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Copic Tutorial and Walkthrough by bybystarlight Copic Tutorial and Walkthrough by bybystarlight
Edit: HOLY CROW~!! Thank you so much to :iconkuukoukumori: and :iconhanratty-stock: for the Daily Deviation feature. O__O;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; Thanks to your feedback, I'll definitely make a new tutorial about more complicated things (and I'm REALLY happy to hear that people want to use markers because of this tutorial~!!). THANK YOU SO MUCH~!!!!
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Copic Marker tutorial and walkthrough kinda thinger. @__@;;
I uploaded the lineart if you'd like to color along.

(just please credit me and keep my signature on it. I'd love to see what you guys do~!) :)

My own finished work is here:

If there's anything else I'm forgetting or questions you still have PLEASE let me know~!!! :heart: I want to try to help as much as I can. O__O;;

Also, if there is interest, I'd like to make another that considers things like complex backgrounds, different skintones, textures (like fabric, fur, and metal, etc), translucent things, etc...PLEASE LET ME KNOW if you'd be interested in that, too.

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Given 2010-05-12
kuukoukumori noted me with:- "This tutorial is very simple to understand and to the point. There seems to be a ton of copic marker tutorials out there right now, but most of them just have walkthrough process and does not have an explanation of how things are done. *bybystarlight explains everything in this Copic Tutorial and Walkthrough by giving lots of techniques and tips to use while colouring. She also has a nice list of supplies to use (some not ordinary), a list of the colours she used, and some not very well known tricks for working with these markers. Her tutorial takes a great knowledge of this medium and applies that practically to an image." ( Suggested by kuukoukumori and Featured by UnicornReality )
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RemOokami Featured By Owner 6 days ago
How cool of a tutorial 0.0! To my favourites! NOW! ANd to my personal Bible of reference =/! Thank you so much *-*!
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KemikLy Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional General Artist
This is a really nice tutorial! Congrats on the DD; you deserve it. And the finished piece is just lovely! ^_^
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KawaiiShootingStar Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
Amazing tutorial! C: It really helped me~! ^.^
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UpalaFire Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Very comprehensive, thank you! I've always been afraid of alcohol markers but I just bought some yesterday and plan to master them! Your tutorial makes them less scary.
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Cutie524 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What do you use to darkern the sketch 
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SlightlyGreen Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013
I haven't had a chance to play with Copics yet, but I'm planning on learning, and this tutorial makes me feel like I'll have a good starting point -- it's so clear and you explain a lot of things that other tutorials sort of magically assume I know...
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm happy that it gives you a place to start. :) Please do let me know if you have any questions or problems when you get started. I really appreciate your kind words!! Sometimes when I explain things it feels like it comes out in a big much. haha.
Thanks!!!! <3
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LazMinq Featured By Owner May 25, 2013  Student Digital Artist
OMG so helpful~
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yay! I'm glad it is a help to you. :)
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Shroomsta Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really really helpful! I have just started colouring with copics and while I am not struggling as much as I thought I would, this is so helpful to me! **Note to self.. get blender..
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm happy you find it helpful! Copics and markers in general are awesome and fun to work with. I think they're easier than watercolor, but I guess that's just opinion (everyone is different, afterall). I'd love to be able to see what you make with markers, so please do show me when you get a chance. :D
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Wotsit123 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Just a little tip about the Blender: If you lay it down heavily before colouring, it will keep the surface wet so you can colour large areas without worrying about streaking.
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AgentKnopf Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
This is a great tutorial :O !! Sadly I don't have Copic markers (I only got some PITT markers but not nearly enough colors to actually color something xD), but your tutorial was really helpful, even when coloring with traditional paint (which I do occasionally ^^). Oh and I'd love to see more of those tutorials :D !
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
This should work even with pitt markers, but I totally understand not having enough colors. I started out with only a few, myself. I'll try to make another tutorial, and thank you for your kind words! :)
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AgentKnopf Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
I'll be looking forward to more tutorials from you :D !!
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EnlightenedEnigma Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes I would be interested in more marker tutorials. I never liked coloring with markers because they leave this line if you overlap them and don't blend well but I see now that with the right markers and technique the coloring can look nearly identical to digital art! (Haha frikken cool) and you blend them SO well I never knew that was possible with markers!
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll try to get on making a new tutorial soon! ^^
That was always the draw for markers for me; that you can blend them, and they blend well, and you can do some amazing things that way. You just need to be sure you're using equipment that works for you (doesn't always need to be Copic brand...but that's always been my personal favorite. :)
I'm looking forward to seeing what you can create if you give it a shot! <3
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canadianfelicity Featured By Owner May 18, 2013
OMG this is perfect! Thanks for this! I recently bought some copic markers, and i was struggling with them!
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No no, thank you for your comments. :D I appreciate it.
Markers are awesome and a lot of fun! So I hope you have a good time using them; please don't get frustrated if you have trouble at first. It happens to us all! ^^ But hang in there, and please show me your work when you're done. :D

