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Copic Marker Tutorial by finni Copic Marker Tutorial by finni
Made with the image drawn for Kitten on RagnaInfo.net, one of the winners of my auction, which is a very long and complicated story but anyways.

I was asked to take in progress photos of my marker work and I decided to just make a tutorial out of the photos. This is the first tutorial I've made like this for deviantART and it took a full 4 hours to put together, so I hope people like it and I would love to have some feedback. The image is of Kitten's huntress Kari Evelyn.

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Given 2006-09-27
Copic Marker Tutorial by *finni is a well set up, easy to follow and easy to read step by step guide for using copic markers. *finni explains all the tips and secrets her obvious experience with the medium has provided her, taking the frustration and mystery out of quality marker work. ( Suggested by jeriweaver and Featured by bleedsopretty )
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Lindenblatt Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2017
Great tutorial! <3
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Starlit-Leaf Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for this tutorial, it's very helpful c:
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JediMasterEeth Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the tutorial. That was very helpful :la:
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avi1708 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2014  Student General Artist
cool. thanks!
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whitefang135 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow, I used copics for a couple months, but I never figured to use the colorless blender the way you used it in this turorial. Thanks, it helped with shading a LOT! :3
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asakitay Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
that white pen (i'm assuming it's not correction fluid) you used for the highlights is it a Copic or some other brand? Also, how does that white pen go over other colors? Like does it simply fade into the existing ink or does it clearly show the white? thnx
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finni Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a Uni-ball Signo white gel pen. It's mostly opaque (if you put it enough ink on the page) so it goes over other colors like correction fluid, but a little more milky. So, you can use it for opaque white highlights or for a milder highlight. I hope that helps!
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asakitay Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
thanks, I'll try to find one to buy. What is the specific name of the pen model?
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finni Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's this one: [link]
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asakitay Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Thanks, I bought one yesterday! Pretty neat!
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AniMeg4321 Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello~ I'm new to copics. I was just wondering, how long do copics usually last. I think I know what you'll probably say is, "it depends on how often you use them". I don't use mine all that often.... Maybe twice a week. Not too much. Do you think you could give me an estimate on how long they'll last me? Since they're so expensive, I'd like to make sure I'm getting good usage out of them. Thanks for any help you can offer. ^^
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finni Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It also depends how heavily you're using them per piece! I've actually only had to replace a few markers here and there (heavily used ones like skin tones and greys). If you find one marker is being used often, purchase an ink refill (about $7-8 I believe) and it'll be the ink equivalent of probably 5-10 more markers in that color. Definitely worth the price. I have ink refills for N7, N3, and E50.

As for a time estimate, I really can't even give you a ballpark because I don't use my markers that often! I am sorry. ): But at least I hope my tip about purchasing ink refills instead of replacing your dry marker will help get the most money out of your markers.
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AniMeg4321 Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That is very helpful. Thanks so much! ^^
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fibisugar Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013  Hobbyist
AWESOME!!!!
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warnawani Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for sharing!
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NesuraMisuzu Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow. thanks so much for uploading this! it was really helpful!
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hezmyjoy Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
I have been looking for a marker tutorial. This one was good! Thanks for sharing.
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locodela Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Dem Hips. . . @A@

Great tutorial! it's extremely helpful, thank you! :)

And congrats on the DD!
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Doshu Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I have a bit of a silly question, what colors did you use for her horns? I have been having trouble getting a good horn color. Thanks
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Hely17 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool drawing
can you give me some information about the copic markers?
where can i buy them " not so expensive".-.....
thx very much^^
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finni Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Unfortunately you're not going to find Copic markers anywhere for less than $5-6 USD, but sometimes at conventions (in US) there are booths that offer a buy one, get one free deal with Copic markers, which comes out to about $3 each. I haven't seen these in a while, though, and of course you'll need to pay for a convention badge to get in (usually ~50-70 for a weekend pass). Hope that helps!
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Hely17 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hm ok...
well... thx very much
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Sami-love Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is still one of my favorite tutorials. <3 Very helpful.
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Opal-Agito Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011  Student General Artist
I'm very envious but thankful you made this! Is there any tips you can give me for beginners?
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finni Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Draw a lot, draw every day!! Also if you're interested in purchasing copics, try to get them at conventions or other events or promotions, because they get very pricy very fast @__@
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Opal-Agito Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh, ok! And I could draw anything? I have a set of 32, and even they were expensive! If you checked my newest deviation, that's how my first picture with copics turned out! For me, I think it's a new kind of art, and I like to draw people (mostly anime) but it's crazy! And I am going to an anime convention in February, so I'll keep an eye out for them. Thanks for the tips! I'm sure I'll be doing lots more with copics!
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finni Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Definitely expand your range and draw everything!! You can start with anime people, but move onto things like figure studies with muscles, skeletons, also just everyday objects around you, like tables, chairs, curtains, etc. to understand lighting, shadows, and perspective (: Have fun in February at your convention!!

