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Guide: Buying Copics v2.1 by Khallandra Guide: Buying Copics v2.1 by Khallandra
Version Two May 2011 (Version One - fav.me/d2tq7sl)
Decided to update this tutorial and combine the two elements because it makes it easier to start choosing colours if you know how the numbers work.
This explains the Types of Copics, How to Determine what you need, Explanation of the Greys, more details explanation of the Colour Chart and number system and finally how to choose Gradient colours.
Version 2.1 - Nov 2012
Changed formatting to be a little more friendly, the darker the background the more advanced it is. You can start with just the lighter ones and work from there as you buy more Copics
Also I mention that I have some copics that I made, you do this by buying a blank marker (empty one) then filling it with inks yourself. I've only ventured into making lighter versions of colours I already have (i.e YR200 which is YR20+colourless blender, E700 from an E70 ink and I botched up an E03/R00 - putting ink in an existing marker doesn't work so well, but it worked enough)

Short Summary of this tutorial: BUY COPICS!!!

Sequels:
Guide: Marker Papers by Khallandra Walkthrough: Colouring with Copics Version 2 by Khallandra Reference: Skin and Hair Tones (Copics) by Khallandra PE: Tools for taking care of Copic Markers Artist's Toolbox

Introduction
After purchasing some Copic markers they can be a little intimidating on how to look after them. The ideas put forth in this article may also be useful for other brands of refillable markers, but always consult the product's webpage for tips and tricks on how to maintain them.
Firstly, these are the official resources: Downloadable Resources in PDF format or Copic AU FAQ which are the official methods for performing the tasks mentioned below.
:note: Note: For best care of markers be careful when replacing and refilling as it is easy to damage markers further, try not to leave the nib removed for a prolonged period of time.
Storing your Markers

When storing any markers ensure that that the caps are placed back on squarely on both ends of the marker


Please don't reproduce anywhere else, use the little link on the side if you need to :)

Copic Library - inc Colour Wheel
My Guides and Resources Gallery contains even more copic tuts.

For more Marker Tutorials go fav.me/d2ayig0 :D
For a List of the Types of other Markers out there: fav.me/d2kvtpp is a MUST!
No money to buy copics? Here's a tut on how to emulate in SAI fav.me/d3ejaik
Copic Collector Stamp by Khallandra
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Cardville Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Thank you, very useful basics! X
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome, hope it becomes useful at some point :D
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Wannab3Otaku Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really helpful :D but does copic markers work as well as on printer paper as on marker paper? Or does it suck on printer paper? Cuz thts all i got T.T
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a whole tut on papers - [link] but the summary is it does work, bleeds quite a lot and will go through the printer paper (so have something underneath to catch else you'll be cleaning your desk all the time, the wet face wipes work well for cleaning off the markers :)).
If you can, grab a bleed-free pad of paper, it's thin and usually comes in 50 sheet pads and is not too expensive, usually less than $8 USD for a pad as opposed to the $20 some pads of other art paper cost :D
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Wannab3Otaku Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot!! :D
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animegirl007 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
Thanks for the help :nod:
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hope it is useful at some point, I tend to take days to decide what markers I want then in the store spend an hour humming and harring even more over my 'list' :)
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toadstoolteaparty Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012   General Artist
i just got copic markers and im really excited to try them out, but i have a question: if u use a lighter color on top of a darker color, will the darker color get onto the nib of the lighter colored marker and ruin it? (cuz regular markers like crayola do that and i dont wanna ruin the copics ^^;)
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The ink does transfer onto the lighter marker, but you can just brush it off on another piece of paper and it goes back to normal. I use the technique with the colourless blender mostly to transfer some of the darker colour into another area. So it does transfer, but not permanently like the cheaper variety of markers :) Hope that helps :) Plus if you do ruin a nib, you can buy replacements for them as well (I've worn out a few :blush:)
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toadstoolteaparty Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2012   General Artist
ok~ thanks! ^____^
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Mari-J Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
awesome tutorial, i actually finally invested in some copic markers & they are truly unsurpassable, i tried tria, promarkers & they're not the same
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad it came in handy :D I have some Pantone markers and to be honest I hardly ever use them cause it takes too long to get the cap off :) Tria markers confused me when I picked one up to think about trying it out, couldn't for the life of me figure out how to get the third tip :blush:
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GoblinKing28 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I could kiss you, great download
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I hope it does come in handy :D
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WatchaMaDoodle Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Student General Artist
awesome! :la:
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, hope it comes in handy :iconpinklilyplz:
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arjuu-na Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Cool! I just bought a couple of grey Copics and I'm planning to add more colors as I go. This tutorial is really useful - I'm going to have to print it out and keep it handy any time I need to drop by at the art store and buy more copics. :D
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I also recommend a print out of the colours you have "Hand Colour Chart" in the Resources when you go (damn they changed the link on me - new one is [link])
Takes me forever to choose new colours, the sales people must think I'm crazy ;)
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arjuu-na Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks! Choosing individual colors are rather tricky. I don't see any recommendations of basic colors you should start with. What would you recommend?
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hi, depends on what you want to draw first. E00 and E11 seem to be the most basic of skin tones in most tuts I've seen, some people just have those two. As for colours, go for ones that blend together and probably ending in 2,3 and 4 are the more versatile ones and can be easier darkened with greys.
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Ayior Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Professional Filmographer
An awesome tutorial, in an original way!
never seen a tutorial about bying copics, awesome idea!
this just inspired me to make a wacom one....
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I wish I had one when I first went out, wasted quite a bit of money on things I really didn't need so much :D
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joce13 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I actually read this tutorial before I ever started using copics(which seems like it was quite a while ago o_O). It was pretty useful, though.^^ I found that the dark, medium, and light ranger works well with the greys(I usually get 2 or 3,5, 7 and 9 of both). P: I personally prefer textured Bristol over marker paper, though. That's just my opinion, of course. Nice tutorial. :D
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Marker paper is definitely different to work with. I did find a middle ground, it bleeds a little, but is thicker than marker paper so doesn't go all shiny. It's all in Japanese, but it seems to be branded "IC Manga Manuscript Paper", but soaks the markers better then the marker paper, but not as much as the textured papers :)
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Aquamarina1 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
ahh.

