In my last post, I gave my thoughts on the watercolor.
I would like to share my opinion on coloring with alcohol-based markers. About 10 years ago, I found out about them through my friend and fell in love right away! There are 3 types of markers: Classic, Sketch, Ciao and Wide. For illustrators, I recommended either Sketch or Ciao because of their brush nibs. Although they are expensive, I managed to pick one 72pc Ciao Set and another 72pc Ciao Set later on. (Yes, I own both Set A and Set B of Ciao markers. There are 180 colors of Ciao and I have 144 of them.) As a Ciao marker is smaller (regarding to an ink barrel) than a sketch one, therefore they are cheaper. After I returned to Thailand from 2 years with 2 Ciao set in Germany, I bought more Sketch markers, as well as some refills, and accumulate them as time goes by.
The markers become my main and favorite medium of art. The best way to avoid streaks, I need to move the brush in small circle strokes. Due to this painting technique, markers are suitable for a small piece of artwork. I think they fit with my style (and short temper) very well. However, in order to paint and blend properly with markers, I still have to be as patient as when I’m using watercolor. Even though I’m picking up watercolor, marker is still going to play a big part in my life as an illustrator.
The paper that I normally use is not a marker pad but a watercolor paper pad from Canson, “XL Watercolor” (300g, 9 x 12 inches, 30 sheets), which only sold in North America. When I need more, I have to ask my hubby’s parents to ship them from the US. I inked my sketch, using dip pen with DELETER’s Black Ink No. 2 (deep dark black, dry quickly, and best for alcohol based marker).
The one advantage that copic markers have over other brands is “Copic Collection” application (Free, available for iOS and android). This app allows me to keep track of my marker collection and shows which types, colors, refills I already have.
- Dry quickly, possible to layer right away
- Available in 358 vibrant colors
- COPIC Collection app is useful
- Expensive, both the markers and their refills
- Not portable, unless you carry only a few
- Hard to find tutorial courses and books
- Bleed through most paper
The Copic marker set that I used:
For dip pen and ink I used, check out DELETER Manga Shop here: