Copics!!! Copics!!! Copics!!!
Why choose COPIC???
No other markers have such a large color range and such unique high quality features. Copics are guaranteed to not dry out (for 3 years), they are refillable and have replaceable nibs (tips). There were 322 colors, they have just added 12 more brilliant soft pastel-like colors!!! These markers are also non-toxic, alcohol based and acid-free!!!
The numerous "family-like" colors make it easier to create realistic shading and texture... Here's a really quick sample that I made up today, please bear with me, I am still a beginner ;) and I still have lots to learn and definitely need more practice!
As I was searching for some Copic info, I came across numerous helpful tips... the one that struck me the most, that I wish I had known when I had started my Copic collection is... when buying Copics, try to buy colors that are grouped together. For example, I have just been collecting colors that I like so I can color my images, which is not what these markers are made for... it is highly recommended that you buy sets of related colors for blending and shading coloring, for a more realistic looking picture. For example, you would want to buy greens that blend for grass/trees, beige's for skin tones, blues for skies/eyes, etc.
Here is a sample of a real professional Copic user...
C.F. Payne is an artist-illustrator whose artwork has graced the covers of Time Magazine, Readers Digest, Sports Illustrated and other famous papers.
Amazing work, isn't it?! So life-like and realistic...
If you search the web, you will find tons of helpful tutorials on how to color with certain colors or how to color certain specific things like skin tones, black hair and red apples. Apparently, the most difficult colors to work with other than blacks and greys are reds and pinks! Which is probably why I am so not happy with my little Hippie Anya, lol!
So, what do you think of Copics???
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(Pics and info courtesy of Wikipedia.org and CopicMarker.com)