Experimenting with Copics

Last Saturday Prof. Leytham lent me his Sailor brush pen so I could try it.  It is designed for Japanese calligraphy, which brush can produce beautiful lines of different widths.  I fell in love with it and will be purchasing one promptly.  Tonight I wanted to see if the brush tip of my Copic markers would work in a similar way.

I decided to try them on one of my sketchbooks, a Hand-book with heavyweight sheets.  These are supposed to take light watercolor washes, but as soon as the marker tip touched the paper, I got instant bleed-through.  I was disappointed; I haven’t found a sketchbook that can take markers with minimal bleed-through.  Well, in a very careless way I continued to try some of the colors.  All of a sudden, I could kind of see one of the armchairs I have in my living room.  So I went that way, trying to develop a bit of what I saw around me.  Behind the armchair there are two balloons still alive from my wife’s birthday party three weeks ago.  I kept experimenting with different colors with very fast strokes that barely touched the surface; I didn’t want to saturate the paper.

Well, the Copics’ tip won’t behave as the brush pen, but I still like the possibilities, even if this isn’t the right paper.

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3 responses to “Experimenting with Copics

  • quirkyartist

    Oh this is amazing. You can almost feel the fabric of the chair. Hmmm could you make your own sketchbooks with heavy-weight paper? That’s what I do, though SOME pens still bleed through. Not my Tombow pens though (nearest I have to Copics.)

  • Luis E. Aparicio

    Thanks! Which paper do you use in your custom sketchbooks?

  • quirkyartist

    I change around. Sometimes I use BFK Rives printmaking paper,or Fabriano Hot Press watercolour paper, or Stonehenge. Currently I’m using Como paper, which is about 280gsm (heavy) cartridge paper. Not so good for water media, but OK.

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