I often spend time “noodling” around with my Copic markers to figure out which hues or colors to use in my drawing. In the image above, I was working on which red-violet or violet markers to use on the purple cone flowers. I quickly drew several flower shapes on scrap marker paper, added the color and noted the color numbers. Adding the color numbers right next to the flower is really important step. Right now I am becoming more familiar with how each marker color looks on the paper and yet having a visual reference to what the color actually looks like is important when I am working on a finished image. How about you? Do you have a technique for playing around with the colors you use in your own art medium? Is it helpful to have a visual reference of your colors that you will be working with?
As you can see below, I decided to stay with violet hues. These were Copic markers V17 for the darkest value, V25 for the medium value and V12 for the lightest value. I did not use any of the RV, Red Violet, markers that I practiced with. This image is one of my practice activities for the online Copic color classes that I am developing.