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Getting to know our team of Copic Ambassadors

 

Matt Falconer - Redlands City, Queensland, Australia

 

How would you describe your artwork?
My style has developed from a neo-traditional tattoo and comic book background.

Why do you love Copic?
I Love Copics immense and vast collection of colours. I like fact that whatever colour you see on the lid, is an exact representation of what it's going to look like when you use it. Very few marker companies can achieve this. I also love the names they come up with for their colours.

What do you do if you are in a creative rut?
I tend to usually go skateboarding. I will also search out other artists content that I find are more skilled than me for inspiration, that then gives me the drive to excel past them. I am inspired by tattoo artists, I have a real appreciation for them being able to turn human skin into a work of art.

What is your favourite Colour Combo?
At the moment it's a combination of 'V05 Marigold' with 'BG49 Duck Blue' it makes for an amazing majestic type background.

When you aren’t Copic-ing, what do you do?
Playing video games, reading, cooking and I enjoy just cruising around on my skateboard from time to time.

If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 5 markers what colours would they be?
It would definitely have to be the colourful and vibrant ones like; YG07, B02, R27, Y38 and RV25.

 

Niki Bee- Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

 

When did you first start using Copic?
I Started using Copic's when I first discovered paper crafting, they are the go-to alcohol marker within the community and I feel in love at first blend.

How would you describe your artwork?
As a card maker, I aim to create clean and balanced cards with pops of colour all on a 10.5cm x 14cm panel.

What do you do if you are in a creative rut?
If I'm in a creative rut, I will clean my craftroom and organise, that way when inspiration does hit, I'll have a fresh room to create in. I also love connecting with creative people on Instagram and watching crafty YouTube Videos, just seeing others create brings joy to me.

Which artists are you inspired by?
There are so many people I'm inspired by, I adore Melania Deasy's way with colour and I'm completely obsessed with all things Celeste Wrona. I love the free and quirky style of Helen Dardik and when Jack Grayson's draws his life moments, you cannot help but smile.

When you aren’t Copic-ing, what do you do?
If I'm not Copic-ing I'm a Mum and a wife, who adores daily walks on the beach, weekends filled with hiking, 4Wd-ing, camping and sending happy mail to those I love.

If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 5 markers what colours would they be?
Which colours would I take on a deserted Island? I'm pretty sure this question has given me heart palpitations. BG02, RV14, Y18, G05 and BV02. I figure I'll mostly be doodling, might as well be colourful.

 

Cassy Lyttle – Bowral , New South Wales, Australia

 

What are you favourite Copic products?
My favourite Copic products are the Various Ink Refills and I used them in alcohol ink freestyle painting.

Where do you Copic?
I use Copic inks largely at home in my makeshift studio and because they are easy to pack and store, I can transport them on holidays with me!

What do you do if you are in a creative rut?
I am fortunate that I have never been in a creative rut but I know that a champagne and potato crisps would sort me out!!

Which artists are you inspired by?
I am greatly inspired by Chagall for his whimsical themes and his vibrant colours but I also love Brett Whitely and John Olsen for their scribbly free designs.

When you aren’t Copic-ing, what do you do?

When I’m not Copicing, I’m working as a Kindergarten teacher, relaxing with my husband or my children and grandchild.

If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 5 inks what colours would they be?
B99, B21, BG72, BV29 and E87. These colours don’t necessarily go together but one of them usually features in each of my works!

 

 Jaime Fleming – Queenstown, New Zealand

 

How would you describe your artwork?
I create stylised alpine landscapes that are inspired by my love of being in the mountains.
Using a variety of techniques and mediums I recreate the magic of the mountains by instilling the spirit of adventure into each piece.

Why do you love Copic?
I love the depth I can create with beautiful blends and bold colours, as well as the intricate details and smooth linework I can produce.

Which artists are you inspired by?
There are so many inspirational artists that I adore, but if I had to pick a few today I would say Vanessa Stark (@vanessastarkart), Lois Vero (@loisvero) & Nikki Frumkin (@drawntohighplaces)

When did you first start using Copic?
Just this year! I'd been lusting over Copic Markers for a while and finally took the plunge at in January - and I'm so glad I did!

