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  02 February 2006
Originally Posted by JM-Pestilence: I almost created the same thread, but then i saw this one. So i just add my question to this thread:
A local dealer sells "copic" markers in different variations (search google for "copic"). I thought, i have heard about this markers, but i dont know if they are good. Have anyone of you done experience with copic markers?

(here's an abbrieviated version of my reply, because my comp had just crashed-while i was typing this- like, within seconds. it was magical)

I've only tried copic, pantone-tira and prismacolor, so that's all that i can compare with.

-more expensive than other markers, one marker can cost you a good USD$5++, so get it when your local art store is having a sale
-only has ..312(?) colors
-i find it more blendable than pantone. I can layer a lot without having the ink saturating too fast.
- imo, get the copick sketch markers. the brush nib is very felxible for both large areas and thin lines.

as for the other two:
-pantone has hundreds of colors (~600+)
-pantone's nibs soften fast, which is bad if you don't like soft mushy nibs
-prismmacolr's the cheapest
-prismacolor has hard nibs, and i've heard that those last longer than panton nibs. i don't like hard nibs.
-i have no idea how well copic nibs can hold, but copic sells replacement nibs, and nibs of varying width. and you can get diff color refills and mix them to make your own color so you can have your own uber special marker.

basically, in picked copics because it suits my working method better. i'm slow, and i'm used to layering. And I'm a sucker for anything related to manga. iI suggest trying all the diffeent markers at your art store and practice for a day. then the next day return the ones that you don't like XD
After that you can stick with one type, because diff markers have diff body/ink/nib/holding angle (d'uh) so it'll behave differently. My teacher who uses pantone told me that he messed up in a demo once because he used copic for the first time.

I hope this reply proves useful and is not too late. kthxbyegdnite.
  02 February 2006
I've heard that the Prismacolor Cool Gray/Warm Gray/ French Gray(i think) sets are pretty good....they have 2 tip sizes on each and come in varying opacities from 10% to 100%....

I've been looking everywhere for them but I can't find anyone in Australia that sells them and I can't find any US places that will ship here economically....
  02 February 2006
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