Copic seem to be the Holy Grail when it comes to alcohol markers, as their blending capabilities and colour range are said to be second to none. There are a total of 358 colours in the entire set! Before I review the Starter Kit specifically, I'll explain a bit more about where they come from and how the marker system works.
Copic pens are made by Japanese company .Too, and are commonly regarded in the industry as "the highest quality markers in the world". They were specifically developed for Manga artists, and are extremely durable, refillable and will last forever as the nibs are replaceable. They have a 3 year guarantee, don't dry out, and are free of harmful chemicals and odour. Each marker is rigorously tested 3 times before leaving Japan, so quality is assured. There are four different types of Copic marker:
The Classic marker holds the most ink, has a square barrel and and is available in 214 colours. The Sketch marker is available in all 358 colours, has a long, saturated nib similar to a paintbrush, a chisel nib and an oval barrel. The Ciao marker is available in 180 colours, holds slighlty less ink than the Sketch, has a round barrel and is cheaper than the previous two markers with the same size and standard of brush nib (as well as chisel). The Wide marker has a flat barrel, comes in 36 colours and has a large 3/4'' chisel tip for colouring bigger areas.
With quality comes a price, and this has never been more true than with Copic markers. They're possibly the most expensive colouring tool you can buy, but boy they're the best. Each pen costs between £4 - £5, a hefty sum when you think there are over 350 colours in total. Sets like this one make it easier to start off with Copics without laying out a ridiculous amount of money. As with Polychromos and other high-end materials, you know you'll be shelling out some serious dough for the best, but you do get a discount with this set which is priced at £95.95.
I hope you've enjoyed this mammoth review & look into Copic markers! Just a quick final note about alcohol ink: it will bleed through most paper stock so do remember to use on one-sided illustrations and pop some scrap paper behind to avoid ink transfer onto the next page.
This set can be bought with FREE UK DELIVERY from CultPens.com