Also, please feel free to ask if you have any questions. I'll try my best to answer. <3
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canadianfelicity Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Yeah so far im having fun, but its my first time, so Im struggling a bit, Mind giving some tips about how to apply a light blush over a layer of copic, without it looking like the character is blushing furiusly?
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
If you have a light pink color you can just lay that down on top of your skin layer (before or after is fine, but it works best when wet, so it blends better). Or if you have a medium to dark pink, you can lay it down BEFORE your skin layer and blur the heck out of it with the colorless blender.
Failing that, if you have colored pencils or pastels that works very well, too.
Let me know if that helps? ^^
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canadianfelicity Featured By Owner May 19, 2013
Yeah thats really useful! Thanks XDD Um I know this may sound stupid...but um...whats a blender? Sorry, im new to this art stuff...(just getting into highschool)
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No no. Please don't say that. :D No question is ever stupid!!
A blender is a marker that's filled with colorless ink. Basically pure alcohol (not the kind you can drink though lol) and no color. You use that to kind of blend or blur the colors of the other markers, or you can use it like water in watercolor paints. Like making the paper wet so the paint (or in this case, ink) goes on better.

Please let me know if this makes any sense, lol. I can be bad at explaining stuff. XD

If you don't have a colorless blender (in Copics, it's color number 0), you can use rubbing alcohol you might have in your bathroom medicine cabinet. Just use a cotton swab or a paint brush to apply it to your paper and it will work almost nearly as well.

I hope that helps? I'm here if you need anything! <3
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canadianfelicity Featured By Owner May 20, 2013
Yes. You explained really well to me, thanks XDD Due to my tendancy to fall and scrape my skin, I used all the rubbing alcohol, so i'll just buy a blender. You can get copic markers and Colour blenders at michael's right? I got my Copic markers while I was in China...(visiting family)
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, you should be able to get it at Michael's, though it's a lot more expensive there. Ahh, I want to go to China! :)

I'm clumsy too! XD
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Squlld Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2012
wow this really helped my out! thnaks a ton!!!
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Linnzy Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now I really wan to dig out my copics!
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Ohhh, I hope that you do!!! :D
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CopicMarkerUSA Featured By Owner May 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
LEGIT. XD
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:D
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
On a totally random note, there are several things you can do for masking other than using masking tape that are highly effective and generally harmless to your work :3

1. Use drafting tape. This stuff is awesome! It has less adhesive than normal masking tape so you don't have to get lint all over it first. It's the perfect balance of enough adhesive to keep ink from leaking under it but little enough to not rip your paper to shreds! We use it all the time for drafting in architecture studio, hence the name "drafting tape". It's stupidly expensive (like, 7-8 dollars a roll) but totally worth it.

2. Use airbrush frisket. Obviously airbrushers have a buttload of masking to do, so this stuff is highly specialized for that purpose. It's this clear film with a light adhesive that you can lay over your work. It's kind of pointless if your just making boxes, but if you want you can cut out highly intricate shapes for complex masking needs. I'm not sure how applicable this is to marker rendering, but some people may find it useful :3. The major downside to this is that it's typically laid on the work before parts are cut out, so a new Exact-o blade and an EXTREMELY light and careful hand are necessary.