When you arn’t Copic-ing, what do you do?
When I'm not at my day job at a local helicopter company sending people off on all kinds of adventures, you'll find me snowboarding, hanging out with my husband and our awesome dog or planning my next big adventure!

If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 5 markers what colours would they be?
I don't think I could survive without my Multiliners, but I would have to pick BG34, BV17, Y11, R85 and YR16 ...maybe sneak in a Colourless Blender too!

 

 Sam Moore - Christchurch, New Zealand

 

How would you describe your artwork?
A colourful mix of strange characters, weird environ¬ments and crazy creatures.

What are you favourite Copic products?
The Copic Gasenfude Brush Pen and the Classic Markers.

Why do you love Copic?
The feel of the marker on the paper, the way they blend and the huge range of vibrant colours.

Which artists are you inspired by?
Moebius (Jean Giraud) is my artistic hero. But there are amaz¬ing artist all over the world working in different disciplines like film, TV, comics etc that inspire me everyday.

When did you first start using Copic?
When I was studying graphic design.

If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 5 markers what colours would they be?
C4, C6, C8, R29 and B24.

 

 Cassandra James, Melbourne, Australia

 

How would you describe your artwork?
My artwork is a mix of my passions and inspirations, comic-y realism with hints of neo-traditional tattoo vibes mixed in. Let’s call it ‘If Sailor Moon Were to go to the West.’

What are you favourite Copic products?
I adore the Copic Sketch Markers, the brush tips are so beautiful to work with and you can achieve some wonderfully smooth blending and colour transitions with them. The Multiliners are great too, ink that doesn't bleed when you marker colour over the top is so important.

Why do you love Copic?
I grew up as a traditional painter and the way you can layer and blend the colours is very reminisent of the traditional painting techniques I learned growing up. So not only are Copic products very comfortable for me, they're also very versatile as artistic tools.

Which artists are you inspired by?
The easiest question would be 'which artist's don't inspire me?' As someone with a comic artist background I adore artists such as Nicola Scott, Adam Hughes, Becky Cloonan and Terry Dodson. But I also adore and draw inspirtation from classic artists such as Alphonse Mucha, Caravaggio and Gustave Courbet as well as the pin-up painters from the 1930s to 50s.

When you arn’t Copic-ing, what do you do?
I burlesque dance in my spare time as well as paint tabletop miniatures. I’m a massive nerd and love my comics, tabletop and video games. When not enjoying any of those other hobbies I love enjoying a nice glass of wine or whisky and relaxing.

If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 5 markers what colours would they be?
Probably a set of 5 cool greys because you can do some really beautiful monotonal blending using just Copic greys. I love me some C2, C4, C5, C6 and and C8.

 

Nathan Cole - from Iowa, USA, living in Melbourne, Australia

 

How would you describe your artwork?
I like bold colours, strong contours and clean lines. My artwork with Copic Markers is mainly in the style of comic book illustrations.

Why do you love Copic?
I like the versatility of Copic, how easily the colours can be blended, and the vibrancy of the finished art. I love the Copic Sketch Markers! They're so easy to use with so many colours!

Which artists are you inspired by?
Alan Davis, Alphonse Mucha, Hokusai, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sophia Coppola

What is your favourite Copic colour?
Wow, tough one. Gonna go with YR15 - so bright and energetic!

When you aren’t Copic-ing, what do you do?
I make comic books, do yoga, swim, and cook Mexican food. At the moment I'm organising a new comic book festival for Melbourne called Indie Comic Con.

If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 5 markers what colours would they be?
G05, B18, R27, YR15, Y18 They make me happy when I look at them :)

 

 Amanda Toner - Napier, New Zealand

 

How would you describe your artwork?
Bright, bold and fun illustration!

Why do you love Copic?
Copic Markers must be the easiest and best quality marker pens I have had the pleasure of using. They are easy to blend and fit my style so well.

What do you do if you are in a creative rut?
Sketch. Never stop drawing, you will get through that rut if you keep sketching.

What is your favourite Colour Combo?
BV00, RV02, C-3, BV23 and R20! Love the pastel tones.

When you aren’t Copic-ing, what do you do?
Tattoo, Browse Instagram for inspiration and sleep - haha!

If you were stuck on a desert island and only had 5 markers what colours would they be?
My favourite colour combo- Bv00, RV02, C-3, BV23 and R20! I love the pastel tones.

