Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Shadows & Shading Blog Hop

Note: Commenting is now closed. Winner will be posted Monday. Thanks for commenting!!

Book Giveaway

The Shadows & Shading book is now available at many of your favorite retailers (sorry, we do not sell direct or else I could post a link), and so we wanted to offer a chance to WIN a copy for yourself.
Thursday the Copic Instructors in the US and Australia are doing a Blog Hop!!!

My new book, Shadows and Shading is great for beginners, either papercrafters or artists - this is the reference book you have been looking for to help you add shadows to give your projects more dimension. The book does not teach you to draw, rather to help you add shadow and shading. This is a wire-bound book that comes with 4 clear printed guides to help you add shadows properly on your own work. So far, the people who have read it love it! There's a lot to digest, so take it slow and read it often to let the concepts sink in.


Now, a Blog Hop wouldn't be as much fun without BLOG CANDY!!! Today or Tomorrow each of the blogs listed below will be posting an opportunity to win. One lucky commenter per blog, so you have lots of chances to win. That's right, simply leave a comment on this post and you'll be in with a chance to WIN this fabulous book!! You have until Sunday to leave a comment on my blog or any of the following blogs.

Here's the list of blogs you can comment on for your chance to win. Please note, this contest is only open to North American Residents on the North American blogs, and Australian Residents on the Australian blogs.


N
orth American Residents only:

Copicmarker Blog

Marianne Walker

Lori Craig

Sharon Harnist


Jenn Balcer

Jennie Black

Colleen Schaan

Bianca Mandity

Debbie Olson

Sherrie Siemens



If you live in the land down under, then you can win from one of the Australian Blogs:

CopicOz (Australia)

Kathy Jones (Australia)


Mandi-Lee Klinger (Australia)


Ok, Happy Hopping!!

Coloring Shadows Example - toy guitar
I don't know if I've shown this picture before on this blog, but it really does a nice job of showing a cast shadow. Cast shadows can be scary! You have to draw in a shape that isn't there. Aaack! However, it is worth it. Practice makes perfect, and the clear lighting placement guides included in the book are perfect for practicing without wasting paper.

Look at the first picture, without a cast-shadow shadow. While the object is beautifully rendered, it has no "place". It is a floating object without reference. This looks strange, because it is easy to see the dimensionality of the guitar and where the light is hitting it. The easiest way to "ground" our image is to add a cast shadow.

The shape of the shadow mimics the shape of the guitar. On this image, it is almost parallel. If you are worried you're not doing it right, you can take a second copy of the image, slide it over a bit, and trace it.

On this example you'll notice that my shadow is purple, not just gray. The shadow gets more gray as it gets farther from the eye. The shadow gets lighter under the neck because there is more ambient light.

Notice the neck and the top area with the tuning pegs. These are not colored a flat color, even though the light would hit those surfaces uniformly. By giving them slight color variation (lighter in the middle) it helps to add to the shine/dimensionality. The texture on the main body of the guitar was made with a colorless blender. This created the splotchy blended/washed out look you see.

I hope that you can come to see how much more life a shadow gives, have a wonderful creative journey, and good luck with the contest!

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quiltindiva said...

I would love to win this book to help me with my shading

pakosko said...

i am in awe of your work and would love to own this book.

Tiffany said...

Great book Marianne! Thanks for the chance to win!

M.J. Rutledge said...

Can't wait to get my hands on a copy of this book!

Belle* said...

I can't wait to get this book! I have recently invested in 2 of the big sets of Copics, and really do not understand the concept of shading. Your work is beautiful!!!

Sharon in Arizona said...

What a great demonstration, Marianne. Makes me even more anxious to get this book. Thanks for the opportunity. Hugs, Sharon :o)

Margaret said...

I think 207 may be a lucky number for me. This book is going to be an awesome addition to all that we already have for using Copics. Can't wait to have it in my hands.

Mary said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book!

CraftyBea said...

Would love to have this book to up my coloring skills. Thank you for putting this together.

Betty

Janette said...

