Using Copic WIDE Markers in a Portrait

Posted On: 03/02/15

Gentian Osman is a Seattle-based artist who does beautiful work in a wide range of styles and techniques, from calligraphic hand-lettering to finely detailed illustrations. She’s a fan of the Copic WIDE markers (see her earlier tutorial) and demonstrates in this tutorial how you can add the unique markings of a Copic WIDE marker to a Copic Sketch marker portrait.

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Copic Wide markers are a great to use alongside the Copic Sketch marker. The broad tip allows you to create unique strokes that can enhance your Copic marker drawings.

Markers Used

 

  • Copic Wide C3

  • Copic Wide C9

  • Copic Sketch C0

  • Copic Sketch C1

  • Copic Sketch C3

  • Copic Sketch C5

  • Copic Sketch C7

  • Copic Sketch C8

  • Copic Sketch C9

  • Copic Sketch 00

Outline

I start sketching the the basic outlines using a light color, Copic Wide C3. The edge of the marker is great for getting a precise line and mapping out the main features of the drawing. I usually like to start with a light color as it can be easily blended using the colorless blender seamlessly.

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WIDE Effects

I then use the broad edge of the Copic Wide to block in larger areas and for creating expressive marks.

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I used the side of the Wide marker in a stippling action to create some interesting crosshatching. I like that these are aspects that are unique to the Wide marker due to the broad width of the nib.

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Contour & Define

I start adding more contour and definition to the face using the sketch markers in C0 through C3. I like that the sketch adds a more painterly aspect to contrast with the more structured lines created by the more angular sketch nib.

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Adding more of the darker colors: Sketch in C5, C7, C8 to create more depth.

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Highlighting with the Copic Wide C9. Some close up of the cross hatching effect by stippling the marker.

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Adding more of the C8 and C9 sparingly to continue to define the image. I continue until I am happy with the end result.

IMG9-rs1280.jpgCompleted sketch. I added a few additional details like dots with the sketch marker to add a bit of interest.

 

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