Sunday, June 7, 2009

HHC34 Sketch! And, Copic tips; Highlights and Shadows

This week's challenge is brought to us by our own dear Diva Nikki. She has made a fabulous, easy peasy and pretty sketch for us to use. I love this sketch, and think I will use it again!
Why not join in the challenge, link a photo of your card/project into the comments section of the High Hopes Blog, and get your name entered into a draw to win two free High Hopes Stamps! C'mon, join us, it's FUN! :-)

I colored Singing Catrina with Copic markers. I colored B21 all over her hair to begin with, as I wanted to have blue highlights on her hair. My reasoning for this choice is twofold; one, people with very dark brown to black colored hair have an undertone of red hair, which is called red but actually looks orangey brown. The color opposite to orangey brown would be blue. When light hits this hair color type, the highlights show up blue-ish. The effect is sometimes emphasized in artificiall bright lights, esp. stage lighting. And I wanted her to look like she was onstage, and so that's why I chose blue to highlight her hair!

I am also doing a lot of experimenting using grays for shadows. Sometimes instead of just choosing the darker shade of green for instance, to show shadow, it is more effective to reach for a gray tone. The question is, which one? There are four gray families to choose from with Copics; Cool, Warm, Toner and Neutral. I haven't found the best system yet, but one thing I have learned so far is go with opposites; if the color I am laying gray shadows over is a warm tone, I reach for cool gray. So far, this rule of thumb has worked pretty good! I don't know enough color theory yet to expand on this, I'm still learning.
On this image you can see that I used Cool gray #4 on the right and under side of her clothes to really emphasize the shadows.

Inside view:

Colors used:

If you have any questions as to the card recipe, feel free to ask in an e-mail (address on profile page).
Thanks for stopping by today, and God bless you!


  1. fabulous card sweetie, love the blue highlight you have given to her hair.. thanks for the tips on the shadows.. have thought about greys for a while for shadow and have played a bit, but i don't know a thing about undertones and things like that. its a bit of hit and miss with me, so i really appreciate your knowledge. take care. hugs rachxx

  2. This is fantastic, Crissy! Great Copic tips too. :)

  3. What a beautiful card Crissy,l love the image and colours.
    So gorgeous papers.

    Hugs Riet.x

  4. I wish i lived near you lol, your colouring is amazing and your cards make me drool...

    This one is just gorgeous and i so love every detail, the image is great reminds me of my daughter Shaleise she always has a mic in her hand...

    Have a great sunday hugs Pops x x x

  5. The thought processes you go through are amazing Crissy! Not only did you master Copics immediately you think of things in a whole new light which brings a level of creativity that is above and beyond!

  6. What a wonderful card. Thanks for showing the great haircolours and numbers of the copics. The are on my wishlist. Hugs Marja

  7. Ooooh Crissy I adore your card hun, love your choice of colours and your colouring of your divine image is fabulous, love the way you have made the hair look shiny! Pretty papers and those little buttons are adorable!
    Enjoy your day!
    Hugs Tab xxx

  8. Just love the hair. I have been trying to practice coloring black hair using blue to highlight (remember seeing Veronica's hair in the old Archie comics?) but haven't quite got it right yet. Your coloring is just so what I want mine to be!

  9. So cute, those papers...and do I see bling on her boots? Very classy! :)

  10. Totally amazing! Your cards are glowing! Real eyecandy:)
    Hugs, Yvonne.

  11. Your shading on all of the cards ive seen of yours has been amazing, in not sure you could improve on it. Great job..I love the inside of the card as much as the front!

  12. I love what you did on her hair!! It looks wonderful, the colors you picked are great and it all ties in nicely:-)
    Xmichele SperaX

  13. Wonderful card, you always do such amazing coloring, and love the buttons you've added. Thanks for the great tips! ~Hugs

  14. Wow... Crissy
    what a wonderful card and I love your colouring and this image!
    Hugs Gisela

  15. Love this card Crissy! ! Love the blue highlights, awesome coloring!!

    Hugs, Kelly

  16. What a great card Crissy and thanks so much for the Copic tips. (I'm still a little bit intimidated by this color medium.)

    Inge xx

  17. I love your card Crissy and the highlights in Katrina's hair look fabulous, gorgeous papers and love your buttons, Hope your having a great Sunday, Big Hugs, Nikki x

  18. Crissy....this card is just so amazing! I love how you used the sketch. I can only DREAM of coloring even half as well as you!! I will have to try using grey for shadows. I really love the look. I know H2Os are nothing like Copics, but I can always give it a try!

  19. Fabulous card, Crissy.
    Love the colors and the papers, the buttons look great. Your coloring is amazing, the shading is brilliant!!

    Karen x

  20. Hi there Crissy, I hope you have had a lovely weekend. I love your card - the tips are fabulous and even though I do not have any copics I am storing them all away for the day when I do, lol. I am going to do my best to join in this week, such a great challenge

  21. WOW, fabulous card. Your coloring, shadows an highlights ROCK! The buttons are fun. I especially like the swirled one.TFS your amazing talents.

  22. WOW Chrissie this is one amazing card, I have that stamp and wouldnt have thought to do her hair black its superb, mind I dont have day when I win the lottery. I adore your work and cant wait to see everything you do. take care lots of love June xx

  23. Beautufil card, your shadowing and highlights are amazing. Hugs, Christine :)

  24. Hi Crissy,
    Great card--love how you did her hair and under her jacket--I learn so much from you my dear--can't wait 'til summer holidays so I can start playing around with your fabulous copic tips! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Your colouring is so incredible!!! Beautiful papers and love how you've decorated the inside of your card too. Absolutely stunning!


  26. I absolutely love this image that you have used Crissy! What a super cute card!!

  27. This is amazing! Your coloring tips are priceless! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  28. this is sich a fun card and so perfectly it! Thanks for your sweet comment
    Fiona x

  29. Such a fabulous image and card, love your beautiful colouring.

    Thanks for the brilliant shading tips, I'm still learning with my Copics so really appreciate your advice!

    Thanks also for the lovely comments that you have left on my blog recently. It means the world to me that you, the designer (!), like what I do with your images!

    Big Hugs,

  30. Wow...what a fantastic card.Your colouring is amazing.I'll be popping by for lots more tips on Copics.I've only had mine a few months and still on a learning curve.Great idea putting the colours on the ends of the ciaos,I'm forever hunting through mine.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my blog too.
    Cass xxx

  31. Terrific tip for highlights in black hair ... grey looks ok but blue is better.
    Thanks for sharing.


  32. Another gorgeous creation inside and out. I also just wanted to say that you have four beautiful children and I am sure you are very proud of them. Hugs from Desire

  33. All your cards are fabulous, you are very talented, just love the way you colour with pens!