New Year, New Medium: Fine Art Markers

Hello Citizens of the Blogosphere!

First and foremost. Happy New Year!

Last year was an incredible journey for me. It was a chance for me to develop my creative skills and to rekindle my passion for art. As people who have been following me on this journey know, 2013 has been a wonderful year of exploration into the world of artist grade colored pencils. (If you are new to this space, feel free to look around… or  click here).

I come to you today with a new experience to share. This experience (as one would expect from an art blog) is of the creative kind.

In the past, I was always hesitant to buy fine art markers because 1) they are fairly expensive and 2) I was intimidated by the idea of not being able to erase my mistakes (at least with colored pencil, I could use my eraser to make corrections if needed). As such, although I frequently added high end markers to my Amazon shopping cart, I never actually purchased them.

This Christmas, I was lucky enough to receive a set of Copic markers (a.k.a Copics). After using the Copics, I was very pleased with the results I was able to get with them. They fill in spaces beautifully and they allow you to layer and blend colors quite painlessly. In fact, I found that using Copics has allowed me to decrease my coloring time (as compared to coloring with colored pencils) by at least a third. Additionally, my fear of not being able to erase my mistakes dissipated after I realized that different blending techniques could be used to fix errors.

Once I experienced the awesome that is fine art markers, I decided to purchase some other similar markers to compliment my set (and to compare different types).

This is my collection so far.

LIMITED EDITION COPIC 25th ANNIVERSARY SKETCH PEN SET 36 PENS
LIMITED EDITION COPIC 25th ANNIVERSARY SKETCH PEN SET 36 PENS
Letraset Twin Tip Pro Markers Produce Outstanding Skin Tone Colors (Set/6)
Letraset Twin Tip Pro Markers Produce Outstanding Skin Tone Colors (Set/6)
Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Brush Tip and Fine Tip Markers, 6 Colored Markers
Prismacolor Premier Double Ended Brush Tip and Fine Tip Markers, 6 Colored Markers

After trying the other two brands, I found that Copics were indeed my favorite. (Makes sense, as they are wildly popular and more expensive than the other types.)

Now for the results of my experiment.

Laila and Dawn.(Copic Edition)  Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2013 ©
Laila and Dawn.(Copic Edition) Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2013 ©
Lulu and Melvin. (Copic Edition) Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2013 ©
Lulu and Melvin. (Copic Edition) Copyright. Annotated Audrey. 2013 ©

These markers have opened up a whole new world for me, and although I will always be an avid user of colored pencils… I will definitely be playing with these markers for a while.

If you have any tips on using these markers or if you use other brands and want to share them with me, please leave a comment below. I love sharing tips and learning new information!

That’s all for now.

-Audrey

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As always, thank you so much for taking time to read this post!

Audrey

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3 thoughts on “New Year, New Medium: Fine Art Markers

  1. Congratulations on your Copics!!!!! I have them and love them. I invested in Spectrum Noir and Prismacolors as well. It is awesome the color choices you get. I also have my beloved color pencils. You seem have taken to your new medium flawlessly. Fun, isn’t it? I won’t say ‘a whole new world’, but it sure opens new views. Keep posting the new outcomes. I would say keep your finger in your beloved color pencils as well, and combine the 2 mediums. But you are very creative and you have probably already done that! Fun, fun, have so much fun. I wish we lived close and could share ideas. I enjoy your work and just sense we could complement style, similar but different. Your creativity encourages me to get back into the creativity mode I’ve been ignoring for way to long. Do you ever work with vellum?

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    1. Hi Cheryl! Thanks for the kind words. How are the Spectrum Noir markers? I saw those and thought they looked interesting. I have been experimenting with combining the markers with the colored pencils and I do love the results! I haven’t worked with velum recently, but I did buy some nice marker paper which is fun to work with.

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