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Copic Markers 12-Piece Sketch Set, Cool Gray
- Packaged in a clear plastic case, a sketch set is the ideal way to begin or add to a marker collection
- Refillable markers and replaceable nibs, compatible with copic air brush system
- Alcohol-based ink is pemranent and non-toxic, dries acid free
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Sketch 12pc Cool Gray Set. Scores of anime, manga, and comics artists as well as landscape, product, architecture, and fashion designers prefer Copic markers because of their ultra-blendable, low odor, alcohol based inks. Unlike water-based inks, which tend to pill and oversoak the paper while blending, Copics mix on the surface to deliver the wonderfully rich blends they’re known for. This outstanding performance has distinguished Copic markers as the celebrated coloring tool within professional, semi-professional and hobby circles alike.
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Well, I finally bought this set and I totally get it now. I am a complete convert to the Copic brand, and I really cannot speak high enough about these markers!!! They are INCREDIBLE. Coloring with them is a similar process to watercolor, where it's all about layering and blending. The markers go on smooth and wonderful and they are able to blend with similar colors beautifully. (Note though that if you're not using proper marker paper, I recommend putting a few extra blank pages underneath just in case they bleed. And the more you layer and saturate the more they will bleed, just something to keep in mind.)
My only problem with the 12 set was that there just wasn't enough. I read in a previous review prior to my purchasing that they suggested just getting a larger set for the better blending options, and they were right. If you are an artist and serious in experimenting with these markers and creating more art with them, I would get a larger set, at least the 36 or even a 72. I wish I had purchased the 72 for all the base color options, as i am now spending so much time comparing different copic 6pack sets to get a larger selection of colors to allow for better blends and layering. This small set of 12 though is excellent if you're just looking to use the markers to add a simpler color blocking pop to your work.
I would also recommend a copic blending marker. It helps with blending, as one might deduce from the name.
These work great alone, but (I found) Copics are best when blended together and because this is a 12pc BASIC set, you only get 12 different colors. It makes doing highlights and shadows a bit difficult when you are missing the in-between shades and tones. So, again, I would keep that in mind when buying this particular set. I'd say it's more for beginners learning to get a feel for the Copic Sketch Markers or for those who don't really know where to start in buying Copic Sketch Markers 'cause there are so many. With this set you can get a feel of how to use them and figure out what shade you need to fill in the gaps of the 12 colors.
in-between the pink copic (RV [red violet] 11) and the red copic (R08) in this set, there are 26 other copics with varying shades/tones that exist. Imagine roughly that many colors applying for each of the copics sitting next to each other in this set.
You can buy this set and see just how light the light blue (B14) is and just how dark the dark blue (B29) is, and figure out if you need something just a bit lighter or a whole lot darker, and then buy those individual colors separately. This way you have the 12 basic colors as a foundation and can add your preference in-between colors yourself.
Or, if you are wanting to use these with a more "directed" approach i.e, for flowers only, the sea only, or people only, then maybe this isn't the best set for you. There are floral sets, sea & sky sets, and skin tone specific sets (among others) that may suit you better than this general 12pc set simply by not having to search for/ through so many colors because the above mentioned sets would come with the shades and tones you need.
Overall, I really like this set and am quite happy with it, but I wanted to let others to know that this IS a 12pc BASIC set. Emphasis on the basic. I kept reading this when searching reviews before I purchased my own set: That "...this was a BASIC..." And while I was prepared in the fact that these 12 colors were probably not going to be enough, I wanted a solid place to start with when buying these markers. I realized that there were other sets available and that I would probably need skin tones as well as the B&W and gray-scale colors at a later date, but I came to the conclusion that the 12pc Basic Set was good enough for me for now.
I don't know if anyone reading this review has done that research and so I just wanted to give a little explanation as to WHY this set would be considered basic for people reading review after review and seeing that these are great markers getting great reviews, but beware, this is a "BASIC" set.
I hope this helps~