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Loirin Sketch in Copic Marker
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Published: April 20, 2011
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Completed way, way back on 04/15/2006

I found some old sketchbooks and was flipping through the art in them, reminiscing. This was the first time I used Copic Markers (I'd bought four of them, I believe), because I wanted to test them out.

The creature I penned down is what I call a Liorin: a cross between a lion and a kirin (oriental unicorn). He's an olden character of mine from many years ago.

My mother still claims this piece is one of her favorites that I've ever done. I just like his gentle face. :)

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tamst's avatar
tamst|Student Writer
WoW that is awesome! nice job!
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Thanks so much! :) I really like how the expression turned out on him and it's wonderful to be able to share him. :)
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tamst|Student Writer
thats okay! expressionism helps to let out feelings that sometimes you cant say :D nice work! :D
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Totally agree with you there. :) Sometimes the most "life" I find in my pieces are the quicker pieces that seem to capture the emotion much better than the overworked ones.
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Spacegryphon|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A charismatic personality :)
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Thanks so much. :) I've always liked how serene he seems to look.
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shadow-glacier|Professional Digital Artist
Love it! I'm a huge fan of copics. I have been collecting them forever, such rich colors and blending =)
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Yeah! This guy was my first test of them a little over five years ago and in the aftermath of him I bought... a LOT more Copics in the years since. >_> No regrets in the least! They are wonderful tools and blend so well!
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Another display of pure genius from Copic markers.

-sigh, drool drool-

; o ;''
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
Hehe! I started with four (the ones you see here) five years ago and have been steadily collecting them ever since. :) I find I really don't touch the Prismacolor markers I have anymore (which is a bit of a pity), but this $10 investment definitely started me on the path to financial dependence on Copic products, haha!

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!
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Certainly!!

May I ask why you no longer use the Prismacolor markers? It's really frustrating for someone like me who has been lusting over them for a long time, now. ; o ;

Either way, it's a gorgeous picture.

If you would be willing to do me a favour, could you check out my gallery?

If you like what you see, I'd be SO happy if you deviWATCHed me~

< 3
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Dreamspirit|Professional General Artist
I'm trying to think how to explain the difference between the two types of markers, and the best thing I can think of is to focus on two major differences: their opacity and their nib-tips.

For Prismacolors, the colors are very thick and opaque, which is great for coverage (and you will see that every marker piece before this one here from 2006 were done in Prismacolors :) ), but after the first "layer" of ink, it is fairly opaque, and beyond that, the color you have is solid and that's all you get.

Copic markers, on the other hand, are more transparent, and they come in a lot of colors that are very faint with only a bit of pigment to them so that you can layer them up as if you were doing watercolor or something, which allows for really gorgeous skintones and shadows.

The nib tips are also different: Prismacolor markers have what I'd consider "hard" nib tips that are handy for details, but with Copic Markers you can either purchase them with "Sketch" nib tips, or swap them out yourself. "Sketch" tips are sort of like using a brush pen, and I really like the feel of them.

I hope that answers your questions!

And I will certainly check out your gallery!
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