Want to turn your favorite photo memories into line art for coloring? Easily transform any image into a blank coloring canvas with the help of X-Press Transfer Paper!
Do you have wonderful pictures you would just love to render with Copic markers, but you feel unsure about your ability to just get the linework down on paper? I understand; it can be scary to put that first mark on a clean white page! But fear no more…I have a tool that can get you rendering anything you want in no time: X-Press It Transfer Paper!
- (1) Photocopy of image you would like to translate into line art
- (1) Sheet of X-Press It Graphite Transfer Paper
- (1) Sheet of high-quality rendering paper
- A red ballpoint pen
Copic Colors Used
- YG67, YG91, YG93, YG97
- Colorless Blender
How to Transfer Your Image
Step 1: Stack Your Sheets
Take a sheet of X-Press It A4 Graphite Transfer Paper and a sheet of paper for your marker rendering. In this case, I’m using Copic sketch paper.
Next, turn the gray side of the paper down so that it’s facing toward the sketch paper. Take the image you would like to copy and turn that face-up so that you can see the image.
So, now we have a sandwich with Copic Sketch Paper at the bottom, Transfer paper (gray side facing down) in the middle, and your photocopy at the top (facing up so you can see the image you want to transfer).
Step 2: Hold It Together
Take a little Scotch tape and gently tack the top edges of the transfer paper and the photocopy down onto the sketch paper.
Step 3: Outline Your Design
Now grab a simple ballpoint pen. Red is perfect because you can easily see the line you have made on the photocopy. Now with a firm hand (not too heavy), simply trace the linework on your image. The pressure of the ballpoint pen is enough to imprint an image onto your sketch paper.
If you want to see how you are going (just in case you think you may have left off a few lines), with the photocopy and transfer paper tacked down on the top edge, you can just lift up and check out your work. The red ink on the photocopy also makes it easy to check your progress on the top sheet.
Step 4: The Big Reveal
Once you have finished transferring the image, simply remove the Scotch tape to remove both the photocopy and the transfer paper, leaving behind the final linework on your sketch paper ready to be rendered.
While it’s not absolutely necessary, I recommend taking a kneadable eraser and gently pressing the linework to remove any excess graphite before you commence your rendering.
It's that easy!
(PRO TIP: The great thing about X-Press It Graphite Transfer Paper is you don’t throw it away after you have used it just once. The graphite on the paper is very durable, so you can use it again and again. And again!)
Step 5: Render Away
Once you have finished transferring your image, you can start rendering with Copic markers as you would with any image.
In this case I wanted to use the colors on the photograph as a guide.
My Copic color palette is noted above. In addition, I have also used a little blender ink on a cloth for texture, some Copic White on the water droplets, and 0.5 / 0.3mm Multiliners in Warm Gray to line out some areas of the image.
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