Shading Yellow: a Copic Tutorial

I’ve seen this question come up A LOT lately! Maybe its from the warmer, sunnier weather 🙂 This little bit is something I learned when I used to do a lot more painting but the idea totally applies to copics too. If you try to shade yellow with a grey/black it usually turns out green and just kind of icky. I always encourage you to experiment and find your own likes but Y26 and Y28 are my go tos for shading yellow.  I hope you enjoyed the tut and I hope it was helpful!

  • Maria tHerese says:


  • Faye says:

    You’re bad, I need more Copics now!! 😉 xx

  • Damaris V. says:

    Yes!! hehe… I’m excited because before this tut, I used a dark yellow/brownish color to in highlights. It looked great, but I thought it was weird or wrong… lol. Thanks for the confirmation.

    x0, Damaris

  • Arabella says:

    Thanks Kristy! The final dress looks fab!


  • Rachel Parys says:

    Awesome tip! I love Y26, and Y28, they keep things from getting to “bright”.

  • alice says:

    thank you for sharing this – it’s a big help! i will search your blog to see what other shading tips you have posted 🙂

    • Kristy says:

      Check up in the tutorials page and you’ll find a few 🙂

  • Bridget says:

    Thanks so much, Kristy! I’d love to seeore of these tuts. Short, direct & to the point. Easy to follow. I’m going to buy these yellows to add to my collection.

  • Michelle says:

    thank you!!!! love it just don’t have Y28 or Y26
    i have y11 y13 y15 y17 is there anything i can substitute for y28/26
    prolly don’t have that either…lol gonna play with it

    • Kristy says:

      So glad you found it helpful! I haven’t tried it but a couple good candidates to try out would be the E30s, E40s or E50s. They all seem to have a bit of yellow in them anyway so they might work really well! Let me know if you try it and how it works out!

  • Michelle says:

    thanks so much Kristy I actually have some e30/e50’s!! definitely let you know how it turns out!! xoxo

  • Eline Jansens says:

    Great! When I started with Copics I bought Y11Y13 Y15. Blending these just gave me plain yellow =/ I got so frustrated that I never touched them again =P
    I’m happy to find out that I have the perfect colors for shading already in my possession =) Thx!

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