Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tracing Memories classes

What a fun time I had last week teaching the Tracing Memories class in Anahiem! I got back after the CHA trade show and finally had a chance to catch up on my work. But, after all the emails, and business was over, I had fond memories of my trip to California.

This is where I was able to use a bit of Tracing Memories to enjoy that experience once again. One evening, we had a chance to go out to dinner and I was served a Sprite in a really pretty blue Mason jar. So, of course I took a photo of it (I'm sure each of you have done something similar). The rest of the evening was great, lots of new people we met, stories we told, and good food was eaten by all.

When I got home and dug through my photos, I saw that mason jar, and instantly thought of that evening and the fun we had at that restaurant. So, I decided to keep that memory alive and color the photo.

Here I am coloring the pretty blue mason jar. You can see my original photo that I'm looking at for color reference, but the coloring is all my own. Sometimes I print out my photo for reference, other times I will look at the computer screen, as the colors are more vibrant.

This is where I made some artistic decisions about composition. The background of this photo is not as important, and I'm not going for photo-realism, so I chose not to color it. Rather than coloring the whole granite tabletop, I dotted on a few color to suggest the granite, and left it at that. The black napkin provides a nice solid, foundation for the jar, the blue really stands out, and the lime is vibrant and juicy. The condensation on the glass hid the ice cubes, so I "faked it" and drew in a couple pale blue lines to suggest ice-cubes without needing details.

As you can see from the finished illustration, I love the final  effect!! I printed copies of this illustration and gave them to each of the people from work who were with me that evening. As soon as they also saw it, they remembered the fun evening we had, and were so happy. I think, as a nice thank you, I should also send one to the restaurant.

Have I inspired you yet? The people who came to my classes in Anaheim had an amazing time, and left very happy. I will be teaching more Tracing Memories classes in the next few weeks, so REGISTER NOW!! Then you can also learn how to color your own memories.

This 4hr. class is low-key and perfect for beginners of all levels, so bring a friend, even if they aren't into art or have ever touched Copic Markers. Visit our website for more details, and to register.

Feb. 15th Portland, OR, Tracing Memories workshop taught by Marianne Walker (morning or afternoon available)

Registration opens soon for:
March 30, San Diego, CA  Tracing Memories workshop, taught by Marianne Walker

Other Copic Classes Coming up
New locations are being listed all the time for upcoming classes, so check our website regularly to see if the class you want is coming to a town near you. Register on our website under each class type Standard, Intermediate, or Workshop

Feb. 21st  Tempe, AZ   Standard Certification    taught by Sherrie Siemens    almost full!!
Feb. 22nd Tempe, AZ   Intermediate Certification  taught by Sherrie Siemens almost full!!
Feb. 22nd Charlotte, NC   Whimsical Faces & Hair    taught by Debbie Olson
Feb. 22nd Charlotte, NC    Airbrush for Papercrafters taught by Debbie Olson   
Feb. 21st Orlando, FL    Standard Certification        taught by Lori Craig almost full!!
Feb. 22nd Orlando, FL    Intermediate Certification    taught by Lori Craig almost full!!
Feb. 28th,  Los Angeles, CA    Standard Certification     taught by Cindy Lawrence  

March 1, Los Angeles, CA    Intermediate Certification      taught by Cindy Lawrence
March 7, Columbus, OH     Standard Certification     taught by Lori Craig      
March 8, Columbus, OH    Intermediate Certification   taught by Lori Craig
March 22nd, Portland, OR Whimsical Faces & Hair   taught by Debbie Olson
March 22nd, Portland, OR Airbrushing for Papercrafters  taught by Debbie Olson
March 29, San Diego, CA  Whimsical Faces & Hair workshop, taught by Marianne Walker

Register Now!! You will love learning from our talented instructors.


Debbie Olson said...

This is one of my favorites yet, Marianne--LOVE it!

Jan Castle said...

What a lovely way to remember! I will be watching for you to teach the Tracing Memories Class in Eugene...or perhaps Salem, OR at 'Run Away Art and Crafts Studio' (a new store in Downtown Salem)!
Jan Castle

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