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An Intro to Copic Markers by Jellyfish-Station An Intro to Copic Markers by Jellyfish-Station
I hope people find this helpful and fun! Obviously this is just part of my technique and there are no real rules! Enjoy!

Need something to color? Here's some line art to start with: [link]
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QuantumBurner84 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
excellent tutorials otherwise
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QuantumBurner84 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
not hating at all , just a note to spell check a lil during final review.
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DragonFlame123 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Great job :D
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Jhonenfan777 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much for the help! I have a bunch of copics, but I'm so scared to use them and mess up.
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Jellyfish-Station Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
They are very difficult to mess up, unless you press too hard. And even then you can buy a replacement worst case scenario. :)
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Jhonenfan777 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's not the markers I'm scared of (well, as much :lol:), it's the picture I'm worried about.
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zoven Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I hate that copics are so expensive. I need more blues and greens but just can't afford it. I like your tutorial. I feel a bit better after reading this. I get nervous putting dark colors down first but that's what I've always been told to do... so I just went light to dark in secret *sssssh* Nice to know I'm not the only one.
Tutorial is so simple but SO effective. Wonderful! This is great reference to get started. It should come as an insert with any pack of Copics you get.
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Jellyfish-Station Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Prismacolors are still effective- although not as awesome- if you have those. I've found they can substitute pretty well in some cases for Copics colors you don't have.

If you put down your darkest colors first, then your stuck with that color. If you go with your lightest colors you can incrementally alter the shade until you get the exact one you want. You also run the risk of discoloring your light nibs (the marker part) by trying to blend too dark. Everyone has their own way, but it just seems like common sense to me. Glad you liked it!
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sadmac356 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2015
I've read that if you accidentally get a different color of ink on the light nib, you can scribble on another piece of paper to try to remove the extra color. I've never really tried it, but I'm new to copics.
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Jellyfish-Station Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
With some lighter colors that can work. However I can vouch that many of my markers have stained nibs and they still don't bleed the offending color onto the paper. :)
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zoven Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've always had a hard time getting the prismacolors to blend well with the Copics but I didn't even think of subbing colors I didn't have hmmmm. I'll have to do some experimenting then. Thanks!
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SuperSymmetricCake Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012
I've barely used markers yet, but I'm so glad I finally understood how to actually blend two colors! Thank you for sharing =)
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Jellyfish-Station Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to help!
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TheTragicNightmare Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I find it true that's it's best to start using darker colours with copics because it's wayy easier for blending.
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Jellyfish-Station Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
If you start with a dark color first, you don't leave any room for it to be lightened later. Unless you use the colorless blender which can throw off your colors drastically.
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TheTragicNightmare Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just find it more challenging to blend with light colours first, it looks like harder cell-shading so I just try to be careful with where I blend around and keep certain areas white, rarely ever have problems...
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Affy4 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is wonderful! It's neat and easy to follow. I really want to get copic markers. Can you just buy them in any old craft store, and are they expensive??
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Jellyfish-Station Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Copics are unfortunately very expensive. Usually ranging anywhere from $5.25-$7.00 per marker, depending on where you live. I recommend buying them at a local craft/art store if you can. Online shipping can tack on a lot.

Sometimes you can find deals on Amazon- [link]

Good luck! I'll be putting out new tutorials soon :3
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Affy4 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my, that's expensive :/ Especially for a 15 year old teen who's only money comes from her birthday xD Thank you though! Maybe I'll look into it for my birthday :)
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Jellyfish-Station Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
You can also combined them with prismacolor markers- which are less expensive until you flesh out your collection. Take a look at the smaller sets and try to figure which combination of colors would best suit what you like to draw!
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RobinBobbins Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
This is a really great basic tutorial, tells you enough to get started but not so much that you are intimidated
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Jellyfish-Station Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to hear it! Let me know if you what you'd like to see in future tutorials :3
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RobinBobbins Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012
Actually, a copy of the image to try and color along would be great
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suchiMANGOLASSI Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really cool and easy to understand!
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Jellyfish-Station Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! Thank you :3
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