; but didn't know what colors to buy. *waiting patiently* THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Randi said...

You are a rockstar for sharing these recipes with everyone!

Have you ever tried E50 Eggshell for Asian skin? I love it!

Heather D. ~ Fresh Brewed Designs said...

HOW SWEET THIS CARD IS!!!! I LOVE the Eiffel Tower in the BG, the date and her AWESOME HAIR!!! How wonderful of you to take the time to write out all those colors and tips. You are just amazing!!!

Have a beautiful weekend Mary!

Dawn B. said...

These are awesome..Thanks so much..

Amy said...

This is SO cool Mary, I always love to see other people's tride and true copic recipes and try them out. :)

Oh and I also loved seeing the peek at your craft room on the TGF blog this week, it's so neat and tidy with everything in it's place... though I didn't see that big can of flowers anywhere... ;)