Copic Marker Realistic Illustration of a Butterfly

Watch Creativity Coach Aisha Borel draw a Copic marker butterfly illustration from start to finish. To see the entire creative process, watch the (above) video. 

Sketching the Copic Marker Butterfly Illustration

SKETCH: Alright, what I’m doing here is using a pencil to sketch out the wings and body of the butterfly. The sketch is based on a picture I found online that I really like.

LIGHT BOX: Instead of coloring directly on the sketch, what I’ll be doing is using a light box to trace over the pencil lines in ink. What this allows me to do is keep the integrity of the sketch in tack.

Adding Ink & Choosing Color

INK: Since I’ll be using quite a bit of ink at the end of the illustration, all I’m wanting to do is get it down onto the paper as smoothly as possible. COLOR: Next step is choosing which color scheme I’m wanting for my Copic Marker Illustration.

Placing Each Color Where It Needs to Be

COLOR: Using a pale yellow marker I go in and place each color where it needs to be.

COLOR: Overall, I’m not too concerned about staying within the lines because I know that I’ll be going back over the wings with black ink a bit later on.

COLOR: Adding a dark gray to the body of the butterfly and a lighter gray to the wings will help me begin to visualize just where the black ink will go.

Blending Color & Adding Detail to my Butterfly

LAYER: Now that I have a sense of what colors will go where this is when I come in with another marker and start adding layers of color on top of what I already have. Since Copic Markers are alcohol-based, I can easily go in and create the blending of color that I am wanting.

INK: Now that I have the wings blended the way I want, I’m ready for the next stage, which is adding the finishing touches and ink details. What this will do is make the butterfly wings look more organic and add a level of detail to make this Copic Marker illustration really pop!

The Finished Piece

FINISHED: Ta-da!! Lol 😀 At some later point in my journey I’ll go back and do this Copic marker butterfly illustration once again (from start to finish), but for now, I’m pretty happy with what I created. If you are interested in purchasing the original art, send me a message or leave a comment in the comment section below.

Materials Used in the Creative Process

If you’re interested in finding out more about the materials I used to create this Copic marker butterfly illustration, then check out my Affiliate links below. Any purchases you make through my links are at no additional cost to you. In fact, all proceeds will go directly towards creating more awesome content.

Copic Markers
• Copic Marker R02 Sketch
• Copic Marker R29 Sketch
• Copic Marker Y11 Sketch
• Copic Marker Y15 Sketch
• Copic Marker Y38 Sketch
• Copic Marker YG21 Sketch
• Copic Marker YR07 Sketch

Copic Multiliners
• Copic Marker Multiliner Inking Set

(Copic Markers Multiliner BS (Brush Small) Black Pigment Based Ink • Copic Markers Multiliner 0.5 Black Pigment Based Ink • Copic Markers Multiliner 0.3 Black Pigment Based Ink • Copic Markers Multiliner 0.05 Black Pigment Based Ink • Copic Markers Multiliner 0.03 Black Pigment Based Ink)

Light Box
• LED Light Pad

• Copic Marker Sketchbook
• Marker Paper

Removable Tape
• Removable Tape

YouTube Set-Up
• Sony Alpha a5000
• Neewer LED Light Kit
• Zoom Recorder
• Lavalier Lapel Mic
• Blue Yeti Microphone
• Editing Software Adobe Premiere Pro CC
• Thumbnail created with Adobe Photoshop CC