 

Be sure to follow each of our ambassadors on Instagram and follow us for your chance to win Copic prizes!

Create It With Ecoline

Learn how to create these techniques on Youtube:

   

Ecoline Brush Pen Features:

• 29 colours + blender
• Flexible brush nib
• Perfect for drawing and hand lettering
• Create vibrant, intense strokes or soft blended watercolour effects
• Available individually and in sets
• Made in Germany
• Dip into jar of Ecoline to create colourful effects

 

Ecoline Jar Features:

• Ready to use liquid watercolour
• 30ml jars
• 46 brilliant colours + opaque white and gold
• Can be rewet
• Available individually and in sets
• Suitable for use with Ecoline Brush Pens

Rembrandt Pastel Tutorial

Our Jack of all trades (pardon the pun!) Jack Grayson is not only a master of Copic Markers –he’s got a knack for using Rembrandt Pastels too! We asked him to walk through the process he takes when approaching a piece using Rembrandt pastels. For this piece his client had commissioned a portrait of her dog. Over to Jack!

 

This was the reference image Jack was provided with.

 

Step One: The first part of my process involves roughing in the shapes of the piece I'm working on.
In this stage, I'm focused entirely on defining the shapes both separately and as a whole to create a base that I can work off of when refining the overall image. When doing this I use a light tone so that it won't stand out or show through later in the piece.
When sketching, I try not to focus on the image as a whole until I've drawn every part of the image. Instead I focus entirely on the shape of what I'm specifically drawing, be it the angles of the lines on the ear or the curves on the eyes. This is the most important part of the process as it lays out the foundations of the entire piece. If you get your sketch right, then the whole piece has greater potential to fall into place around it.

 

Step Two: Before I start roughing in the colours I take the time to carefully select the palate I'm going to use.
When doing so, it's important to pay close attention to your reference image in order to acknowledge the actual colours that are present in it. Often we see the colours that we think are there as opposed to what they actually are, so it's very important to look at your reference objectively in order to select the most realistic tones you can. When looking at the image of the dog I realised that the black fur actually contained a lot of purple, as opposed to the greys I expected it to. I also recommend keeping a small piece of paper on hand so that you can text your colours to make sure they blend well and match you reference accurately.

 

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Step Three: Next I begin roughing in the base layer of the entire piece. This part is focused on defining highlights, mid tones and shadows, using the colours selected in the previous step. When working in this stage I focus much more on defining where the deferent tones go rather than the details of the textures or the refinement of the image. It's important to pay close attention to shape when doing this in order to maintain the ground work you created in your sketch.
I do this over the entire image before I pay any attention to the fine details.

 

 

Layering: Sometimes it's necessary to layer and combine colours in order to create your desired colours. In this case, the pink of the tongue was a colour I needed to create.
The way I do this is as follows:
I lay down the base colour. This is the main colour that I'm aiming to base the final colour on, in this case, a bright pink. I then layer in the tones that I've used in the overall image in order to make the colour fit in with the palate used in the overall piece. I then blend these tones together using my finger to achieve my final colour.

 

 

Step Four: Finally, I move onto refining the whole piece to create the finished product.
Throughout this process I like to use a small mirror in order to flip the image so that I can see it from a different perspective. When you look at your piece in a different way it allows you to look at it with fresh eyes, which makes it a lot easier to see any potential misted you've make is terms of shapes or proportions and fix them as you go.

In this step, I use the sharp points and edges of my pastels to refine detail and texture. I pay close attention to the particular details in my reference image, replicating these as best I can. I use my fingers to blend together different colours and tones and press hard with my pastels to create certain details such as the reflections in the eyes. I also create the fur textures by pressing firmly and flicking the pastel in the direction of the fur.

 

Finishing Touches: Once all of the details are finished I use a white pastel to go around the edge of the entire image to clean up the background, before signing it to finish the piece.

You can follow Jack’s journey on his Instagram page.

Copic Ambassador Program

 

The aim of the Copic Ambassador program is to feature talented Australian and NZ Copic users from various industries (ie. Fashion, design, illustration, papercraft etc.) We are excited to announce that we will have a new team for the second half of 2017, to give another group of passionate Copic artists the opportunity to share their work with the Australian and New Zealand Copic Community.

