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Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
Current Residence: Home ;)

Favourite style of art: A little bit of everything.

Operating Systems: Windows 7 64-Bit and Mac OS X.

MP3 player of choice: Samsung Galaxy Y

Personal Quote: Better sooner than later!

I'm currently not doing commissions, requests or trades!


Just ordered my first COPIC markers! =D

Journal Entry: Thu Feb 27, 2014, 11:46 AM

Hey everyone,

I'm working on new pictures at the moment but I'm waiting for the weekend to make some real progress on them, but to keep you guys a little in the loop, I'm happy to say that I just ordered my first set of COPIC Ciao markers, it's the "COPIC Ciao 36-A Set" to be more precise that consists out of 36 colours. 

Additionally to that I ordered the COPIC Ciao Colourless Blender and some special DIN-A4 COPIC Bleedproof Marker Paper, I heard the latter helps saving a lot of Ink and allows for better blending.

I waited and saved up enough cash so I can get a jump start with 36 colours to choose from rather than the basic colours pack which has 12 Ciao markers in total. I tried to go with the cheapest 36 marker set I could find which, off course, has a downside to it, it comes straight from Japan, so I'll have to wait a few weeks until I can get to start working with them, but at least I saved some money. Considering that I never worked with them before, saving money is a good thing since I don't know yet if I'll actually enjoy colouring with them.

I also heard that Ciao's don't hold as much Ink as the Sketch or regular COPIC markers, so I hope they'll at least last a few pictures before I need to buy a new marker or buy the refill Ink for one of them. Considering I work mostly digital (except for sketching and Outline Inking) this is quite something for me to spend that much money on traditional art supplies, I really hope this works out and doesn't make me regret the purchase in the end. But if worst comes to worst, I think I can still sell them as semi-new.

As for you guys, that means I'll be doing at least a few pictures with markers in the near future, let's hope they'll look decent, you guys know that I'm not very good with colouring in traditional media (especially since I make so many mistakes)! ^^;
That's going to be, at the very least, a pretty interesting experiment! ;P

That's all for now. Have a good one guys! :meow:

  • Mood: Joy

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h2g2guy Mar 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey!  Love your Copic works!  Picked up a few of my own a couple of months ago, so I'm hoping to learn a bit from your own foray into them!

Tobibrocki Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :meow:
The markers are great so far, easy to use and mostly streak free. Blending though, that's what I'm struggling with, I kinda understand it but at the same time not really. ^^;
I doubt you're gonna learn much from me, but who knows, I'll make sure to share what I learn as I continue to work with them.  ;)
h2g2guy Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
From my (very little!) experience with the markers, blending and other effects like that become much easier when the paper becomes completely soaked, which is much easier (and less costly) on decent marker paper (I use Strathmore 500 series Marker paper).  The bleeding issue you were talking about in "Calpain Says Science!" is also much less prevalent on the good paper, too.  But I'm sure you already knew all that :)

I'm sure I'll learn a lot from you.  According to your webcam image over there, you've been 'hooked on drawing' since well before I was born, so I think that learning about these things vicariously through you, so to speak, would expedite my own learning!
Tobibrocki Mar 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, that's a bit of a gag, I was born in 1989, I just wrote that since I've pretty much been drawing stuff since I can remember. ;)

I actually have marker paper here, you probably know about it, Copic's own "My Bleedproof Marker Pad" paper. it really doesn't bleed much on it and through it since it has this film on the back of the paper. But blending on it is even harder and the Blender doesn't have much effect on it either if I want to do effects or push colour back into the lines (it smudges and just makes a mess).
I've been hearing that many people use Canson Comic & Manga Paper for their Marker pictures, but I also heard that it does bleed on it and also through the paper itself.
I'm mainly interested in paper that's cheap and has good quality (and works well with the markers), the Copic one has 50 sheets and costs 6 Euro, it's the paper I used for "Maud Pie!" and "Sweetie Shopping!".
I like the Copic paper to a degree, the colours are rich on it, I save ink with it since it's very thin, I can easily trace drawings (even pencil ones) without using my light table. But like I said, blending and Blender effects on it are tough, and while the thinness is great, I like thicker paper a lot more.
I wish shops would give away free paper samples, it would make things much easier! 
RemmyFox Mar 8, 2014  New member
Heya! I used to be your fwiend on youtubez!
Rex42 Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thx for the fave(s) :)
smileprettycure Feb 17, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Request? Please

thegreatrouge Jan 28, 2014  Student Interface Designer
do you take requests?
if so can you do my oc:
Wow, your style is unusually cute looking, especially on ponies!
Good job, mate!
Kovalxy2014 Jan 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool art! You must be very experienced! How do you get the colors to blend so well?
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