The Rookie: My First Time Using Copic Markers

The Rookie: My First Time Using Copic Markers

Hello friends! It has been awhile since I have written a blog post (queue the James Harden "Hi, Hi" gif). One of my many (ambitious) new year’s resolutions is to write on my blog more. Mainly about things that I do not feel forced to write...I just want it to be fun and of course about art! This post is about my first time using copic markers and how I am adjusting to using ink. If you follow me on my Instagram (@rosaeff) you may have noticed that at the end of last year I started doing more illustrating. For those of you who are reading this who have shown so much love to my work- THANK YOU! Your support and love means the world to me. I really have wanted to start illustrating and drawing more because it is something that I really enjoy doing; it actually relaxes me and helps me open my mind. Very cheesy but true! I wanted to move from the computer and actually use ink to color in my illustrations but I did not know where to start. Do I use colored pencils? Crayolas? Sharpies? Well I decided to go with the more expensive option because I am extra when it comes to purchasing art supplies (hehe). Copics it is and, as with any purchase I make, I use my buyer power to do research online before I buy. Do I go with an alternative to copics? or just stick to the copic brand? I watched this really good video on Youtube that pushed me to buying the “gucci markers” as one of my friends called them.

My Copic Stash

My Copic Stash

If you live in Houston and are a student, you can get a great deal on them at my favorite place on earth- Texas Art Supply. They give you a very generous student discount- you got to take advantage while you are still in school am I right?! I got a pretty good deal on the markers especially for how many I purchased (25). Any who, let’s get to the good part. So as a rookie I used these markers on computer paper- I am sure some of you who use these are cringing at that very thought. Here is my progress timeline: 

First Attempt: Ugh that bleed // On computer paper

First Attempt: Ugh that bleed // On computer paper

2nd Attempt: Still using computer paper

2nd Attempt: Still using computer paper

3rd Attempt: After a trip back to the art store I am now using paper for alcoholic markers

3rd Attempt: After a trip back to the art store I am now using paper for alcoholic markers

4th attempt: Struggling to blend 

4th attempt: Struggling to blend 

The only other problem I am having is my Faber-Castell pens are smearing when colored over. I figured I would have this problem so I now need to consider buying copic pens (sigh). Overall, I love these markers I just need to invest in some blending cardstock paper to help with the blending of different markers.

If you have any advice or have a type of paper that you use, please let me know I would love to have a conversation about how to master these markers! Follow me on Instagram @rosaeff to keep up with my artistic adventures! (:

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