 

We are looking for artists who:

• Demonstrate a variety of creative talent and inspirational projects
• Artists who are already using and committed to The Copic Brand
• Use Copic and affiliated products in their everyday work (showing finished work but also product images eg. product in use)
• Regularly engage on social media platforms including Instagram, facebook and Youtube
• Use of short videos clips (showcasing our products in use to create art) is an advantage

If you love sharing your passion for Copic on social media, then we want to hear from you! To register your interest in becoming an ambassador, click here.

  

2017 Copic Ambassadors

We’ve been blown away by our latest group of Australian Copic Ambassadors. Click on their photos to view their Instagram pages and stay tuned for a call out for our next group in the coming weeks!

 

 

Andy Hoven - Melbourne, Australia

When did you first start using Copic?
I started collecting Copic Markers in 2004, buying three at a time from my local artist supply store. My very first colours were YR04, E11 and C7. Since then, I’ve only fallen more in love with the brand, and have built up a solid collection.

Where do you Copic? 
Everywhere. At home, I use the Copic Sketch Markers to colour my illustrations, however, I always keep a small collection of Ciao Markers and Multiliners in my backpack so that I can sketch on the go. I never know when or where I’ll find inspiration, so it’s best to be prepared!

When you aren't Copic-ing, what do you do?
I work part-time for an Australian-owned fashion label, while taking freelance illustration jobs on the side. For my downtime, I love going out for brunch with friends, walking my dogs, reading graphic novels, and having movie nights.

 

 

Kat Young – Melbourne, Victoria

Why do you love Copic?
In my experience the products are always reliable, and they do exactly what I want and more, and they’re so much diversity to choose from. I also love that almost everything is refillable, that way I don’t have to stop in the middle of a creative moment and go out and buy a new pen when they run out, I just refill it and keep creating!

What are you favourite Copic products?
Of course I love my good ol’ Copic Sketch Markers, but recently I’ve developed an obsession with the Copic Multiliners (and the Multiliner SP’s) particularly the ‘wine’ colour *drools*

What is your favourite Copic Colour?
Oohhh, ‘Wine’ in the Multiliners for sure, but so hard to pick for the Markers, I have a few; RV95 (Baby Blossoms), E71 (Champagne), V25 (Pale Blackberry), and BV20 (Dull Lavender)  

 

 

Jack Grayson - Geelong, Victoria

Why do you love Copic?
I love Copic for so many reasons. The range of colours that they offer makes colouring easy, because if there’s something that you want to colour, it’s near guaranteed that there is a marker to do it with! Not only that, but the massive range makes them very collectable, and it’s always exciting to add some new colours to my collection every now and again. They’re refillable, so you don’t have to buy new ones every few weeks, and they look really nice displayed in their cases on my desk. They also colour in a really unique way with solid, vibrant colours that can blend together seamlessly and look amazing on the page.

What do you do if you are in a creative rut?
I draw! I find that there’s no better way to get out of a creative rut than by simply creating. Getting the juices flowing again can be as simple as sketching a couple of characters, so I just sit down and make stuff until I’m ready to dive in and get creative again.

What is your favourite Colour Combo?
My goodness there’s almost too many to choose from! I tend to work more with environments and shades, so I always love combining different tones of the same colour to create some depth. Reds like R35, R37, and R39 look fantastic when put together and a combination of YG91, YG93, YG95 and YG99 makes for a great Olive Green palate. In terms of a colour combo though, I love a combination of magenta and a golden yellow, RV19 and Y38 are perfect for this.

 

 

Erin Hunting - Melbourne, Victoria

When did you first start using Copic?
Way back in 2006 when I saw some folks playing with them online. I started off with some simple shading before I quickly found my confidence to go full colour. I still remember that exciting feeling of seeing my work in colour since my work was all pretty much black and white inks before then.

Why do you love Copic?
I have used many and varied markers and pens and I have found that Copic not only stock the very best colours within their marker range, they are also of the best and highest quality with both their markers and pens. I also like that Copic is constantly evolving and bringing out different and assorted art products too.

What do you if you are in a creative rut?
I will try loose sketching in my sketchbook and if that does not work I will most likely browse Instagram and Twitter for inspiration or my many art books that I have in my studio.

