Copic Marker Adventures, ACEO-sized

Other have said it before, and more will come after, but hot dang!  Copic markers are really cool.  The colors are super rich.  I am still experimenting, mostly on ACEO-sized (2.5″ x 3.5″) illustration board. Part of the purpose of the tiny size is to have some completed original art in my Etsy shop.  Here is the first one I did, in which I also used Prismacolor markers (and you can see where those colors don’t blend as well):

Lorraine, a Bird

This is Lorraine. She is catching a few ZZZs on her favorite branch after a hard day herding prairie dogs.

Yesterday I added to my meager Copic collection by purchasing 15 more markers (they are not cheap!)  eeek, but worth it.  Also, I get the Ciao size which is the smaller, more economical size (without losing any of the quality of color).  Then I made more tiny pictures!

Liesle and Frederique Nap

Liesl (on the left) and Frederique were arguing about flightless birds when Frederique fell asleep mid-sentence. (This happens more than you might think.) Liesl, satisfied that she had won the argument by default – particularly after her intelligent comment about penguins, nodded off soon after.

Two Bright Beasts

For the second time in my blogging history (which is extremely short), I am embarrassed to admit I do not know the names of these two colorful creatures.  Part of the problem is that they are shy.  The other part is that the few tidbits I have overheard them whispering seem to be in Icelandic.  Or maybe Dutch.  In any case, a language I do not speak.

Jinni and Figgish Napping

Jinni the orange beast and Figgish the dog are excellent friends. They met at a seashell collecting convention in 2009 where they argued good-naturedly about whether you can really hear the ocean in a conch shell.

The depth of color is really quite lovely, with all credit to the Copic people.  You may also notice I have managed to color outside the lines in one or two of these teeny masterpieces, as well as smudge some of the line work.  I tell myself this adds to their handmade charm.

Argus and the Alien Flower

Sometimes Argus has the strangest dreams about alien flowers on colorful landscapes. He firmly believes his ancestors came from Sirius, the Dog Star, where many strange and wonderful plants and creatures still reside. (His amused mum never denied this story.)


5 thoughts on “Copic Marker Adventures, ACEO-sized

  1. mentalmulch

    Ooooo Copic markers….I really want to get some….someday! Loving all of the fantastic pieces you created. Colors are wonderful. Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. The Beast Tender Post author

    Thank you! If you’re getting started with Copic, one way might be to get a handful in the same color family so you can do some nice blending. On the other hand, you do get a darker color just by going back over the same spot, so you can get a nice range with just a few colors. I have a long way to go in learning all you can do with them!

  3. Sheri McClure-Pitler

    I love the colors and the blending. The trees are beautiful, the beasts magnificent as always, and the dogs so handsome and debonaire! Oops – left out the birds! Mustn’t leave out the ever-so-charming birds, lest they take a liking to my windshield!

  4. Lilah

    Your copic marker experiments look great. My daughter was trying to get me to get some. I think maybe I will. Lilah

  5. The Beast Tender Post author

    Thank you! I totally have ACEO-Copic fever. I may put up one of those nifty work-in-progress type posts with an ACEO or two from start to finish. :)

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