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Video Tutorial: Drawing Bubbles with Copics

It has been a while since I did a video, and I was feeling the itch! This week it’s a short and sweet instructional on how to draw bubbles in water using Copic markers.

If you want to practice along, I used:

  • Copic markers: BG10, BG34, B00, B02, G12, and later BG70
  • Colorless Blender (any brand will work, using Copic Ciao 0 here)
  • White Gelly Roll pen

To begin, create a watery background for the bubbles. I used a wash of BG10, with a mix of BG34, B00, B02, and G12 around the edges and faded in (BG34, B00, and B02 are the darkest colors near the bottom edges). I used BG70 instead of the colorless blender to smooth everything out and add just a hint more color.

To start the bubbles, use the colorless blender to draw a circle on the background color. Place the tip of the blender in the center of the circle to begin saturating the paper with the clear ink. This will push the other colors out of the way on the paper, pushing the watery colors to the edges of the circle. This creates an “edge” to the circle that forms the body of the bubble.

Create more bubbles in different sizes. To make very tiny bubbles, place the tip of the colorless blender on the paper without moving it, then lift it away. Allow the spot to dry, then repeat a few more times. This will gradually provide enough blender to create the bubble without it spreading and expanding too much.

Finally, using the white Gelly Roll, begin adding spots of light on the bubbles. Establish a light source; the surface of the bubble closest to the light source will have a crisp shine on it (I use dots, but you can have circular reflections, square reflections, etc. depending on what is creating the light in your image).

The light would then shine through the bubble and diffuse on the opposite interior wall of the bubble, so the next step is to create a diffused light along the bubble opposite of the crisp shine.

You can use your finger when the Gelly Roll marks are fresh to remove a little of the white if your bubbles are more toward the background or are more hidden.

And that’s it! Easy bubbles! I love how these turn out, and I hope this method works for you, too!

Thanks for watching!

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