I have always had a hard time with shadowing, this book would be of great help. Thanks for the chance to win.

BishopsMommie said...

I have collected the markers now i just need to learn how to use them..this would help aloy!!!

Kathy said...

This is such a fabulous book. I would love to win it.

Betty Sue said...

Thanks for a chance to win such a great book that I truly need!

Rix said...

This looks like a great book for my collection! Thanks!

gaijinjoy said...

If the book is half as good as your blog, it will be a winner. Thanks for the opportunity to win it.

princesskitten said...

It's great to have a book to help out - I have your other on order

princesskitten said...

It's great to have a book to help out - I have your other on order

dfranseen said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this book!

Margaret said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win your book! It's definitely one I want to add to my collection.

Raven said...

Thanks for the blog hop and a chance to win this great book. I’ve wanted a copy since I first heard about it.

Carol said...

Looks like this would be a great book to have on hand!


Carol B
ciaoitalia2007@gmail.com

Carla said...

Terrific tutorial and a terrific prize!
mommarobin@gmail.com

Linda (LSN on SCS) said...

I would love for a chance to get to learn how to color better with my Copics! As always, your coloring is an inspiration!

Linda

marie said...

thanks, this a great book for all copic fan.

Harriet Skelly said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book- I sure could use help on my coloring.Those shadow and shading templates look awesome!

Diane McVey said...

What a much needed book!!! I'm so glad you have put this together. It will be super helpful to all of us! :D

DottyA Cards & Things said...

This is just what I need... Thanks so much for the chanch to win!!!
And that shadow makes all the difference in the world!

Kate P. said...

Hmm Marianne - I hope your server can handle all the comments about to be posted on your blog, who wouldn't want a copy of your book :O) Thanks so much for the chance to win.

Tricia said...

Looks like a great book - just what I need!

Debby said...

Marianne, the shadowing makes such a difference. This book has got to be amazing. Thanks for chance to win of these goodies.

Naomi said...

The book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win one.

Amanda R said...

What a wonderful book and I can't wait to get my greedy hands on it!

Judy G said...

Thanks for sharing your talent with us!

Peggy said...

Wow! This looks like a great resource for "how-to". Thanks for the chance to win. {{Hugs}}

seashorecookie said...

I am a new COPIC user. I recently purchased the entire set of sketch markers. Sure would love to have the new book, as I need all of the help that I can get, TFS

Cathy said...

I really want this book. Can't wait to enhance my coloring skills.

Karen Linarez said...

I would love to get my hands on this book. I love to sketch and this would be invaluable.

Susan said...

Love your blog--I visit everyday since I found it and I enjoy looking at your shadow and shading examples and would love a copy of your book!
Thanks for sharing all the copic information!

goodie girl said...

Like to see the change in the shadows. It's not all the same color. Thank you for sharing this book.

Sharon Jones said...

I couldn't view the second picture - anyway the book looks awesome and I sure could use it! PICK ME, PICK ME!!
Hugs,
Sharon

Lorraine said...

I can't wait to get a hold of your book! TFS!

Jan Castle said...

Thank you Marianne for the chance to win your wonderful book!!!
Jan

Diane said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

Cathy said...

I am on waiting lists for this book, so to win one would be FABULOUS! Your work is SO amazing - your tips on shadows and shading for any art form will be priceless!

Laurie said...

A super looking book, would be a great addition to my collection!

Cindy said...

Great book - love to win it !

Sonja said...

Thanks for the chance to win your fabulous book!!

kngwd89 said...

I am thrilled that you have created this book! It will be a fantastic resource for all of us who love our Copic Markers! Thank you. LeAnn

Gail's Card Cafe' said...

I love this blog hop! It's a learning experience instead of just looking and wishing you were just that good. Just the hop alone is great. Oh but don't get me wrong :) I'd love to win the book but thanks for the hop!

Lori Barnett said...

That book....it's MINE ;) hee hee hee. I LOVE the examples on how to color things. Makes me want to color allllll day long!

