If you’re been an artist or crafter for a while or even if you’re a complete beginner, you may have noticed a new brand of marker popping up everywhere in art supply stores both online and offline. If you’re familiar with the process of how Japanese manga is drawn then you’re probably familiar with Copic Markers. The first question everyone always asks when seeing Copic Markers for the first time is why are they so expensive?
Copic Markers do some what possess very special qualities that make them worth the price. Here at Master Art, we consider Copic Markers to be the highest quality marker brand on the market today. These markers are used regularly by professional artists. Copic Markers have a very smooth application that are almost comparable to a painting medium. The ink itself does not bleed unlike a store bought marker like a Sharpie or Crayola marker.
Copic Marker Art by Takeshi Obata
If you’re using quality paper, you can even put down several layers of ink before the material starts to withstand. For paper, we would recommend the Copic Markers Alcohol Marker Pad which comes in size A4. This kind of pad is bleedproof so you should be able to layer on your ink fairly nicely without having to worry about bleeding. Now let's look into some tips and tricks that we can do with Copic Markers:
Probably one of the best features about a Copic Marker is their ability to blend. For this technique, you will need a colorless blender in your collection. Copic Blender Markers are mainly used to push whatever color you want around the paper itself.
- Color Transfer - Using a Copic Blender, you can transfer the color you want directly into the blender by touching the two markers together for a couple of seconds.
- Dark to Light - Once you have a color on the tip of the blender, dragging the tip in a straight line will actually create a stroke of the color you used that will go from darker to light. You can use this technique to create some really awesome art.
- The darker the color is, the less ink you should add to your blender!
- Another tip to keep in mind is when you’re transferring a color into your blender, you do not have to worry about contaminating the nib. You can always clean off the nib just by scribbling the ink out of the nib on some scrap paper. This technique will remove the colored ink from the nib.
Copic Markers are excellent at shading and fairly easy when compared to other mediums.
- The wet on wet technique is something you should definitely look into and master because this will help you greatly when trying to blend. To use this technique. You should start off with a light color and fill in the area you’re trying to shade. Once you’ve filled in the area, go over it with a darker color for shading.
- Try coloring on small circles and not strokes so that you get an even block of blended color throughout your page.
- You can leave areas uncolored which will end up looking like bright highlights. This is a technique that is used often with Graphite pencils and Charcoal.
- You should only blend two colors at a time, adding three or more colors will start to dirty the color.
- Make sure you have a piece of scrap paper under the material you’re drawing on, especially if you’re using multiple layers of ink on your surface. This will help protect your work area.
- If you’ve drawn out some line art using Sakura Pigma Microns or even some other technical pen, we highly recommend that you wait a few minutes until your lineart is dry before you go over it with marker.
- The best way to prevent your marker from streaking is by making sure your edges stay wet as you draw.
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