How to Draw Glass with Copic Markers

Katie Mruz | May 8, 2017

Coloring glass with Copic markers can be tricky; luckily, guest artist Katie Mruz  is here to clear things up! Glass Syrup Pitcher Pouring Over Copic Markers

Products Used:

  • 11" x 14" Canson Marker Paper
  • Gelly Roll white gel pen
  • Chalkboard white liner pencil by Eberhard Faber
  • Copic Sketch markers: E00, E02, E09, E15, E18, E29, E31, E33, E37, E49, E50, Y11, Y17, Y21, Y32, YR04, YR61

I enjoy drawing glass objects, so this demonstration will show how to draw a pitcher of syrup. This is a portion of one of my larger pieces.

light sketch of glass syrup pitcher colored with Copics

I begin with a light sketch of the pitcher, and then add light foundation colors to get the basic shade of the syrup, E02, Y17, E18, E09, E37, and Y11. I typically use the brush tip, because it allows for better control and detail in small areas. 


sketch of glass pitcher colored with Copics

glass syrup pitcher colored with Copics

I then outline the lip of the pitcher with my darkest color marker, E49 and fill in the space between the lines with buttercup yellow and dark suntan, Y21 and E15. As seen in the pictures, I have also added more shading to the syrup inside the pitcher by overlaying darker colors, E37 and E29. I leave some spaces white for the reflections of light coming through the glass.  In the oval opening, I shade the area with E50 and E00 to give the pitcher shape.   

glass syrup pitcher pouring colored with Copics

The stream of syrup is created with a thick line of E31, E32, and Y17. I add further shading to the bottom of the pitcher with the darkest brown, E49, and add more shading to the upper part with E31, YR61, E15, and E18.

glass pitcher streaming syrup drawn with Copic markers

glass pitcher streaming syrup drawn with Copic markers

At this point, all my shading with Copic sketch pens is finished, and now I begin adding highlights. I first use a chalk pencil on the body of the pitcher to add a reflection. The pencil allows for the color behind to show through while still retaining its light appearance. 

glass syrup pitcher colored with Copic markers with highlights

After using the chalk pencil, I use a Gelly Roll gel pen to create brighter highlights. I add these around the rim of the pitcher and on the edges of the syrup to create a glossy effect.

glass pitcher streaming syrup drawn with Copic markers

Here the pitcher is finished in the complete piece. Adding the highlights with the gel pen and chalk pencil really contribute to the realistic effect of the glass and bring the pitcher to life.

glass pitcher pouring syrup over blueberry pancakes illustration drawn with Copic markers 

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Topics: Illustration, Copic

Katie Mruz
Katie Mruz on May 8, 2017

Katie is a young Copic artist specializing in "tasteful art"...i.e., beautiful food illustrations.