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COPIC Markers

Why is COPIC so unique?

When COPIC was introduced in 1987, it was the only marker in the world that was alcohol based, refillable and equipped with replaceable nibs. Today COPIC continues to be the leading name in professional markers made for the demands of artists, designers and crafters in the industry. The markers contain high quality inks that are checked 4 times for accuracy in manufacturing. COPIC pens are subject to the toughest quality control standards in their production to ensure that you the consumer receive a first class product. The high quality construction of the marker includes a tight fitting cap and clearly printed barrel, with code and colour details for ease of identification. The markers fit a special airbrush attachment thus turning the markers into an airbrush. Anyone who uses a COPIC Sketch MarkerCopic Ciao Marker or Copic Original Marker quickly feels the quality difference to other brands.

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Why is COPIC marker system the perfect choice? 

The COPIC marker system has evolved from the expectations and demands of various groups of professional Designers, Illustrators and Crafters. The system has continuously adapted and further developed to meet the needs of the market. Hence the system has expanded to include many other products and components, each one functioning to complement and be compatible with each other.  

Will my Copic markers dry out?

Properly stored with the special tight fitting caps, these markers should last for years. Always recap the markers when not in use. If the caps are left off when not being used the fibre tip will dry out. Also, extensive use of the airbrush attachment may dry out the very tip of the marker, especially if too much air pressure is used. If nib does dry out, simply replace it with a new one.

How do you refill COPIC markers?

Copic Various Ink refills are often referred to as the "gas stations" for COPIC markers, thus making them the most economical marker currently in the market. The refilling is easy, quick and can be executed in a clean way. Remove nibs using Copic Tweezers then fill with Various Ink Refill.

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How Economical are Copic Various Inks Refills?

One Copic Various Ink Refill will refill: Copic Ciao Marker 17 Times, Copic Sketch Marker 13 times and a Copic Original Marker 9 times.

How does the colour system work?

Let's begin with a colour, say R08, the R stands for the colour family Red (B-blue, Y-yellow, NG-neutral gray, E-earth, etc.) The number after the letter(s) is the colour tone or the brightness / dullness of a colour. In the case of R08, it has a slight orange feel, but an R59 has almost a red-violet tint. The last number, 8 in this case, is how dark it is. So R59 would be darker than R08, but R08 would be darker than R20, because the '8' is higher than the '0'. When shading an object, try to use two shades of the same colour family, the lighter one for mid-tones and the darker one for shadows.

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How stable and lightfast are the colours of the COPIC markers?

Like drawings made with other dye based markers, many colours will fade if exposed to light for extended periods of time. To preserve your art work it is suggested that you make colour copies directly from them. These copies will often last much longer than the original and can be exposed to light in a picture frame. If you do wish to display your original, Copic offer folders, which block most of the harmful UV rays that damage a marker drawing. Eventually, however, even protected drawings will fade if left exposed for many years.

How do you get the air brush effect with COPIC markers?

The COPIC Airbrush System consists of an air grip (Spray Cap), in which a sketch marker is placed, with compressed air being supplied via either air cans or an air compressor. The air is then blown from the broad or the brush nib on the paper to achieve that soft-edged airbrushed look. If you already own an air compressor and you can adjust the airflow output of the compressor, you can link to the Copic System via a 1/8 inch hose.

 Why are there WIDE markers?

COPIC Wide markers have a super wide 21mm nib, making it ideal for colouring larger objects or for entire backgrounds. The sharp edges of the nib allow for precise positioning of the marker on the paper. One stroke of the Wide Marker is equal to the width of 3 broad nibs on the Standard Copic Marker. 

Can you combine media?

Yes. Many Artists, Designers and Crafters combine markers, coloured pencils, pastels and ink. Illustrators use this combination of media to achieve beautiful effects.

What are the best skin colours?

Copic produce special Skin Tone sets in the Sketch and Ciao Marker ranges. For instance in the Skin Tone Copic Ciao 5+1 set the following colours are included: E43, V91, R20, R00, E00 - each colour suited for drawing different shades of skin. When drawing the outlines you should use the Copic Sepia coloured Multiliner pens as the black outliner is to hard. For information on Copic Sepia Multiliner Pens click here

How to Colour with Copic Markers?

Colour in small circles, keeping all your edges wet. To give depth to an image, choose 3 markers within the same colour family (B00, B02, B05 for example). Use the lightest (B00) for highlights, and start with this colour first. Add the next darkest colour for the mid tones (B02), then use your darkest shade for the shadows (B05). For best results, it's ideal to use only high quality paper such as the COPIC marker pads. Avoid colouring over whiteout (Correction Fluid), as this may discolour your nibs.

What is Copic Opaque White used for?

Copic Opaque white is a white pigment/paint you apply to finished drawings with a paintbrush to add highlights, or "glints" of white. Opaque White is used for corrections too. 

How do I blend colours?

The easiest way to blend colours is to start with the lighter colour, then colour over it with a darker colour, of similar tone, while the lighter colour is still wet. Then go back over the edge where the two colours meet with the lighter colour again. Or you can use the colourless COPIC Blender over the area between the two colours until they blend smoothly into each other.

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Can I use the Copic Colourless Blender with any Copic Marker Range?

Yes the Copic Colourless Blender can be used with any of the 4 Copic Marker ranges. Copic Blenders can be refilled with Various Ink Bottles.

Is there a specific type of paper that I should use?

Copic have a range of Copic Marker Pads that were specifically designed for use with Copic Markers. The paper is very white and Chlorine free bleached and gaurantees neutral colour production. Hence the colour you use is the colour you will see on the paper. The paper is specially coated to ensure no colour bleeds through onto the other side. The Copic Marker Pad is available in 3 sizes A4, A3 and A2. For Card Making and Scrapbooking use a smooth surface good quality card of medium thickness.