 

 

Dina Reymann - originally from Germany, now living in Hobart, Tasmania

How would you describe your artwork?
"My artwork style is a mix between comic and illustration. Some people call it cute! Which I think it is sometimes. I like to try different styles. Sometimes a mix between more realistic images and a tiny bit of comic style. Sometimes just cute and definitely not realistic."

What are you favourite Copic products?
Definitely Copic Sketch Markers! I love the brush tip and the design of the Sketch Marker.
They rest comfortably in the hand and they are available in ALL Copic colours. I also have a
few Copic Ciao Markers which I also really like too.

Where do you Copic?
Everywhere! On my bed, on the floor, when I am sitting on the couch, on my desk, on the
balcony, in the airplane, in a café, at the beach!

 

 

Andrew Cox – Perth, WA


What is your Favourite Copic product?
My favorite products are definitely Copic Classic and Sketch markers. I like having the option of 2 different size tips. X-press It blending card is a must to compliment the markers.

What is your favourite Copic Colour?
My Favorite Copic colour would have to be BG15 Aqua. It seems to be the color that goes with everything I draw. My favorite colour combo would have to be every bright colour I can get in to one drawing. Teal/aqua colours with a bright pink I find pretty cool for making a picture stand out.

What do you do when you are not Copic-ing?
When I'm not Copic-ing I like to get tattooed and meet tattooists, watch funny movies, play golf, kayak pretty much anything. If I'm in a creative rut, I usually like to watch something funny on Netflix, or some classic Simpsons. That always gets the ideas going!

X-Press It Deco Tape Pen Holder

 

 Click Here For A Creative Tutorial Using X-Press It Deco Tape

 

 

Introducing New Sketch Nibs



Feature Artist - Jack Grayson

We were blown away when we saw this piece by artist Jack Grayson from Geelong in Victoria. We asked Jack all about his artwork and why he loves Rembrandt Pastels.

 

What are you favourite Talens products?
My all-time favourite product from Talens is ‘Rembrandt’ pastels. I use them for all of my realism work and rarely introduce pastels from another company. I find that they have a texture to them that is hard to find in other brands. While some are too chalky or crumbly, Rembrandts have a perfect balance of a dry, chalky texture and a smooth, almost oily finish that makes them easy to apply, very vibrant, and easy to blend and work with other colours. They come in such a diverse range of colour that is never an issue finding the ones that you need, which is a real bonus when working with subtle variations in tone and colour.

How would you describe your artwork?
My work is photo realistic, colourful and as engaging as I can make. While all of my pieces are inspired by personal attraction to an image and personal ideas I link to it, I like to make my work more about the experience people have when they encounter it. My Artwork is all about people’s individual experience with my work, what they think of when they see, ideas it brings to mind and how it makes them feel. I don’t want to influence or intrude on the personal experience that seeing a piece of art for the first time can be, as I want people to react to it in a way that makes it stick with them as an individual.

Where do you create?
I have 2 main bases of operation, the first being my desk in the lounge room at home. This is where I draw cartoons, write stories and develop all kind of ideas in my free time. The second is my studio. I work in a 4x4 squared metre space in a shared complex filled with artists and creators of all kinds. It is an amazing environment to create in that surrounds you with inspiration from a great company of talented and passionate creative thinkers. There is an art gallery and a cafe 50m down the road, a florist and ceramics store across the street, workshop space, jewellery store, picture framer and design hub all within a 150m radius of one another. This is where I create all of my pastel works and it is an amazing community to be a part of.

What do you do if you are in a creative rut?
If I get stuck in a rut I simply stop what I’m doing and work on something else until I feel like getting back to the initial task. It can be hard to find motivation to work on specific things sometimes and I find that if I ever try to force myself to do something, it doesn’t turn out at the best standard I know I can produce, which can be very disappointing. For example, I’m currently in the process of juggling 2 different pieces, simply because I keep losing motivation for one, and decide to work on the other one. It can be a bit draining and frustrating, but I find it’s the best way to get over a rut while still maintaining a decent level of productivity.