Geri said...

I am a loyal visitor to your blog. Thank you a kazillion times for sharing your talent and love of art with us.

Michelle said...

that would be an awesome book, Im just learning!
thanks so much
michelle at scrappinwithmybug.com

Teri said...

Man oh Man do I need that book!

Thanks for the opportunity to win it...

Teri

Susan said...

Loving this guide!! I would love to win a copy!!

The Bug said...

I have been waiting for this book - This will really help give my coloring that wow factor. Thanks for the chance to win.
Hugs, Wini
wini@looneybugdesigns.com

Christine & Buck Davis said...

Thanks for a chance to win this fabulous book!!!

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

As I told you at CHA, I am SOOOOOOOO excited for this book! Thanks so much for writing this Marianne! I can't wait to get a copy!

Jaline said...

Wonderful, just what I need. New to Copic and I'm in love, but I do need help.
Thank you and happy to have found your blog
Jacuqeline

Trena in Naperville said...

Marianne! Congratulations - it's out and about!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

Crystal said...

wow I'd love a copy! ^_^

Laura /sandytoz art said...

OOooOO I'd love to have that book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Victoria said...

Swoon! What a fab tool!

Christy said...

Love the guitar shading. My Copics are like the Energizer bunny. They just keep going and going and going...

Melissa said...

yeah!! so excited for this book! thank you!!

ferrellgraph-x said...

I would love you have and learn from your book! A class in Nashville, TN would be even more fabulous ;)
Kindest regards,
Jennifer Ferrell

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Color Cure said...

I am SO HAPPY to see you have written a book...!! I have all your tutorials in a binder but it's not the same as a real bona fide book

Medulla said...

awesome book!! thank you for the chance to win!

Alaine said...

This is beautiful. Thank you for a chance to win your wonderful book.

nonnie said...

thank you for the chance to win -would love your book!

Candy said...

I would love to win this book!

mom2h said...

I would love to get my hands on this book. I have a pretty good investment in my Copic collection, and would love to be able to get the most from them. Thanks!

Sara Henton said...

Marianne, I'm so glad that you came out with this book & can't wait to get my hands on it

Sharron aka Sharrahug said...

Wow! This looks like a "must have" book on shadowing! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!
Hugs ~
Sharron♥

Lois said...

I recently purchased my first bunch of Copic Sketch Markers-I can use all the help I can get! Thanks for sharing your GREAT reference book!

Virginia said...

Would love a copy of this book. You are such an inspiration. Thank you for putting your techniques in writing so we can learn from your experience and testing with copics.

Virginia said...
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ecpiercy said...

I can't wait to get a copy! Thanks for the opportunity to win one!

Virginia said...

I would love to own this book. Thank you for sharing your techniques for shading with Copics.

Jackie Koreen said...

I recommend your blog to all the people I teach Copics to. I appreciate all you do for all of us and look forward to what is yet to come. Can I also put in for the intermediate class...so wish it could be a giveaway, since my husband hasn't worked to a year now, darn economy. It is encouraging to see people being careful so they can purchase Copics. Thanks so much. Jackie Koreen

Alyce said...

I would love to have all your tips at my finger tips!

Bonnie said...

I love my markers but, I feel inadequate with shadowing. I NEED the book. Thanks for the chance.

FibreJunky said...

This book looks so amazing. I can hardly wait to add it to my references. Thank you so much for the chance to win one!

JudyO said...

I love your shadow because it makes such a difference.
I would love to win your new book. I hope you will draw my name.

1CRTVCHK said...

Wow! What a great book. I would love to win this book and be able to add such great effects to my coloring. Thanks for the chance at a great prize!

Jennifer Lubbock said...

This book sounds so great. Hope to get my hands on one! Thanks for the chance to win!

Rebecca Ednie said...

I can't wait to read this book; to win it would be awesome!

Denise said...

Looks like a fabulous book! I'm anxious to see it in person!
DeniseB

Billie A said...