P.S. I think I only have 38 copics total haha (: You can do a lot with what you have! Your first piece looks already great!
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Opal-Agito Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Oh ok, because lighting and shadows are super hard! Thanks so much for the advice. I'll acknoweldge you when I make art with markers from now on!
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Cake4Never Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I wonder why copic markers are usually put with manga. I've seen some artwork that used copic markers but wasn't manga style. But anyway, this was relly helpful and I hope I buy the right kind when I get some.
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arisukurumi Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2011
awesome! i've never used copics before so this really helped, can't wait to try them
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sbarnby71 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011
When you talk of the "white pen" is that a copic marker too?
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Paul-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011
Thanks ill be referring to this when i experiment with some copics
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sammilo13 Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Cute, informative, and interesting! I like it! :D
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akikurayamino Featured By Owner May 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
best phrase ever:
covered up the boobshine
lmaoo

very beautiful artwork!!

=D
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Indigo-Lune Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
8D Beautiful drawing

Helpful tutorial 8DDD
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SailorVenusV-babe Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
And! Im drawing a comic named : 'mahou no hoseki hime' i wanted to put it on dA but i dont know how to scan!
Pls dont insult me. In real life, i drew many many drawings but i cant stand a chance (traditional)
I drew :
-sketches : 5 pieces
-normal drawings (but with skills) : --sm : ... Like 28 or above
-- mm : almost as many as sm
-- anime/manga(not in any anime/manga series) : 25 n above(but some i Threw it away because my auntie's daug. Tear it!
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Indigo-Lune Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
uh okay
good for you
and your
uh
"drawings with skills"
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SailorVenusV-babe Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Uhh hello? Wat do u mean by im the most awful? My photoshop n other software went CRAZY n i have to download it again {but i got no time}(in the past). N since TODAY ONWARDS Im free, i'll start downloading it again!
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Indigo-Lune Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
do i know you
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InvaderFoz Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thank you so much! it really helped :]
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tsukinoiri Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
I'm stupid, but I bought a set of graphic markers only to find out they're water-based, and that I don't know how to use them. They're chisel ended and leave horrible stripes all over the place! I'm guessing copic is alcohol-based, and so the 0 white blender is alcohol based. So, if I want to make the streaks disappear, should I paint a film of water on my art? That sounds weird, lol.

Another question is, are there oil-based markers?
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finni Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I was browsing through my old deviations and found I left this question unanswered! My bad 8( I'm not sure if your question is still relevant but I'll still try to explain this concept:

Yes, you could technically use water to blend your water-based markers. This is exactly how watercolors work, so I would just opt for watercolors instead so I get more control over the flow of color and the application via brush tip is also much more precise. If you were to paint water over your art with your water based markers, it should get rid of streaks however if you're not using a thick watercolor type paper, you will just have a really destroyed drawing.
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Darker4 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
That happened to me. I bet you feel gutted after spending that money, 'specially 'cause they're expensive. D: Back to the question, I would think that they are water-based so thats what i think. :D Hope it helps
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Relliam Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2011
Yes!!!
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ilovechao Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2010
Uhhh... The characters I make whiteish grey skin and I'm not sure what greys to use and need help with shading with plain white skin you think you can help? I used to use pincels and just started with copics......
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Lotus-Rose-power Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Very helpful :)
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FollowingStars Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
!! Love this! Quick question- how do you get the marker shading so smooth? Because I tried small circle technique and I just got small circle lines :( all over my work!
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darkwings16 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2010  Student General Artist
nice, very useful:D
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maowka Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow, thank you! This tutorial taught me to copic!!

Hey, don't kill me, but where can I buy a white gel pen?
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Boxed-Heather Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010  Student Digital Artist
this helped somuch, thanks :]
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