Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Technique Tuesday - Photo to Copics

Kymberlee posting here today from The Paper Midwife. It's the First Tuesday of the month here at PCWC so you know what THAT means....

I am so excited to share with everyone here today in my very first Technique Tuesday Guest Designer post! I can't thank Caroline and Allison enough for this opportunity. LOVE you guys <3

Okay enough with the sappy stuff and on to what I have for you today...

I took a Copics basic and intermediate certification class back in September and since then I have been a voracious MONSTER learning all I can and playing, experimenting, and playing some more.  One of the things I was really interested in was realistic coloring, more specifically making photos into line drawings to color.  Now I am no pro photographer but I happen to have a daughter that IS and as an added bonus, she also has some pretty adorable subjects that I wanted to color.  BOOYA!

I struggled trying to figure out HOW to convert my photos using Photoshop but rather than me making this long post even longer I am going to give you a CHEAT and HUGE shortcut to circumvent the learning curve.  You can find a step by step tutorial from photoshopbuzz.com HERE or just download the FREE ACTION HERE

Now that you know how to turn you favorite into a  line drawing, you may need to tweak it some using your contrast adjustment layer to lighten or darken the photo depending on how much guidance you want in your coloring.  I went for broke and just wanted the major landmarks so I took this original photo of my grandson "Roo":

Stripped it down to THIS:

then printed it out on my LASER printer onto BeePaper 110# Artist Marker paper

Then using my Copics and the original photo as my guide, I colored it to THIS:

I did the other grandson too so I can frame them for my daughter for Valentines.
I need some practice but I am pretty happy with this first attempt.

and a self portrait...

Now grab your favorite photograph and your markers and don't be scurrrrred...GO FOR IT!!! 


  1. Kymberlee this is FANTASTIC! I am blown away by the idea and then your coloring. I think this is the perfect gift for your daughters. It's fabulous, just fabulous!

  2. WOW! I just bought my first 12 Copics and am trying to figure out what to do now...had NO CLUE you could do this. Amazing. Your daughter will love these!

  3. Wow, Kymberlee! You did a fantastic job! I know this couldn't be easy...it's took time to get this good using your copics. I love how they turned out and I agree with Sabrina. Your daughter would love these. You could seriously make money doing this!

  4. Wow,Kymberlee! You did a fantastic job! I love how these turned out. I know this kind of skill takes a lot of time and commitment and it shows. I agree with Sabrina. What great Valentine's Day gift. I know I would love to receive something like this.

  5. HOLY COW! This is absolutely amazing Kymberlee.

  6. wow! This is a great technique Kymberlee and beautiful coloring. TFS

  7. WOW! Awesome. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Holy cow! That is so amazing! I love how you colored these and your daughter is so lucky to get them as a gift!

  9. Wow! That's a great technique but you're coloring is what's really amazing!