3. Use ghetto airbrush frisket. The formal frisket is really nice but kind of expensive, so you can just use a temporary fixative and trace paper if you want to be cheap (like me!). Also it's easier to trace your work and cut out the necessary pieces BEFORE you glue to your work, so it may save you some accidental score lines (once again, like me XD).

And as a side note I have no idea if I spelled frisket right so hopefully you'll still be able to tell what I'm talking about XD
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'll have to try using drafting tape. :) Thank you so much for the suggestion!!!! I've been using frisket (whenever I have time to even do marker drawings anymore, *sob*)...though yeah, it IS expensive. I'll have to try the ghetto kind, too. *Lol*

That's a pretty amazing. Thank you SOOO much for taking the time to write this comment. :D And yeah, you spelled frisket right. ^__^;;
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Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, I love my drafting tape, although beware; it still needs to be pulled off slowly, especially if it's been stuck to the picture for a while *just tore my final presentation by ripping it off too fast .n.* And thank you for the awesome tutorial! I'm saving up for a set of 72 Copics so I've been looking around for good resources, and this is one of the best I've found! Thank you for taking the time to help out us newbies ^^ <3
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tachii Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student General Artist
finally, a copic tutorial i can understand!! T w T :heart:
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chill13 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
For the love of little puppies I will always remember! No real grey for shadows! Thank you very much for this tutorial. I am only just starting with copic markers. Have about eight of them. And I can see why they're so expensive. I've never used a better tool in my life! This is very helpful and I will be sure to keep an eye out for any other tutorials by you.
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
They're pretty great, and I hope you continue to have a good experience using them. :) Please feel free to ask me anything if you need help or whatever. I really like your style; it's very fluid and cartoony. I can't wait to see what you can do with your new markers~!!! Please keep up the wonderful work and thank you so much for the kind words. :heart::hug::Heart: (and I'll try to make a new tutorial soon, eep~!).
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chill13 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I finally posted some of my copic work: [link] [link]
I'm still just learning. And I thank you so much for the help in this tutorial!
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It's a lot better to use your cat for collecting lint. Make them roll around their pillows or catbeds, or just get whatever is on their beds. There's always a lot ;3; It works best too, since the cat fur is soft also. Don't use dogs. They have less fur and it hurts for them when you try rubbing tape on them. Mine bit me when I tried!
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MystiqueEnchantress Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thnak you for this tutorial. Very informative! :love:
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Scott-L-O Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2011
This is so helpful. I know it's all been said already, so I'll just say Thank You. Keep up the great work!
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Indigo-Lune Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
It was very helpful! Thanks for making 8D
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Moon-Leaf-Studios Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011  Student General Artist
Wonderful tutorial. I really enjoyed it ; )
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Mi-chan785 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011
I laughed at "double fist" xD I never thought of any term for that BUT I DO THIS TOO!! xDD I guess that's one of the reasons why my hands are always covered in paint |D'''

Very nice tut!!
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IloveJesus4eternity Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
OMGosh! This really helps! Thank you so much! I had just gotten copic markers today and it only came with 8 and I didn't know how I was going to shade, but thanks to you, now I know that you can shade with just one marker. :D Yay!
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bybystarlight Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
That's so cool~! I'm happy it could help. :D
Please let me know if you have any trouble or questions, and I'll try to help if I can. :) Or....ESPECIALLY when you make something, please do share, if you'd like. I'd love to see what you can do~!!!
Yaaaay~!!!! :heart:
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IloveJesus4eternity Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2011
Thanks and I will make sure I do so. :la:
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Sparky-hime Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2011
Oh. My. God.

I can't find ciao copics anywhere! Some specialist shops I've been to have markers, but no ciao, and the colours I'm looking for only come in ciao...!

This is an awesome tutorial that inspired me to try copics out, but I can't try them if I can't find them...! :P
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yektuikuto Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2011
ebay
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Sparky-hime Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
I don't have paypal, though :P
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yektuikuto Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2011
make an account
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