This time I’d like to talk about my experience with Copic Markers. I have been only using them for a few months, but I had enough time to experiment a bit.
So, what is special about these markers. They are manufactured in Japan, and are commonly used by manga artists, illustrators etc. They are alcohol markers, and since their colors are dye-based (therefore not lightfast), they will fade if exposed to harsh light for a prolonged time. They come in four sizes, more info on the sizing here. More general information here.
What seems to attract artists to Copics (and maybe other brands of alcohol markers, i have only used Copics though), is:
- the fact that they are refillable. Instead of purchasing another marker, you can purchase just the ink refill bottle that can fill the marker a lot of times.
- Their nibs can be replaced if damaged.
- They blend with eachother. You have to work quite fast and use similar colors to achieve a smooth blend in my experience. There is also a colorless blender marker and assorted ink, useful for lots of effects.
I prefer using them with pigment ink liners (like pigma micron or copic multiliners), or in mixed media techniques with coloured pencils (usually watersoluble) and sometimes watercolours and other inks.
What makes the biggest difference though is paper. Different types of paper give different results. Some blend better than others, some absorb more ink and make colors look much darker, some are not absorbent and give lighter results..It really depends on the look you are trying to achieve. But since there is so much to consider about the correct type of paper to use with Copics, I am going to create a separate post for it, and link it here.
For now I am going to share some swatches I made on Fabriano multipaper 160gr. It is more absorbent than the thin marker paper, but allows for more layering. I prefer using the 300gr version of the same brand for more important projects, as it feels more solid, but the colours show up the same way in both.
If you are new to Copics, don’t be intimidated by the numbering system, it is quite simple
Swatches by colour group:
(* 3 green swatches missing, will update)
I have also swatched them in thin “marker paper”, but my handwriting and layout wasn’t very presentable, so I’ll update the post when I do.
Some Bleach fanart sketches made with Copic markers on the same paper:
Where to get them: They are very popular so they are available in a lot of websites. Depending on where you live, they would be more or less expensive though.
Where I got them: You might know that capital controls were imposed by the Greek government a few months ago, so the only way to get my markers at such an unfortunate timing was via Greek e-shops, hoping that they have them in stock. There are two e-shops that offer them in Greece: ΚΥΒΟΣ and art-center. I checked both, but I couldn’t find many of the colors I was looking for, so my color collection is weird. But I guess it is a “first world problem” right now, and it is possible to work with less.
Again, I am not affiliated with the company, this is my honest opinion as a customer.
See you in the next post.