this is really helpful, I know what I'll be putting on my christmas list!

where can you get white gel pens? I've looked everywhere x.x
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I managed to find a newsagency that had them it is a Uni-ball Signo UM-120AC (don't know if you can order them through www.uniball.com) it works really well :D I probably should go an buy a few more cause I did have to go to a few places before I found one
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Aquamarina1 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
ok, thanks.

thats the brand I heard was the best, so...
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minther Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2010  Student
this is so good im about to faint!!!!!!!!!
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sashaisme Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What about when the marker bleeds through the paper? I know what they mean by "bleed resistant" sketchbooks now...

I don't mind it to much, but I was raised as a "Use both sides of the paper before getting a new piece" kid, so it does get irritating...
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I usually put a piece behind the bleedy paper so it doesn't go through heaps of layers but yeah one side only with these markers. Get a completely different effect on the bleed-free papers if you wanted to try those out :)
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sashaisme Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been doing that, and it does work, sometimes you can use the back of the bleed-paper if it doesn't manage to bleed through two layers.
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Dalal-N Featured By Owner May 18, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful tutorial, but your skin colors aren't universal. They're for caucasian skin alone. What if I want to draw a character with darker skin?
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Khallandra Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Depends, there are the more yellow tones E5[x] probably start in a x=1 or 2 for highlights to a 5 to 7 for shadows.
The E0[x] are quite pink but so are the E7[x] though they are greyer-pink.
E34 is a greater darker colour
E37 is a fav of mine, a reddish brown look
The E4[x] are more of a grey tone but really useful for shadowing and taking out the yellow/pink of the other colours.
Haven't done many darker skinned characters as of yet but I'm slowly building up the E ranges, I'd say E3[x] range is most likely the best 'all round' set and maybe E01 to make bits pinker where needed.
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tired-girl Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
Brilliance...thanks for the help!
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Redmagesalyre Featured By Owner May 16, 2010
Great tutorial, I keep trying to buy copics according to shades, but the number system can either be good in blending, or a little confusing if you are just going by numbers alone (consider that there might be one in a certain number, like Cardinal, being the only red in the 50's).

As for paper, I would say that from my experience, Aquabee's manga paper is the best, and it's especially made for copics.
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Khallandra Featured By Owner May 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fuuny you say that I was planning on writing a sequel tutorial on what to buy after grabbing the basics. Probably will take me a month to get everything in my head on paper though ;)
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Redmagesalyre Featured By Owner May 19, 2010
I would also search on art store websites like art supplies warehouse, Dick Blick Art supplies, Carpe Diem, and others to search for good marker papers, marker cases, and wallets.
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bull363 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
where the F*CK do you buycopic makers?!? i just can't seem to find them!!!
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Art stores should be able to order them in but depends if they have distributors - try online stores if they deliver to you as well. I only know of Australian stores sorry.
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bull363 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dont worry. i come from denmark, so i didn't think you would knw stores in my vicinty :w00t:
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kittytsukasa Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Student
This is quite helpful, but I have a question about paper. What weight should I use?
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Khallandra Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sketch paper is horrible, Draw & Wash 210gsm is okay but it does bleed as well.
Card (as in scrapbookers cardboard) is quite effective, doesn't bleed as much.

But the best by far is Manga Manuscript paper (roducts_id=29&osCsid=9eb62f78715c931f8a50a021801091db\"type I use) it blends really well and hardly any bleeding.

The maker paper really is the best as it is designed specifically for it's use, but I found the card quite useful too.

Hope this helps :)
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kittytsukasa Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Student
It does, thank you very much!
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starrypawz Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Useful guide. I've been wanting some Copics for a while but haven't found any apart from the 'Manga' marker packs which I think may be Copics or another brand.
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RainbowRose912 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2009
Great tutorial! This will definatly come in handy sometime. Because there so expensive, it's great to know i have somewhere to start :)
haha, this really makes we wanna use them. I tried one once at the art store, and i was just amazed at how well it blended. Haha, the only marker-like things i'd used before that were the kiddy crayola textas!
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