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Copic Marker Pens

Updated on December 12, 2013

Copic markers have been used by artists for quite some time, but in recent years they have taken off in use and have gained unprecedented popularity. Now, they are used by prominent comic artists and are a mainstay for many illustrators. The great thing about these sketch markers is that they can achieve many different types of effects. The colors of the markers can be blended, and many other realistic effects can be achieved with these markers to give illustrations a new life. Copic markers are also efficient in that the ink can be refilled, and even changed between markers. They come in a variety of colors, and the blending possibilities are endless. They are a great coloring tool for both professional and amateurs, as they are quite easy to use and very accessible.

One of the most common techniques for Copic markers is blending. The colors of the markers can be blended together to create new hues. This is great for illustrations in which a very specific color is needed. It decreases the need to buy large amounts of markers.

Blending can be done on the page or from marker tip to tip. The tip-to-tip technique is done using a lighter marker and a darker marker. It is done simply by touching the tip of the darker marker to the tip of the lighter marker. The ink from the darker marker will then be transferred to the tip of the lighter marker. This will create a new color. The resulting shade depends on the colors of the marker. You can also apply the darker marker to a smooth surface, like plastic, and then rub the lighter marker on that surface, picking up the color. You can then apply the lighter marker to the paper, with a new color resulting from the blending.

Glitter Copic Markers

You can also blend the colors on the paper itself. This is a little bit trickier and lots of control is needed. Simply apply the lighter color to the area to be colored. Then, apply the darker color in the desired pattern. Blend as you see necessary, making sure not to apply too much ink to the page. Try not to go over the dark areas too often or the colors will be over blended. This is useful for creating multicolor effects or for creating new shades on paper.

Blending and Type of Paper to Use


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The markers can also be used to create different textures, for example, a fluffy texture. To make a fluffy texture, start by making a cluster of ā€œcā€ shapes in the coloring area. Then, build the shading in the ā€œcā€ shapes, keeping more shading in the areas away from the light source. After that, use a darker marker to add depth to the shading. Add the last bit of depth using an even darker marker in the shaded area. The result will be a fluffy, cloud-like texture.

There are many more things you can do with Copic markers. These markers can be used to make cartoony drawings or extremely realistic drawings. The possibilities truly are endless

Color Chart from a Copic Market Brochure

Color Chart from a Copic Market Brochure
Color Chart from a Copic Market Brochure


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      Arda 2 years ago

      Love your copic holder. My Hubby made 2 for me, after we saw a fernid's. My fernid & I both have our holders full. Best place to get your copics and refills is Oozak.Com. Register (its free) to get a better price. Shipping is fast, free for over $50 order. Have been extremely pleased with all I've purchased there, and most of my copics & refills were from Oozak. Hope this helps build your colors!!! Enjoyed your post.

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      dragonflyfla 4 years ago from South Florida

      They are refillable so it could be cost effective for him. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Kristin Trapp 4 years ago from Illinois

      I have never heard of copic markers before. My son's friend just started college and is an illustration major. He creates incredible cartoons; I am going to have to tell him about these to see if he has discovered them yet.

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      dragonflyfla 5 years ago from South Florida

      These are the top of the line markers. They are also refillable. A lot of artist use them to create cards.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      I have never heard of these markers. I am wanting to go out and buy some. I love the blending idea. I love learning new things and this one is great. I paint and use regular markers...What fun I am going to have. Voting up, sharing and pinning. Thanks for all this great info.