Which artists are you inspired by?
There are so many artists I look to for inspiration. Many are cartoonists, as I have a particular love for the cartoon genre in the way it manages to express emotion and tell stories in a captivating and exciting way. One of my big inspirations in the pastel medium and realist genre is a local Geelong artist Jill Shalless. Jill mentored me for a about a year throughout 2014-2015 and taught me just about everything I know about the pastel medium. She continues to mentor and teach me new things all the time, helping me with techniques, compositions, artwork ideas, exhibition details and the list goes on. She is an incredible artist in both technique, concept and execution and produces work that will continue to inspire me for years to come.

When did you first start using pastels?
For the longest time pastels were the bane of my existence. They were messy, confusing and hard to control. But, as mentioned earlier, I started working with local artist Jill Shalless in 2014 who pushed me and her other students to expand out boundaries and dare to try mediums we wouldn’t usually even consider. We worked with pastels for around 2-3 weeks where I leaned some proper techniques and got to familiarise myself with the medium. It took a lot of patience for me to finally understand that realism is a process and takes a long time to finish, as opposed to the cartoons I was used to drawing. After this period of introduction I was hooked on the medium and have been working with them ever since. I used them to create my final artworks for my final assessment at the end of high school and have continued to work with them for shows and for recreation over the past year.

When you aren’t creating, what do you do?
I work full time for a local art supplies company which takes up the majority of my time. But outside of that I spend a lot of time in my studio, volunteering as a youth leader and working on a number of different projects. In the coming years I plan take up study at RMIT University in Melbourne to study animation and design, which will mean that the vast majority of my time will be spent creating and doing what I love. One day I hope to create full time as an artist, animator, design, writer and producer.

You can follow Jack’s journey on his Instagram and Facebook pages.

Copic Loves Your Sister

 

A few months ago we were touched by this photo posted on the Love Your Sister Facebook page. Its a photo of Connie from Love Your Sister, who is fighting her third battle with cancer. She has lovingly created colouring pages for her kids.

 

 What is Love Your Sister all about?

Sister/brother duo Connie and Sam (well known for riding across Australia on a unicycle and raising $1.5 million in the process) are on a mission to raise $10 million dollars for cancer research. You can learn more about their mission here.

How can you help?

Enter our #copiclovesyoursister competition! For each unique entry submitted Copic Australia will donate $1 to Love Your Sister.*
Create your own uplifting image or colour this image that Connie has created. You could also win a Copic prize pack valued at over $250!

 

Facebook- Post a photo of your entry with at least one Copic product, directly on our facebook wall include the hash tag #copiclovesyoursister within the comment of your post.

Instagram - Upload a photo of your entry with at least one Copic product, to your own Instagram account. Tag @copicmarkerau and include the hashtag #copiclovesyoursister. Please note that we can only accept entries posted on public profiles.

What’s The Prize?

1x 6 Piece Copic Skin Tone Sketch Set

1x 6 Piece Copic Perfect Primaries Sketch Set

1x 6 Piece Copic Floral Favourites Sketch Set

1x 6 Piece Copic Pale Pastel Sketch Set

1x NEW X-Press It A4 Blending Card Illustration Pad

THE FINE PRINT:
Entries will be judged based on creativity. Entries must be submitted by 11:59pm (AEST) on 30/10/16. The prize winner will be announced on The Copic Marker Australia Facebook and Instagram pages by 3/11/16. Entrants must respond via direct message by 18/11/16, otherwise the prize may be reallocated at the discretion of Copic Australia. All entrants must be Australian or New Zealand residents. Entrants under the age of 18, must have consent from a parent or legal guardian. Entrants may submit 2 entries, as long as each submission is original and unique. Images entered into the competition may be used for promotional purposes. Images may be used on product packaging with written approval of the artist. In this case, high resolution images or original artwork may be requested. This competition is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Facebook or Instagram. 

 

Copic Artist of The Year Winners

We have been blown away by the amazing entries submitted in the Australian Copic Artist of The Year Competition.

Congratuations to the following Copic Artists:

 

THIRD PLACE - Levi Bell

 

SECOND PLACE - Brea Lanyon

 

FIRST PLACE - Lee Kimura

 

Congratulations to the very talented winners, please get in touch with us by direct message on Facebook or Instagram.

Keep an eye on out for a new competition next week, raising awareness for a very special cause.