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Marker Tutorial- Part I by Red-Priest-Usada Marker Tutorial- Part I by Red-Priest-Usada
UPDATE: Since =anikakinka and =gazdowna made me remember about TRIA's problems with their caps and the ink getting dried, I decided to update my tutorial about it. It seems that the first batch was defective because the caps do not close correcty. If you have your Tria markers completely dried out, try to take off the nibs from one side and pour some alcohol (thanks KnP for your advice)

I finally finished the first part of my marker tutorial I promised you a very long time ago. I'm really sorry for making you wait but I had some serious problems with covering all the most important things. I'm aware I din't not explain everything but I will try to tell you more in the second part where I will concentrate on coloring with markers.

I'm not gonna describe Prismacolors or Touch markers because I didn't use them myself. Also, I can't give the proper addresses of places where I bought my markers since some of them I got via Ebay and other in some art shops in Poland (mainly in Warsaw). As far as I know, you can buy them on Internet.

Credits:
=gazdowna for some photos used in this guide
Also, some photos are made by me, others are taken from brochures and official marker sites (since I couldn't take good quality photos with my bad camera).

[link] TUTORIAL: Cleaning Pencil Linearts
[link] TUTORIAL: Drawing Hair
[link] TUTORIAL: Basic Drawing Tips
[link] Editing Scanned Drawings
[link] Colouring Tutorial
[link] Drawing folds and frills in women's clothes
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Marker Tutorial- Part I by =Red-Priest-Usada -- Suggester's words: It's a brilliant tutorial from a real artist who experimented [with] more than one marker brand, more than one paper and gives us his advice. ( Suggested by Odow and Featured by FantasyStock )
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YraBlueDashie Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2016
Wow! If examples, i don't have promarker or prismacolor or copic, but use ordinary marker(Crayola marker or another markers) is allowed? For future make me drawing.
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zoogrrl Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
have you ever tried spectrum noir? do you have any special advice for them like you do the other brands?
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2016
I'm sorry but I never used them before so I can't give any advice here.
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JustSimone Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
I know this post is super old, but I have a question and hope you/someone else can answer it :) I bought one, yes only one to test, copic marker today, but the paper I tried it on.. i don't know, it sounded really 'dry' when I used the copic marker on it and it didn't get the watercolor effect I was hoping for, plus when I colored larger areas I could immediately see the 'lines' of where I went over the same part again. Hmm, what kind of paper should I use? 
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
What kind of paper did you use? For markers there are special marker pads which prevent drawings from getting drenched with marker ink.

I recommend:

- Canson i01.i.aliimg.com/wsphoto/v0/32…
- Letraset www.artfire.com/uploads/produc…
- Copic www.mccallisters.com/images/co…
- Too www.mccallisters.com/images/co…

There are more good marker pads but I only listed my personal favs. If you need any help please don't hesitate to ask :).
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JustSimone Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2015
Thank you so much for answering! Are these pads for beneath your paper?
And I used canson Mi-Teintes, it's actually for pastell, 50% coton and 75;b (don't know what you need to know haha)
I also tested it on 'normal' paper and on canson dessin 85lb. But on all the papers it sounds so dry, I can't color evenly
and I don't get the water color effect I was hoping for either.
The shop I bought this paper did sell special marker paper, but it was quite expensive, especially considering I only
have one marker and I wanted to try it first.
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Umm.. I don't recommend pads for pastell. The thing is that marker's ink is quite wet and it recquires thick (I use Cream Mi-Teintes Canson A4 sheets, they've got a nice texture and marker ink blends nicely) or wax coevered pads .
The second one is quite expensive and it's  covered with wax on the other side to prevent ink from soaking. The paper is very thin but the wax works here perfectly. In my opinion, it's one of the best paper to get a watercolour effect.
Unfortunately, the really good marker pads are not cheap ;/.
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JustSimone Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Thought so. They said it would work fine, but I had my doubts. Thanks for helping me out :)
Just to make sure. The woman in the store said I could make the markers wet. I think you'll ruin them, but I am not sure. Have you ever tried that?
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Nope, I didn't try to make them wet. I know what to do when the markers get dry. You have to pour the drop of alcohol on the tip of the nib.
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Ricedragons Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Anyone know about the Korean Touch Markers? They have the same effect as copics without the ridiculous price.
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Aruthe Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
That's exactly what I got from a friend and was about to try them. They look good for me I guess.
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Jiekobu Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Very helpful and informative
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4TheOneWithoutAName Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
I would so want to own copics, for the many colours, but they are too expensive and harder to find! Where I live, I have found promarkers in shops and online, I got mine because I saw them in Hobby Craft... that place is beautiful... but Copics are like no where to be seen!!! ...except maybe online...
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Carrammba Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Kiedy można spodziewać się części 2?
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:iconred-priest-usada:
Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Nie moge się nigdy za nią zabrać ^^;;;.
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Carrammba Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012
Więc trzymam kciuki za rychły przypływ weny, bardzo mnie zainteresowało to malowanie markerami i chciałbym dowiedzieć się czegoś więcej tym bardziej że twój tutorial jest pierwsza klasa :)
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Digital Artist
Promarkers are almost the same expensive as Copics :D
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:iconred-priest-usada:
Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Not in my country where promarkers' price is twice lower.
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ynne-black Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Digital Artist
lucky you then :(
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haniipop Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's hard to see the sketchpads' names here. Can someone tell me?
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JasmineTeen Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It gave me quite a comprehensive understanding of markers! Quite helpful and thx!!!
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ramen-dragon Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2012  Student General Artist
So helpful! Thank you for taking the time to put this together!
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Doodle-Fish Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ahhh, very useful. Thanks :)
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MarieMisery Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012
I own Touch markers they are actually very good.
But I like the ciao markers because of their brush tips. :)
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Mabru-Black Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this. I am going to start with markers (YAY, I got Copics!), and this is really useful, because it talks about the markers as tools, not as how to use them, and for me is really good info. Thanks for sharing!!! :love:
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indigosketch Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting :D

