Copic Sketch Markers
Copic Sketch is the most popular among all the Copic markers. This specific line of alcohol-based markers comes in the widest range of colors (358), and features Medium Broad and flexible Super Brush nib combination. Use special marker paper to avoid draining your markers.
A quick overview of Copic markers and their numbering system:
Every Copic marker is numbered, e.g. R02:
- The letter refers to the color family (e.g. R = Red).
- The first number corresponds to the blending group within the specific color family (red in this example) and refers to the saturation. A higher number contains more gray and is less “pure” than a low number.
- The second number is the specific value within a blending group and refers to the brightness. A low number is very light, a higher number is darker.
How to choose colors for blending? Choose in groups of 3 markers. As a beginner, it is probably easiest to match letters and stay within a color family. Next, match the first number to stay in a blending group. The final number can be used for highlights (0-3), midtones (4-6) and shadows (7-9). Try to keep a number difference of 2-3 between colors. This is just a starting point however: more experienced people use different “rules” etc. There is an abundance of very talented people with excellent tutorials and explanations on Copic numbering systems, blending, choosing colors etc. Do check them out if you are interested in Copics! You can find an overview of colors and a handy app on the Copic website.