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Copic Marker Tutorial
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Published: August 14, 2006
© 2006 - 2019 finni
Made with the image drawn for Kitten on RagnaInfo.net, one of the winners of my auction, which is a very long and complicated story but anyways.

I was asked to take in progress photos of my marker work and I decided to just make a tutorial out of the photos. This is the first tutorial I've made like this for deviantART and it took a full 4 hours to put together, so I hope people like it and I would love to have some feedback. The image is of Kitten's huntress Kari Evelyn.

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Lindenblatt's avatar
Great tutorial! <3
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Starlit-Leaf|Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial, it's very helpful c:
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JediMasterEeth|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. That was very helpful :la:
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avi1708|Student General Artist
cool. thanks!
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whitefang135|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I used copics for a couple months, but I never figured to use the colorless blender the way you used it in this turorial. Thanks, it helped with shading a LOT! :3
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asakitay|Student Traditional Artist
that white pen (i'm assuming it's not correction fluid) you used for the highlights is it a Copic or some other brand? Also, how does that white pen go over other colors? Like does it simply fade into the existing ink or does it clearly show the white? thnx
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finni|Professional Digital Artist
It's a Uni-ball Signo white gel pen. It's mostly opaque (if you put it enough ink on the page) so it goes over other colors like correction fluid, but a little more milky. So, you can use it for opaque white highlights or for a milder highlight. I hope that helps!
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asakitay|Student Traditional Artist
thanks, I'll try to find one to buy. What is the specific name of the pen model?
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finni|Professional Digital Artist
It's this one: [link]
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AniMeg4321|Hobbyist General Artist
Hello~ I'm new to copics. I was just wondering, how long do copics usually last. I think I know what you'll probably say is, "it depends on how often you use them". I don't use mine all that often.... Maybe twice a week. Not too much. Do you think you could give me an estimate on how long they'll last me? Since they're so expensive, I'd like to make sure I'm getting good usage out of them. Thanks for any help you can offer. ^^
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finni|Professional Digital Artist
It also depends how heavily you're using them per piece! I've actually only had to replace a few markers here and there (heavily used ones like skin tones and greys). If you find one marker is being used often, purchase an ink refill (about $7-8 I believe) and it'll be the ink equivalent of probably 5-10 more markers in that color. Definitely worth the price. I have ink refills for N7, N3, and E50.

As for a time estimate, I really can't even give you a ballpark because I don't use my markers that often! I am sorry. ): But at least I hope my tip about purchasing ink refills instead of replacing your dry marker will help get the most money out of your markers.
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AniMeg4321|Hobbyist General Artist
That is very helpful. Thanks so much! ^^
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fibisugar's avatar
AWESOME!!!!
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warnawani|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for sharing!
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NesuraMisuzu|Hobbyist General Artist
wow. thanks so much for uploading this! it was really helpful!
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hezmyjoy's avatar
I have been looking for a marker tutorial. This one was good! Thanks for sharing.
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locodela|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dem Hips. . . @A@

Great tutorial! it's extremely helpful, thank you! :)

And congrats on the DD!
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Doshu|Student Digital Artist
I have a bit of a silly question, what colors did you use for her horns? I have been having trouble getting a good horn color. Thanks
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Hely17|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool drawing
can you give me some information about the copic markers?
where can i buy them " not so expensive".-.....
thx very much^^
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finni|Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately you're not going to find Copic markers anywhere for less than $5-6 USD, but sometimes at conventions (in US) there are booths that offer a buy one, get one free deal with Copic markers, which comes out to about $3 each. I haven't seen these in a while, though, and of course you'll need to pay for a convention badge to get in (usually ~50-70 for a weekend pass). Hope that helps!
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Hely17|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hm ok...
well... thx very much
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Sami-love|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is still one of my favorite tutorials. <3 Very helpful.
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Opal-Agito|Student General Artist
I'm very envious but thankful you made this! Is there any tips you can give me for beginners?
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finni|Professional Digital Artist
Draw a lot, draw every day!! Also if you're interested in purchasing copics, try to get them at conventions or other events or promotions, because they get very pricy very fast @__@
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