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Copic Marker Coloring Tutorial with Hedgehog Printable

Copic Marker Coloring Tutorial with Hedgehog Printable

by Michelle Houghton

Copic lovers, I have a new image for you to color along with step-by-step instructions.  I had a friend request a hedgehog, and because I am always looking to please, I whipped two little critters up for her.

These little hedgehogs are my original artwork.  If you use them on a card or project that you post, publish or share please credit Michelle Houghton at If you'd like more stamps and coloring how-tos, please check out my Copic Coloring classes at Get It Scrapped.

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Now on with the coloring!  For these images I am using E11, E13, E15, E41, E44, E47 and a black sketch marker.  It is not pictured because any black marker will do.

Step #1 – Color the face and soft under body of the hedgehogs with E11.  I am coloring both at once to show you, but I would not recommend it.  It is very hard to keep both critters going quick enough to keep the ink wet.

Step #2 – I used E13 to add shading to the underside of the profile face, to the bottom edge of the arms, around the fur framing the underside and the sides of the face on the front facing hedgehog.

Step #3 – You can blend your E13 in with Your E11 and then add a third layer of shading with your E15.  For this last layer add your color in smaller amounts in the same areas that you added your E13.

Step #4 – Use E13 and E11 to blend the faces and undersides of the hedgehogs.  Also use a black marker either Copic or another brand to fill in the noses.  Because this is added on after blending and will not be worked over we can use any marker here.

Step #5 – I used my E41 to fill in the quills on both hedgehogs.

Step #6 – I added my first layer of shading with my E44 on individual quills.  On the profile hedgehog I hit the bottom half of every quill.  The front facing critter had several quills shaded and more at the bottom section.  I also realized that I wanted one of the sections I had already colored with the faces to be colored with the quills.  This is a great example of how you can sometimes work right over an area a second time.  I covered this small section with the E44 as well.

Step #7 – I went right ahead without blending and added my E47 in very small amounts to the areas where I had placed my E44.  Note, I did not add E47 to the area near the bottom of the front facing hedgehog that I am trying to change.

Step #8 –  Lastly I went back in with my E44 and then with my E41 to smooth the shading on the quills.  I hit the section I am changing on the front facing hedgehog pretty hard with the E41 to lighten it further.  I also went back in with my E47 one more time under that section of quills to make them look even lighter and like they are laying on top of the very bottom section.

Thanks for coloring along with me!  I hope you enjoy your pair of hedgehogs and find the perfect project for them to call home.

Whether you're just today deciding you'd like to try copic markers or a full-fledged copic-coloring addict, check out Michelle's Copic marker classes at Get It Scrapped. Copic Coloring 2 starts October 4 and it's available in a discounted bundle with her other classes.

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