What a wonderful idea of doing this book for us who strugggle for the right look. I am so excited to see that this will be out soon for buying. How exciting it would be to receive a copy of it free. Know it will be so helpful. Thanks for doing this for us.

babdu said...

Just getting the hang of this blog hop - thanks for a chance to win this book - looks great

Linda w said...

Congratulations on the new book. I would love to win a copy.

stamping on...

Linda said...

I am a beginner and this is something I sure could use. I need all of the help I can get. Looking forward to your book.

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brendagamble said...

I would dearly love to have a copy of the Shadows and Shading; never can learn enough!

brendagamble said...

I would love to have a copy of the copy of Shadows & Shading. I love learning as much with the copics as possible.

quilter said...

I will never be able to draw free hand, but I think I could learn to shade, which makes such a difference in your guitar picture. Thank you for the give away.

Cameron said...

What a great addition to my book collections

Robbin said...

This book is a wonderful idea to help those of us who are shading challenged!!

Peggy said...

Would love to have this wonderful book. Thanks for a chance to win it.

LindaR said...

I could really use this! Thanks for the chance to win.

Dorothy said...

The more I use Copic markers the more I learn that I need to learn more!

Bette said...

I have a dozen or more Copics and am trying my darndest to work with them. So far, my results are far from good. I would love this book to learn more about shading, etc. thank you for the chance to win!

Kel said...

Looks like a wonderful book to add to any artistic collection, thanks for the chance to win and def. adding to my want list.

Nancy said...

Thank you so much for making a book like this for us and also giving a chance to win it. This book is going to be so helpful.

DottyA Cards & Things said...

I would love to win Marianne’s book. I really need help with my shading and shadows and this book would be a Great tool for me. Thank you for a chance to win.

Sue said...

Thank you Marianne for making a wonderful book. Your class was great when I took it in 2009

Grace said...

Oh I would so love to win a copy of Marianne's book!!! I really need help with my shading and shadows and this book would be a wonderful resource to have! Thanks so much for the chance to win it!

Mrs Ham said...

This is a "must have" book, especially for beginners, like me.

Sharri said...

What a fantastic book! Thank you for making it available to us and for a chance to win it!

Alfred Gallardo said...

Very Nice... I want one of those books... :D

Kandy said...

I would LOVE to have this book!!!

jackiestamps4fun said...

Oh I can't imagine anything better to win to help me learn how to use my Copics better! This looks fantastic!

Marlene said...

Great book!! Love the markers. Thanks for the chance to win one!

Donna said...

Looks like a really helpful book. Thank you for the chance!

Kathryn said...

Glad there is a book now to help with the shadowing technique. Have been waiting to get one ever since I heard it was coming out!!

scrappinchic said...

So excited about this book!! Thank you so much for the chance to win.

scrappinchic said...

So excited about this book! Thank you so much for a chance to win =D

shellybob said...

WOW, that shading is amazing. I don't know if I could ever get that good, but the book would sure help me get better.

Tina Gilliland said...

WOW!!! I bet that is one resourceful book and I could DEFINITELY use some help on shadows!!! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

JoAnne said...

Congratulations on the new book. It will be a big hit. You have been inspiring so many of us "fellow copic addicts" for a long time. My fingers are crossed that you pull my name out of the hat!

jan said...

Awesome! I love your blog, sure to love your book too!

Kendra said...

Your guitar is great... has such detail and I noticed everything you said before I read it (how it made such a difference in the believability of the object)... fantastic and I just know that your book is going to be just as great. I think it's a definite must have! Thanks for the chances to win it :)

jlzmom said...

Thanks for the offer! I would love to have that book! ~JJ

cathystamps said...

I am so excited about your book. I'm not an artist, and have taken community education classes over the years. I've loved them, but realize how much I DON'T know about colors and shading. This book will be my bible! Thanks for the chance to win one.

Kay S said...

Awesome book! I've learned a lot about Copics and their use in classes and on sites like yours but this would be a fabulous reference to have, especially those clear plastic guides.

Jami said...

