Mastering your Copic Markers Lesson 1: Layering | Skillshare Projects

Art By Karen E Haley

Experienced Copic Marker Artist



Mastering your Copic Markers Lesson 1: Layering

Learn to use Copic Markers to create layered effects.


Students will learn how to use their markers to create layered effects in their illustrations.


  • The project will teach students to illustrate a simple subject using the following marker layering techniques:
    • Layering on a previous, dry layer of ink for bolder effects (sharp shadows, patterns, graphic design)
    • Layering on a previous, still wet area of ink for softer effects (soft shadows)


  • The class is geared toward newer users of markers who want to learn how to get comfortable with their medium.
    • They will be expected to know basic drawing skills in order to create their character for the project.
    • They will be given a list of supplies needed in order to complete the project.


Class Outline can be viewed here  (This outline is a work in progress, any feedback would be appreciated)



Coloring a subject using layering techniques


  • The students will prepare a simple drawing that will be ready to color.
    • This drawing should have distinct areas meant to showcase the two different layering techniques, for example a flower’s petals could use the dry layers technique and the stem and leaves could use the wet layers technique.
    • This drawing should be clean and free of construction lines. Any pencil colored over with copic marker will become permanent.
    • This drawing may or may not have outlines, its up to the choice of the student.
    • Feel free to draw whatever you like ,as long as you can use these two layering techniques on them.
  • The student will color an area of the illustration with dry layering techniques, using two colors from the same color family. Use a light color and a midtone.
  • The student will color an area of the illustration with wet layering techniques. The pair of markers used for this area should come from a different color family than the first two. Use a light color and a midtone.


Work in progress shots of the project are welcomed and encouraged!


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