Copic Markers are world-famous, high-quality markers that come in a huge range of colours with various nib options. We have just launched the Copic Sketch – in store and online. We are so excited to be the biggest stockist of Copic markers in the Western Cape! In this blog post we will be telling you more about the markers and what makes them so popular. We will be discussing the differences between the three types of markers – the Copic Classic, Copic Ciao and the Copic Sketch. We’ll also look at the super-handy Copic Ink Refills.
The Copic brand was started in the late 1980s by Japanese company Too. The markers are available in a total of 358 different colours and in various different marker designs. Arguably the best-quality markers available on the market, Copics have gained popularity over the years and are used by professional artists, architects, students, designers, illustrators – the list goes on! While the markers may seem expensive at first glance – one marker can last a lifetime. They are durable, refillable and the nibs can be replaced when worn out. The ink is alcohol-based and goes on smoothly. Although it is fast drying, the inks can be re-hydrated on the paper, making them easy to blend. Unlike water-based inks, Copic ink doesn’t damage paper fibres and dries acid-free. Special care should be taken when displaying work, however, as the inks are not lightfast and will fade in sunlight and fluorescent lighting. To combat this, works can be sealed with a UV protective sealant, framed behind UV resistant glass, or artworks can reproduced by scanning and printing the artworks using archival ink on paper.
This is the original and first range of Copic markers, featuring a chisel tip on one end and a fine point on the other. The barrel is square and the lid on each end features a coloured cap as well as the specific colour code and name for each marker, making them easy to identify. Available in 214 colours with 9 different nib options, they are the most customisable Copic. Classics hold the most ink of the three types of markers and a refill ink bottle can fill a Classic 10 times.
Being the most affordable marker, the Ciao is a popular choice. It features a flexible brush tip and a medium chisel tip and is available in 190 different colours. It is very similar to the Copic Sketch, but holds less ink and the caps on each end don’t have the colour code and name. The barrel is round but the lids have a slight protrusion on each end to help prevent them rolling around. A refill bottle can refill a Ciao 17 times.
The most popular of all the Copic markers, the Sketch range offers the widest colour range (358 in total) with a chisel tip and brush tip combination. The barrel is oval-shaped making it less likely to roll off your desk. The Copic Sketch holds a fair amount of ink and can be refilled 13 times with one ink refill. Like the Classic marker, the Sketch features the colour code and name on the marker for easy identification.
Refills come in every colour, so each Copic has a matching bottle of ink. This means that you can save money by buying just one marker, and refilling it over and over again. Not only is this economical but environmentally friendly too, as each marker can be refilled several times with one refill. To refill a marker, simply uncap each end while holding the marker at an angle. Carefully drip the ink onto the broad tip making sure to keep track of how full the marker is as you go. Each refill bottle contains 25 ml of ink and has an eye-dropper spout for convenience. Refill inks can also be mixed to create your very own colours – these can be added to the empty Copic markers for customised markers.
If you are wanting some advice on what colours to get when starting out, as well as tips on blending and shading, check out this video by illustrator Josiah Brooks (aka Jazza) for some great tips and tricks.