I received a set of copic sketch markers for Christmas this past year and I had yet to REALLY give them a good try. Yesterday, and with my new frame of mind to STOP PROCRASTINATING I decided to just sit down and try them out.
But what to color? I took my micro pen with some cold press watercolor paper and proceeded to sketch an elven type person (see the subtle hint in the ear shape 🙂 This really is my first venture into using markers this way. I was a fan of Berol Prismacolor Pencils when I first really began drawing all the time back i’d say in the 90s. I have alot of the drawings in my portfolio section.
My opinion of Copics… without anything to compare them too, I like them. After just this practice, I think I understand how to use markers better. I decided I’d really like smooth paper to draw on with markers instead of having this textured surface afterward. I also want to make sure I get the right kind of paper so that it doesn’t bleed through. This watercolor paper I saw it was starting to come through if you can believe that. Another thing is that with markers, you can’t vary the shade of a color so I found that I didn’t have enough variety of shades to use. You need alot of different shades to do what you really want and retail 5 bucks a piece I think would push anyone, including myself, back to colored pencils where I can just lighten up on a pencil to get a lighter shade. 🙂 Don’t get me wrong I’m glad I got them and have them…I do think though I will only add to my 36 set if I can get them at a rock bottom price.
On a side note it really felt good to draw again. It’s been years now. As you probably already noticed, I still haven’t gotten down perspective on faces just yet. I can only draw one side of a face to look right by hand. The other side the eye isn’t quite the right angle for the way her head is tilting. Just beating anyone out there to the punch 🙂