Wow this book looks like it would be very helpful! Thanks for the chance to win. :)

Love your guitar example!!

Kelly Rae said...

Ohmigosh Marianne! You're a Copic rock star and I'm grateful that you share your knowledge and techniques so unstintingly. Seeing the difference between the two guitar images really highlights how shading/shadowing ups the finished product. Thank you for a chance to win this book. KellyRae

scrapmouse said...

Very nice instructions!!! I really like the part about how shadows appear more grey the further they are from you. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book!

Mary said...

Thank you so much for creating this book. I love coloring and you are making Shadows and Shading much more easy to accomplish....can't wait to purchase your book.

Robin Cooper said...

Wow! I sure could use this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

Pixie Camembert said...

Yoohoo! I've got a LOT of Copics and plan to order more soon. Would LOVE to have your book(s), but not nearby shops - so need to travel or order online. I've been working hard on figuring out shadows and shading lately, this is just what I need. Thanks for the chance to win it! Crossing my fingers and toes. Hello to all in Eugene (my brother, sil, niece and LOTS of others - all UofO grads). Love it!

gobeagirl said...

OMGoodness. I see that you already have a ton of commenters, but I would so love to win this book. I love how you color and the chance to win a book that would help me with my shading is so over the top exciting! Thanks for sharing your awesome talent with us all, and for this chance to win. Hugs, Lisa G

tgerweck said...

You are the lady of awesome coloring and shading. Who would ever have thought this would be an important skill. This book would be a perfect tool for me. Thank you for the chance to win one.

Hannah Clark said...

Thanks for the chance to win! I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

NancyT said...

Thank you Marianne for the blog candy. I'm always in awe on n the beauty of your work. I would love an opportunity to win this book. It would really help!
Thanks

Nancy T

NancyT said...

Marianne:
Thank you or the blog candy. I would love the chance to win the book. I just love all your work and instructions you are willing to share with us.
Nancy T

AHR said...

Wonderfull this book ! Can I find it in France please ? Thanks per advance.
(ahr)

SuzanneQ said...

Would love to have this book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win it.

Mae said...

What a great idea. I could use all the tips and ticks possible. Thanks for the chance!

BethMcBeth said...

I really like the way you did the wood grain texture on the guitar. The drop shadow is also great too very warm!

-Beth

Karen Gladney said...

What a wonderful book Marianne. I would really love to add it to my collection and I could definately use some help with my shading.

Kathy said...

"Happy Shading" may be a possibility after viewing this amazing book!

Debbie said...

I have been looking for a place to purchase this book.
It would be great to win it!
Thanks

Molly Joly said...

I really love your blog posts and am looking forward to your book - congrats and thanks for the chance to win!

Sheryl said...

This looks like a FABULOUS book! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! You are SO talented!

Auntie Em said...

Great little tutorial on shadows! Thanks for sharing...that book looks so awesome! :)

Linda Carson said...

Oh I would l-o-v-e to win this book! I am so shadow challenged!

Doris said...

What a great book! I would LOVE to have a copy! It’s so helpful to those of us just getting used to our Copics! Not to mention the techniques it teaches! Thank you for the opportunity to win this wonderful book!

Jo said...

I have recently found your site and your work is wonderful. Your book looks very interesting.

carmenbrown99 said...

This looks perfect for someone who is artistically challenged like myself.

Deneen said...

Love your example and now I feel like I really need this book :)

marie said...

This book will help me with my copic coloring, love to win it. thanks

Joyce said...

I am desperately waiting for this book to come in at my favorite store. I can't wait to study this one. Would love to WIN one!

seamom said...

I love my copicsand would really like to learn how to use them better. Thanks for the chance!

Natalie said...

Wow - amazing coloring! Thanks for sharing. :)

sdoll said...

Would love a chance to see this book. Thanks for the opportunity.

Barbara said...

What a wonderful opportunity to learn and improve copic skills

dorism6220 said...

I would love to win the book - easy to reference while experimenting!

Alyssa Clawson said...