I think I must work like you do, Promarkers for the base colouring and big areas, Copics for shading and blending on top. Where are you that Trias are cheap, though? I'm in England where they make them and they cost just as much as Copic sketch, sometimes more
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NegalisticBLAST Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This tutorial was great on learning the other marker types I hope to find the tria and pro markers in store. Touch and prisma are great, prisma are very very similar to pro markers, touch is similar to copic except there skin colours are amazing!
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KatMiLo Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
god thankyou SO much for this
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GaaBByy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much for sharing this!! and congrats on your Daily Deviation! This tutorial was very useful in understanding the types of Copics there were and their differences!
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011
:iconcongratsddplz:Congratulations once again on your Daily Deviation! You've been featured in the August 2011 Resources DD Summary. Thanks for sharing your resources with the community!!
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Red-Priest-Usada Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
Thank you so much :___;. I'm honoured!
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FantasyStock Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011
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AnimeLuvsFreaks Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I assume that if I print a picture onto my special paper, the ink of the markers wont make it smudge?
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gazdowna Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional Artist
You need to check it first on separate sheet, some printer inks smudge, some don't. The general rule is that black laser print and colour ink don't, but that still depends on producer.
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AnimeLuvsFreaks Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you.
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Shembre Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very nice tutorial! Since the shop I go to stopped selling individual Prismas, I've been trying to figure out what other markers (besides Copics -I really like the brush nib, though I only have 1 Copic and it's black) I could use. This is helpful! :D
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mayguhn Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
I've been looking into markers, and this really helped. Thanks:)
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assemblit Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I'm glad i looked through the DD's today to find your tutorial. Today i was considering getting copic markers, and thanks to this tutorial it has helped confirmed that i want them.
Thnak you for making this, it's been really helpful.
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Odow Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Congat on the DD ^-^ i'm glad my suggestion was accepted !
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AnnaKlava Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I'm in love with this tutorial. I like doing traditional art, and am glad to see some of your most helpful tips!

I also hate how pigment pens (alcohol based) would smudge my work like crazy. :C So you put it in the scanner...and print it out. So the paper you use, does it print out well? What size do you use? I work really big like 14x17 sometimes. But usually bigger than 8x11.I use Bristol board since I love the smooth surface, yet I get nervous using them cause I feel Bristol board absorbs a lot of the marker enough to dry it out. (I mean it's a great surface but it dries my markers up so fast :V) So what kind of paper would you recommend with a smooth surface that doesn't dry out the markers and something that is easily printable. Since Bristol isn't printable. It's really thick paper.

I use Copics and Prisma. I've mostly put Prisma away because I prefer Copics better. I say if you want to know what prisma is like, it's mostly like Tria markers. And they have a smell to them, but I've smelled worse potent markers.

Wondeful tutorial, love it! ^^
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muckSponge Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
"It's a brilliant tutorial from a real artist who experimented [with] more than one marker brand, more than one paper and gives us his advice."

You mean her advice, right? :O
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Kitsune-aka-Cettie Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Very useful! Do you know if Copics can be mixed with Pro Markers well? Because I was thinking it would be nice to be able to fill large areas without getting that "snowy" appearance, but still be able to use the Copics for shading.
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gazdowna Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011  Professional Artist
Yes, you can :)
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PineappleGoo Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011
Oh god I didn't know the copics was the most expensive :o I got at least 55 in a present from my family and I loved to work with them. But then I stopped for a period and now they are all dried out :S They make spots or unsmooth coloring with darker drawing marks. I can't afford to get them refilled since I have so many :hmm:

I allso found that the black holders for the markers make the markers dry out on the nib that is pointing upwards, while the nib pointing down in the holder gets all the ink. I then put them in a plastic bag and made them lie down in stead. Was that a bad choice?

Is there anything I can do to make them work again other than paying loads of money to get them shipped and refilled?(I live on an island with no copic marker shops :( )
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gazdowna Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011  Professional Artist
Dip a bit of blender (clear alcohol should do to) onto wide nib and wait. It's usually the alcohol that evaporates, though this technique will thin the dye and the markers will be lighter in colours. Also you can buy a refill from internet store like this [one] and refill the markers with new ink.

As for the drying of one side due to them standing- I had never had that probelm, though I store all of my markers this way, but I've heard that opening one cap for a bit and letting the marker compensate the pressure inside the barrel helps. But I never tried this one, so I'm not sure it works even.
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zaid001 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student
thanks a lot for this tutorial, it was great, if you've got more to teach us then believe me we'll be more than greatfull !!! [link]
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RollingSlug Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Wow, very helpful. XD Thank you for posting and congrats on the DD. :)
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LeiteDestiny Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, amazing tutorial! Full of great detail and advice! You deserve the DD! ^^
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Mowsette Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student
Very cool tips, thanks for sharing. :D Grats on the DD.
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Poison-Stripes Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! This is really cool. I have always been curious about copic markers and this is an immense help!
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