Thursday, October 22, 2009

Copic Coloring Tutorial How to do Hair - Blond (light and Dark) Brunette, Red Heads, and Gray/Black Hair also some fun Purple Hair Learn an easy way to get beautiful colors the easy way!!!!

O.K.  So How do I use my copics to color???  I have had several people ask and a few wanted a tutorial so I thought why not I can do that right???  Well I hope I can anyway!!!  LOL!!!!!

Coloring Blondes

Y02, Y08, Y38, Y28

E50, E51, E53, E43

Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28

E50, E53, E43, Y28

Y02, Y06, Y08, Y38,

Y0000, Y02, Y06

Coloring - Red Heads

I am sorry this was supposed to be a light brown/strawberry blonde and I have no idea which colors I used to achieve it!!!  So Sorry!!!

YR02, YR09, E07, E09

YR00, YR02, YR04, YR09, E07, E09

Coloring Brunettes

E33, E35, E37, E29

E30, E35, E37, E39, BG10, BG72, BG75

E33, E35, E37, E39

E31, E35, E37, E29

E43, E71, E77

Black and Grey Hair

C1, C2, C3, C5

C2, C3, C5, C7

Getting Creative with Colors

V00, V04, V12, V17

Medium Blonde - E50, E51, E53, Y26
Purple V000, V12, V04, V17
Orange YR00, YR04, YR09
Green YG00, YG03, YG09

Now how do I achieve the above looks???    Here is the Tutorial

I usually use 3 to 4 shades in a color group but with Red Heads I personally use between 5 and 6 colors to achieve my read heads look.

I color the entire head in my lightest of that color shade.  Above you can see how I added which color I was using in green off to the side I will add each shade as we go to the green list off to the side.  Next I decide where I want my shine or lightest spots to be on my hair usually either I choose to have one above and below the main darker part of the hair as you see right below in the light blond, or I choose to have the darker parts of the hair without the shiny parts of the hair start in the ends and the lightest shiny parts to be between the dark parts as you see in the picture below that.

Above picture (Shine of hiar above and bleow the darker colored parts of the hair)

Below Picture (Shine in the center of the darker sections of the hair)

So in the picture above I start stage two of coloring my hair I use the next shade in my color group I have chosen (When I say color groups I mean the groups of colors I have picked to be my go to shades for each hair color so for example for dark brown that is usually E30 or 31, E35, E37 and E29 for me)

Now I add my 3rd color for the shade and I put that in between the middle of the dark spots so that it leaves the edges of the dark spot the lighter color and then in between the darker sections there is the lighted sections so this will in the end help all the colors to blend together darkest in the middle then fades out to the next shade and so on and so forth depending on how many shades you are using.  If you are only using three shades then after this stage you can begin the blending stage if not keep going!!!!

As I said earlier I use more shades on Red Heads then any other of the hair colors so you can see that above.  For red heads depending on how light or dark I want them I do the base color in YR00 or  YR02 (if I did the lighter then the next fade out center dark shaded area is the YRO2 if I started with YRO2 as my base the next shade is YR09) 

So my red heads are either YRO2, YR09, E07 and E09, or YR00, YR02, YR04, YR09, E07 and E09 depending on what kind of read head I am trying to achieve.

So above I used two 4 shade color schemes and the red head is the 6 shade color scheme.

Now on to the Blending I go back and take my lightest shade I used for the base of the hair and start blending in the edges of all the colors in a circular motion.  Don't blend so much that your shades completely disappear or you will loose some of the shine/lit are of the hair.

For really light blondes I will either leave the entire center white and just outline the edges in like Y06 or I will do what you see below and use Y000, Y02, and Y06

So Below you have examples of the main hair colors Red, Brunette Dark, Brunette light/ dark blonde, medium blonde,  and light blonde.

The last thing I do is go back with all my shades and add to the tips of each section to make them closer to the lightest part which will become your light/shiny part of the hair and sort of blend and shade it all a 2nd time I especially have to do this for the red heads as you will see at the top of the tutorial where I have all the examples of the coloring for hair shades.

Well that about explains how I do my hair does it make sense to you can you follow it???  If you have more questions feel free to ask me and I will try to make it more clear or answer any guestions that you might have!!

What other tutorials would you like to see???  Let me know and I will put them together for you!!!!



margie c said...

Wow! Thanks for taking the time to show us all the different hair colors! They're awesome! I'm going to be practicing my grey/black hair now!
You rock!!! :*)
~ margie

Claudia @ Die Cuts R Us said...

I am so very excited! I've only been coloring with Copics for about a month, so I just love learning all kinds of new techniques. Your shiny hair coloring is gorgeous! Can't wait to try this out!

Claudia (DCRU)

Craftyanny said...

Hi Heather

Thanks so much for doing this. Guess I now need to go buy some more copics lol

Anne x

Juanita said...

Wow this is awesome, thanks for sharing. I only have a few copics, but this will help me decide which ones I need next.

Jennifer said...

Thanks Heather. I can't wait to get some Copics. They are on my wish list.

Kendra said...

Great tut Heather! This is something that I never seem to manage to get right... maybe with this technique I'll manage it :)

Maria Matter said...

wow, you did a fabulous job explaining all this...makes it sound easy! lol I'll be studying this!!!!
Thank you so much are the copic queen!
Blessings, Maria

Steph said...

WOW! Heather, this is just awesome! what a great tutorial...I know how much work goes into these, thanks for all your effort...I'm really going to have to buy more Copics now! lol

jennruggeri75 said...

What a great tutorial!! Thanks so much for putting it together.

Danni said...

You did a great job!! I always like how you put the "shine" on the hair.

Kim R. said...

Thank you so much for doing this. This is so helpful!! I love the way you color. I'm going to have to practice my coloring now. Thanks again!!!

Tanya said...

WOW! look how clever you are!! They all look great, of course. :)

Nicola said...

Fabulous tutorial and so very kind of you to do this for us beginners with Copics, you are a star Heather.
Many thanks and big hugs,
Nicola -x-

Mrs Weyremaster said...

WOW Heather, What an amazing tutorial, thank you for taking to time to show us how you do all your different hair colouring.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow Heather!! What amazing coloring and a fab tutorial!! I sure wish I had more copics so I could do it myself. I have to stop buying stamps and save for these. Where do you get your copics from?


Dragonlady said...

Hi Heather,

Thank you so much for sharing your talent for colouring.

Ali x

PaperCrafty said...

Fabulous Tutorial Heather!! I am such a visual learner so this is great. Thanks for sharing this with us!!

Moni said...

WAw this is fantastic colouring, you are so great, thanks! Husg,moni

beadz said...

This is such a great tutorial! Thank you so much for your work!


Rachel said...

Great tutorial heather!! thanks so much for doing this for us. I see so many tutorials for more detailed hair, i'm so glad you used images with lots more space. Beautiful job, now to go try out some of these techniques, YIKES!!lets see how much of a mess i make LoL.