Who wouldn't love this book? What a FABULOUS resource! Thanks for the chance to win!

THEBURKEMASTER06 said...

Can't wait to get my hands on this book. I so want my stamping to look like art instead of just coloring in the lines...

Paula Laird said...

You are a coloring goddess! Thank you so much for making this book and for the wonderful chance to win!

Elizabeth said...

Oh how I would love to win this book!!!

brendagamble said...

would love to have the new book of Shadows and Shading to help me better myself with the use of the copic markers, since no one in this state teaches the techniques of coloring with the copics.

ginigin said...

That tiny guitar is a great hook for the book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Carla Mc said...

I love learning about how to use my copic markers better.

Marilyn said...

My coloring has always lacked depth and reality -- this book seems to offer the information I need. Thanks for the chance to win.

Gladys R. said...

Thanks for a chance to win
this amazing book.

Marsha said...

I'm excited about your book. It would be such a wonderful resource to improve my coloring. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

scrappintlc said...

I've wanted this book since it was first mentioned on a blog that it was coming out and been anxiously awaiting it...thank you for the chance to win a copy. I'd be ecstatic to win a copy.

Deb said...

Looks like a great book...would love to win!

JustMeJustina said...

What a wonderful giveaway. I'm in desperate need of this book!

JustMeJustina said...

Would love to get my hands on this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jan in Tucson said...

Can't wait to dive into this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!!

Kathy said...

How wonderful! I really need this book on shadows. Thank you for writing it.

Cheryl O said...

Love the shadow lesson, it really gives you a different perspective on looking at things and the where, how and colors of shadows. Thanks for the opportunity to win.....

Kim Forsyth said...

This book is soooo what I need! LOL

Debbie Brackett said...

You are wonderfully creative and talented. I would love a chance to win a copy of your book.

Lueyes said...

This book looks wonderful and will be so helpful!

Kathy said...

Wow! What a great book! I have just begun this journey to start coloring, investigating the best markers or colored pencils and no absolutely nothing about techniques. I'd love, love to win this book so I can learn from someone who has such a love for her craft!

Diana N. said...

What a fantastic book. I need this book and will look for it, if by some chance I don't win a copy.

Toni said...

I would love this book.

SusanA said...

I would love to own this book and learn more. Thank you for the chance to win it.

WJ said...

I am so excited this book is out now, I have been looking forward to add it to my collection. Thanks :}

Lori W said...

What a wonderful book. For those of us who need some guidance on coloring techniques, this will be the perfect book to enhance our skills. I have had so much fun using my copic markers and this will help me get to the next level.

Melissa said...

Your book looks awesome! It sounds like what I need to take my copic coloring to the next level! Would love to add that to my arsenal!

Grace said...

This book sounds wonderful!

ManLe Hong said...

OMG, I've been waiting for a book like this!!!

Darlene said...

It would be my heart's desire to win this book. I love to watercolor, but mine never seem to have the "right" shading or shadowing...thanks for the opportunity to win this! What a gracious thing to do!

diana said...

Thanks for this chance to win a copy of this book and improve my colouring. ;-)

Andrea said...

I could hug you right now! I can't wait to have this book in my hot little hands some how!!!! perfect!!

Tracy said...

Thanks for the chance to win this great new resource.

Tessa said...

I NEED this! Thanks for the chance to win!

marie said...

Thanks for the chance of winning this wonderful book.

Karla Anderson said...

I can;t wait to get this book. Thanks so much for writing this and for the chance to win.

Sue said...

Thanks for the sample. The book looks awesome.
Sue
smokiesue2010@hotmail.com

joyfuljan said...

Wow - I would love to win this book as I have so much to learn about using my copics.

judy said...

WOW! I'm new to copics and this book would help me get going!! Thanks for a chance to win!

Tracy Johnson said...

Just where I need the help! Sounds like a great book to add to my collection.

GeoGirl said...

Great book I am anxious to get a copy for myself.

Lorraine said...

Oh this looks awesome! I'm definitely going to buy this!

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