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Copic Markers are the highest quality marker brand on the market, and is frequently used by professional artists. If I had to compare the markers to a more familiar medium, I would say that they are in some ways similar to paint, as the application is very smooth, the ink doesn’t bleed, and the colors blend well. They provide the coverage of paint with the accuracy and convenience of colored pencils. If using a high quality paper, it’s even possible to put down several layers before the paper starts to resist the ink. “But they’re just markers,” those unfamiliar with the medium might say. Well, if used by a skilled artist, they can have incredible results.
Copic Original is a basic marker with a broad tip on one side and a fine tip on the other, and is more or less like most markers you’ve seen. This type is much better suited for basic crafts than it is for complex drawings.
The most popular style by far is the Copic Sketch, which, like the Original, has a broad tip on one side, but features a brush tip on the other. These are ideal for fine art, and are the choice of most (if not all) professional artists adept in the marker medium
Copic Ciao is in essence a cheaper version of the Sketch. However, it does not hold as much ink, is not available in as many colors, and cannot connect to the Copic airbrush system. Ciao markers also are cylindrical and therefore less comfortable to hold, and they do not have color names printed on top (you have no idea how convenient this becomes). Although, if you need a rarely-used color or want to take some Copics for a test run, Ciao is an acceptable and economic option. But if you are looking for the best longterm investment, Copic Sketch is the way to go.
Copic Wide is exactly what it sounds like: a marker with a very broad tip. While great for backgrounds and large areas, these markers suck up a lot of ink, and color options are limited.
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