Hey fellahs!

Miss Etti has really been kicking it up a notch on her fashion sketches...here's one of her first sketches she did less than a year ago:



and here's one of her recent ones:



how about that???

Ok so my question...she wants to get more into markers, and has been talking about copic markers? What's the dealio with them, and why are they different/better than other markers? They seem pretty expensive...is there a cheap source for them, is it best to just get a big kit at first...are they refillable?

Lots of questions I know, but I figured you guys would be the experts to ask, not the jokers at Blicks

(less than 3 weeks to India!)
  • Who is Ryan C.

    Flawless
  • ExaltedByMark.

    Way good ETTI!

    You should post more Jud.

    I miss the days of your Videos with Miss Etti. Highly anticipating the release of the new Shirt Fight Contest Theme and also for the winners and your cat haha.
  • Griggitee

    Very impressive!
    Haven't used them in forever but basically they lay down evenly and blend well for mixing colors. Your basic crayola markers give you those darker streaks if you start overlapping colors.
    What colored pencils did she use for those sketches? Prismacolor is a quality brand that is very smooth and have hundreds of colors for a cheaper professional alternative. Their pastel pencils are great too.
  • El Presidente

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  • El Presidente

    Griggitee said:Very impressive!
    Haven't used them in forever but basically they lay down evenly and blend well for mixing colors. Your basic crayola markers give you those darker streaks if you start overlapping colors.
    What colored pencils did she use for those sketches? Prismacolor is a quality brand that is very smooth and have hundreds of colors for a cheaper professional alternative. Their pastel pencils are great too.

    I believe she's using prismacolors for the pencils in the first picture, and then a mix of those and some other kind of marker in the 2nd photo (but I don't remember what those are)

    and yesss ok we were wondering if it was the marker that's responsible for evenly laying down the color without streaking. Her current markers streak. Are copics the only ones that do that? And I'm dumb at this stuff...are copics the brand or the type of marker?
  • DanielAndHisArt

    Man, good for her dude. The second pic you posted looks awesome! Very drastic difference between the two. Looks great.

    I know nothing about markers, but just wanted to comment on the pictures lol.
  • El Presidente

    thanks dude! I'm super proud of her...I can't even imagine how she'll be a year from now when she graduates
  • Griggitee

    Honestly i don't remember. I had gotten them a long time ago for doing storyboards. i would think there is some other markers that are of similar quality. Actaully, now i think i remember using some crayola blendable markers that worked out pretty well. They dried out pretty quickly. You just can't beat the quality of the copics. Just take very good care of them.
  • AJSmith

    i bought ONE the other day for a project, it was 7 bucks. They look really nice and copic is a reliable brand, they are refillable so you dont have to pay for anew marker and the nibs are replaceable. The brush pens from copic are also amazing to ink with
  • DanielAndHisArt

  • El Presidente

    DanielAndHisArt said:Also found this, might wanna look into these to -

    http://www.cricut.com/messageboard/tm.aspx?m=5603603

    http://www.touchmarkers.co.uk/

    oh awesome man, and it looks like Blick's sells them too so she can buy one of each and test them out.

    Thanks!
  • NVasion

    I never used real copic markers but I also bought a bunch of touch markers and they are great
  • Cutty.

    Hell yeah, these are looking great!

    Copics are pretty awesome for drawing on illustration board or cardstock. They blend really nice, and build up pretty well. Not so great for slick paper (they take forever to dry and smudge), but for regular paper they're awesome. Prisma markers work really well too, and I thiiink they're a little cheaper. They all streak a bit when you overlap, but with enough practice you can use that to build up your tones. And I'm not sure about copic, but I know prismamarkers have a colorless blender that works really well for smoothing things out, too.
  • El Presidente

    Ahhh I think she has the prismacolor markers, I just looked them up...it's these guys:



    I got her a big kit of them...are copics that much better to justify buying another set, or is it just a matter of practice? I think I'll buy her a couple copics to play with
  • Tom Philibeck

    I have both Copic and Prismacolor and the Copics definitely do lay down the color a bit better. They give you more time to work with them on the paper before you get those lines that other markers give you. (Basically they stay wet longer.) I guess it's all up to how much that matters and whether it's worth paying for it.
  • kimsuarez

    At FIDM we got prismacolors for fashion sketching but I had the chance to try out some copics and love them. I think they are better for blending in my opinion. but theyre pricey
  • Victra

    Copic markers tend to be very soft, and you can refill them pretty easily, they have gorgeous colors and I tend to find them the absolute best , but before them and I will still stick up for Stabilo..those markers are pretty good believe it or not!



    and they are extremely cheap. I haven't tried this but I'd recommend getting the colorless blender marker of the copic markers and messing around with these stabilos with the copic colorless blender.

    Loving the new work miss ettiiiii <3 beautiful stuff! -judders please send this to miss etti <3
  • chriskillerartworx

    i used to draw with copics when i did the cartoons but didn't like this blurry effect when coloring on paper. now i go with stabilos too - as vitra said they're pretty cheap, draw fine lines.. but if you look at your drawings a year later, the colours fade out. that's the only minus thing about them :)

    and.. miss etti's skills made a huge jump forward. congrats :)
  • luismtz

    I think Copics are expensive because they have double tips and you can refill them. I'm an industrial designer and we use the same kind of markers but there's a lot of brands to choose from, there are also Chartpak AD's, which, in my opinion are the best, even though they're pricy as well and you can get a little high while using them. Prismacolors and Touch are also good if you're looking for the double tip feature, but I think those are not refillable.
  • dovemans

    remember to buy the correct marker paper. or else you'll be spending way too much money on refill"s
    in other words, they are not meant to be used on any other paper…
  • luismtz

    here's also a sketching materials guide http://www.idsketching.com/thesketchlab/materials-guide/
  • Victra

    dovemans said:remember to buy the correct marker paper. or else you'll be spending way too much money on refill"s
    in other words, they are not meant to be used on any other paper…

    yes!
  • El Presidente

    Victra said:
    dovemans said:remember to buy the correct marker paper. or else you'll be spending way too much money on refill"s
    in other words, they are not meant to be used on any other paper…

    yes!

    Oh I'm so glad you guys brought this up! She's been using...bristol paper I think? What kind of marker paper should she use? I'm so jazzed, totally going to buy her a couple markers and some paper today!
  • Sam Weinberg

    If anyone's interested, I'm auctioning off 25 Copic Sketch Markers on eBay with starting bid at $0.99.
    LINK: http://r.ebay.com/k37K9r

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